Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in Tennessee. It is the seat of Hamilton County. It is in Southeast Tennessee on the Tennessee River and near the border of Georgia. It is, in fact, the home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the tune made popular by Glenn Miller.
During the American Civil War, Chattanooga was a major railroad station and at the center of a number of pitched battles. These battles are remembered through numerous battlefield parks and Civil War attractions located in and around the city.
In more modern times, the city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its once dilapidated downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. An early cornerstone of this project was the restoration of the historic Walnut Street Bridge, which is now the world's longest pedestrian bridge.
Chattanooga is the corporate headquarters and home of Olan Mills, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of TN, Rock Creek Outfitters, Krystal, Chattem, Unum, The Chattanooga Bakery (home of the Moon pie), and Miller Industries, the largest tow truck manufacturer in the world; Chattanooga is the birthplace of the tow truck. Chattanooga is also home to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a self-funding government agency which operates numerous power plants in the South. Following the city's industrial decline, many businesses in the banking and insurance industries set up operations in Chattanooga. The city is home to large branch offices of Cigna, AT&T and UBS.
Within the last ten years the city has won 3 national awards for outstanding "livability", and 9 Gunther Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in housing and consolidated planning.
As of the census of 2000, there are 155,554 people, 65,499 households, and 39,626 families residing in the city. There are 72,108 housing units at an average density of 205.9/km² (533.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 59.71% White, 36.06% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.54% Asian. 2.11% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There is regular air service through the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (IATA: CHA). The airport is located east of downtown Chattanooga and you can easily get transportation from the airport to local hotels.
It is serviced by:
- American Eagle, .
- Delta Connection Carriers, .
- Allegiant Air, (Nonstop service only to Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; no onestops or connections).
There are non-stop flights to/from Chattanooga:
- Atlanta, GA
- Charlotte, NC
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH (Service begins Dec. 5 2007)
- Chicago, IL (Service to O'Hare International Airport)
- Dallas, TX (Service to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport)
- Detroit, MI (Service to Detroit Wayne County International Airport)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (Service begins Dec. 13 2007)
- Memphis, TN
- Orlando, FL
- Tampa Bay, FL
- Washington, D.C. (Service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, otherwise known as National Airport)
I-75 (North-South) and I-24 (East-West) intersect in Chattanooga.
- I-75 - Easy access from Atlanta and Knoxville. Begins in Hialeah, Florida and ends in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border.
- I-24 - Easy access from Murfreesboro, Nashville and Kentucky.
- I-59 - Connects to I-24 just Southwest of Chattanooga, gives access to Birmingham, Alabama, Southeast Mississippi and ends near New Orleans.
- Greyhound, 960 Airport Rd, 1-800-231-2222. Service to Chattanooga begins and ends at their station found near the airport. To get downtown from Greyhound walk a couple blocks to Van Ness Rd & Lee Hwy and catch the inbound CARTA route 4 bus to downtown. Last stop is at Market st. & W 4th Ave.
- Megabus. Service from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago. The bus stop is located on Market Street at West 14th Street, next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Chattanooga is accessible by way of the Tennessee River by personal water craft.
- Ross's Landing, downtown Chattanooga. There are 11 mooring posts with electrical and water hookups.
- Chickamauga Marina, Chickamauga Lake at the Chickamauga Dam, Kings Point Rd, +1 423 622-1978, . Full service marina, complete with laundry/bath house. Fuel Dock/Ships Store open 7 days year round accepting all major credit cards. Hours: Summer, May 1 - Sept 30, Su-Th 8:30AM–6:30PM and F-Sa 8:30AM-7PM; Winter, Oct 1 - Apr 30, M-Su 8:30AM–5:30PM.
- Gold Point Yacht Harbor, just off the Tennessee River at mile marker 472, +1 423 622-1978, . Constructed in 2001 and nestled into a picturesque cove. All business for Gold Point Yacht Harbor is conducted from the marina office located at the Chickamauga Marina.
- Shady Grove Harbor, Longitude 85° 08' Latitude 35° 16', 1805 Clift Eldridge Rd, Soddy Daisy, +1 423 332-5613 (fax: +1 423 332-5971, emergency: +1 423 332-4784 or +1 423 332-2728), . To get to the harbor, enter the Soddy Creek Channel at Mile Marker 487, then travel 1.3 miles up Soddy Creek. Summer (Apr 1 - Labor Day) open 7 days 8AM-8PM; Winter, F-Tu 10AM-6PM. The Ship Store is equipped to satisfy all boating needs.
- Island Cove Marina and Resort, Mile marker 477.5 on the Tennessee River, 6701 Highway 58, Harrison, +1 423 344-8331 (fax: +1 423 344-6275), . Featuring a full stocked ship store, transient dockage, bath house, laundry and a 24 hour fuel dock. They were recently awarded a 5 Anchor Rating by Quimby's Cruise Guide. Ship Store hours: Summer, M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 9AM-6PM; Winter, M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Sydney's On the River restaurant also on site.
When a speed limit is not posted, assume that it is 35 mph, especially when downtown or in a residential area.
Rental Car Companies:
- National Car Rental, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, +1 423 855-2229, .
- Dollar Rent A Car, +1 423 855-2232, .
- Avis Rent A Car, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, +1 423 855-2232, .
- Enterprise Rent A Car, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, +1 423 296-9902, .
- Donna's Rent A Car, 1419 South Moore Road, +1 423 899-5621.
- Thrifty Car Rental, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, +1 423 892-8983.
- Access Car Rental, 2114 Chapman Rd, +1 423 894-3833.
- Access Car Rental, 3150 Broad Street, +1 423 634-7771.
- Hertz Rent a Car, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, +1 423 855-8131.
The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, better known as CARTA, provides one of the easiest way to move around downtown Chattanooga via a free electric shuttle that operates between the Holiday Inn Choo-Choo and Tennessee Aquarium, along with new service to Chattanooga's North Shore shops and Coolidge Park.
There are also buses servicing the remainder of the city for a fare. As of January 2012, the fares are:
- Adult - $1.50
- Seniors - $.75
- Persons with Disability - $.75
- Students - $.75
- Children 5 and under are free with a paying passenger
Special reduced fares require a photo ID issued at the CARTA bus depot.
CARTA schedules are available at many of the local banks, shopping malls, social service agencies, hospitals, colleges, universities, the downtown post office, libraries and through CARTA.
- Rock City, 1400 Patton Road (Located approximately 6 miles from downtown), +1-800-854-0675, . Located on Lookout Mountain, Rock City has been an attraction in some form or another since 1823. However, when Garnet Carter, inventor of Miniature Golf, and his wife opened Rock City Gardens in 1932 it became a huge draw. Carter hired Clark Byers to travel the nation's highways, offering to paint farmer's barns in exchange for letting them paint "See Rock City" on them. Rock City Gardens features a 4100 ft walking trail, a 90 foot waterfall, a 180-foot long suspension bridge, and Lover's Leap where you can "see seven states." Open year round, except Christmas Day, at 8:30AM. From the middle of November until the end of the year, they have the "Enchanted Garden of Lights" from 6PM-9PM which features local school/church groups performing and the entire gardens decorated in holiday lights. Adult admission is $18.95, Children ages 3 – 12 are $10.95, 2 and under are free. Combination tickets in form of Double play (Save $4) - Ruby falls + rock city for $33.90 ($18.90 for children, ages 3–12), or Triple play (Save $5) covering Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline are available at any of the three attractions for $45.90 ($23.90 for Children, ages 3–12).
- Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway, +1 423 821-2544, . This thundering 145 foot waterfall inside Lookout Mountain has been a popular attraction since 1929. Named after the founder's wife, Ruby Falls was found by Leo Lambert in 1923 as he and his corporation were drilling a shaft to open the historic Lookout Mountain Cave to the public. During the drilling, a small opening was located and after a 17 hour trip, Leo emerged with tales of beautiful rock formations and a spectacular waterfall. Parking is on-site, attended and free. Allow approximately two hours for your visit. Those with claustrophobia may be a little unnerved by the elevator ride into the caverns. No strollers are permitted and the cave tour is not wheelchair accessible. Ruby Falls is open from 8AM-8PM (except Christmas Day), the attraction is weatherproof and 60 degrees year round. Adult admission is $17.95, Children ages 3 – 12 are $9.95, 2 years and under are free. Combination tickets covering Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline are available at any of the three attractions.
