6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay

By Fatima Turla April 13th, 2022 Posted in Destination, North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Chattanooga soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Chattanooga and where to stay!

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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Chattanooga is a city located in the southeastern part of Tennessee. It is especially popular with climbers as it has more rock in a 25-mile radius than Boulder, Colorado. But what are the other things you can do here? Check out our list below of the places to visit and things to do in Chatanooga, Tennessee.

List of Best Things to do in Chattanooga

1. Tennessee Aquarium

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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A very nice aquarium located near the Tennessee River and close to other attractions. When you enter the Tennessee Aquarium it is as if you were entering the bottom of the sea, the giant water tanks make it a unique experience, you will feel very close to each of the animals there.

2. Lookout Mountain

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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A very well-kept park with a beautiful circular path. On top of the lookout, you have the opportunity to look into six states and you also have a wonderful view of Chattanooga. There is also a small park where you can learn a lot about the civil war and its participants. Lookout Mountain is highly recommended for an afternoon excursion.

3. Raccoon Mountain Caverns

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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It is a superb cave to visit and a great attraction in the Chattanooga area. This absolutely fantastic cave is well preserved and not as touristy as Ruby Falls but better preserved and less ruined. The formations of stalactites and stalagmites are truly magnificent.

4. Walnut Street Bridge

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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A great bridge for a walk across the river. From here you can visit the interesting shops and small restaurants and cafes on the north bank of the Tennessee Rivers. The view of the bridge itself is very attractive from different points of the city and from the Tennessee River. Its color makes it very different.

5. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers an interactive and historical experience that will add extra excitement to your visit to Chattanooga’s popular attractions. Here, you will find the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. You will have the chance to travel back in time and feel the slower-paced era that has long been gone.

6. Ruby Falls

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay
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A large waterfall and the peculiarity of which is that it is underground. It is one of the best attractions in the city. Not only the waterfall but also has stalactites and stalagmites at every step. Without a doubt, it is something you have to visit if you are in Chattanooga, the tour is very nice to give you the chance to see the deformations of the cave and when you reach the long-awaited moment, the waterfall is impressive and the light show that decorates it makes make the tour even more worthwhile.

Where to stay in Chattanooga

Budget Hotel

Travelodge by Wyndham Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay

Located off Interstate 75 and 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, this hotel is 10 minutes from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. A microwave and refrigerator are included in all the rooms at this property. Cable TV and free wired internet access are also provided.

Price: Starts at $42 per night for a King Room – Disability Access/Non-Smoking, add $7 for taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.

Luxury Hotel

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chattanooga, an IHG hotel

6 Best Things To Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Where to Stay

This Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chattanooga is located in Chattanooga city center less than 500 m from Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum. A flat-screen TV, coffee machine, and en suite are standard in each room. Guests can also use the free city-wide shuttle, which stops outside the hotel. Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse serves churrascaria-style grilled meats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A gourmet salad bar, traditional Brazilian side items, and daily fish selection are also offered.

Price: Starts at $189 per night for a Queen Room with Two Queen Beds, add $33 for taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Chattanooga. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Chattanooga.

Fun Facts About Chattanooga

  • Chattanooga is the home of the largest mall in Tennessee – Hamilton Place Mall.
  • The city is the home of the first patented miniature golf course.
  • One of the steepest passenger railways in the world is the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
  • The Ruby Falls are the deepest commercial caverns in the US.

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About the Writer

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Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.