Chattanooga Choo Choo
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.
Burra Burra Mine
Burra Burra Mine site, located on the edge of Ducktown, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cahutta Wilderness Area
The Cohutta Mountains comprise the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. There are more than 40,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee (where its known as Big Frog Wilderness Area). The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. They run from Fannin County northeast to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where they are known as the Smoky Mountains, and once bordered a prehistoric ocean. Peaks in the Cohutta Mountains rise to 4,200 feet, and there are more than a hundred miles of hiking trails. Within the Wilderness Area itself are 13 trails that total more than 87 miles of unusual remote hiking. Other than on the popular Jacks River Trail, it is possible to hike in this area for days during the Spring and Fall and not see other backpackers. Two rivers, Conasauga and Jacks, flow through the Cohuttas, forming the major valleys on the east and west sides of the Wilderness Areas. In the river valleys the flora is outstanding.
Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee Naitonal Forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee. It lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, one of the world's most diverse areas. These mountains are home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals. The forest offers 30 developed campgrounds, 30 picnic areas, 700 miles of trail, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, seven whitewater rivers, thousands of acres of dispersed opportunities, and abundant populations of wildlife.
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.
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.
Ocoee River Gorge
TVA manages three dams which feed the whitewater rafting course and the rafting area by regular releases of water from the dams. Site of the 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater competitions, the Ocoee offers a mile-long Olympic whitewater course and a four-and-a-half-mile rafting area. The beautiful wooded peaks of Cherokee National Forest rise above the river, and Parksville Reservoir is located behind Ocoee Dam No. 1. Opportunities abound for swimming, picnicking, and boating. The shore of the reservoir features U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, as well as a commercially run inn.
Ocoee Whitewater Center
Consisting of a four-acre recreation area, the Ocoee Whitewater Center offers water play, picnicking, hiking, biking, a nature-oriented gift shop, environmental education programs, a 7,200 sq. ft. visitors center, year-round special events, and provides a playground for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Hosting approximately 300,000 visitors each year.
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 Riverfront Chattanooga.
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.
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.
Festivals in Chattanooga:
• Culture Fest - 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.
• Longhorn World Championship Rodeo - Fully accredited for world championship points in all 6 of rodeo's most popular contests by the International Pro Rodeo Association. Contestants from 25 states and Canada compete for local prize money and a Top 10 position in their contest at the November Longhorn FINALS Championship Rodeo in Nashville/Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Specialty performers enhance production between contests. Producer has won over 50 prestigious national rodeo awards.
• River Roast - The River Roast is sponsored by the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Area, Inc., and will encompass a full day of family-friendly activities, including a Soap Box Derby and Teddy Bear Tea for kids. BBQ judging, music concerts, fireworks.
• The Riverbend Festival - The 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.