The New York Times has named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the world. And we believe that it is so true! Chattanooga, internationally known for the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glen Miller and his orchestra, is a perfect mix of outdoors, artsy, and college-town feel. There are plenty of local attractions and restaurants that could easily make up a weekend trip.
The City of Chattanooga is full of wonder-filled and awe-inspiring attractions, living up to its nickname “Scenic City.” See Rock City atop Lookout Mountain. View all seven states and don’t forget your birdhouse while you’re there! Visit Ruby Falls and marvel at the massive underground wonder. Ride the Incline Railway and experience the thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile.” You can also hike through many trails, such as Sunset Rock, on Lookout Mountain and explore historic Point Park. Take an early morning hike up to Signal Point on Signal Mountain and experience the beauty of Tennessee (and maybe even some fog!).
Head on down to downtown ‘Nooga where there are just as many outdoor attractions and activities as indoor, making it a perfect spot to visit in any type of weather. On a nice sunny day, take a nice stroll over Walnut Street Bridge and treat your inner child to a ride on the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel. Walk the paths along the Tennessee River and explore the neighborhoods as well as the small shop atmosphere. On a rainy day, visit the Tennessee Aquarium and marvel at some jellyfish. Take your little ones to the Creative Discovery Museum for a day full of indoor exploration.
Chattanooga is also home to many sports teams, including the Pro Soccer Team, the Chattanooga Redwolves, and the Minor League baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. The University of Tennessee Chattanooga also adds the Mocs to the mixture. Any of these games are sure to be an exciting time!
While Chatt is full of adventures, it is also filled with amazing restaurants. Some must-visits from us would include Champy’s Chicken, which can only be found in a handful of locations across the Southeast, Tremont Tavern for burgers and beers, Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for some of the best Italian cuisine around, and of course, the college favorite: The Yellow Deli. Coffee lovers, make a stop at Rembrandt’s Coffee House for a cup of joe and a sweet treat, and then take a quick stroll through the surrounding shops. And last but not least, be sure to save some room for The Ice Cream Show for dessert!
Why Should You Move to Chattanooga?
Not only is Chattanooga a popular spot for a weekend trip, but it is also a great city to call home. The median home value in the city is $152,000, making it an affordable place to live. In 2009, Chattanooga was ranked 8th out of America’s 100 largest metro areas for the best “Bang For Your Buck” city, according to Forbes magazine. Notable employers include Volkswagen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and TVA, all which bring significant worth to the economy. Tourism and hospitality also play a huge part in the growth of the economy of the city.