Chattanooga Travel Guide

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Chattanooga Highlights

  • Pro
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     Scenic Mountain Views and friendly people. 

  • Con
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     Outskirts of town are hideous 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great place for a weekend visit, or even a centre while visiting locally in Tennessee 

Chattanooga Things to Do

  • Ruby Falls

    ruby falls is a historic natural attraction located about half way up lookout mountain on scenic drive. in 1928 leo lambert drilled a shaft into ruby falls cave and discovered the falls. ruby falls is the highest underground water fall in the united states. in 1930 lambert opened the falls to the public and named it after his wife ruby. since it's...

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  • Aquarium

    This a freshwater aquarium which is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. I would suggest that you do get there when it opens to avoid waiting in line to enter and the hordes of people that surround the tanks later in the day.

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  • Rock City

    the chattanooga area's most famous tourist attraction is rock city gardens. rock city was first visited by tourists in the early 1800's and they reached the site on mule back. the modern rock city attraction was opened by garnet carter in 1932. between 1936 and mid 1950's carter painted "see rock city" signs on over 900 barns scattered all over the...

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Chattanooga Restaurants

  • Wally's Restaurant

    Awesome prices and friendly staff... will definitely be back again and againTony and I left Nashville Saturday April 5th, 2014 about 330 am and headed towards Georgia. By the time we reached Chattanooga area we were ready for breakfast. So after we took the I24 South at the split from I75, we took the first exit on Ringold Rd. We found Wally's...

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  • Hill City Pizza

    Tony and I was in Chattanooga for the day. We thought we would eat a couple small meals, that way we could try a couple different places. So, our third stop was Hill City Pizza. I had seen this location back in November 2013 and wanted to try it...so today is the day!!!We had driven to the North Shore side of town to drive out to the end of...

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  • Sugar's Rib

    Everything on menu is ala carte so it can get expensive...Saturday Feb 22, this was our first visit to Sugar's Ribs off exit 181 in Chattanooga...I have to say...the "View is Amazing"After hiking for a little while in Georgina at Fort Mountain State Historic Park, we drove back up to Chattanooga to have lunch. We chose to try Sugar's...there are...

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Chattanooga Nightlife

  • The Terminal Brewhouse

    Sunday, March 30th, Tony and I stopped at the TERMINAL BREW on our way of town, located right off Market Street and across the street to the Chattanooga CHOO CHOO Hotel which is the old Terminal Train Station in the years gone by. The Terminal Brewhouse is located in the over a hundred year old building known as the Strong Building..it has a...

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  • Hair of the Dog

    Tony and I was out strolling in Chattanooga on this lovely Saturday afternoon, and we happened upon the Hair of the Dog...the name caught our attention and the door has a British flag painted on it..YOU HAVE TO GO IN!!!I first of all noticed the dark oak paneling in the room. I love this dark wood. It gives a warm glow and home feeling..I love...

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  • The Pickle Barrel

    On our visit to Chattanooga, we just wanted to grab a beer and enjoy a quiet evening out. After dinner at the Terminal Brewhouse, we wandered a few blocks down the street to the Pickle Barrel. This is a true dive bar, full of young locals, probably a number of UT Chattanooga students and even more dropouts. It is a dive bar, but a friendly place.We...

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Chattanooga Transportation

  • Sidewalk Elevator

    Those who have a difficult time ascending or descending stairs, as well a lazy folks, will appreciate this glass enclosed sidewalk elevator, which is located between the Tennessee Aquarium and the Walnut Street Bridge. Alexandria and Nicholas, my grandchuildren, enjoyed it to. An outdoor sculpture garden adorns the area both above and below the...

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  • Travel in Chattanooga

    While staying in downtown Chattanooga, you most likely won't need your car. You can keep it parked at your hotel for free or pay a few dollars in one of several parking garages and lots. Most tourist spots in downtown are very close together, within walking distance. There is also free bus service in the downtown area on CARTA's electric,...

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  • Watch Where YOu drive and How

    The surrounding area from downtown is large and deceiving as to how far until you drive it. US 75 and 24 connect here. There can be traffic jams, especially when the ice effects the roads here. Due to elevation and fringe of weather impact, it can get icy here often. There are also many traffic accidents on the highway due to slippery pavement and...

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Chattanooga Shopping

  • All Things Groovy

    Love Love Love this store!!I am coming back again..and definitely bringing my teenager...I am definitely going back saw a few things to check off my Christmas list....Reminded me of a store back home called The Budget in Kanawha City in Charleston WV...anyway...great shoppeTheir prices are great!!Rasta hats only $14.95 and Rasta Sock Monkey hats..a...

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  • A variety of shops and merchandise is...

    Harley Davidson motorcycles and accessories, arts and crafts, designer clothing, sporting goods, gourmet sweets, cheeses, etc. .

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  • A Little Bit of Everything

    Chattanooga Market on Southside is an open air market, Sundays from around Easter til the last Sunday before Christmas. Another great browsing places looking for the fun of it or searching for special items. Noon til 5pm, this weekend of November is great weather so a lot of people were out looking, visitors, families, couples.If you are looking...

