Steeped in Southern history and nestled in a stunning landscape of mountains, ridges and the winding Tennessee river, Chattanooga boasts a splendid setting that lives up to its nickname: The Scenic City. Mild spring temperatures make Chattanooga a perfect destination for a boating excursion to explore relics from its storied past and enjoy the vibrant locales of today.
The city is known internationally for the iconic Big Band-era song Chattanooga Choo Choo by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Its redressed waterfront and downtown offer a dynamic mix of things to see and do for the contemporary visitor. Getting around is hassle-free, thanks to the Chattanooga Area regional Transportation Authority (CArTA) and a complimentary electric shuttle that get you to nearby sights and sounds.
Many of the city's attractions afford a unique blend of indoor and outdoor sites be sure to include these on your must-see list. The Bluff View Art District overlooks the Tennessee river and has something for everyone: a gallery, two museums, three restaurants, an outdoor sculpture garden, a bakery and a coffee house. Plan to spend some time at the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theatre. For a trip down memory lane, tour the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel with its historic Southern railway Terminal Station and vintage train car accommodations. And don't miss a stroll along the Tennessee riverwalk.
Historic sites dot the region. The 956-acre Moccasin Bend Archaeological District and Lookout Mountain recall the days of the Chickamauga and Civil War battles. Several National register of historic places sites -- including the Sheraton Read House Hotel and the Market and Main Street Historic Districtprovide an all-access pass to a back-in-time experience. And consider a walk along the city's famed Walnut Street Bridge. Built in 1891, it's the oldest camelback truss bridge in the southeast and the second longest pedestrian bridge in the country.
Chattanooga's natural beauty lures many of its visitors. Lookout Mountain has the 145-foot underground waterfall ruby Falls, a section of stunning panoramic views called rock City, and the Incline railway, the world's steepest passenger railway, in operation since 1895. raccoon Mountain Caverns boasts a spectacular cave system. Be sure to book a Spring Canyon Cruise on the Chattanooga river Boat to enjoy a three-hour outing along the 26-mile-long Tennessee river Gorge. Looking for a budget-friendly night on the town? Take in one of the free outdoor Nightfall concerts held every Friday from May through August.
Chattanooga Film Festival - April 2-5
15th Annual 4 Bridges Art Festival - April 11-12
Chattanooga Choo Choo's Traditional Jazz Festival - May 2-3
MarineMax ChattanoogaLakeshore Marina
Big River Grille & Brewing Works - 222 Broad Street, 423-267-2739
Public House (Warehouse Row) - 1110 Market Street #101, 423-266- 3366
Blue Plate - 191 Chestnut Street, Unit B 423-648-6767