October 8 2012

Chattanooga Accolades



  • Wall Street Journal  – “Chattanooga reinvents itself,” and “Tennessee city rebuilt over four decades with urban renewal and business incentives”
  • New York Times  Named Chattanooga 1 of “The 45 Places to Go in 2012.” This included destinations worldwide (only 4 U.S. cities were chosen for the travel feature)
  • CNN Travel   CNN calls Chattanooga a “regional gem,” and “Scenic City USA” with “literally dozens of attractions packed along the city's downtown riverfront”
  • Wall Street Journal  – Featured Chattanooga’s Delta Queen in the travel article “Anchored, Away: Floating hotels offer water views and exotic experiences.”
  • Taste of the South,  – Featured a local famous Chattanooga restaurant in “Tastemakers: Chattanooga.”
  • Travel + Leisure magazine  Named Chattanooga as one of the five “Next Great Escapes” and calls Chattanooga a “Cultural Find”
  • SmartMoney named Chattanooga a city “for the artsy urbanite”
  • Livability.com – Designated Chattanooga as having one of the “Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations”
  • Austin CultureMapNamed Chattanooga as one of the “New hipster cities of America”
  • Southern Living: The South’s Most Scenic Drives (new magazine)Said “This reinvented city knows how to win you over”
  • Where to Retire magazine – Featured Chattanooga as one of the “8 Terrific Towns for History Lovers”
  • Outside Magazine  – Named Chattanooga “Best Town Ever” based on readers votes and was featured on the front cover, along with a 2-page story in the publication.
  • Garden & Gun – “A model of urban renewal, Tennessee’s mountain hideout never misses a chance to reinvent itself” and “A midsize city of fresh beginnings. A deep-down Southern kind of resurrection.”
  • Southern Living magazine “This walkable Tennessee River town constantly provides new reasons to explore.”
  • Livability.com – Designated Chattanooga as having one of the Top 10 Most Livable Downtowns
  • National Geographic Traveler magazine Chattanooga is the only Tennessee city highlighted in the “Great Long Weekends: 46  Places to Get Away From it All”  feature
  • National Geographic Adventure magazine Chattanooga’s one of the “Best Adventure Towns in the U.S. to Live + Play”
  • Bicycling magazine named Chattanooga as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. (ranked 22 out of 50) for supporting a vibrant and diverse bike culture & having savvy bike shops
  • Boston Globe“Chattanooga is a scenic city full of Southern personality,” “offers several surprises” and is a “fine place to sample Southern cooking”
  • USA Today Profiled five of Chattanooga’s restaurants in the dining feature “There’s Lots to Chew-Chew Here”
  • Southern Living magazine  – “few cities have reinvented themselves over the past few decades as successfully as Chattanooga,” and “[Chattanooga] now shines as one of the most family-friendly, outdoorsy spots in the South.”
  • Outside magazine – Chattanooga has been designated twice as the Number 2 city on the top “10 Dream Towns to Live Big, Play Hard, and Work (if you must)” and “If life in a city reinventing itself sounds appealing, you won’t get many chances like this”
  • American Style Magazine Readers ranked Chattanooga as the #2 Mid-Sized City Arts Destination.
  • Southern Living magazine “Chattanooga just keeps getting better and better. Ditch your car, and discover new surprises around every bend,” “Chattanooga is the great little city that could,” and stated that the “transformation has been nothing short of phenomenal.”
  • Plenty magazine (featured on CBS’s The Early Show)  – “Chattanooga: a walkable and bike-friendly city, very eco-oriented, with local markets” and “the revitalization projects have made the city a model eco town and tourist hotspot.”
  • US Airways magazine Chattanooga was featured as the profile city and it states that Chattanooga is “one of the most livable cities in the South,” a “re-energized river city,” and “has a community that’s drawing attention & business.”
  • Nashville Parent “The Gateway to the South offers the ultimate in family fun” and we’re the city “that truly delivers.”
  • RelocateAmerica.com  – Chattanooga ranked Third as the top 100 places to live in America, for the “rich culture, beautiful landscapes and business opportunities”
