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Chattanooga
The name "Chattanooga" comes from the Creek Indian word for "rock coming to a point." This refers to Lookout Mountain, one of the city's major attractions. Here visitors can explore extraordinary rock formations, see a roaring enclosed waterfall and travel by train to the top of the mountain for truly awesome vistas. Back down on the ground, don't miss the world's largest freshwater aquarium, the Tennessee Aquarium. History enthusiasts will love the city's museums dedicated to Civil War, Native American and 20th-century history. More than anything, Chattanooga is a scenic city, full of natural wonders waiting to be explored by foot, car, bike or train.

All things to do » Things to do

Walnut Street Bridge
Walnut Street Bridge
One of the finest examples of the Phoenix wrought-iron truss bridges that were build between 1884 and 1923.
Attraction type: Bridges
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Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium
More than 9,000 animals swim, fly and crawl through this aquarium dedicated to educating visitors about freshwater ecosystems.
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain
This high, wide plateau located on top of a mountain and surrounded by perpendicular cliffs is home to three exciting attractions: Incline Railway, Ruby Falls and Rock City.
Attraction type: Mountains
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Owner description: Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just 1.3 miles off of I-24 at the Lookout Valley exit (#174), and is less than ten minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Visitors are presented... more Owner description: Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just 1.3 miles off of I-24 at the Lookout Valley exit (#174), and is less than ten minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Visitors are presented with a cave in its natural state and our 45-minute (+/-) Crystal Palace Walking Tour allows them to view thousands of diverse formations - stalagtites, stalagmites, delicate soda straws, flowstone, rimstone pools, draperies, columns, natural bridges, and a rare shield formation. We also offer a variety of wild cave "spelunking" expeditions for those who want to view beyond the lighted pathways and explore deeper into the mountain. Our Waterfall Dome expedition permits visitors to view the areas tallest underground, natural (unassisted) flowing waterfall. less
Attraction type: Caverns/ Caves; Parks; Lookouts
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Tennessee Riverpark
Tennessee Riverpark
Attraction type: Hiking Trails; Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

St. John's Restaurant
St. John's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 701 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Uncle Larry's Restaurant
Uncle Larry's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 701 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $1 - $12
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Delivery
Bluegrass Grill
Bluegrass Grill
Ranked #3 of 701 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Urban Stack Burger Lounge
Urban Stack Burger Lounge
Ranked #4 of 701 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Public House
Public House
Ranked #5 of 701 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price:
Cuisines: American
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
$27 - $70
Days Inn Chattanooga/Hamilton Place
2.0 of 5
Days Inn Chattanooga/Hamilton Place
$45 - $71
Ranked #27 of 98 Hotels in Chattanooga
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Quality Inn Convention Center
$32 - $48
Ranked #55 of 98 Hotels in Chattanooga

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga I-24/Lookout Mountain
2.5 of 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga I-24/Lookout Mountain
$107 - $185
Ranked #9 of 98 Hotels in Chattanooga
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TownePlace Suites Chattanooga Near Hamilton Place
2.5 of 5
TownePlace Suites Chattanooga Near Hamilton Place
$103 - $151
Ranked #10 of 98 Hotels in Chattanooga
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MainStay Suites
2.0 of 5
MainStay Suites
$92 - $116
Ranked #12 of 98 Hotels in Chattanooga
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