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Chattanooga Local Customs

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    Literature of Lookout

    by BruceDunning Written Feb 6, 2009

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    You can get a city pass for a number of sites combined. The Lookout Mountain pass is $43.95 to take in the Ruby Falls, Incline Railroad, and Rock City. Or the aquarium and IMAX combined sites for one or two day passes offer a good deal. Also there area discounts to the Hunter Museum for $1.00 off, and a couple of other locations on the city web site to print off.

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Chattanooga Warnings and Dangers

  • East Main

    The East Main neighborhood on the Southside is one of the newest, and most interesting, up and coming neighborhoods. However, walk two blocks off of Main St., and you have found yourself in one of the sketchiest parts of town. There was recently a story on NPR about the prostitution and extreme homelessness in this area. By all means, check out the...

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  • Winding highway Runs Through It

    Watch the time of day you come through and avoid AM and PM traffic jams. Also in the fall/winter, it can get treacherous on the roads, especially coming over the mountains form US 24 in the north. Once you are on the road, there is no way to seek an alternate route, or circumvent the delays. Only one route.

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  • danger....

    Chattanooga has over twice the crime rate as an average city in the U.S.They average 2 murders a month, 2 rapes a week, 2 robberies a day.Every work hour of every work day, 2 thefts occur. 40 cars are stolen every week.There are 150 registered sex offenders in the Chattanooga area.To see if their location impacts your vacation plans, see the...

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Chattanooga Tourist Traps

  • "SEE RUBY FALLS" It's OK but........

    The signs start literally along the Kentucky State Line and badger you to SEE RUBY FALLS. It's a waterfall in a cave and it's alright, but hardly the epitome of Chattanooga. And you'll PAY to see it. Most of the other attractions are, in my opinion, superior to this, and FREE!!!! If you must "SEE RUBY FALLS", do it on a hot summer night and let...

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  • The Choo-Choo is the worst...

    The Choo-Choo is the worst tourist trap in the world. Really. It's awful. It's just a Holiday Inn made of railway cars. Don't bother -- you'll just upset yourself.

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Chattanooga What to Pack

  • 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...

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  • An Internet Friendly City

    Whether for business or personal use, email or entertainment, one does not need to be deprived of the internet while visiting Chattanooga. Even if your hotel does not provide internet access, you may still want to bring along your labtop. A local technology company now offers free wireless internet access in both Coolidge Park and Miller Park...

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Chattanooga Off The Beaten Path

  • Canoe the Sequatchie

    Canoeing. If you are new to it then this is the place to try it. Canoe the Sequatchie rents canoes so you can paddle through some of the prettiest riverside country in Tennessee. It advertises "Gentle Thrills" - and is a wonderful way to see what Southeast TN is really like.

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  • The Lost Sea

    The lost sea is an incredible underground lake (America's largest) inside a cave outside of Sweetwater, TN. The tour takes place on a Glass Bottom Boat. It's pretty cool - but I'm a cave geek so I really like that sort of thing. The lake, covering 4 1/2 acres, is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Registered National Landmark.I...

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  • dayton tennessee

    dayton is the county seat of rhea county tennessee. dayton is located on US 27 35 miles north of chattanooga. of interest to the tourist is the rhea county courthouse which was the site of the 1925 scopes "monkey" trail. the trial was a publicity stunt to gain attention for the town. john scopes was hired to teach a chapter of a text supporting...

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Chattanooga Sports & Outdoors

  • 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.

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  • Hang Gliding

    Although I have never been hang gliding myself, I would love to try it one day if I didn't get too nervous. I hear it is an awesome experience and is very safe. The Lookout Mountain Flight Park has been teaching people to hang glide since 1978 and if I am correct is one of the largest hang gliding schools in the country. They are located in North...

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  • Rafting the Ocoee

    This is the spot where the 1996 Olympic whitewater events were held. Paralleling hwy 64, the Ocoee river is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority's network of power-generating water works. 112 days a year, the water runs through the Ocoee, creating opportunities for rafters and kayakers to challenge Class III and Class IV rapids. There are many...

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Chattanooga Favorites

  • see it for yourself

    Weathermen are wrong so often that it is better to see it with your own eyes.So here is a weathercam in Chattanooga that you can use to check on the local weather.http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=WTVCT&lid=CNXCCEIt is located on the local TV station WTVC.

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  • Riverfront Visitor Center

    Next to the Tennessee Aquarium on the riverfront is a very spacious and modern Visitor Center, and fifteen minutes of free parking are provided in front. At the Center you will find info. about area attractions, events, discounted tickets and helpful tips on planning your trip around Chattanooga. There is much more to see and do than I have on my...

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  • Wine over Water

    I love this festival. Every fall, on the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge, over 100 wineries offer tastings in the Wine over Water Festival. This year it will be held on October 4th, 2003. Some of our best local restaurants offer food samples and there is live entertainment. The cost is $40 - but that is for ALL YOU CAN DRINK! The website is:...

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