Chattanooga: Trolley Tours, Street Parties, Music Festivals and More


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 & cafes,  a thriving arts & music scene with plenty of annual festivals and events that offer year-round fun. 

We are located right off of Interstates I-24; I-59 and I-75. You can park your car and check out the free Electric Shuttle or enjoy a great sightseeing tour with Gray Line’s Hop on Hop off Trolley Tour. Your ticket is good for 2 days and children ride free with a paying adult. Purchase online at  or at their ticket office at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Lobby.

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 going 3 stories up – check them out at

Didn’t bring your bike? – No problem! Use our Bike Share Program where $8.00 gets you 24-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’s west side in a hang-glider made for two.

Speaking of Historic Lookout Mountain, located only 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga you’ll find 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.  Don’t miss the 13’ x 30’ painting done by an eye-witness 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 visitor’s 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 fought there during the Civil War.

If you love MUSIC then check out our 9-Day Riverbend Music Festival for less than $65 for all 9 nights each year in June.  With over 100 acts on 5 stages you will love this award-winning festival. You will find this year’s scheduled acts at .

Want something more intimate? – Then Main Street and the new entertainment district at Station Street will be perfect for you.  Enjoy line dancing at Westward Country Lounge or dance to ‘80s & ‘90s tunes at Regan’s Place or stroll over to Brewhouse Terminal for a craft beer or burger.

Be one of the first in the nation to check out Songbirds Guitar Museum at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex.  This is one of the largest and most rare collections in the world. Then walk across the street and take a tour & tasting at Chattanooga Whiskey Company’s distillery. And Chattanooga has a variety of musicians that call it home from the 1920’s great Bessie Smith, the Empress of Blues, to Clyde Stubblefield, lead drummer for James Brown to today’s top R & B legend, Usher.  Check out our CHA Tunes on Spotify.

And here are a few other great things not to miss:  our Riverfront District includes the Tennessee Aquarium, the world’s largest fresh-water aquarium; or while away an evening at a Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball game on Hawk Hill downtown.  Then enjoy a prime-rib dinner & music on the Southern Belle Riverboat or splash down in the morning in a Chattanooga Duck, a WWII amphibious military vehicle for a fun river ride to remember. 

We guarantee to provide you and your family with a vacation that you will talk about for years to come.  Whatever thrills you – we think you will find it in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Come see this place we call home! CHATTANOOGA – Best Town Ever! 

For more information check out our website at or email Shelda Spencer Rees at ssrees@chattanoogacvb.comIf you are interested in bringing your military reunion to Chattanooga – we’ve got you covered! Email Reunion Specialist – Ms. Chris Petro at

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