There’s a reason Chattanooga was named the #1 City in America for Outdoor Adventure. Not only does it have a citywide bike sharing program in place, but its rugged landscape offers some of the best opportunities for trail hiking, mountain biking, and hang-gliding in the nation. A perfect balance of city and nature, Chattanooga attracts those who seek a mix of bustling culture and peaceful outdoors.
Live Like a Local
If you fancy a drink in one of the trendiest joints in the area, head to the Flying Squirrel Bar. Its award-winning interior design boasts an open-air concept adorned with century-old reclaimed wood. We recommend coming in on a Tuesday for half priced wine night. Dedicate a day to the great outdoors at North Chickamauga Creek, where you can enjoy a swim in crystal clear swimming holes that will leave you mesmerized.
Head a bit north of Chattanooga to discover The Stone Fort, aka “Little Rock City.” This climbing and bouldering hotspot is right in the midst of a lush green forest and great for climbers of all levels. Afterwards, take flight with a tandem hang-gliding session at Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding. You’ll reach an altitude of up to 3,000 feet and get to see the bird’s eye view of Tennessee’s beautiful Lookout Valley.
For a Breakfast at Tiffany’s experience, enter the elegantly designed Amanda Pinson Jewelry. Peruse the latest Cartier or Pomellato under a grandiose chandelier and learn some diamond 101 from one of their knowledgeable jewelers. If you’ve never seen a river otter, you’ll have your chance at the Tennessee Aquarium, a Chattanooga favorite that helps educate visitors on both river and oceanic creatures. You can get a sneak peek with their otter cam here!
Go to the Local Juicery + Kitchen for a serious health kick. With a jam-packed menu of cold-pressed, raw organic juices, you’ll have plenty of cleansing concoctions to choose from. A great Sunday morning booster is their Charcoal Lemonade which contains lime, agave, and charcoal which helps detox your liver. To get a mix of entertainment and good eats, try the Sunday Chattanooga Market which features 20 different food trucks and two live bands.
Southern Charm in the Heart of Tennessee
With a striking view of Lookout Mountain and numerous awards under its belt, The Chattanoogan hotel is a go-to for travelers seeking southern hospitality in the heart of Chattanooga. Plus, the hotel’s location right in downtown gives you direct access to the best of the city’s museums, shops, and attractions.