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Chattanooga, known as Tennessee’s Scenic City, surrounded by mountains.

Have a Fun Road Trip to Chattanooga

Chattanooga is filled with activities for outdoor enthusiasts, a romantic getaway or family-friendly trip

Chattanooga’s natural beauty, diverse activities and celebrated food scene make this enchanting city the ideal road trip destination.

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, a romantic weekend or an entertaining escape with friends and family, plan the perfect getaway to explore the Scenic City’s many sights and sounds.

Downtown Chattanooga Stops

To sample all the city has to offer, head to the city center. Downtown is home to historic and cultural sites, family attractions, outdoor activities, unique shopping and dining options ranging from chef-driven menus to kid-friendly cuisine.

A wide array of hotel choices and boutique properties offer distinctive experiences to suit your mood – whether that’s a romantic stay at the elegant Edwin Hotel, a hip trip to the stylishly chic Moxy, a spa weekend at The Chattanoogan or amenities for all at the many well-known brands with a downtown address. Best of all, downtown is highly walkable for easy access to attractions and restaurants.

Family Fun in Chattanooga

For Children and Little Kids

Children love Chattanooga’s immersive attractions known to spark the imagination. Playful penguins, mischievous otters and stealthy sharks tell the story of rivers and oceans at the Tennessee Aquarium, recently named a Top 10 aquarium in the country in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Other family favorites include the IMAX 3D Theater, Creative Discovery Museum and Chattanooga Zoo.

For Teenagers

Traveling with teens? Check out escape room experiences, water sports on the river and the interactive Classic Arcade Pinball Museum.

For Everyone

No matter what the age, the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo, Incline Railway, Ruby Falls and Rock City are popular stops on any itinerary.

Outdoor Adventure in Chattanooga

One look at the stunning water and mountain views confirms Chattanooga’s nickname as the Scenic City. Indulge your adventurous spirit with miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails.

For a different viewpoint try hang-gliding, zip lining, sky diving or river excursions. Knowledgeable guides and rental companies are available to help with expeditions.

It’s also easy to enjoy the outdoors without the adrenaline rush. Chattanooga offers great paddleboarding opportunities and the wonderful Chattanooga Riverwalk for biking or strolling along the river.

Additionally, the city has terrific urban parks, public art and Audubon Acres for picnicking and wildlife watching. For a room with a view, try Bluff View Inn in the Bluff View Art District or RiverView Inn on the side of Lookout Mountain.

Romantic Getaway in Chattanooga

Sometimes, the best trips are just for two. Plan a romantic retreat perfectly suited to you and your significant other. Adventure, art, history, dining, dancing or simply strolling the Riverwalk hand-in-hand – there are plenty of ways to make new memories.

For innovative Southern cuisine with global influences, book a reservation at the Back Inn Café, which has been consistently voted Chattanooga’s Most Romantic Restaurant.

Polly Claire’s in the Historic Dent House is a great option for lunch or high tea and hosts a series of candlelit “Date Nights” (check online to reserve).

Chattanooga Foodie Finds

Delicious discoveries are everywhere in Chattanooga. Adventurous palates are sure to appreciate a food scene infused with signature river style and Southern flair.

Fine Dining

For upscale culinary offerings check out the menus at Whitebird, Bridgeman’s Chophouse and Alleia.

Local Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Sample local brews, wines and whiskeys at stops including Gate 11, Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery and Big River Grille & Brewing Works. There’s even a ChattaBrew Tour for a behind-the-scenes peek at four different breweries.

Local Restaurants

Local favorites include farm-to-table options, restaurants with a view, great local coffee shops, tapas menus and more. Check out Public House, Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar, Milk & Honey, Community Pie and Rembrandt’s Coffee House among others.

Dessert Places

No meal is complete without trying a signature sweet treat such as Moon Pies (invented here in the Scenic City) and Clumpies Ice Cream.

Local Farmers Market

If you’re visiting on any Sunday from April-November, be sure to visit Chattanooga Market, named one of the Top 10 Public Markets in America by Frommer’s. Each week enjoy live music, more than 130 artisans and 50 farms that bring produce, meats, cheeses and specialty items to the market.

Chattanooga Getaway With Friends

A spa weekend, sports trip, shopping spree, celebration, outdoor adventure or just a few days away with best buds – Chattanooga is the perfect place to hang out with friends.

Whether the ideal trip includes a Lookouts baseball game, a round of golf and afternoon at High Point Climbing and Fitness or lends itself to browsing the shops of Warehouse Row and admiring the incredible collection at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts – it’s easy to plan daytime activities around shared interests and spend the evening enjoying great food, music and company.

If your traveling partners include furry friends, several hotels, restaurants and attractions have pet-friendly policies. After exploring the city, enjoy a pint next to your pup at dog-friendly restaurants including 1885 Grill, Chattanooga Brewing Co., Stir and, of course, Hair of the Dog Pub.

Live Music in Chattanooga

Talent runs deep across Tennessee with amazing artists performing throughout Chattanooga. A long list of restaurants feature entertainment including live music and comedy acts.

During the warm weather, Music on the Green, Sidewalk Stages, Coolidge Park and Station Street at the Chattanooga Choo Choo host popular concert series.

In the fall, enjoy jazz and blues on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. And in early June, join 650,000 music lovers at the annual Riverbend Festival for four days of headline acts.

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