- Incline Railway, 3917 St Elmo (Near Interstate 24), ☎ +1 423 821-4224. In November of 1895, the Incline in its second incarnation made its first ascent up Lookout Mountain on what is the steepest passenger incline in the world. Renovation in that was completed in 1986 has brought the station back to its original splendor. Traveling at a 72.7% grade, the trolley-styled cars pass at the midpoint of the 10 minute one-way trip. After arriving at the upper station, a short walk will take you to Point Park where a spectacular view of Mocassin Bend and the Tennessee River await you. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Incline is open from 8:30AM-9:30PM; During April, May, September, and October from 9AM-6PM; and from November through March, from 10AM-6PM. Adult admission, round trip, is $14. Children, ages 3 - 12, $7.
- Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street, ☎ +1 29 872-2529, toll-free: +1-800-TRACK (87225). Erected in 1908 with an 85 foot cast iron dome rising majestically over the lobby, the Terminal Station served thousands of passengers until 1970 when the trains stopped running. In 1973, after a 4 million dollar renovation, it was reopened to the public as a hotel. Authentic private rail cars were furnished as unique sleeping quarters. Holiday Inn welcomed the hotel into its family in 1989 after another 4 million dollars were invested. The dome is decorated with magnificent colors and it is stunning when lit up at night, and the Choo Choo Holiday Inn is preparing to enter its second century as a premier hotel and convention center. The private rail car rooms are still available, and there are a variety of shops and dining options on the 35 acre complex. While there, see the worlds largest model railroad setup showing a scale version of the Chattanooga valley, an authentic 1880's steam engine (the only one of its type in the area), and the beautifully restored Terminal Station.
- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad Street (Which has become the center of tourism in Downtown Chattanooga), toll-free: +1-800-262-0695. The Tennessee Aquarium features two buildings, "Ocean Journey" and "River Journey." The River Journey focuses on freshwater environments, carrying you through mountains forests, swamps, valley and lakes, both in the Tennessee Valley and throughout the world. Some of the special attractions are the seahorses and otters. The Ocean Journey building, a recent addition to the campus, offers opportunity to touch stingrays, visit a butterfly garden and see sharks. Both buildings stand out in the skyline with their pitched glass roofs and have become a popular landmark for photographers. Expect to tour for at least two and a half hours, more during the summer. During the summer, hours are extended and tickets are time-stamped. Purchasing tickets in advance during the summer months (or even all year) is an extremely good idea. Not only are they cheaper, you can also plan on an entry time. Combination tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum are available. First admittance at 10AM and last at 6PM, outside of summer months.
- Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, 1101 McCallie Avenue (2 miles from downtown Chattanooga), ☎ +1 423 697-1322. Also referred to as the "Warner Park Zoo", it is on 6 acres in the middle of Warner Park. March – October the park is open 9AM–5PM, everyday, November – February 10AM–5PM, everyday, and closed New Years Day, Christmas Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Admission is $6 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for Children Age 3 - 15.
- International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, 3315 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 267-3132. The museum can be found on the right in a blue and white building as you drive toward the mountain, a short drive from downtown. Chattanooga was chosen as the site of the museum because the first wrecker was built here at the Ernest Holmes Company. You'll find dozens of antique tow trucks and pictures of Hall of Famers. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors 55 and older, $4 for Children 6 - 18, and free for children 5 and under.
- Chattanooga Regional History Museum, 400 Chestnut Street, ☎ +1 423 265-3247. A museum featuring regularly changing exhibits concerning regional history. Adults $4, Seniors $3.50, Children ages 5 - 18 are $3.
- Hunter Museum of American Art. Open M-Tu and F-Sa 10AM-5PM; W 12PM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM, Closed Wednesdays Labor Day through Memorial Day. Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside recognized as one of the country's finest. Admission is $7 for Adults, $3.50 Children 3 - 12.
- Creative Discovery Museum, ☎ +1 423 756-2738. Corner of Chestnut and 4th. Search for Lost Dinosaur Bones! Build Slot Cars! Create Your Own Music! Walk Through A Picture! Captain a ship in RiverPlay! Creative Discovery Museum isn't just for children, although it was designed for them in mind. There are lots of interactive exhibits here, enough to keep even the most hyperactive of kids entertained. Revolving exhibits, such as "Clifford, the Big Red Dog" and "Curious George" keep the Museum fresh for multiple visits. Creative Discovery Museum was voted as one of the top 20 children's museums in the nation by Child magazine. Plan on spending approximately 2 hours in the Museum. 2008 admission is $8.95 for adults and children ages 2 and up. Family memberships are available. Value-pack tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum are also available. Visit the website for current hours.
- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Rd, ☎ +1 423 894-8028. Ride the 50 minute Missionary Ridge Local for a guided tour of their restoration shop or grab the 4 hour roundtrip ride into Chickamauga, Georgia. Special tours like the Autumn Leaf special or the Steam All the Way available seasonally. Tickets $12.50 - $79.
- Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, 201 High Street, ☎ +1 423 267-7176. Open M-F 9:30AM-4PM. Open seasonally on Sa and Su. Closed major holidays. Located in a century-old Victorian house in the Bluff View Art District. It is home to antique glass and ceramics, as well as antique furniture, music boxes, coverlets and other rare pieces from the collection of the late Anna Safley Houston. It boasts the world’s largest collection of pitchers. Admission: Adults $7, Children (4-12) $3.50. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.
Area Parks and Greenspaces
- Coolidge Park. This park features a beautifully restored carousel, a pavilion, an interactive play fountain, and lots of open space where the Navy and Marine Reserve Center once stood. A short walk across the Walnut Street Bridge allows visitors to enjoy Chattanooga's most popular park. It is part of the Tennessee Riverpark, a 22 mile long public park along the Tennessee River. Coolidge park is also a Wi-Fi Hotspot thanks to the City of Chattanooga and AirNet Group .
Watch the activity in Coolidge park through an entire day/night cycle of June 9 and 10, 2003. (Requires Windows Media Player)
- Walnut Street Bridge. The renovation of this 113-year old historic bridge as a linear pedestrian park was completed in May 1993. It is the oldest and largest surviving truss bridge in the South. The Walnut Street Bridge was condemned and slated for demolition when local citizens convinced the City of Chattanooga to commit the funds earmarked for the bridge’s demolition to its restoration, providing the balance of the renovation cost could be raised. As the World's longest pedestrian bridge it serves as the link between downtown Chattanooga and the now thriving Northshore District.
- Renaissance Park. Another Northshore park. Adjacent to Coolidge Park, this 23 acre urban wetland park is a product of Chattanooga's 21st Century Waterfront project. Plans are underway to create an outdoor center to promote outdoor activities in the Chattanooga area, as well as a nature trail through the park.
- Tennessee River Walk. A continuous 10 mile path stretching from Ross's Landing in the heart of downtown Chattanooga to the Tennessee Riverpark and the Chickamauga Dam, stopping various times along the way to open up into picnic areas. Start the trail in any number of places along Amnicola Highway, Riverside Drive, or Downtown. This linear greenway continues to grow and expand through several different projects.
- Ross's Landing. A site of great significance for its relevance in Cherokee Indian and Chattanooga history, Ross's Landing has recently been renovated, adding a large pier, natural amphitheater and a large greenspace. Wrapping underneath Riverfront Parkway is a unique water feature for visitors to cool off in. Several mooring posts are available for boaters to make a stop off at this beautiful space.
- Miller Park, 910 Market Street. The park, one-acre in the middle of downtown, is very popular with the downtown lunch crowd. It has an outdoor amphitheater, a large fountain and beautiful grassy areas. Homeless people are known to relax in the shade here and a number of mission organizations stop here to offer free lunches to them. Some residents have complained that these free lunches bring more homeless to the park area, but the ones that do frequent the area tend to leave well enough alone. Panhandling or begging is rare.
