Chattanooga travel guide

The Scenic City

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You're Going to Love Chattanooga

Chattanooga is simply one of America's most attractive medium sized cities, and every year its mixture of green space, a walkable Downtown and family attractions attracts more and more visitors. Why not join them?

If you need somewhere that will satisfy a car-load of kids, Chattanooga fits the bill. With amusement parks like Lake Winnie and Rock City, as well as the Aquarium and Warner Park Zoo, families will never be bored in this southern jewel.

However, Chattanooga is also a great destination for culture lovers and nature fans. Take the Incline Railway to the summit of Mount Lookout to see Ruby Falls, walk the 10 mile footpath to the Chickamauga Dam or ride the steam railway from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Or, if you don't want to leave the city, just relax in Coolidge Park beside the antique carousel and the fountains.

There are fine art galleries like the Hunter Museum, boutiques along the length of Frazier Avenue and more Tennessee BBQ restaurants than you could ever hope to sample. It all comes together in one hard to resist package - so there are plenty of reasons to make Chattanooga the destination for your next getaway.

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What to do in Chattanooga

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When to Visit Chattanooga

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Most people recommend visiting Chattanooga during the fall in September and October, when the temperatures drop into the 50s and 60s and the foliage is spectacular. The Incline Railway to Lookout Mountain will still be open, allowing you to visit Ruby Falls, as will Rock City and Lake Winnie, so it won't be hard to keep the kids entertained.

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How to Get to Chattanooga

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Where to Stay in Chattanooga

Excellent city center hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott's Residence Inn, both of which are very conveniently located for the major attractions. If you are looking for something a little further out, try the Hampton Inn in Hixson, a peaceful, safe area that suits families. There are also high-quality budget options, including the Crash Pad - the city's only backpacker hostel.

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Shopping Streets

Frazier Avenue in the Northshore District is one of Chattanooga's best shopping streets, with a cluster of apparel stores, antique vendors, and bookstores. Check out Uptown Art, where you can buy works by the city's growing artist community, Willa - an upscale apparel boutique and the jewelry store Rusted Buffalo, or just wander along the street window shopping. There are also come great malls, including the Northgate Mall, where you'll find major brands like Sears and Old Navy, along with a large cinema complex.

Groceries and Other

If you need to shop for groceries or other essentials, the bets places to go in Chattanooga are supermarkets like Rogers, Whole Foods or Publix, all of which have stores near the city center. For fresh produce and artisan foods, the best place to head is Chattanooga Market at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Grocery costs tend to be relatively low. Expect to pay around $2.70 for 12 eggs or $2.30 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Chattanooga

Chattanooga isn't short of high-quality eateries of almost every variety. However, visitors should definitely check out some Tennessee BBQ at restaurants like Sticky Fingers Smokehouse or Sugar's Ribs. Fried chicken is another local favorite, with some of the most succulent dishes available at Bea's and Mt. Vernon. There's also a growing gourmet dining scene. Upscale diners will adore the food at restaurants like Terra Mae or Terra Nostra, which blends Spanish tapas, French cuisine, and Italian cooking. Expect to pay $15 for a good mid-range meal.

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