  • Successful Meetings magazine Named the Chattanooga Convention Center one of the “top 10 eco-friendly convention centers in the nation.”
  • The New York Times Featured Chattanooga as a 36-hour escape destination stating “Not too small and not too big, Chattanooga is really the undiscovered gem of Tennessee” and devoted the cover of the Travel section with a glowing piece about the “amusements and delights” of the city and as having a “quirky charm.”
  • USA Today Featured Chattanooga’s riverfront development stating “the riverfront city has transformed its skyline along with its reputation,” and “Chattanooga has been reborn as the Scenic City.”
  • Fodor's Choice Destinations Chattanooga was named one of Fodor’s “Top Ten Overlooked and Underrated Family Destinations.”
  • Runner’s World magazine– Says we’re “one cool city” and a “jackpot destination for lovers of the outdoor life.”
  • Disney’s FamilyFun magazine Chattanooga is one of the South’s “Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations” and the city with the “best friendly spirit.”
  • Disney’s FamilyFun Travel website Chattanooga voted one of the top 50 vacation destinations in the United States.
  • Wall Street Journal Chattanooga was featured in a special section about U.S. cities who are “benefiting from the expansion of arts and cultural venues.”
  • Urban Land magazineLikened Chattanooga’s successful riverfront revival to that of Baltimore, San Antonio and New Orleans and describes how Chattanooga is among a handful of cities across the nation that has “stimulated economic growth by rediscovering and promoting their more permanent assets like riverfronts and educational institutions.”
  • Atlantic Southeast magazine Featured Chattanooga’s famed 13-mile Riverwalk and Bobby Davenport Jr., and praised the community’s involvement, philanthropy and pride our city visions.
  • NPR Morning Edition - Named Chattanooga one of the “Great Cities” and stated “…Chattanooga has a strong sense of community, handsome natural landscapes, civic pride and the ability to solve problems that are often daunting to bigger cities.”
  • The Washington Post “Chattanooga is well on its way to becoming one of America’s best mid-sized cities.”
  • Parade magazine “Chattanooga is one of America’s reborn cities.”
  • US News & World Report “One of six cities worldwide that work at creating great urban experiences.”
  • Backpacker magazine designated Cloudland Canyon as one of the top thirty destination hiking spots in the U.S.
  • League of American Cyclists designated Chattanooga a Bicycle Friendly Community and renewed the designation as one of only 29 communities.
  • Travel & Leisure magazine Lake Winnepesaukah was recognized as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Amusement Parks.”



  • Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards Chattanooga voted a top “Weekend Getaway with the Kids!” Chattanooga was third in the country, only 100 votes behind Orlando’s #2 spot!; 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards: 10 Best Scenic Views/Lookout Mountain (#1) & Rock City Gardens (#5)
  • Life on the Water magazine Readers voted Chattanooga as the “Best City on the Water”
  • MeetingNews magazine Winner of the Planners’ Choice Awards
  • Successful Meetings magazine – Winner of the prestigious Pinnacle Awards (multiple years including 2009)
  • Facilities & Destinations magazine – Winner of the Top Destination Award
  • ConventionSouth magazine   Winner of the Readers’ Choice Award (multiple years including 2009)
  • Meetings & Conventions  magazine   Winner of the Gold Service Award
  • Planning magazine The American Planning Association selected Chattanooga for the National Planning Excellence Award for the long-standing commitment to making the community bicycle friendly and noted “Chattanoogans have been implementing the plan for forty years” and the result, “Today, [bicyclists] can ‘rack and ride’ on city buses, commute on marked and signed bicycle lanes, roll down the 10-mile long Tennessee Riverpark…”
  • Homeschooling Parent magazine – Awarded the 2009 Stamp of Approval for “Best Family Travel Destination”



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