Don't Neglect the 'Other'...
Don't Neglect the 'Other' Parks! Make sure to visit the state park in nearby Ringgold, GA. It has Native American log structures, nice walking trails, and a spring. And while Lookout Mountain probably gets the most publicity as 'the Mountain' of the city, don't neglect Signal Mountain on the northwest side. It has great winding, hilly roads, and some nice residential areas, not to mention a great park with a dramatic waterfall and gorgeous view of the Tennessee River! The panoramic photo above was taken at nearby Cloudland Canyon, just a short drive into Georgia from Chattanooga.
Good Local Italian Restaurant
I have now been to Tony's several times, and overall I have been satisfied with the food and service. However, it seems that one in every few visits here has been a disappointment, not only for me, but for others I have talked to as well. Perhaps it is the different cooks they have working at different times, but every now and then the food will not be anywhere as good as it normally is. Since I have had this same experience with other restaurants I go to often, I guess it is not very unusual. But be warned, the food here is sometimes excellent and sometimes just average.
Located in the Bluff View Art District, Tony's has a slight upscale feel to it. The atmosphere is very pleasant, and I would recommend eating outside rather than inside when the weather is nice. They grow their own herbs and some vegetables in a garden out back, so the taste is very fresh and authentic. Although it is not the best Italian restaurant in town, it is definitely a place you may want to check out. I have never ordered the same thing here twice, so I do not have a favorite dish. The salads are very good, as well as the bread served with the cheese/oil dip (I do not know what its called). You can pretty much choose any type of pasta and put any type of sauce on it, or you may order something from their main dishes, including pizzas. I would also warn you that if you try a sauce here that you've never had before you may be disappointed with it, as has happened to me. But don't be intimidated, try what you think you'll like most.
the hunter museum of american art has an excellent collection of classic and modern art. they have a nice collection of 19 th century oil paintings. the hunter museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from all over the country. for those who like classic and modern art the hunter museum is well worth a visit when in chattanooga.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum presents a look into railroad history. In addition to the trains that are exhibited in their yard, there are displays in the Station. The most unique thing though is that you can take a train ride through the area in a pullman car. Railroads were a critical part of Chattanooga's history and this museum shows a lot of that history with real trains and not just photos.
Occassionally they offer a day out with Thomas which is great for the children (although a little crowded for the adults!) There are also leaf watching tours that I think would be a great fall getaway.
If you like trains and their history, then this is a place you must see when in Chattanooga.
A unique cavern exploration within the bowels of Lookout Mountain. See stalactites and stalagmites, and various interesting rock formations while touring the spacious water-formed caverns of the mountain. The tour is topped off by visiting an immense underground waterfall. Absolutely breathtaking when showered in multicolored spotlights! A can't miss!