You may never have heard of it, but one of the cities you should definitely put on your bucket list is Chattanooga, TN. Known as a premier outdoor destination, you'll love to shoot rapids while floating white water rafting down the famous Ocoee River, gliding down the slope - on Lookout Mountain or hiking up the mountains. Rock City is a true natural wonder with breathtaking views of all 7 states and is located just a few miles from the Tennessee-Georgia border. It has been voted the best city of all time and after a visit I can confirm that this is true.
Take a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat and see the river from the top of the mountain or experience scenic views of Rock City, the Ocoee River and the Chattahoochee River. You can also purchase a trip aboard the River Gorge Explorer, which is a high-tech ship sailing down the Tennessee River, and you can see and experience all this while you are on board. Visit Crash Pad, a self-described "boutique hostel" located just a few blocks from downtown Chattanooga on the corner of Main Street and Main Street.
Of course, Chattanooga also offers tame options, and you'll find 16 attractions located right in the heart of the city. Nearby Chickamauga Lake, which is seized by the Tennessee River TVA Dam, is also a recreational destination and a popular hiking, biking, hiking and picnicking destination. You can follow the Civil War Trail that runs through Chattanooga, or cycle along the 13-mile Riverwalk across the Tennessee River. Downtown Chattanooga Aquariums include the Chattanooga Aquarium, American Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo, as well as the Children's Museum.
Not to mention the wilderness of Chattanooga, where you can see animals in their natural habitats from different perspectives and take advantage of special tours and Spring Break Safaris. Enjoy the outdoors: See the largest collection of Southern American art at the Hunter Museum for American Art Downtown or combine open-air art with a visit to the Chattanooga Artisans Market, where more than 130 artisans and craftsmen shop daily. Once you reach the top, enjoy the views and visit one of the city's most popular attractions: Tennessee Riverfront Park.
The STIR at the Chattanooga Choo - choo hotel complex offers a fresh and creative menu of craft cocktails.
Chattanooga hosts the national softball championships each year and is home to the U.S. Women's softball team and the United States national team. Taylor and Mike Monen own and own the incredible bebe, Taylor & Mike's Restaurant & Bar in downtown Chattanooga.
People who love the door out - out - use Chattanooga for everything from gliding and hanging out to hiking, kayaking, camping, fishing and even cave diving. From exploring Ruby Falls in Rock City to discovering the secrets of the deep at the nationally renowned Tennessee Aquarium, it's easy to fill your day with exciting and fun exhibits and activities. The Tennessee Riverwatershed is home to more than 1,000 fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The Songbirds Guitar Museum feels like something you'd find in Nashville or Memphis, but there's much more. You could seriously spend a whole week just looking and taking pictures, and it's worth it.
Chattanooga, the state's fourth largest city, is located on the east side of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee, north of Nashville. The city is located on a small strip of land between the river and the Chattahoochee River, and the downtown is divided at one end by the NorthShore and Tennessee rivers. Downtown Chattanooga is divided by a river, with a few small islands on one end and a stream on the other.
The city and the county have developed an extensive green road system, including a newly constructed river path that starts in the city center and winds through a historic art district and several parks. The historic area of the city is preserved by the Chattanooga National Military Park, founded in 1890, which includes the city of Chattanooga, the Tennessee River, the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries, and the NorthShore.
The city supports zero-emission electric buses, which are made here in Chattanooga for commuters and visitors who want to park and drive. The city also supports the Chattanooga Electric Bus Company, the world's largest manufacturer of zero-emission electric buses produced in Chattahoochee County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority for commuters and visitors who want park and ride buses.
Chattanooga's Choo-choo Hotel has a disused Pullman railcar that permanently parks at the former suburban train station. The Chattanooga National Cemetery and the city serve as a memorial to James J. Andrews, the Union robber who became famous during the Civil War for stealing Confederate timber - and having locomotives burned by General.
In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a stunning waterfall on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, south of downtown Chattanooga. A barn sign in the south invites motorists to see the falls from the top of a steep hill in the middle of historic downtown Chattanooga.