Along with the beloved attractions of Lookout Mountain and Civil War history, Chattanooga pulses with fun at the Aquarium and riverfront with shopping, dining and nightlife hotspots.
Chattanooga is truly the “Scenic City” with world-famous attractions such as Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway, and the exhilarating fun of the downtown social scene. Lookout Mountain is also a popular place from which to hang glide and home to the magic of Ruby Falls and Rock City.
The Tennessee River runs through the middle of Chattanooga, setting a stage for waterfront activities such as world-class rowing, performances, festivals and concerts, and miles of trails along the riverfront via the Riverwalk greenway that runs from Chickamauga Dam to downtown. Ross’s Landing, named after Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, was a starting point of the 1838 Trail of Tears. Today, it’s a great venue for watching riverfront activity and for special events.
Expand your natural curiosity under the iconic glass peaks of the Tennessee Aquarium, home to saltwater and freshwater journeys. Minutes away are the popular IMAX 3D Theatre and the Creative Discovery Museum. While you’re downtown, don’t forget to make reservations to sleep and dine aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo!
Downtown is accessible from four historic, iconic bridges. Cross the linear park of Walnut Street Bridge, one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges, to access vibrant NorthShore Historic District. NorthShore’s Coolidge Park, named for Medal of Honor recipient Charles B. Coolidge, is a popular space with interactive water fountains and an antique carousel with handcarved animals. A glass-bottom bridge leads to Bluff View Art District, where galleries, restaurants and the spectacular River Gallery Sculpture Garden overlook the river. Stop at Hunter Museum of American Art, known for both amazing architecture and stunning collections.
There are plenty of options for seeing Chattanooga from the water, including River Gorge Explorer, the Southern Belle Riverboat, the Chattanooga Ducks and Blue Moon Cruises. Paddle a canoe while watching abundant wildlife and history along the river.
Back on dry land, soak up Civil War experiences, starting at the Chattanooga History Center. On top of Lookout Mountain, you can comprehend the logistics of a great campaign from the Point Park section of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.
Chattanooga’s unique natural wonders are themselves a major attraction. With scenic beauty, rich history, outdoor adventure and family fun activities, you can see why Chattanooga is a popular vacation destination.