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Explore Chattanooga

Explore Chattanooga with Expedia’s Travel Guides to find the best hotels, flights, holiday packages and more!

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Why rent a car in Chattanooga?

Chattanooga, in southeast Tennessee, is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee river. It’s considered one of the most progressive, ‘liveable’ mid-size cities in the US, and you can see why looking at its beautiful downtown and riverfront development. Chattanooga is well served by a free electric shuttle and a bike share programme.

Many visitors come especially to visit the riverfront Tennessee Aquarium. It focuses on life above and underwater in Tennessee, which has a rich freshwater fauna, with more than 320 fish species. A few blocks from there, the Creative Discovery Museum has programmes for children: art lessons, story times, science demonstrations and parent-child activities, such as dinosaur bone hunting. Walnut Street Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, connects the north shore of Tennessee river to downtown Chattanooga. Below the bridge on the north side, is the popular Coolidge Park with a historic 100-year-old carousel. On the south side of the river, visit the Hunter Museum of American Art in the Bluff View Art District and enjoy spectacular views from the high stone cliffs where it sits.

As the city is at the junction of four city interstate highways, a Chattanooga hire car can give you easy access to more exciting places further afield.

How to get to and around Chattanooga?

Near the border with Georgia, about six miles (15 minutes) outside Chattanooga, the Lookout Mountain, along the southern border of Tennessee, offers amazing panoramic views of the Chattanooga Valley. Take a guided tour through the limestone cave leading to the 145-foot-high underground waterfall, Ruby Falls.

You can also have a mini adventure at the mysterious cave system in the Racoon Mountain Caverns (under 15 minutes), with more than five and a half miles of mapped passageways, and a choice of expeditions to join. Enjoy the awesome views of the Lookout and Racoon Mountains from here.

Located 35 miles northeast, Cleveland, which was once occupied by the Cherokees, offers Native American sites, museums and attractions for visitors to explore.

What brands are available?

From Chattanooga Metropolitan airport, you can pick up a Chattanooga hire car from one of the following companies:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Hertz
  • National

Must-sees within an easy drive of Chattanooga

With a Chattanooga rental car, Knoxville is only an hour and 45 minutes northeast. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country, is nearby. Nashville, two hours northwest, is the best place to enjoy live country music. Cross to Georgia and, in less than two hours, get to Atlanta, home to the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, and the 1996 Games’ Olympic Park. Retrace the life and times of Martin Luther King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site.

Tips and tricks for driving in the US

American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.

Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.

Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.

Ready to plan your Chattanooga city break?

Feeling ready to plan a visit to Chattanooga and the rest of the US? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel and research the best attractions and activities.

Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!