- Miller Plaza, 850 Market Street. Directly across from Miller Park is a pavilion, outdoor stage and a fountain. This site is used a couple of regular, free concert series: "Nightfall" and "Rhythm & Noon." The Nightfall series , held each Friday evening from May through September, is extremely popular, especially with area bikers, but it is still a very friendly crowd. Rhythm & Noon is held every Friday from May through August. Miller Plaza is also a WiFi hotspot sponsor by the City of Chattanooga and AirNet Group .
- Heritage park, 1428 Jenkins Road. A 22-acre park featuring a walking track, picnic tables with grills, and a bocce ball court.
- Chattanooga Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, ☎ +1 423 821-1160. M-Sa 9AM-5PM. Established in 1979, the Chattanooga Nature Center includes a 1400 foot boardwalk meandering through seasonal wetland and lowland forest. The CNC sponsors summer camps each year and space is always limited. The CNC is only minutes from Downtown Chattanooga and it is well worth the trip. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 - 11 and seniors 65+.
- Reflection Riding, ☎ +1 423 821-9582. M-Sa 9AM-5PM year round, and Su 1PM-5PM March through October. Located at the Chattanooga Nature Center. This 300-acre arboretum, botanical garden and historic site located on Lookout Mountain. The seasons are most evident as your travel through the grounds, with summer's wildflowers and autumn's changing of colors. There are also rental facilities available on the acreage, perfect for parties, weddings or other occasions. Cost of admission is $6 per car, or you can pay per individual for admission to both Reflection Riding and the Chattanooga Nature Center.
- Maclellan Island. Located under Veteran's Bridge in the middle of the Tennessee River. An 18 acre island that was granted by Robert J. Maclellan to the Chattanooga Audubon Society in with to intent for it to be used as a wildlife sanctuary. Tours of the island are available through the Chattanooga Ducks.
- River Gallery Sculpture Garden, 400 East 2nd Street. Located in the Bluff View Art district, this piece of greenspace on the bluff near the Veteran's Bridge offer a little peace and a lot of beautiful art.
Theaters and Auditoriums
- Bijou Theater, 215 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 265-5220. A modern 7 screen movie theater located on the block next to the Aquarium. Occasionally offers independent films in addition to the standard commercial releases.
- Chattanooga Theatre Center, 400 River Street, ☎ +1 423 267-8534. It was founded in 1924 as the "Little Theatre", but this community theater has grown up: it has a modern facility and grown up name. Classes, as well as auditions for the more than 15 productions are held year round.
- IMAX 3D Theater, 201 Chestnut Street (Just across the street from the Tennessee Aquarium), ☎ +1 423 266-4629. This six-story high IMAX 3D Theater features two 3D films that change regularly, often themed closely to the latest special attraction at the Aquarium. Currently showing Sharks 3D and Wild Safari 3D, this IMAX does not show any feature films. Tickets purchased at the box office may not be for an immediate showing, so advance purchases are best for planning purposes. Single movie tickets are $7.95 for Adults, $5.50 for Children 3-12. Double Feature tickets are $11.95 and $8.50. Combination tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum are available.
- Memorial Auditorium, 399 Mccallie Avenue, ☎ +1 423 757-5042. Home to dozens of events, from graduations to live music, throughout the year.
- Tivoli Theater, 709 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 757-5050. Known as the "Jewel of the South," the Tivoli has entertained Chattanoogans, offering everything from silent movies to Broadway blockbusters, for over 75 years. One nugget of its history: in 1926 the Tivoli became one of the first public buildings in the country to be air conditioned. The Tivoli was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and received a $7 million renovation that was revealed to an excited audience in 1989. Currently the Tivoli is the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. It also offers a venue to other music artists, Broadway shows and dance troupes. Recently the Tivoli has installed a movie projector, calling back to its early days a first class movie house.
- Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, ☎ +1 423 855-6590. Initially designated as a national cemetery "in commemoration of the Battles of Chattanooga, Nov. 23 - 27, 1863" by Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas on Christmas Day of 1863. In addition to Civil War veterans, there are 78 German prisoners of war from the First World War and a number of prisoners of war from Germany and other Axis countries dating from the Second World War, the largest number of German (and other Axis) POWs interred in the United States. The 120 acre cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 and it features one of five memorial entrance archways built in national cemeteries. The archway approaches 40 feet in height. A number of other monuments have been erected throughout the cemetery.
- Climb the Walnut Street Bridge Climbing Wall, ☎ +1 423 266-5709. Inside Coolidge Park, (The Adventure Guild). From April through November, the wall is open F 6PM-9PM, Sa 1PM-9PM, and Su 1PM-5PM. Climb on one of the limestone towers that supports the Walnut Street Bridge. Located within Coolidge Park, the wall is open seasonally to the general public and for groups on a reservation basis. There are as many as 30 distinct climbing routes perfect for novices to experienced climbers. All equipment is provided! The price for open climbing $5 per-hour-per-person with a three climb minimum or $15 for the entire day, with the capability to come and go as you'd like.
- Ride the Carousel in Coolidge Park. All of the various animals represented on the carousel were hand carved in St. Elmo, a historic neighborhood in Chattanooga. The carousel is 50 cents for children 12 or under and Seniors 55 or over. There are no wet clothes allowed on the carousel since it is all hand carved wood.
- Play in the fountain at Coolidge Park. If you've got kids, be sure to bring them either a change of clothes or a swimsuit as the fountain is nearly irresistible. If they are still in diapers, swim diapers are required. Water spouting animals ring the fountain area and are fair game for climbing. Adults have been known to thoroughly enjoy playing in the water as well...
- Walk the Riverwalk. Enjoy the natural beautiful of Chattanooga's riverfront by taking a walk down its linear greenspace. This project has drawn and inspired civic leaders from around the country. Take a picnic lunch and slip under the shade to watch time pass you by in any one of a number of picnic areas along the way.
- Take a ride on the Southern Belle Riverboat, 201 Riverfront Parkway, ☎ +1 423 266-4488, toll-free: +1-800-766-2784. Pier 2. The Southern Belle is a lovely paddlewheel boat that cruises the Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Lunch, dinner or just sightseeing cruises are available. The "Dixeland Dinner Cruise" features delicious slow-cooked prime rib, shrimp creole and live music. Starting in mid-October, the Fall Leaf Cruises begin allowing you to take a ride up the river and marvel at the changing colors of the trees. The Riverboat is also available for private parties, including the opportunity to be wed on the promenade deck. Sight seeing cruises are $12 for Adults, and $5.25 for Children ages 3 - 12. Lunch Cruises, $17 for Adults and $8 for Children, and the Dinner Cruise is $31 for Adults, $17 for Children. Expect to spend between 1 hour and 2 1/2 hours on the river, depending on your cruise type.
- Attend the Annual Riverbend Festival, ☎ +1 423 756-2211. An annual nine-day music festival that just celebrated its 30th year that consumes the riverfront part of downtown. 6 stages, including one on a barge, and vendors are set up all over the area. Don't expect big, crazy headliners, though - the organizers of the festival have said time and time again that they bring in acts that A) They can afford and B) Will make the majority of the attendees happy. Some nights can get a little rowdy, as this is the south and beer certainly is popular, but the local Sheriff's Department and Police Department bring out their finest to keep things safe. For fans of the blues, be sure to check out the Bessie Smith Strut, which features great blues artists and the town's finest BBQ.
- See a Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game at Bellsouth Park, 201 Power Alley (Less than a block from the Aquarium), Box Office Telephone +1 423 267-4849, Office Telephone +1 423 267-2208, . The Chattanooga Lookouts, an AA farm team for the Minnesota Twins, have moved from Historic Engle Stadium into the brand new, $10 million, AT&T Field. The brick walled stadium sits on Hawk Hill and offers the majority of their seating along the first base line. General Admission is $4 for Adults, $2 for Seniors 55+ and Children 7 - 12, with children 6 and under getting in free. Upper Box Seats are $5 and Lower Box Seats are $8. If you really want to splurge, skyboxes are available as well: 14 seats for $275, 32 for $425 per night.
