Savage Gulf Natural Area
Savage Gulf is about 45 minutes from Chattanooga in Grundy County, Tennessee. One of the most unspoiled and spectacular parks, it boasts waterfalls, scenic vistas, rock climbing and more. It is in the "boonies" so be aware when traveling there. Everyone who goes there must see the Stone Door and Greeter Falls.
Great Sushi and Oriental Food
Nagoya is a tiny sushi bar with a large seleciton. There are over fifty Chinese and Japanese dishes to choose from, and about 20 different sushi rolls, all made as you order. The soup is also excellent! Great food, service, and atmosphere. There are only two oriental restaurants downtown (ThaiSmile 3 and Sekisui), both of which I havent been to yet. If you feel like making a short trip away from downtown for some great food, don't miss this place. The place is very small, casual, and relaxing, and best of all, it is never full. You never have to wait to be seated here, even on friday and saturday nights, and the food is ready fast. I love to get the teriyaki beef with fried rice and hot and sour soup. Although I'm not into sushi myself, everyone i know that is says they have the best is town.
Boasting the worlds largest freshwater Aquarium, the Chattanooga Aquarium is a great place to start out a trip to Chattanooga. Located downtown right on the Tennessee River, the aquarium exhibits both local and saltwater marine life.
There are a couple of large tanks in here as well as a great swamp exhibit. On the bottom level is an excellent exhibit on Sea Horses that should not be missed! Check out the Sea Dragons while you are there!
The Aquarium recently opened it's new Salt Water Aquarium (on the right in the picture) so there is even more to see.
This is the most impressive aquarium I have ever seen, and I have been to several. It is extremely large and has a unique layout. You take an escalator and an elevator to the top of the building and start in the aviary. The beginning is a small stream, just like you would find in the mountains. Then you progress to larger streams and their natural wildlife until you end up in a river. The river then progresses down to the sea. Each section has wildlife associated with it. There are pirahna in one tank, regular american river fish in others. The ocean section has several tanks of jellyfish. Some are the size of ants, and others the size of a volleyball. There are sharks and sea turtles also. Plan on spending most of the day here! They even have a great gift shop as you exit the aquarium. My wife and kids bought me a tie with tropical rainforest frogs on it! Colorful!
This railway goes straight up the side of lookout mountain from the base of the mountain all the way to the crest. It is so steep, that all of the seats lean back at a steep angle so you don't fall out of them. There are 2 cars connected together by cable to act as counterweights for each other as they traverse the tracks. You may have to wait a little while to ride, and the ride itself takes almost an hour.