Chattanooga’s 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 Aquarium’s 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 city’s “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 area’s extensive Civil War sites. History buffs don't want to miss Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.
Half an hour north of Chattanooga, you’ll 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 Pikeville’s state park, Fall Creek Falls, home of the highest waterfall in the east. Don’t miss the drive through the Sequatchie Valley with a view you will always remember.