Chattanooga is nestled along the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by spectacular mountains and scenic beauty.
Chattanooga Choo Choo
On any visit a must-see is the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station Complex and Hotel, the 1909 railway station made famous by the song Chattanooga Choo Choo which was the first million-selling record in the world.
Today, the Choo Choo Complex has undergone a $20 million dollar renovation including a new entertainment district at nearby 14th and Market Streets. While you can still spend the night in an authentic train carriage, guests can now enjoy the new Revelry Room music venue, have a farm to table meal at a new restaurant called STIR offering 350 brands of liquor stacked high behind a 30-foot-long bar, an oyster bar and outdoor patio. Then, laugh the night away at The Comedy Catch Club located by the gardens in the complex.
Hop on the Free Electric Shuttle at the Choo Choo Complex and it’ll whisk you through downtown where you’ll find outdoor art galore along with the largest collection of American art east of the Mississippi River at the Hunter Museum which is located in the pedestrian-friendly Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River.
Chattanooga’s Native American name comes from the pointed mountain only a 15-minute drive from downtown. This “rock – coming to a point” is Lookout Mountain where you’ll find the Incline Railway with the steepest incline in the world, Ruby Falls which is 145-foot waterfall deep inside the mountain, the award-winning and geological wonder that is Rock City Gardens and the National Park Service’s American Civil War Battlefield at Point Park.
The Tennessee Riverfront District includes the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, the Tennessee Aquarium. In the River Journey building you’ll find freshwater river otters, piranha and alligators whereas in the Ocean Journey building you’ll find penguins, sharks, sting-rays, and a butterfly conservatory.
Riverbend Music Festival
Enjoy an outdoor music festival vibe? Then make sure to include the annual 9-night Riverbend Music Festival in your travel plans. Held every June, the festival features 100+ music acts on five different stages along the river all for less than $50.00 per person.
Home of Chattanooga Whiskey Company! Discover how Chattanooga WHiskey changed the rules and get inspired to change some yourself! At the Tennessee Stillhouse is where the magic happens; where humbled ingredients like corn, barley and rye are cooked, fermented, distilled and aged until finally they are ready to be bottled at Chattanooga Whiskey and enjoyed. Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, across from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex, the micro-distillery and tasting room are steeped in the history and lore of Tennessee's rich whiskey tradition. Stop by for a tour, saddle up to the bar and get a taste of history in the making. Open seven days a week.
Come visit and enjoy this place we call home, Chattanooga.