- Enjoy Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, toll-free: +1-877-525-3946. Lakeview Drive, Rossville, GA. (Almost literally just over the state line). Lake Winnie, as it's referred to amongst the locals, has been putting smiles on faces for over 80 years. With rides for the whole family and concerts featuring famous country artists, Lake Winnie is open Thursday through Sunday from late April through early August. They are also open on weekends in the beginning of April and after the end of the summer season into September. Gate Admission, required of everyone, is $3. An unlimited ride pass, the best deal, is $21. You can, however, pick up individual ride tickets for $.80 each or a strip of 14 for $10. Each ride ranges from 2 to 5 tickets. (All prices listed for the 2005 season) All guests under 21 must accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone - it seems that too many people were just dropping their kids off.
- Explore the Raccoon Mountain Caverns, 319 West Hills Drive, ☎ +1 423 821-9403, toll-free: +1-800-823-2267. Visit Raccoon Mountain's 5 1/2 miles of explored and mapped passageways in the Lookout Valley either on a 45 minute, come-as-you-are walking tour or on a deeper cave expedition. The front portion of the cave, the Crystal Palace, is where you'll take a guided walking tour. Admission for this trip is $11 for Adults (13 - 64), $10 for Seniors (65+), and $5.50 for Children (5 - 12). The "wild cave" tours have a number of different packages, prices and times. They range from 1 hour to 8 hours, even overnight if you'd like and from $25 to $100 per person, with discounts for groups. All equipment, lights, helmets, pads, and gloves, are part your wild cave admission. The caves are open year round except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, rain or shine, because it's underground.
- Play Mini Golf at Sir Gooney's Family Fun Center, 5918 Brainerd Road, ☎ +1 423 892-5922. The mini-golf is great, but don't limit yourself to just that! They've got two mini-golf courses, three go-karts, paintball, bumper boats, batting cages, karaoke, laser tag and an arcade! Each attraction has its own price, but expect to spend between $2 and $14 per attraction. As they say, "Fun for all ages!"
- Take a ride with the Chattanooga Ducks, 201 West 5th Street, ☎ +1 423 756-3825. Climb aboard a World War II era amphibious vehicle for a tour of downtown Chattanooga before it glides into the water for a tour of the Tennessee River. Tours run from 10AM to around dusk and last approximately 1 hour.
- Walk with Chattanooga Sidewalk Tours, 100 Walnut Street (South end of Walnut St. Bridge), ☎ +1 423 228 0448. 7 PM. The Bluff and Bridges tour includes the Walnut Street Bridge, Bluff View art district, and Coolidge Park area. It lasts about 90 minutes and covers about a mile and a half. Also available for an additional but identical charge: "Walk downtown with Chattanooga Sidewalk Tours," which gathers at 827 Broad Street in front of the Read House. $15 Adults, $7 Children.
Universities and colleges
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 615 McCallie Avenue, . A public university, UTC is the second largest campus in the University of Tennessee system.
- Chattanooga State Technical Community College, . A publicly funded junior college.
- Covenant College, . A private Christian college.
- Tennessee Temple University, . A private Christian college.
- Southern Adventist University, . A Seventh-day Adventist university.
- 212 Market Restaurant, 212 Market Street, +1 423 265-1212, . Cooking classes.
- Mia Cucina, 345 Frazier Ave
You'd be stupid if you didn't at least get one postcard with "See Rock City" on it!
- Hamilton Place Mall, 2100 Hamilton Place. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 12PM-6PM. Blvd. (Exit #5 on Interstate 75) Mall Management, +1 423 855-5282. Customer Service +1 423 894-7177. With over 200 stores, 30 eateries, and 17 theater screens, Hamilton Place Mall is a very popular shopping complex in the Chattanooga area.
- Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall, (In Hixson, north of downtown Chattanooga), +1 423 875-4351, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 12:30PM-6PM. Over 100 stores, along with a number of great restaurants and theater screens. Opening Fall of 2005 is the new Carmike Stadium Seating theater.
- Warehouse Row, 1110 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 267-1127, toll-free: +1-888-260-7620, fax: +1 423 267-1129. Hours: (Jan-Mar) M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-6PM; (Apr-Dec) M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-6PM. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.. Part of the Prime Outlets family, Warehouse Row is the premier fashion center in the Chattanooga area. This is an elegant setting, with hardwood floors and two levels of famous brand name stores.
- East Ridge Flea Market, 6725 Ringgold Road, ☎ +1 423 894-3960. Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. Located in nearby East Ridge, just off of Interstate 75, the East Ridge Flea Market is one of Tennessee's largest indoor flea markets. Featuring over 200 vendors, you are very much nearly guaranteed to find a bargain. Free parking and air conditioned.
North Shore District
Located on the north shore of the Tennessee River, just across from downtown Chattanooga, the North Shore represents a great triumph in city growth and development. What was once a street of abandoned buildings and run-down homes has become one of the city's focal points. Mixed-use business and residential developments are underway, bringing even more people to the area. Coolidge Park, one of the city's most popular greenspaces, is the centerpiece of the North Shore District. The renovation of the Walnut Street Bridge as a pedestrian bridge is also heralded as part of the dramatic growth in the area. Frazier Avenue is considered to be the "Main Street" of this area, and many unique businesses are located here, such as ...
- Rock Creek Outfitters, 100 Tremont Street (Corner of Tremont and Frazier), ☎ +1 423 265-5969. M-Sa 10AM-6PM and Su 1PM-5PM. (Other locations at 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd, 191 River Street, and in Ocoee, TN. The River Street location, 2 minutes from the main store, specializes in kayaks and canoes.). Founded in 1987, this is one of Chattanooga's best and well-known outdoor supply stores. With a large list of top quality brand names and highly knowledgeable staff, Rock Creek can get you into the best stuff out of doors in the Chattanooga Area.
- Knitting Mill Antiques, 205 Manufacturers Road (in the Northshore district, minutes from Frazier Avenue), ☎ +1 423 267-1922, fax: +1 423 267-1929.
- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Avenue (Between the Market St. and Walnut St. Bridges), +1 423 267-9214, . Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm, First Fridays until 8pm)—Founded in 1974, In-Town Gallery is one of the oldest co-operative galleries in the United States. Member-owned and operated by more than 30 local artist members, In-Town Gallery is a comfortable to browse. When you enter, you will be greeted by one or two member artists who are happy to guide you through the gallery. It is vibrant and full of creative energy and inspiration. The prices are surprisingly affordable considering it shows some of the best original artwork in the Chattanooga area. In-Town Gallery is a "must-see" Chattanooga art gallery!
This area between the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Finley Stadium is still being renovated but has been popular for redevelopment. Several retail businesses have opened along Market Street near the Choo-Choo, but these listed here a little off the well-beaten tourist path:
- Chattanooga Market, 1826 Carter Street. At the First Tennessee Pavilion. Seasonal Sundays, 12PM-5PM. Themed events including live music are scheduled throughout the growing season. Vendors set up booths, which includes area farmers, artists, and restaurants.
- Galleries At Southside, 1404 Cowart Street, ☎ +1 423 267-8101.
St. Elmo District
In contrast to the more metropolitan downtown, the quaint, historic St. Elmo district at the foot of Lookout Mountain offers a walkable residential area with several small boutique shops and restaurants , including
Plenty of fast food restaurants litter the town, although not as many in the downtown area.
- Clumpie's, 26B Frazier Avenue, ☎ +1 423 267-5425. A great little ice cream shop located on Frazier Avenue in the heart of the Northshore.
- Nikki's Drive Inn, 899 Cherokee Blvd (Right outside the tunnels, 2 minutes from Market Street), ☎ +1 423 265-9015. Great hush puppies and short-order food. A Chattanooga institution for more than 20 years.
- Bea's Restaurant, 4500 Dodds Avenue, ☎ +1 423 867-3618. A little off the beaten path, Bea's offers real home cooking. Take a seat at a table, any table, occupied or not, and start grabbing what you'd like off the lazy susan in the center of the table.
- Zarzour's Restaurant, 1627 Rossville Avenue (off Main Street), ☎ +1 423 266-0424. This fabulous "meat and 3" defines down-home atmosphere. Established in 1918, it's certainly one of Chattanooga's oldest establishments. The menu changes daily, but you can always get the best burger in town. Featured in Gourmet magazine and the book "Road Food".
