Chattanooga – Mountains, Music, and More!

06/26/2015  | 

Chattanooga is the Gateway to Tennessee and is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by the spectacular scenic beauty of the mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. You will enjoy a newly revitalized green riverfront city, first class attractions, great Southern hospitality, rich Native American and Civil War history, outdoor adventures and locally owned restaurants and cafes, a thriving arts and music scene with plenty of annual festivals and events that offer year-round fun.

We are located right off Interstates I-24; I-59 and I-75. You can park your car and check out the FREE Electric Shuttle that runs in a continuous loop for 14 blocks from the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station Complex to the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza with over 40 stops in-between most nights until 11:00 p.m. We have a ton of LEED certified green buildings including the only movie theater in the USA and the only platinum auto manufacturing plant in the world — Volkswagen North America — where the VW Passat is currently being made and where the new VW SUV will roll off the line in 2017.

We guarantee to provide you and your family with a vacation that you will talk about for years to come. Here are a few great things not to miss:

  • Riverfront District includes the Tennessee Aquarium, the world’s largest fresh-water aquarium; a 3D IMAX© Theater; and one of the best children’s museums, the Creative Discovery Museum, for ages 2-11.
  • Stroll or bike on our 13-mile RiverWalk
  • Check out the $8 million dollar renovation at the famous 1909 Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station and Hotel Complex
  • While away an evening at a Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball game on Hawk Hill downtown.
  • Enjoy a prime-rib dinner and music on the Southern Belle Riverboat
  • Take a ride on the high-speed 55 m.p.h. catamaran known as the River Gorge Explorer
  • Splash down in the early morning in a Chattanooga Duck, a WWII amphibious military vehicle for a fun river ride to remember.

Lookout Mountain

Historic Lookout Mountain is only 15 minutes away from downtown Chattanooga with a whole new list of things to do from riding the steepest Incline Railway in the world, to going underground to see a 145’ waterfall at Ruby Falls to walking through award-winning gardens at Rock City Gardens. Experience the Battles for Chattanooga Museum presentation on the battles of 1863 and stroll the National Park Battlefield unit at Point Park. Visit

Don’t miss the 13’ x 30’ painting done by an eyewitness to the 1863 Chattanooga battles located in the NPS Visitors Center across the street from Point Park. If time allows, head down to the Chickamauga Battlefield at Fort Oglethorpe to see the new movie presentation “Death Knell of the Confederacy” at the NPS visitors’ center and then head out to drive the oldest and largest National Military Park in the USA.

Many military leadership classes have made the pilgrimage to the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park established in 1889 to study the generals that served there during the Civil War.

Music Festival

If music is where it’s at for you then check out our 9-Day Riverbend Music Festival for less than $50 for all nine nights every year in June. With over 100 acts on five stages you will love this award-winning festival.

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Want something more intimate? Then Main Street and the new entertainment district at 14th Street will be perfect for you. Check out Track 29 mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine as the best new venue in the South or enjoy great BBQ at Clyde’s on Main, where you’ll find musicians galore. Coming in 2015, Puckett’s Grocery, a Nashville staple, is bringing a part of music city to the riverfront near the aquarium. Chattanooga has a variety of musicians that call it home from the 1920s great Bessie Smith, the Empress of Blues, to Clyde Stubblefield, lead drummer for James Brown to today’s top R&B legend, Usher.

You’ll also find a cool art scene in Chattanooga and it starts in the 1900s Bluff View Art District with two great restaurants, a coffeehouse, art gallery, three Bed and Breakfast homes, a free sculpture garden and the largest collection of American art in the southeast at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

We also have a large collection of outdoor art around every corner and you can request a walking tour brochure at [email protected].

If the great outdoors is more your style then don’t miss our great outdoor adventures like kayaking, paddle-boarding or canoeing right in downtown. You are only a 15 minute drive to hiking trails, mountain biking or rock climbing indoors and out at places like the High Point Climbing Center where a short lesson can have you scaling The Pit or climbing three stories. Check them out at

Didn’t bring your bike? Use our Bike Share Program where $6 gets you 24 hour-access to over 30 stations and 300 bikes. Then, just 45 minutes away, you can whitewater raft on the Ocoee “1996 Olympic” River or, if you dare, jump off Lookout Mountain in a hang-glider made for two.

Whatever thrills you – we think you will find it in Chattanooga Tennessee. Come see this place we call home! CHATTANOOGA – Mountains, Music, and More! For more information visit or email Shelda Spencer Rees at [email protected] if you are interested in bringing your military reunion to Chattanooga – we’ve got you covered! Email Reunion Specialist - Chris Petro at [email protected].

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