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Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a city rich in history, natural beauty, and bustling activity. Located in southeastern Tennessee right along the Tennessee River and the Georgia border, this city has a definitive Southern flavor. You'll find many attractions and museums in the city as well as gorgeous landscape.  The city is surrounded by ridges and lies at the transition between the ridge and valley of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. A famous Plateau in Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain, which draws in numerous tourists for attractions like Rock City, Incline Railway, and Ruby Falls.

General Chattanooga Information

  • Population: 155,554
  • Land Area: 370.8 square kilometers
  • County: Hamilton
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Television Stations: 11

Distance to Major Metropolitan Areas

  • Atlanta, GA: 118.3 miles
  • Nashville, TN: 133 miles
  • Birmingham, AL: 147.3 miles
  • Louisville, KY: 305.6 miles
  • Memphis, TN: 343.6 miles
  • Charleston, SC: 436.6 miles
  • New Orleans, LA: 491.6 miles
  • Cleveland, OH: 608.7 miles
  • Chicago, IL: 639.3 miles
  • Miami, FL: 684.1 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA: 736.6 miles
  • Minneapolis, MN: 1,013.3 miles

Chattanooga Top Attractions

Chattanooga Museums

  • Creative Discovery Museum
  • Hunter Museum of American Art
  • International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
  • Chattanooga African-American Museum
  • Chattanooga Regional History Museum
  • National Medal of Honor Museum
  • Houston Museum

Chattanooga Colleges and Universities

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga State Technical Community College
  • Tennessee Temple University
  • Lee University
  • Miller-Motte Technical College
  • Covenant College

Dining Options in Chattanooga

  • 212 Market Restaurant
  • 4th Street Café in the Clarion Hotel
  • Angus Café
  • Aquarium Foods
  • Aretha Frankensteins
  • Aris' Lakeshore Restaurant
  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
  • Blue Plate
  • Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar

Chattanooga Top Shopping Destinations

  • Northgate Mall
  • Eastgate Town Center
  • Hamilton Place Mall
  • Warehouse Row
  • Rock/Creek Outfitters
  • Chattanooga Market
  • East Ridge Flea & Farmers Market
  • Ignis Glass Studio

Interesting Chattanooga Facts

  • The name "Chattanooga" is based on the Muskogean term for rock, cvto (chatta), and may refer to Lookout Mountain, which is described as looking like "a rock rising to a point."
  • The city is probably best known for the 1941 big-band swing song "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
  • The recently restored historic Walnut Street Bridge is not only the second longest pedestrian bridge in the world but also the oldest surviving bridge of its kind in the Southeastern United States.
  • The Chattanooga Bakery is the home of the Moon Pie.

Notable Natives and Residents of Chattanooga

  • Bessie Smith, blues singer
  • Samuel L. Jackson, actor
  • Venus Lacy, Olympic gold medalist in basketball 1996
  • Estes Kefauver, US Senator
  • Reggie White, football player
  • Ted Turner, founder of CNN
  • Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Grant Adcox, race car driver
  • Usher Raymond, singer
  • Grace Moore, soprano, actress
  • Dixie Carter, actress

Transportation Facilities

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA)
  • Greyhound Station

Major Hospitals and Care Centers

  • Erlanger Hospital
  • Parkridge Hospital
  • East Ridge Health Center
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Number for Ambulance, Fire Fighters, or Police: 911
Lookout Mountain Attractions
It rained the entire weekend so the only attraction we were able to do was the incline. We all enjoyed the inclne very much and will be planning another trip for the other 2 attractions.
john cramblitt - daphne, al
Lookout Mountain Attractions
Did not like the tourist trap aspect of it. The nature part of it was great but we did not like the way it was made into a tourist trap. Example ruby cave was destroyed but the waterfall was amazing. Caverns are not naturally that clean, the destroyed the stalactites and stalagmites that must have been there at one time. The scenery from lookout mountain was beautiful but the pathway was unnatural. We had spent time at Smoky Mountain hiking and that was natural.
Anthony Bannish - Westfield, MA
Lookout Mountain Attractions
We enjoyed the view and walk round rock city mountain the incline railway was a bit boring being that we had thought the rain would move faster the ruby falls was a wonder, beautiful attractions!
Bimpe Sunmibare - Lilburn, Ga
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