Welcome to Chattanooga!
Attractions, history, and more!
In 2012 the New York Times listed Chattanooga as one of the top 45 places in the world. In 2015 Outdoor Magazine named Chattanooga the #1 best place to live in the United States. From Olympic kayaking and rafting courses, as well as mountain biking, hang gliding, and hiking, to our many unique attractions and historic sites, Chattanooga is a world class destination! Regardless if you are staying a day or have decided to stay a lifetime, there are many things in Chattanooga to fill your time here with excitement and adventure. Here is a list of some of our favorite Chattanooga attractions.
Chattanooga’s newest Escape Room facility in the heart of downtown is ready to challenge your adventurous side. Our Market Street location right across from Jack’s Alley is an easy walk from all the downtown attractions, activities and lodging. Come experience our challenging adventures and see if you have what it takes to complete your mission in time!
No visit to Chattanooga is complete without a trip to Lookout Mountain’s Point Park, the first of all Chattanooga attractions. Perched atop the very tip of the mountain is this Civil War battle site and museum with one of the Scenic City’s best views. During the Civil War word quickly spread about the site and made it a top destination ever since.
The Chickamauga Battlefield is historically infamous for being the location of the second bloodiest battle in the entire Civil War. Fittingly enough it is named for the Cherokee tribe of the same name, a Cherokee word meaning “Blood River.” Many famous ghost stories are set in the Chickamauga Battlefield, most notably that of “Green Eyes,” a Cherokee legend of a giant daemon like beast that even soldiers during the Civil War reported seeing.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Nationally recognized Raccoon Mountain Caverns is Tennessee’s highest rated cave with many rare formations. They offer a leisurely 45 minute tour of the cave’s Crystal Palace, as well as wild cave expeditions for the more daring. Named a National Geographic Destination in 2013, Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a great attraction to add to your Chattanooga adventure.
Hunter Museum of Art
The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods. A few of the artists whose work is represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Robert S. Duncanson, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol.
Reverend Howard Finster was one of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists producing over 46,991 pieces of art before his death in 2001. He designed album covers for rock groups such as R.E.M. and Talking Heads, later earning him Record Album Cover of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Paradise Gardens was his legacy, a sprawling estate with thousands of his artistic creations. Truly an inspirational and amazing display, this “off the beaten path” location is one of Chattanooga’s most overlooked yet most amazing attractions.
“I TOOK THE PIECES YOU THREW AWAY AND
PUT THEM TOGATHER BY NIGHT AND DAY
WASHED BY RAIN DRIED BY SUN A MILLION PIECES ALL IN ONE”
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Aquarium takes you on a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea to meet amazing animals up close within the Aquarium’s two buildings. Come see for yourself why visitors rate it the number one Aquarium in the country for guest satisfaction. A must see among the Chattanooga attractions.
A fully accredited institution with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Chattanooga Zoo celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. See snow leopards, red pandas, sloth, fennec foxes, cotton-top tamarins, and many many more!
The Chattanooga Ducks
Chattanooga’s great adventure! Board an authentic renovated WWII amphibious landing craft for a narrated tour of downtown Chattanooga, TN. Just when you think you’ve seen it all from land, we will splash into the Tennessee River for the unforgettable views of Chattanooga’s Riverfront and Maclellan Island.
The South’s premier tandem skydiving center! Feel the rush as you soar freely over the Earth at a staggering 14,000 – 18,000 feet in the air. Highly experienced skydiving instructors will guide you safely using state-of-the-art United Parachute Technologies SIGMA tandem parachute systems. With thousands of jumps under their belt and over 50 years of skydiving experience, you can enjoy the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with confidence of being in the hands of the best in the industry!
Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel
Another great attraction off the beaten trail, construction of the historic Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel began in 1848. The tunnel, which spans 1,477 feet, was dug through the base of Chetoogeta Mountain. On May 9, 1850, the first Western and Atlantic train passed through the mountain tunnel and the new town of Atlanta became one of the railway’’s major hubs. The tunnel became part of several historical events during the Civil War, including the world famous “Great locomotive Chase.”
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
The Tennessee Valley Railroad is a moving museum, offering an interactive, historical experience that will add an extra dimension to your visit to Chattanooga’s great attractions. Here you will find the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. But it is so much more than just entertainment!
Take a trip back in time, to a slower paced era when railroad travel was a way of life. Relive the romance of the rails when vintage trains provided an escape from the everyday routine. Aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, you will ride a rolling time machine providing the sights and sounds of yesteryear. All Aboard at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!
Get more ideas on what to do on the Chattanooga Travel Guide.
Other Great Tours
Chattanooga Sidewalk Tours
Nashville Ghost Tours
Dalton Ghost Tours
Elkhorn Inn & Theater, Landgraff, W Va
A great destination for railfans!
For more information on Chattanooga and area attractions, visit the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau! www.ChattanoogaFun.com