- Lee's Armandos,4767 highway 58, +1 423 894-1413. These are the best burgers you will ever eat.a great place to order in or carry out,a true mom and pop joint.it also has various other locations throughout Chattanooga.
- Southern Burger Co. A local food truck that you can find downtown any given day of the week. They are also at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday's. They offer an assortment of gourmet burger combos for under $11. Call at +1 423 413-1533.
- Marsha's Backstreet Cafe, 5032 Brainerd Road, ☎ +1 423 485-7911. Local home cookin' - every day a different set of entree's. Everything from turnip greens, to fried okra and meatloaf. When you think of homestyle southern cookin', you'll think of Marsha's.
- Sushi Nabe of Kyoto, ☎ +1 423 634-0171. Open 7 days. Some of the best Sushi in Chattanooga. Located inside Coolidge Park, this restaurant is extremely convenient and serves fantastic food. Not only is traditional sushi available, but also simpler fare such as Chicken Tarayaki. If you're eating sushi, keep in mind that rolls are 6 pieces and Nigiri are 2. The bill at the end of the meal depends on how much and what you ate! Casual, family dining.
- Sluggo's North, 501 Cherokee Blvd, ☎ +1 423 752-5224. Vegan restaurant in the North Shore district. Frequently hosts live music, all ages admitted. Serves beer.
- Sticky Fingers, Downtown restaurant at +1 423 265-RIBS, Hamilton Place at +1 423 899-RIBS, . Open 7 days. Some of the best BBQ in Chattanooga! Top rated ribs: Memphis Style Wet, Memphis Style Dry, Tennessee Whiskey, Habanero Hot, Carolina Sweet. Average price of $10. Two locations in Chattanooga, one downtown in Jack's Alley at 420 Broad Street, the other on the perimeter of Hamilton Place Mall. Casual, family dining.
- Big River Grille & Brewing Works, 222 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 267-2739. Open 7 days. Located in a large, renovated warehouse only a 1/2 block from the Tennessee Aquarium, Big River is a part of the Gordon Biersch family and Chrissy's favorite spot along with the sister location in Nashville. The restaurant, separated from the main bar by a beautiful brick wall, features an amazing menu with an average price of $15. Expect it to be very busy on summer weekends. Patio seating available. Casual, family dining.
- Hair of the Dog, An English Neighborhood Pub, 334 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 265-4615. M-F 11AM-3AM, Sa-Su 12PM-3AM. With the look and feel of an old English pub, this is quickly becoming a local favorite. A custom hand operated dumb-waiter delivers food and drinks to their second level where there are dart boards, pool tables and a great jukebox. A full bar with an assortment of over 50 beers compliments their small but exceptional "un-ordinary" menu. Be sure to check out their rotating specials.
- Taco Mac, 423 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 267-8226. M-F 11AM-3AM, Sa-Su 12PM-3AM. Sports-bar style restaurant showcasing buffalo wings and a wide range of beers on tap or in a bottle.
- Out of The Blue Bakery Cafe. Located in the center at the Riverpark on Amnicola. In addition to delicious sandwiches, pick up a kite for a flight through the park! Casual, family dining.
- River Street Deli, 151 River Street (in the heart of the Northshore in Coolidge Park), ☎ +1 423 756-3354. A New York Deli sitting in Coolidge Park. These fantastic deli sandwiches from an actual New Yorker are perfect fare for a day lounging in the park. Open for lunch M-Sa, but if you can squeeze a reservation, you may be lucky enough to attend on of the famous themed dinners on a Friday night! Casual, family dining.
- Pisa Pizza, 551 River Street, ☎ +1 423 756-7492. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 12PM-9PM. Established in 1999 near what was to become Coolidge Park, Pisa Pizza has 38 toppings, 5 pasta dishes and 6 different hot hoagies to serve you in its' Chattanooga decorated dining room. If you plan on dining often, be sure to pick up their punch card - your 11th pizza is free. Featuring lunch specials from 11AM to 2PM, they are open seven days a week. Casual, family dining.
- Lupi's Pizza Pies, 406 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 266-5874. The Chattanooga Pulse calls Lupi's tomato sauce "the city's best" and their calzones are "football-sized." Casual, family dining.
- Mellow Mushroom, 205 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 266-5564. Part of the Atlanta based chain featuring Spring Water based dough and excellent ingredients. Located next to the Bijou Movie Theater and less than a block from the Aquarium, the 60s and 70s themed pizziria features outdoor seating for those beautiful summer nights in the scenic city. Casual, family dining.
- Cheeburger Cheeburger, 138 Market Street (across from the Aquarium), ☎ +1 423 265-4108. This 50s and 60s themed restaurant is part of a Florida based chain that "has been known to make burgers without cheese." Try your hand (or mouth?) at their "Famous Pounder" and if you finish it all by your lonesome, you'll be forever immortalized on their wall of fame. Featuring an à la carte menu of ingredients, your burger is unique to you. Artichoke Hearts? Got 'em. Guacamole, Roasted Red Peppers, Bleu Cheese - they've got those too. Shakes and Malts are also a favorite on their menus. Expect to spend around $7 - $9 per person. Casual, family dining.
- River Inn Restaurant, 2134 Suck Creek Road, ☎ +1 423 886-7476. Tu-Th 5PM-9PM, F-Su 12PM-10PM. A little Catfish house nestled alongside the river. In addition to Catfish, Flounder, Trout, Frog Legs, are available as well as the standard steak and chicken fare. Two large decks, one covered, the other screened and a large inside room with fireplace will give you plenty of room to enjoy your meal. Docking facilities available as well, so boats are an approved form of transport! Located about 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Casual, family dining.
- Buffalo Wild Wings, 507 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 877-2356. Wings are the specialty in this nationwide chain, but the burgers aren't too bad either. Enjoy a comfortable, family-friendly, yet sports-bar type atmosphere. Casual, family dining.
- Porker's Bar-B-Que, 1251 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 267-2726. Some of the very best BBQ you can find in town, located near the Choo-Choo. Casual, family dining.
- Wally's Restaurant, 1600 McCallie Avenue, ☎ +1 423 698-4643. M-F 6AM-8PM, Sa 6AM-2PM. Breakfast from 6AM-11AM. Classic meat-and-three (vegetables) style restaurant that has been serving Chattanooga for over 70 years.
- Sekisui, 200 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 267-4600. Japanese dining just across from the Aquarium, on the same block as 212 Market restaurant, upstairs.
- Pickel Barrel, 1012 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 266-1103. Housed in the historic Park Plaza building, a unique triangular building with traditional Victorian architecture. Serves a wide range of pub foods to a wide range of customers. Casual environment with some outdoor seating.
- Northshore Grille, 16 Frazier Avenue, ☎ +1 423 757-2000. Located in the booming Northshore district just above Coolidge Park, Northshore Grille bills themselves as a "Smokin' Crabshack & Canteen." Casual, family dining with outdoor seating available.
- Mojo Burrito, 3815 St. Elmo Avenue, ☎ +1 423 822-MOJO (6656). and 138B Market Street (right by the aquarium), +1 423 266-2255. Located only minutes from downtown in Historic St. Elmo, Mojo Burrito makes some of the best, fresh, healthy, customizable food you can find. Expect to spend around $7 - $9 for your meal including a big fat burrito. Casual, family dining.
- Mr. T's Pizza, +1 423 825-6787.
- Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe, 4001 Saint Elmo Ave, ☎ +1 423 822-6477. Great, homestyle barbeque. Have the "dirt pie" for dessert!
Brainerd/Hamilton Place Mall
- The Chop House. A Chattanooga favorite for great steaks and chops in a warm, friendly environment. Well-known for their famous, delicious and massive onion rings.
- NaGoYa Sushi Bar, 4921 Brainerd Road, ☎ +1 423 899-9252. M-Sa. Small Japanese family restaurant. Nigiri, Maki and home made oriental dishes and fresh sauces. Fourteen tables, five cooks, five wait staff, excellent service.
- Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2040 Hamilton Place (on the road ringing the mall in front of the Ross shopping complex), ☎ +1 423 894-9970. M-Th 4PM-10:30PM, F 4PM-11:30PM, Sa 3PM-11:30PM, Su 11AM-10PM. Blvd. Slightly upscale Italian restaurant that is part of nationwide chain.
- Outback Steakhouse, 2120 Hamilton Place, ☎ +1 423 899-2600. M-Th 4PM-10:30PM, F 4PM-11PM, Sa 3PM-11PM, Su 12PM-10AM. Blvd. This steakhouse is part of the nationwide chain.
- Red Lobster Restaurant, 2200 Bams Drive (just outside the mall ring road), ☎ +1 423 490-3488. Part of the nationwide chain of seafood restaurants.
- Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 2200 Hamilton Place (on the left as you enter the Hamilton Place Mall complex from Shallowford Road), ☎ +1 423 899-7707. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Blvd. Part of the nationwide chain serving Italian fare at affordable prices.
- Acropolis, 2213 Hamilton Place (on the right as you enter the Hamilton Place Mall complex from Shallowford Road), ☎ +1 423 899-5341. Blvd. Serving a large menu of Greek fare in a family-style restaurant.
- Kanpai of Tokyo, 2200 Hamilton Place (in the Toys R Us complex next to the mall), ☎ +1 423 855-8204. Lunch M-Th 11:30AM-2PM, F 12PM-2PM. Dinner M-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 5PM-8PM. Blvd. Hibachi style Japanese cooking as well as sushi.
- Logan's Roadhouse, 2119 Gunbarrel Road (just outside of the mall complex), ☎ +1 423 499-4339. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Part of the nationwide chain with steaks and burgers as their main meals.
- Applebee's, 2342 Shallowford Village Dr (Located just over the interstate from the Mall, near the Holiday Inn), ☎ +1 423 499-1999. Part of the nationwide chain serving "American" fare.
- Cracker Barrel, 2346 Shallowford Village Dr (Located just over the interstate from the Mall, near the Holiday Inn), ☎ +1 423 892-0977. This Lebanon, TN based restaurant is famous in the south for its home-style cooking and its "Old Country Store" that operates in the front of each restaurant. Expect weekend evenings and Sunday mornings to be very busy.
- Romano's Macaroni Grill, 2271 Gunbarrel Rd (Located just outside of the mall), ☎ +1 423 894-2221. Part of the nationwide chain serving Italian food, featuring exhibition style kitchens.
- Shogun, 1806 Gunbarrel Rd (Located just outside of the mall), ☎ +1 423 296-6500. Hibachi style cooking in the main dining area and a small but accomplished sushi bar to the side. Monday nights feature dollar sushi night with a portion of the menu at specially reduced prices.
- Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, 5845 Brainerd Rd, ☎ +1 423 485-8836. Fantastic thai food tucked away along Brainerd Road, near Hooters and Eastgate Town Center.
- Hooters, 5912 Brainerd Rd, ☎ +1 423 499-8668. Part of the international chain, specializing in buffalo wings, beer and sports television. They are known for their "Hooters Girls" who wear orange short shorts and tight shirts.
- Golly Whoppers Sandwich Shoppe, 6337 East Brainerd Rd (Located in a shopping plaza between I-75 and Brainerd Road), ☎ +1 423 855-2001. Golly Whoppers serves fantastic food, sandwiches to soups.
- Out of the Blue Bakery Cafe, 3230 Brainerd Road, ☎ +1 423 698-7883. A delightful sandwich shop with a second location in the Riverpark plaza on Amnicola.
- Na Go Ya, 4921 Brainerd Rd, ☎ +1 423 899-9252. Located near the corner of Brainerd and Moore Road in an old Taco Bell building, Na Go Ya offers sushi and other Japanese meals at affordable prices.
- Outback Steakhouse, 501 Northgate Mall #A (Located on the outer edge of the mall, near Highway 153), ☎ +1 423 870-0980. M-Th 4PM-10:00PM, F 4PM-11PM, Sa 1PM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. This steakhouse is part of the nationwide chain.
- Applebee's, 356 Northgate Mall (Located inside the mall at the main entrance, accessible from inside or out), ☎ +1 423 875-8353. Part of the nationwide chain serving "American" fare.
- Red Lobster Restaurant, 8 Northgate Park (Located on the outer edge of the mall, near Hixson Pike), ☎ +1 423 870-2371. Part of the nationwide chain of seafood restaurants.
- Ichiban Japanese Steak House, 5425 Highway 153, +1 423 875-0404. Located in the Bi-Lo shopping complex, this restaurant has hibachi style cooking and a light sushi menu.
- Buffalo Wild Wings, 364 Northgate Mall (Located in the mall near the main entrance, but accessible from the outside), ☎ +1 423 877-2356. A sports bar famous for their buffalo wings and burgers.
- Amigo's, 5450 Highway 153, +1 423 875-8049. (Located in the Hobby Lobby shopping complex.) Standard Mexican fare featuring fifty cent tacos and one dollar domestic beers on Monday nights.
- Cancun Mexican Restaurant, 5307 Highway 153, +1 423 875-9785. (Located right outside the mall complex.) Standard Mexican fare in a family-friendly environment.
- O'Charley's, ☎ +1 423 877-8966. 5031 Hixson Pike. (Located less than a half mile from the mall.) Part of the Southeast and Midwest chain served "American" fare.
- Porter's Steakhouse, 827 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 643-1240. One of three locations in the US, Porter's offers fine Chicago-style dining in the Sheraton Read House in downtown Chattanooga. Fine dining at its best, with an excellent menu and service.
- Terra Nostra Tapas and Wine, 105 Frazier Avenue, ☎ +1 423 634-0238. M-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-11PM, Su 4:30PM-9:30PM. Featuring International Cuisine from Spain, Italy, France, North & South America, Asia and the Caribbean, this unique restaurant is in the heart of the Northshore. They offer over 60 wines by the glass and 80 by the bottle, along with indoor or outdoor seating. Tapas is often small dishes, so expect to order a number of dishes that average $7 a piece.
- 212 Market Restaurant, ☎ +1 423 265-1212. Located just where it says it is, only a block away from the Tennessee Aquarium! This elegant and comfortable restaurant features exquisitely prepared entrées, daily specials, and divine desserts. They also offer monthly cooking classes and wine dinners. The 10 year old restaurant has achieved AAA's 3-diamond rating and Mobile/Fodors' 3-stars.
- Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar, 1011 Riverside Drive, ☎ +1 423 622-0122. 11AM-10PM daily, with their bar staying open until 11PM. Located 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga on the site of the old Sand Bar Restaurant, the Boathouse features oysters on the half shell along with plenty of Gulf Coast fare such as catfish and shrimp. On Mondays, Gulf Oysters are half price! Entrées average $15 - $18, excluding dipping into the raw bar.
- St. John's Restaurant, 1278 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 266-4400.
- St. John's Meeting Place, Located next door to St. John's. A more relaxed atmosphere and a la carte menu, with bar or floor seating.
- Southside Grill, 1400 Cowart Street, ☎ +1 423 266-9211. Creative regional cuisine, 300 different wines - 19 of them by the glass. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
- J Alexander's Restaurant.
- Back Inn Cafe, +1 423 265-5033 ext 1. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-11PM, Sa 8AM-11PM, Su 8AM-10PM. Located in the Bluff View Art District, upscale global cuisine with an extensive wine list is offered. Patio seating is available, offering stunning views of the river. Featured on The Food Network's "$40 A Day"! Average entrée prices are Breakfast: $7; Lunch: $10; Dinner: $22.
- Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria, 212-B High Street, +1 423 265-5033 ext 6. Located in the carriage house of Bluff View Inn's Thompson House, with a classic Italian menu featuring fresh, house-made pastas, sauces, and breads. Outdoor deck views of the Tennessee River. Average entrée price is $11. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
- Renaissance Commons, 402 East Second Street, ☎ +1 423 265-5033 ext 4. In the Bluff View Art District. Open only for Sunday brunch, this is quite possibly downtown's most elegant way to spend your morning. After brunch, visit the sculpture garden, play Bocce or browse the River Gallery.
