finding the right road
The Rand Mcnally Street Guide is a great book to have in your pack when you visit Chattanooga. The city is not very challenging to savvy drivers but the map makes it easier to locate the points of interest and places to park nearby. There are also included lists of sights and off-road places and day trips to take.
It is available online at the Rand Mcnally website or at your favorite book store (like Barnes and Nobles).
Sushi Southern Style
I can't brag enough about Sekisui. The Sushi is excellent, the ginger dressing on the salad is to die for, and the service is great. If you like sushi - this is it. The Tornado Roll! It is the best I've ever tasted.
Red Rock Canyon
It is a cave that was hand made back in the 1800's. You take an elevator about 2500 ft down and take the tour of different areas of the cave takes about 2hrs and at the end of the tour you end up in the gift shop with a lookout of the mountains. Very nice.
The Chattanooga Zoo has got to be one of the smallest zoos in the world. This is not a deterrant, however. With an adult ticket price of only $4, it is well worth the visit. They have done much in the past few years at the zoo by adding new exhibits and renovating old ones. It is well worth the time it takes to go through, which for most people would be about an hour. The small size is actually kinda nice because you don't have to walk so much or be out in the hot sun as long as you would at other larger zoos that take forever to go through. You may also notice some of the artwork around the zoo done by a friend of mine from high school, signed Manning. Enjoy the animals and art! Also, see my travelogue for more photos and info.
The Park of my Heart-Coolidge Park!
Coolidge Park is right on the river front of the north shore, and of course my first thing of must-do activities. College kids, families, everyone comes to hang out here also. Its a wide, beautiful green space where you can have picnics, family gatherings, sit and study, play lawn games, or whatever you want to do. Also there are pavilions and stages for weddings or musical events that go on at times. Summer or winter it is having people all around. In warmer months, you will see children come from all over to play in the interactive fountain. Sometimes you see grown-ups also come to park, decide they want to cool off and run right in. You can dry as time passes :-)
I used to work at the beautiful carousel. Over a century old, nicely refurbished and kept in excellent condition the carousel, or "roundabout", is fun for all ages. Children of all ages can ride this huge attraction. They have carousel animals of all kinds to ride on, rabbits, frogs, goats, cats, goldfish, horses of course, and new little dinosaur, which is so cute! I´ve only ridden in a couple of times in the past, I would usually the one taking tickets. Its fun to watch people old and young alike all start smiling when it goes around. Tickets are very reasonable, free for very small children,$.50 for 5-12, and $1.00 for everyone else.
Other things to do: Down near the river there is a riverboat/restaurant you can take tea at or a meal. I´ve only taken fotos of it, never been inside but people say its nice enough, specializing in seafood.
There was/is a climbing walk under one of the bridges struts. I am not sure it is still there, but if you walk down near the walkline path you can look left towards the bridge to see if they are still there, if you are interested.