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Chattanooga or Gatlinburg

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Chattanooga or Gatlinburg

Which area would be better for just 2 nights in October? I can't decide. It's me, my hubby, and our 6 mo old. We are not too picky, but which area would have more to do? ie: restauants, tourist attractions, etc. I see that Chattanooga has an aquarium and Ruby Falls, but what else is there? It does look really pretty though, so I am having a hard time picking.

Thanks!!

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41. Re: Chattanooga or Gatlinburg

"Atually there is not much difference in the mountains in chattanooga or the tennessee valley than the smokies."

"So what ever teh Smokies have we either have as well or have better."

So, while I appreciate your support for Chattanooga no matter what is said, I just can't believe even you would make statements like above. However, I know it's you opinion and you actually believe what you say. I agree with knapster that Chattanooga has been a great urban renewel process over the past 10 or so years (no thanks to Corker), still it's just an average little mid-sized city - even though I will call it home for a few more years.

But, I do sometimes wonder what color the sky in your world is at times. Seems to be different from what most of us see.

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"So, while I appreciate your support for Chattanooga no matter what is said, I just can't believe even you would make statements like above. "

Actually I backed up my staements with links and facts. Maybe you missed them! IE see the waterfall statement.

As far as seeing different than most. It may be because unlike 80 percent of residents in chattanooga who work and come home and do nothing else, I have studied this area and explored the backroads and trails my entire life. I have done what most tourist would do and I am well taught in Chattanooga history. I am 32 and I am STILL TO THIS DAY discovering the hidden gems to this area.

I love the smokies too, dont get me wrong BUT I was trying to put myself in the shoes of a tourist and as a tourist I think there is way more undeveloped natural resources in a 100 miles radius of chattanooga.

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Well, I don't think you have to live for years near a tourist attraction before you can make a judgement. Every day, tourists make decisions on whether they like some place, or not.

The Chattanooga renewal statement was not a pitch for Corker, even though I knew it may seem that way! LOL! Believe me, it's not!

Finally, I got the job!

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This thread has been cracking me up! Have we decided yet which city wins?

I responded to blue's thread on the Gatlinburg forum, but I think that thread didn't take off because most of the people who frequent that forum don't seem to spend much time in Chattanooga.

As for me, I wouldn't mind living in Chattanooga, but I would never want to spend a week of precious vacation time there. If I HAD to choose Chatt. or G'burg for a week, G'burg would win, warts and all. You can explore the NP for days on end, then you have your choice of restaurants for an evening meal, or you can go shopping, and it's all right there. It's so easy. You don't need to procure multiple sets of directions for anything.

Sure, there's fun stuff in Chatt. to do but it's too spread out. I agree that within a 100 mile radius there's a lot. Even within a 30 mile radius. But I HATE needlessly wasting so much time in a car during a vacation. If the scenery were different or amazing, that's one thing. For example, on one trip I spent a week driving around Nova Scotia, and it was fascinating and a necessary part of exploring that area, but for Chatt., passing through suburbia and the same old chain stores and strip malls and industrial areas that you'd find anywhere on this side of the country... well, it's not exactly thrilling. That's not an insult to the town... people LIVE there; its purpose is not to cater to tourists. If it was, I'd wager that those of you who live there probably would not enjoy it as much as you do!

I think of Knoxville quite similarly. I love it here and find plenty of interesting things to do, but I wouldn't recommend for anyone to vacation here either, for many of the same reasons I listed above.

I made a few other points in my other post but I'll leave them on that thread as I hate repeating myself.

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"Well, I don't think you have to live for years near a tourist attraction before you can make a judgement. Every day, tourists make decisions on whether they like some place, or not."

I was talking about living here long enough to discover all teh hidden things, I am still discovering. I agree about tourists, I put myself in their shoes all the time. ;)

To CG or whatever about the sky being blue. Visually YEs its blue about 75 percent of the time and somtimes orage/red/violet etc. BUT scientifically the sky is clear!!! The colors in teh sky are illusions created but the atmosphere and ozone being reflected by teh sun. Somtimes the dramatic reds and oranges actually come from reflections of teh sun through polution, so though pretty its not really a good thing.

Do I see things differently? Maybe but I see with facts!

To teh post above. I agree about everything being spread out, thats the only bad thing about it. Alot of the neat stuff is so far away you have to drive say 30 miles from downtown then walk 3 or more miles to get to it. Its rewarding in teh end but it would be much easier to have everything close together.

I love gatlinburg and the whole smokies, cherokee used to be my favourite but its getting as bad as pigeon forge, dont get me wrong I love dollywood but I hate the traffic and the people are rude except at dollywood. Mostly tourists are rude but I guess thats to be expected.

I go to the smokies once a year but I have been to places I have enjoyed much more such as helen GA. and Cave City Kentucky, those places are just less commercial and more natural.

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46. Re: Chattanooga or Gatlinburg

Chasm:

Actually I wasn't responding to you regarding making a judgement on whether a place is a good vacation spot. I was responding to this:

"My thoughts are you may be making some rash statements/judgements considering you haven't been in this area long."

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Sorry, Its all good.

The point is both places are great and both have pluses and minus's!

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I agree!

You know, before we moved here, we vacationed in Chattanooga for nine days and did not get to do it all. Maybe we are just slow!

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Why, why is it that when ever I leave the forums for a few days I come back and there’s been a billion posts? Oh well, I’m glad that I started a forum, even if it’s indirectly. :) Where to start? I really can’t reply to all that’s been said.

“Atually there is not much difference in the mountains in chattanooga or the tennessee valley than the smokies.”

I really do disagree… the air smells different, very different. Besides that, I’d say that each area has its own great things. The Smokies, of course, are huge and undeveloped, unlike the mountains in our area, which are patchily protected. But it’s also true that there are lots of really cool things in the Chattanooga area, like the state, national, and private parks on Lookout Mountain, the River Gorge, waterfalls, and all the nearby parks.

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I have been to both places more than once. I hate the crowds and commercialism in Gatlinburg. I could easily see spending a week in Chattanooga. I think when you live close to somewhere you tend to take it for granted like I do. The thinking is, "I can do that anytime"and then never get around to doing it all.