- Big River Grille & Brewing Works, 222 Broad Street (only a 1/2 block from the Tennessee Aquarium), ☎ +1 423 267-2739. Located in a large, renovated warehouse, Big River is a part of the Gordon Biersch family. The bar, separated from the restaurant by a beautiful brick wall, features pool tables and generous amounts of seating, both at the bar and at tables. Big River is also a brewery, creating their own award-winning ales and lagers and features seasonal specials as well. Expect it to very be busy on summer weekends.
- Bud's Sports Bar, 5914 Lee Highway, ☎ +1 423 499-9878. Bud's is probably the best place in town to grab a beer and watch a game on the television. The lively crowd will keep you entertained even when, man, when the television doesn't.oh and not to mention the best wings in town!
- Chattanooga Billiards Club, 1/2 Cherry Street, ☎ +1 423 267-7740. 725. Climb the tall flight of stairs to enter the downtown location of CBC is the original and has the classic pool hall environment. Friendly bar staff, plenty of pool tables, and a bunch of smoke. 21 and up after 6PM nightly. Serving a range of bar foods. Their second location is near Hamilton Place Mall at 110 Jordan Dr, +1 423 499-3883. Go there for more billiards, live music, and a cigar lover's heaven.
- Parkway Billiards, 35 Patten Pkwy, ☎ +1 423 265-7665. Open 4PM-3AM daily, Happy Hour 4PM-7PM daily. A "neighborhood bar" located in downtown Chattanooga offering darts, billiards, and good company.
- Riverside Wine and Spirits, ☎ +1 423 267-4305. 600 Manufacturer's Road. An excellent liquor store only a few blocks from the Northshore heart of Frazier Avenue. Wines and spirits from around the world. From Old Crow Whiskey to the best of wines. Beer, including kegs also available.
- Rhythm and Brews, 221 Market Street, ☎ +1 423 267-4644. Located on the back side of Big River, Rhythm and Brews offers live music every night around 9PM. All shows are 21 and up, unless otherwise noted.
- Pasha Coffee and Tea, 3914 St Elmo Avenue, ☎ +1 423 475-5482. Weekdays 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-6pm. All organic Fair Trade espresso bar, plus Turkish coffee and treats. And yummy cupcakes.
- Chesnut Roast Coffee Cafe, Located on the corner of 6th and Chesnut. M-F 6:30AM–4:30PM. Offers a variety of options, from coffees to sandwiches.
- GreyFriar's Coffee and Tea, Located at Jack's Alley in Downtown Chattanooga.
- Rembrandt's Coffee House, 204 East High Street, ☎ +1 423 265-5033. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-11:30PM, Sa 8AM-11:30PM, Su 8AM-10PM. Located in the Bluff View Art District. It is the ultimate Chattanooga spot for coffee and mouth-watering desserts and candies. You'll find fine coffees, handmade chocolates and fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches.
- Stone Cup Roasting Company. Located in the Northshore District, the Stone Cup serves coffee that is freshly roasted on site once a week. They serve more than coffee, though, with a menu covering all your day's meals. Be sure to try one of their 5 unique Stone Cup Signature Blends!
- Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 Carter Plaza, ☎ +1 423-756-0002. The Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center is in the heart of downtown Chattanooga and features 342 beautiful rooms for your accommodation. The hotel is perfect for the leisure traveler who wants to be right in the middle of everything and also caters to the business traveler with its amenities and location to the convention center.
- Sheraton Read House, 827 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423-266-4121. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Opened in 1926, the Sheraton Read House Hotel combines the ambience of yesterday with today's modern conveniences. Nestled in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, our hotel is ideally situated for business, weekend getaways, or a vacation in one of Tennessee's most historic cities. We are on the Chattanooga free Electric Shuttle route and just blocks away from the Tennessee Aquarium, restaurants, shopping, and other exciting attractions $109-$399.
- The Crash Pad, 29 Johnson St (at Baldwin St, one block off E Main St), ☎ +1 423 648-8393. Currently Chattanooga's only hostel, located on the Southside. Free parking, free wifi, free breakfast. Restrooms located in the hallways on each floor. Security lockers provided in the dorms. 24 hour access. Dorms $27, privates $70.
- Days Inn - Rivergate/Convention Center, 901 Carter St, ☎ +1 423 266-7331. Centrally located between the tourist attractions such as the Aquarium and the Convention Center, just off of US 27. Rates start at $60 per night.
- La Quinta Inn, 7015 Shallowford Rd, ☎ +1 423 855-0011. Located near Hamilton Place Mall just off of Interstate 75, 8 miles from downtown. Rates start at $55 per night.
- Microtel Inns & Suites - Hamilton Place, 7014 McCutcheon Road, ☎ +1 423 510-0761. Some rates as low as $38.
- Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street, toll-free: +1-800-TRACK29 (8722529). Part of the Holiday Inn family. Standard rooms from $99 - $149. The hotel is an end-point for the free electric shuttle that services downtown.
- Courtyard by Marriott - I-75, 2210 Bams Drive, ☎ +1 423 499-4400. Located just outside Hamilton Place Mall off of Interstate 75. Free high-speed Internet access available. Rates start at $94 per night.
- Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga, 407 Chestnut Street, ☎ +1 423 756-5150. Suites and Rooms available, rates vary so check site for details. Newly remodeled with a nice contemporary style. Saltwater Pool is an unexpected plus as well.
- Hampton Inn, 1920 Hamill Rd, ☎ +1 423 877-3100. This is in the northeast or Hixon area. Rates around $100 per night. Free High-Speed Internet access in the rooms. Free hot breakfast - actual hot food, not just a waffle maker and a toaster. Has a pool and an exercise room.
- Hilton Garden Inn, 311 Chestnut St, ☎ +1 423 308-9000. Great location, close to attractions and restaurants as well as on the free electric shuttle route. Rates around $140 per night.
- MainStay Suites, 7030 Amin Drive, ☎ +1 423 485-9424. This extended stay hotel offers guests fully equipped kitchens, free continental breakfast and an exercise room.
- Residence Inn by Marriott, 215 Chestnut St, ☎ +1 423 266-0600. An all suite hotel located one block from the Tennessee Aquarium and an easy walk from many restaurants. Rates around $145 per night.
- Bluff View Inn, +1 423 265-5033 ext 2 or +1-800-725-8338. A beautiful Bed and Breakfast located in the Bluff View Art District with sixteen unique rooms spread through three historic homes. Prices range from $105 – $240 depending on when you stay and which category room you pick. All rates include a full gourmet breakfast. Themed packages are available, complete with gift certificates and/or tickets for area attractions. The cancellation policy is very strict, requiring at least eight days notice.
- Chanticleer Inn, 1300 Mockingbird Lane, ☎ +1 706 820-2002, fax: +1 706 820-7976. Lookout Mountain, GA. Constructed of mountain stone in the 1930s and renovated in 2002, and located atop Lookout Mountain. Offering 17 rooms and 5 cottages. Several rooms offer jacuzzi tubs and/or gas log fireplaces. Rates range from $100 to $180. All prices include a full breakfast and afternoon coffee, tea, and cookies.
- Chattanooga Choo Choo, Suites: $225 and Victorian Train Car: $159 – $169
- The Chattanoogan, 1201 South Broad Street, toll-free: +1-800-619-0018. An upscale hotel and conference center located downtown. Rates start at $129 per night.
- Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown, 200 Chestnut Street, ☎ +1 423 755-0871. Located only one block from the Tennessee Aquarium. Free high-speed Internet access available. Rates start at $134 per night.
- Marriott - Convention Center, 2 Carter Plaza, +1 423 756-0002. Attached to the Convention Center and offering Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and meeting space. Rates start at $124 per night.
- Sheraton Read House Hotel, 827 Broad Street, ☎ +1 423 266-4121. Listed on the National Registry of Historic places, the Read House Hotel is in the heart of downtown. The Read House is steeped in history, playing host to such celebrities as Winston Churchill and Al Capone. Valet parking offered at $11 per night. Room rates start at $110 per night.
