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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.

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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
Attraction type: Mountains; Lookouts
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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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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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Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Owner description: Creative Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of downtown Chattanooga that inspires all children to explore, innovate, create, and play. Our exhibits are... more Owner description: Creative Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum in the heart of downtown Chattanooga that inspires all children to explore, innovate, create, and play. Our exhibits are designed to both entertain and educate as children discover the world around them and all it has to offer including art, music, dinosaur digging, water exploration, and science. Rated the #7 children's museum in the U.S. by Trekaroo in 2015. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Children's Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

St. John's Restaurant
St. John's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bluegrass Grill
Bluegrass Grill
Ranked #2 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Ranked #3 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Uncle Larry's Restaurant
Uncle Larry's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $1 - $12
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Chattanooga, TN
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Chattanooga, TN
Ranked #5 of 822 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
$27 - $70
En Root House - Hostel Chattanooga
En Root House - Hostel Chattanooga
$26 - $33
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Quality Inn Convention Center
$32 - $48
Ranked #54 of 96 Hotels in Chattanooga

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain
$131 - $224
Ranked #2 of 96 Hotels in Chattanooga
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Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place
$127 - $179
Ranked #5 of 96 Hotels in Chattanooga
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga I-24/Lookout Mountain
2.5 of 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga I-24/Lookout Mountain
$122 - $221
Ranked #8 of 96 Hotels in Chattanooga
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