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From all-inclusive beach resorts to snow-capped ski towns to the requisite theme park circuit, families have a world of options when it comes to planning a family vacation.

If you’re looking for a destination that provides fun for kids and adults alike, look no further than Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here are a few reasons why it’s an ideal family vacation destination.

How to get there

Hilton credit cards offer many perks for travelers, including welcome bonuses to get you more Hilton Honors points, access to Priority Pass airport lounges, and more. Use those points to book a stay at one of Hilton’s properties in the Chattanooga area.

If you’re flying, United is one of four airlines servicing Chattanooga Airport. So start stocking up on United MileagePlus miles to get you closer to an award travel flight.

Things to do

No visit to Chattanooga would be complete without exploring Lookout Mountain. At Ruby Falls, visitors can venture 1,120 feet below ground to a cave that opens up into a 145-foot-tall waterfall before heading back above ground to take in the panoramic views from Lookout Mountain Tower.

Or visit Rock City Gardens, where families can explore the woodland paths, suspension bridge and ancient rock formations before arriving at the Lover’s Leap lookout point, from which you can see seven states at once.

The massive Tennessee Aquarium offers families opportunities to get up close and personal with sea creatures. Or spend the afternoon at the Chattanooga Zoo, often referred to as the “Best Little Zoo in America.”

Kids will want to take up permanent residence in the Creative Discovery Museum, while adults can marvel at the extensive collection of rare and vintage guitars on display at Songbirds Guitar Museum. Meanwhile, art-lovers will want to visit the Bluff View Art District.

And of course, when you’re in Chattanooga, you should experience the railroad culture for which the city is renowned, so be sure to book a ride aboard one of Tennessee Valley Railroad’s vintage trains for a ride back through time on the Missionary Ridge Local line.

 

Published online on January 4, 2019: Written by Monica Storch