- Stone Fort Inn, 120 E 10th St, ☎ +1 423 267-7866. A lovely 16 suite bed and breakfast located downtown. Pets and children under the age of 12 are not allowed. Reservations are required and cancellation penalties are strict. A continental breakfast is included during the week and a "hearty fresh gourmet" breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Rates start at $120 on weekday nights and $190 on Friday/Saturday nights, per night.
- The Chattanooga Police Department operates a police precinct located on Walnut Street in Downtown Chattanooga. (Closed)
- The Chattanooga Police Department's Traffic Division uses patrol cars without emergency lights on their roof. Instead they have numerous blue lights mounted in the front grill and rear window. In September 2006 the police department announced increased speed limit enforcement due to numerous recent speed related fatal accidents.
- The City of Red Bank, which is very close to the North Shore district, employs photo enforced traffic lights. A rolling right turn on red will very likely result in a citation.
Local Phone Numbers - The Area Code for Southeastern Tennessee (which includes Chattanooga) is 423.
- Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - 2 Broad Street, next to the Aquarium. The Chattanooga Visitors Center provides maps of downtown, sample itineraries, attraction tickets, and more. Official Chattanooga Tourism site .
- Coolidge Park - The area centering around the Carousel is a Wi-Fi Hotspot thanks to the City of Chattanooga and AirNet Group . It uses 802.11b. WEP security is turned off.
- Grey Friars Coffee - Using 802.11a/b. SSID "Greyfriar24"
- Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn - Located at 1400 Market Street.
- Panera Bread -
- Located near the Target in the Hamilton Place Mall Area. 1810 Gunbarrel Road.
- 417 Market Street, Near Jack's Alley
- Stone Cup Roasting Company, - Located in the Northshore Distinct. 224 Frazier Avenue.
- The Walden Club - 633 Chestnut Street, 21st floor. The Walden Club is a members-only restaurant in the Republic Center.
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lupton Library - Located at the center of the UTC campus offering 802.11b on an open network.
- Barnes & Noble - Near Hamilton Place Mall at 2230 Hamilton Place Blvd.
- Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
- Holiday Trav-L-Park, - Free 802.11 WiFi for all campers.
- Located near Northgate Mall, next to the TJ Maxx strip mall. 620 Northgate Mall.
- The UPS Store - Located near the Best Buy in the Hamilton Place Mall Area. 2288 Gunbarrel Road. May require subscription to Boingo Wireless service
- Krystal Restaurants, - Nearly every Krystal Restaurant in the Chattanooga area.
- McDonald's - Service is $9.95/day or $29.95/month through the provider Wayport .
- 2003 Dayton Blvd in Red Bank
- 4502 Rossville Blvd, 6220 Lee Hwy
- 1117 E 3rd Street. This location very close to Erlanger Hospital and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.
- Amigo's Mexican Restaurant - Located in Hixson at 5450 Highway 153.
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, . This is the city's mainstream newspaper providing local, regional, and national news.
- Enigma, . Weekly Anternative Newspaper available for free all over the city.
- The Pulse, . Chattanooga's Alternative Newsweekly is available free in over 250 locations throughout the city. Provides local news, arts, dining, music and entertainment information as well as a weekly calendar of events. All content as well as expanded calendar listings and a dining guide is available online as well.
- WUTC, . Transmitting at 88.1 FM and located on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus, WUTC is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. When not playing NPR programs, the format is a mix of blues, jazz and alternative music.
- WAWL, . Transmitting at 91.5 FM, streaming on the web and located on the Chattanooga State Technical Community College campus, WAWL's format is college radio at its best with a very wide variety of music and with specialty shows in the afternoons and evenings. Requests at +1 423 697-4406 are very welcome.
The Chattanooga area has three major hospitals with 3 full-service Emergency Departments and 3 limited-service Emergency Departments:
- Memorial Hospital, 2525 de Sales Avenue, +1 423 495-2525, . Their Patient Room Direct Line is " +1 423 495-8+ROOM# " (patient room number) Their main hospital is located minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Memorial is a part of the Catholic Health Initiatives. This hospital has a full-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay.
- Memorial North Park Hospital, General Number: +1 423 495-7100, Patient Information +1 423 495-7124, Patient Room Direct +1 423 495-7+ROOM#. Located in the Hixson community in the North part of Chattanooga. This hospital has a limited-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay.
- Memorial North Shore Health Center, +1 423 756-1506. Located West of Coolidge Park off of Cherokee Blvd. They are open M-F 8:30AM–4:30PM.
- Erlanger Hospital, 975 East Third Street, +1 423 778-7000, . Their main hospital, the Baroness Campus, is located just a block from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus, minutes from downtown. Erlanger is a non-profit, academic teaching center and is a Level One Trauma Center for adults. This is a very busy tertiary care referral center, expect long wait times if presenting to the Emergency Department for a non-emergency complaint. If you have a primary care need, please call +1 423-778-LINK to get a referral to an Erlanger Physician near you. Erlanger maintains the LifeForce Air Ambulance, the region's only air medical service.This hospital has a full-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay. Children are not seen primarily at this facility as they are seen at T.C. Thompson's next door.
- T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, +1 423 778-6011. Located next door to Erlanger, T.C. Thompson's is the only hospital in the region with immediate availability of pediatric subspecialists, providing a special environment of healing for all children. This hospital has a full-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay. Adults are typically not seen here as they are seen next door at Erlanger.
- Erlanger North Campus, +1 423 778-7811. The North Campus is in the next door city of Red Bank North of Downtown Chattanooga. This hospital has a limited-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay.
- Parkridge Medical Center, 2333 McCallie Avenue, +1 423 698-6061, .This hospital has a full-service Emergency Department. Anybody with an Emergency medical condition may present to this hospital regardless of ability to pay.
Of course in any emergency situation, call 911!
- Chattanooga Police Department, the non-emergency number is +1 423 698-2525.
- Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, For matters outside of the city limits. +1 423 209-7000
- Hamilton County Jail, The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department administers the jail. For information, contact +1 423 209-7050
- Summer (Jun-Aug), average temperature of 80°F (27°C), with maximums in the low 100s (38°C). Scattered thundershowers quite often appear and disappear almost as quickly, sometimes dropping almost an inch of rain in 30 minutes or less.
- Autumn (Sep-Nov), average temperature of 61°F (16°C).
- Winter (Dec-Feb), average temperature of 40°F (4.5°C), with a number of days below freezing (32°F, 0°C). Very little snow or ice in the valley, but fairly often in the higher elevations such as Lookout and Signal Mountains. Almost any amount of snow or ice in the valley will stop nearly all activity in the city.
- Spring (Mar-May), average temperature of 59°F (15°C).
Nearby: (While they may not necessarily be huge tourist attractions, they are nearby)
- Ocoee, TN. A popular destination for water sports such as white water rafting and kayaking, as well as fishing.
- Sewanee, TN. Home of the University of the South, and many scenic views.
- Cleveland, TN. 30 minutes North of Chattanooga. M&M Mars has a plant here.
- Dalton, GA. Home of SHAW Industries, one of the world's largest carpet manufacturers.
Not quite as nearby, but still reasonable:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore acre upon acre of forested mountains with a 2 hour drive North.
- Knoxville. About a 1.5 hour drive.
- Nashville. About a 2.5 hour drive.
- Atlanta, GA. About a 1.5 hour drive. (Including Marietta, Decatur and Stone Mountain)
|Routes through Chattanooga|
|Nashville ← Wildwood ←||W E||→ END|
|Knoxville ← Cleveland ←||N S||→ Dalton → Atlanta|
|Knoxville ← Cleveland ←||N S||→ Wildwood → Birmingham|
|Lexington ← Rockwood ←||N S||→ LaFayette → Rome|
|Nashville ← Tracy City ←||N S||→ Dalton → Atlanta|
|Memphis ← Monteagle ←||W E||→ Cleveland → Hendersonville|
|Murfreesboro ← Huntsville ←||W E||→ END|
|END ←||W E||→ Cleveland → Asheville|
|END ←||W E||→ Dalton → Anderson|
|Frankfort ← Crossville ←||N S||→ END|