Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a population of 155,554, is located in Hamilton County, TN in southeast Tennessee.
Chattanooga, Tennessee was established in 1838.
The closest airport is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA).
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Chattanooga Riverfront; image courtesy of Sweet Magnolia Tours
• Inside Cherokee National Forest: Same mountains, similar trails, fewer people
• A room with quite a view, Chattanooga-style
Chattanooga Choo Choo is one of the South's most renowned and unique landmarks. This 24-acre vacation and convention complex is located in the heart of Chattanooga and has something for everyone. The Choo Choo combines history and fun in a delightful blend that appeals to visitors of all ages.
Delta Queen Steamboat Company - See the heartland of our great nation aboard the legendary Delta Queen®, and the magnificent Mississippi Queen®, the only genuine, overnight paddlewheelers plying America's rivers, for a journey brimming with fun, discovery and all-American heritage. The trip offers a unique blend of American beauty and history, its sumptuous river cuisine, lively "showboat" style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain's riverside America. Charming, historic river ports, lively cities, and stately plantations. Gliding along at a stately 8 mph, your mind has time to wander back to a time when life was a bit slower and more genteel, when these mighty rivers served as America's natural "highways," and an elegant paddlewheel steamboat was the epitome of travel. You'll explore the richness of riverside America as you step ashore at historic ports of call such as lively Memphis and stately Natchez, Mark Twain's Hannibal or cosmopolitan St. Paul, bustling St. Louis and gracious Louisville, charming Chattanooga and tuneful Nashville, friendly Cincinnati and dynamic Pittsburgh.
IMAX - Located in the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, the massive six-story-high screen is 66' x 89' and seats 400 people. The IMAX building also houses the Environmental Learning Lab; Great Hall with "whale bone" design and back-lit graphic panels; and a gift shop. The IMAX 3D experience is powerful, involving and intense. Because of its technologically advanced 3D cameras, rolling-loop projector, special polarized glasses, and large film format - at 10 times the size of conventional 35mm movie film, it's the largest in the world- viewers don't watch an IMAX 3D movie; they live it.
Prentice Cooper State Forest - This 24,686 acre forest is approximately 10 miles west of Chattanooga. It is situated on the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. Approximately 6,939 acres are designated as unregulated scenic zones that protect this view shed and other scenic areas of the forest. Hicks Gap Natural Area (350 acres) also occurs in the forest and was developed to protect the federally endangered Large-flowered Skullcap. The forest also includes several in-holdings owned by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and 3 cemeteries. Management activities of the forest focus primarily on sustainable timber management, forest management demonstration and wildlife habitat improvement while maintaining recreational opportunities for the public. There are 35 miles of hiking trails, including the south end of the Cumberland Trail State Park. There are two designated camping areas. Hunting has been a traditional use of the forest. Other recreational activities include OHV use in designated areas, rock climbing, hiking, Mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and camping.
Riverfront Chattanooga - When Chattanoogans envisioned a renaissance for their city 20 years ago, they returned to the river. Now the banks of the Tennessee River flourish with an aquarium, a children’s museum, a carousel, theaters, walking paths, a pedestrian bridge and a score of other projects to create.
Rock City - Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Experience fairytale magic at Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. Gift shops and restaurant on site.
Ruby Falls is America's largest underground waterfall, accessible to the public. The stroll along an awe-inspiring trail contains countless natural wonders and is climaxed by the natural phenomenon known as Ruby Falls. Fantastic views and world class facilities await all who visit.
Southern Belle Riverboat offers dinner cruises, daily lunch cruises, and daytime sightseeing cruise. The boat is climate controlled.
Tennessee Aquarium - Like a favorite fishing spot, people return to the Tennessee Aquarium to see amazing animals that swim, fly and crawl in natural habitats. This remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea takes visitors through three living forests under glass and puts them eye to eye with 10-foot sharks, giant spider crabs, river otters and alligators. The Aquarium’s newest addition, Ocean Journey, takes guests into the open ocean where fierce sharks, stealthy stingrays and colorful reef fish glide through amazing coral formations. Visitors also experience a shark and ray touch pool and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. The weird and wonderful animals in Ocean Journey’s “Boneless Beauties” gallery include graceful jellyfish, a giant octopus and captivating cuttlefish. The original River Journey building takes guests on a freshwater adventure, with exhibits that showcase the Appalachian Cove Forest, a steamy Delta swamp and rivers of the world.
Hamilton Place Mall - One of Chattanooga's most popular visitation sites is Hamilton Place Mall. Over 16 million shoppers a year have enjoyed the Hamilton Place area which includes Hamilton Place, Hamilton Corner, Hamilton Crossing, The Terrace and The Shoppes. Hamilton Place offers fashion, fun and food for everyone with six department stores, over 200 stores, 30 eateries and 17 theaters.
• CultureFest - Located on the beautiful Tennessee River at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN, the Arts & Education Council hosts CultureFest in September. Celebrate the rich diversity of the city and region with music, dance, storytelling, children's activities, interactive booths and demonstrations, food and drink.
• Riverbend Festival is a fabulous nine-day event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, held every June. It is located downtown along the banks of the Tennessee River. Riverbend is best described as a huge family-oriented music festival, with six stages of almost every possible genre of music. Plus roving artists, fantastic fireworks, Starfighter Jet Flyovers, a 5K & 10K Run, and a fun-filled Children's Village.
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