Chattanooga

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Chattanooga showing modern architecture, a fountain and a river or creek

This city in Tennessee offers outdoor adventure, historic landmarks and family fun. Visit mountain tops and riverside parks to find out why they call this the Scenic City.

With Civil War monuments, an aquarium, interactive museums, nature and arts, Chattanooga has a diverse range of attractions. After a successful redevelopment of its downtown area and waterfront, Chattanooga now also boasts a scenic riverside walkway. Head to the nearby mountains to get a view of it all.

Chattanooga straddles the Tennessee River in the southeast of the state. The river divides the city into north and south, with four bridges connecting the two districts. Among these bridges is the pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge. Cross it to get to the North Shore and visit Coolidge Park, a great place for kids, with a fountain to splash in and a carousel to ride.

Attractions in the waterfront area include the Tennessee Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum. Nearby, art lovers will appreciate the sculpture garden and Houston Museum of Decorative Arts between Market and Veterans bridges. From here, do the Tennessee Riverwalk or join a river cruise.

Just a 20-minute drive from Chattanooga city center, Lookout Mountain offers outdoor activities. Stare in awe at the towering Ruby Falls and take in the views from Rock City Gardens. For an adventure, step aboard the Incline Railway, one of the world’s steepest passenger railways.

See remnants of the American Civil War at Point Park and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum. Extending across the Tennessee-Georgia border is Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which honors the 1863 Civil War battles.

Back in downtown Chattanooga, getting around is easy. A free electric shuttle runs all day along Broad Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, to the parks on the north side of the river. The route starts at the landmark Chattanooga Choo Choo, the train station named after Glenn Miller’s famous song. The terminal is now an entertainment precinct with plenty of dining options.

With Mexican and barbecue street food, traditional burger joints and fine-dining restaurants, Chattanooga’s culinary scene is as diverse as its attractions. If you can, visit the free Chattanooga Street Food Festival in summer and the Chattanooga Chili Cook-Off in autumn. This is when Chattanooga is at its best!

Where to stay in Chattanooga

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn
2.5 out of 5
311 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £69 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Ruby Falls, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chattanooga Convention Center and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Nice room. Breakfast was sparse, but hey, free is free."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn
DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga
DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga
4 out of 5
407 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £106 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Downtown Chattanooga, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chattanooga Regional History Museum and Chattanooga Riverfront. Tennessee Aquarium and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (950 reviews)
"Staff was courteous and helpful."

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga
The Read House
The Read House
4 out of 5
107 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £128 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Downtown Chattanooga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Theatre and Chattanooga Convention Center. Chattanooga Riverfront and Tennessee ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,146 reviews)
"Staff went out of their way to be kind and helpful and wait on us! Room 311 tour was great and it was definitely nice having valet."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

The Read House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
3 out of 5
2330 Center Street, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £101 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Hamilton Place Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Concord ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (278 reviews)
"Very friendly and clean. A lot of construction around the building that’s out of your control."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
3 out of 5
2250 Center St, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £114 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
Situated in Chattanooga, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Hamilton Place Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Concord ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (563 reviews)
"Very nice and spacious rooms."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
Ani Cabin - Wooded foot-of-Lookout Mountain Cabin one mile from the Southside
Ani Cabin - Wooded foot-of-Lookout Mountain Cabin one mile from the Southside
2141 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN
The price is £271 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association, this cabin is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tennessee River, Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
Great place to stay
"Great"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Ani Cabin - Wooded foot-of-Lookout Mountain Cabin one mile from the Southside
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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