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.

Walnut Street Bridge over the Tennessee River.


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.

Get in

By plane

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:

There are non-stop flights to/from Chattanooga:

By car

I-75 (North-South) and I-24 (East-West) intersect in Chattanooga.

By bus

By boat

Chattanooga is accessible by way of the Tennessee River by personal water craft.

Get around

Downtown Chattanooga

By car

When a speed limit is not posted, assume that it is 35 mph, especially when downtown or in a residential area.

Rental Car Companies:

By bus

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:

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
Ruby Falls
View from Lookout Mountain


Area Parks and Greenspaces

Theaters and Auditoriums

Other Sights



Universities and colleges

Continuing/community education

Chattanooga TN 37405, +1 423 648-4208, . Cooking classes.


You'd be stupid if you didn't at least get one postcard with "See Rock City" on it!

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 ...

Southside District

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:

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.



St. Elmo

Brainerd/Hamilton Place Mall

Hixson/Northgate Mall


(The Bluff View Art District is host to several restaurants, art museums and galleries, as well as lodging.)








Stay safe



Local Phone Numbers - The Area Code for Southeastern Tennessee (which includes Chattanooga) is 423.


(Many of the city's parks have WiFi hotspots in them. See for more information regarding this venture.)





The Chattanooga area has three major hospitals with 3 full-service Emergency Departments and 3 limited-service Emergency Departments:

Law Enforcement

Of course in any emergency situation, call 911!


Go next

Nearby: (While they may not necessarily be huge tourist attractions, they are nearby)

Not quite as nearby, but still reasonable:

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

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