Chattanooga offers a great balance between city life and nature and there is lots to do and explore in the Scenic City. Whether you are looking for a hike, a beautiful view, or a delicious meal, Chattanooga has something that will satisfy everyone’s craving. Here are our top 7 things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Take in a view of the city
At the top of Lookout Mountain, you’ll find Point Park which is a part of the National Park Service parks. Here you’ll find a beautiful overlook of the city and surrounding areas including the Tennessee River down below. You can also learn about the battle that took place here between the Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War and hear how it impacted the war locally.
Visit the land of the gnomes
Rock City is an incredibly strange place, which is why it has made our list of the top 7 things to do in Chattanooga. One minute you are walking on a narrow path between two boulders, smelling the flowers. The next you’ve come across a display of gnomes all over the gardens and you’re laughing to yourself at the oddity of the scene. Shortly thereafter, you turn the corner and come across a stunning waterfall with a breathtaking view where you can see 7 different states. Finally, because that wasn’t enough, you find yourself aurally assaulted as you dive deep into some crazy blacklight fairytale land based on different children’s stories. It’s absolutely wild and you need to experience it to fully believe it.
Cruise down the river
The Tennessee River is a prominent feature in Chattanooga, as it runs right through the middle of the city. What better way to see the sights, than from the water? Hop onto the Southern Belle Riverboat and cruise down the river where you will pass under bridges, around parks, and even possibly catch a phenomenal sunset over the river. They offer drinks for sale, live entertainment, and even a full dinner on board the cruise.
Walk along the bridge
The walnut street pedestrian bridge is one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and is definitely worth a stroll over it. Go at sunset for a beautiful view of the city during twilight hour. It makes for a fantastic segue from eating dinner to stopping by the Ice Cream Show for one of their delectable milkshakes.
Go for a hike
Get out of the city and explore nature. About 30 minutes west of downtown, you will find a magnificent waterfall at Foster Falls. Make sure you have some experience hiking and wear good hiking shoes if you want to hike down to the bottom of the falls, as it’s a pretty steep climb, but totally worth it for the views! The way down isn’t too bad, but remember, you have to climb back out once you’ve marveled at the breathtaking waterfall.
Take in the cityscape
If you’re looking for some nature, but don’t want to leave the city, then you can take a walk along the river at the Tennessee Riverpark. With 10 miles of waterfront trails, there’s plenty to see along the way. Make sure to check out all the birds who flock to the Chickamauga Dam. There is parking right by the dam which allows you to walk as far as your heart desires.
Dine on delicious cuisine
Looking for something to eat? Chattanooga is exploding onto the vegan food scene! We had a chance to eat our way around Chattanooga and put together a list of the 6 best vegan options. There are too many good options to choose from, so check out our list and go grab a bite!