Visitors to Chattanooga, Tennessee, have many options for taking in the sights of this vibrant city: by foot from the top of a mountain, by riverboat tour, by car or by train.

Chattanooga sits at the intersections of I-75, I-24 and I-59. Much of the city’s history relates to the pristine river that runs through it—and today’s exciting attractions and activities lie along the expansive downtown riverfront.

CHA_Hunter Museum 1Downtown is designed to be extremely walkable. Be sure to meander along one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, which connects the north and south shores, as well as a 13-mile riverwalk. There’s also a free electric shuttle that covers all of downtown and connects to the north shore. The South’s first citywide bike share system is here, with 300 bikes at 35 locations.

Save time to visit the enlightening Hunter Museum of American Art, which is built on a 90-foot limestone bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and showcases 100 years of architecture and one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast. The impressive Tennessee Aquarium invites you to discover penguins, sharks, alligators, otters and more. There is also a butterfly garden there. Grab a cup of coffee and meander through the Bluff View Art District.

Rock City GardensPut on your walking shoes and visit Ruby Falls, an underground waterfall, and Rock City Gardens. From the See Seven States Overlook, admire breathtaking views of parts of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky.

With all this activity, hunger will set in, and you won’t be disappointed at the dining choices available. Enjoy contemporary comfort food at The Blue Plate and farmfresh cuisine at The Feed Co. For exciting fine dining, visit Easy Bistro, located in the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling plant building. The exciting menu options are made with ingredients raised and grown at local farms.

A special part of a Chattanooga visit will be your temporary home in one of the city’s unique hotels or bed and breakfast inns. From a historic railroad sleeper car to a bluff overlooking the river, you can find it all in Chattanooga. Indulge yourself at the AAA four-diamond Chattanoogan Hotel, located in the heart of downtown but with spectacular views of Lookout Mountain


Published December 30, 2018: Written by Zenda Douglas

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