Sitting just north of the Georgia border at the foot of Lookout Mountain, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee awaits your visit with a host of activities and attractions for everyone. Book your hotel room in Chattanooga with Choice Hotels to discover history, arts, entertainment and more. You may find it hard to leave town after enjoying the following attractions:
No trip to Chattanooga is complete without experiencing Lookout Mountain, one of the area’s crown jewels. Hop on the Incline Railway and climb more than 2,300 feet to the top for the best views of the surrounding area and neighboring states. Then head down to the caves beneath to lay your eyes on Ruby Falls, a 145-foot high underground waterfall hidden within the mountain. Finally, before you leave, make sure to take a walking tour of Rock City, a unique rock trail lined with gardens and ancient rock formations.
Who needs the coast to explore the ocean? A visit to the Tennessee Aquarium is your chance to get intimate with thousands of animals from under and around the sea – from fish, sharks and stingrays to birds, butterflies and alligators. Make sure to allow yourself enough time to explore every corner of both main buildings – the Ocean Journey and River Journey (once the largest freshwater aquarium in the world). Just a block away is the six-story-high IMAX 3D Movie Theater, offering amazing picture and sound for an experience not found anywhere else in the region.
Catch some fresh air and walk the historic Walnut Street Bridge from end to end, across the Tennessee River. One of the longest pedestrian bridges in America, the Walnut Street Bridge is over a century old and links downtown to the Northshore District. It has become a popular gathering place for events, entertainment and recreation, so see what you will come across during your visit!
If you are here on a family vacation, the Creative Discovery Museum is a great place to take the kids for fun in an educational environment. Unique exhibits allow youngsters to climb up to a crow's nest, dig for dinosaur bones, see how bees make honey, build robots and create a sculpture. Be sure to pick up a souvenir at the museum shop to remember the good times you had. It is easy to see why it has been selected as a top 20 children’s museum!
The Hunter Museum of American Art is another great destination for the family: inside you will find a fascinating, diverse collection of pieces dating back to the Colonial period as well as programs and workshops for all ages. The museum is also perched on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, so do not miss your opportunity to take in the stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains.
Take a step back in time and hop aboard a vintage train for a ride along the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Get an authentic experience of the railroading heyday as you enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and Hiwassee River Gorge. Upon your return to Grand Junction Station, check out the historic locomotives and steam engines on display or tour a working repair shop. Hungry? Stop at the Depot Deli for a quick bite.
Time to start planning your trip to Tennessee! Stay with Choice Hotels in Chattanooga for a great room, cozy bed and warm hospitality. Get the rest and relaxation you need every night of your visit as there are plenty of memories to be made once the next day arrives. Book online with Choice Hotels today!
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