Situated along the Tennessee River and nestled among the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Chattanooga has truly earned its nickname as the “Scenic City.” With the Appalachian mountains in one direction, Cumberland Plateau in the other and the nearby Chickamauga and Nickajack Lakes, this lovely Tennessee city more than lives up to its name.
The city was a major railway hub throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, hence the ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo,’ which was originally a reference to the Cincinnati Southern Railroad’s passenger service from Cincinnati to Chattanooga, and later the title of a 1941 Glen Miller tune. The eminently walkable downtown is a maze of historic stone and brick buildings and has some tasty gourmet kitchens, craft breweries and distilleries. There’s a lot to love about the ‘Noog.
One of the city’s major attractions is Lookout Mountain. Here visitors can explore extraordinary rock formations, see a roaring enclosed waterfall and travel by a trolleylike Incline Railway to the top of the mountain for truly breathtaking vistas, sandstone formations and gardens. Point Park, also atop Lookout, marks the site of a Civil War battle now honored at the Battles for Chattanooga Museum. Back down on the ground, don’t miss the world’s largest freshwater aquarium: the Tennessee Aquarium. History enthusiasts will love the city’s museums dedicated to Civil-War, Native-American and 20th-century history. More than anything, Chattanooga is a scenic city, full of natural wonders waiting to be explored on foot or by car, bike or train.
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