Chattanooga, TN Area Information

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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. Book your accommodations today and get ready to escape to the beautiful city of Chattanooga!


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

  • Tennessee Aquarium
  • Southern Belle Riverboat
  • Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Rock City
  • Incline Railway
  • Ruby Falls
  • Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
  • Raccoon Mountain Caverns


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     
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