Scenic Lookout, Riverfront Fun & the Choo Choo

Chattanooga & Southeast

“Pardon me, boys, is this the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” Yes! Plus, its Lookout Mountain, Coolidge Parks legendary carousel, Olympic rapids and ample greenways along the Tennessee River. And dont forget about our spectacular downtown, world-class museums and bustling arts and shopping districts.

Chattanoogas gorgeous cityscape, set between rolling mountain ranges, has a vibrant and eclectic arts, music and culinary scene. A top bike-friendly area, Southeast Tennessee also has unlimited options for climbing, caving, hiking and paddling. Find sheer wonder in an award-winning aquarium, the stunning Sequatchie Valley and among the many historic sites.

Chattanooga is the Scenic City, a sparkling jewel with a fun-filled downtown on the banks of the Tennessee River. Tennessee Aquariums glass peaks invite you on an incredible river or ocean journey. Every June, the riverfront is jumping with nine days of music at renowned Riverbend Festival, and the downtown baseball stadium is home to the historic Chattanooga Lookouts. The River Gorge Explorer puts you aboard a giant catamaran, cruising “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.” 

The city’s railroad history inspired the popular song Chattanooga Choo Choo. Visit the restored train station for Dinner in the Diner, or kick back at Track 29, a premier concert venue. Nearby Main Street is a growing collection of galleries and eateries. The citys “hip to historical NorthShore area is alive with shops, restaurants, nightspots and beautiful Coolidge Park

Bluff View Art District offers breathtaking river views from River Gallery Sculpture Garden. Minutes away is Lookout Mountain with Ruby Falls, Rock City and the Incline Railroad. Visit beautiful Point Park, site of the Battle Above the Clouds, to begin exploring the areas extensive Civil War sites. History buffs don't want to miss Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

Half an hour north of Chattanooga, youll find the Ocoee River, whitewater site for the 1996 Olympics. Hike or bike, play in the water, picnic along the river or stroll through native gardens. Rock climbers will love Foster Falls, with both difficult and scenic climbs. Find a paradise in Pikevilles state park, Fall Creek Falls, home of the highest waterfall in the east. Dont miss the drive through the Sequatchie Valley with a view you will always remember.

Experience the Chattanooga Area

Chattanoogas riverfront, historic tours, shopping and museums, restaurants and nightlife await you. For a more relaxed pace, the Tennessee Overhill offers scenic byways, lakes and rivers, crafts and antiques, gardens and farms.

Chattanooga & Southeast Sep 26 - Nov 1 Haunted Cavern--WARNING: Must be 12 or older Chattanooga, TN Nightmares return to Lookout Mountain for the 11th year of the Haunted Cavern learn more Chattanooga & Southeast Sep 26 - 28 Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga is going to the dogs...disc-catching dogs that is. learn more Chattanooga & Southeast Sep 26 - Nov 1 Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern Chattanooga, TN This intense event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area's best haunted attractions. Stay tuned for this year's theme. learn more Chattanooga & Southeast Sep 27 Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off & Car Show Monteagle, TN The 2nd Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off & Car Show will be held on September 28th at Hannah Pickett Park located at 16 Dixie Lee Ave, behind Monteagle City Hall. The Tracy City Street Rodders will host the Car Show with 100+ cars participating. The car show is from 10:00am-4:00pm CST and is free to the public, but there is a fee to enter your car in the Car Show. The Chili Cook-off will be open for tasting at noon and the public can sample as many chilies as they want to try for $5. Chili Cook-off teams will represent some of the surrounding area as well as the mountain’s finest restaurants, businesses and community groups, and each will cook up their tastiest batch of chili to be Judged Best Chili or People’s Choice Best Chili. The chili can be made on site or brought to the event. Each first place will receive $250 and a trophy, and there is still room for you to enter your secret recipe! For more information about the Car Show and to download the rules and application for the Chili cook-off, go to or contact the chamber office at 931-924-5353. We will have local Arts & Craft Vendors joining us, as well as Food Vendors, a DJ who will be providing music and prizes throughout the day. Proceeds will go to support the Mike Price Toys for Tots and the Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce. learn more Chattanooga & Southeast Sep 27 - 28 Hamilton County Fair Hixson, TN The residents of Hamilton County host a county fair in the grandest tradition. The fair features music, games, country crafts, livestock, rides and more. Held annually the last full weekend in September. learn more

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