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Travel and Explore Chattanooga, TN!
Chattanooga is located in a lush valley surrounded by steep ridges in
Tennesee. This city is rich in the history of the Civil War, with several of
the key battles fought here. Chattanooga was the place where Sherman began
his march through Georgia and finally to the sea. Famous war battles of
Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge were fought in
Chattanooga. Much of the area's Historical District is now preserved in the
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. These battles are also
re-incased using a miniature battlefield with 5000 soldiers at "Battles for
Chattanooga Museum Electric Map and Museum near Point Park. This historical
attraction also features the last battle of the American Revolution and the
Battle of Chickamauga. This is just one of the many historical museums and
parks rich with Civil War history. Point Park has the famous "Battle above
the Clouds" commemoration as well as other famous Civil War battles.
Inside Lookout Mountain there is a 145-foot waterfall known as Ruby Falls.
Inside Ruby Falls are the Lookout Mountain Caverns with the most beautiful
calcite formations in the United States. Lookout Mountain also features a
breathtaking view of the Chattanooga and Tennessee valleys, as well as the
viewing of seven more states. This city is also home to the steepest "
Incline Railway" of its kind. This railway will take you to the top of
Lookout Mountain where you can view seven states at the world famous
"Lover's Leap." Another great attraction is Rock City Gardens, with rock
formations and beautiful, lush gardens fit the mountaintop like a crown.
This natural attraction started as a hobby of Frieda Carter and her husband,
Garnet. This work earned her the Bronze Medal of Distinction by the Garden
Club of America. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo was opened in 1909 as a terminal
station and was dedicated as Chattanooga's Gateway. It now provides express
tours and gourmet dining aboard an authentic dining car, complete with
singing waiters and waitresses. Ross Landing, located near the Tennessee
Aquarium, started out as a trading post and was the sight of what is known
as The Trail Of Tears, when the Cherokees began to relocate. The Tennessee
Aquarium is the world's largest freshwater aquarium, homes to over 350
species of fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians.
The nine-day Riverbend Festival has over 100 musical artists, ranging from
rock to country, blues, jazz and folk. There are many sporting events and
plenty of family-oriented activities; beautiful art exhibits; food exhibits,
& fireworks exhibits. There are many shopping malls and fine eating
establishments all over Chattanooga. There are not many more cities in the
United States that are richer in Civil War history than Chattanooga, Tennessee.
| Battles for Chattanooga Museum
|| Lookout Mountain exit, near the Incline Railroad
|| (423) 821-2812
|| The museum shows the battle of Chattanooga in a miniature battlefield display with more than 5,000 soldiers.
| Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
|| 1001 Market St.
|| (423)756-8687 or (800)322-3344
| Chattanooga Choo Choo
|| at 1400 Market St.
|| (423) 266-5000
|| Beginning on March 5, 1880, a major link in public transportation between the North and South started. Now you can see a car and an engine from the original train displayed.
| Chattanooga Nature Center and Reflection Riding
|| Garden Rd.
|| (423) 821-1160
|| The 300-acre nature preserve is bordered by national parklands and a boardwalk.
| Chattanooga Regional History Museum
|| 4th and Chestnut Sts.
|| (423) 265-3247
|| The museumhouses relics, artifacts, a large collection of photographs, and the Country of Chattanooga tells the story of everyday life from the past to the present.
| Chattanooga Riverboat Company
|| 201 Riverfront Pkwy.
|| (423)266-4488 or (800)766-2784
|| The riverboat company offers sightseeing trips and dinner cruises on the Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle. The cruises provide a narration about the area's history, stories and scenery
| Cravens House
|| Off SR 148 on Lookout Mountain
|| (423) 821-7786
|| In 1855, Robert Cravens built the house and during the Civil War the house occupied Confederate and Federal troops. It also served as a Confederate field hospital.
| Creative Discovery Museum
|| 321 Chestnut St.
|| (423) 756-2738
|| The museum educates children by the use of hands-on exhibits throughout nine interesting areas, and there is a 90-foot tower, equipped with telescopes and Fresnel lenses, to provide a view of Chattanooga's downtown.
| Houston Museum
|| 201 High St.
|| (423) 267-7176
|| The museum feature antiques dating back to the 18th century and decorative arts.
| Hunter Museum of Art
|| 3rd St. and Bluff View
|| (423) 267-0968
|| The museum has a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American artwork by Mary Cassatt, Thomas Sully, Thomas Hart Benton and others.
| Lookout Mountain Incline
|| St. Elmo Ave.
|| (423)821-4224 or 629-1411
|| Railway has a gradient reaching 72.7 percent and is one of the steepest railways in the world.
| National Knife Museum
|| Shallowford Rd.
|| (423) 892-5007
|| The museum shows knives, swords, razors, and cutlery items, including industrial, sports, military, commemorative and artistic knives.
| National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History
|| 4th St. and Geogia Ave.
|| (423) 267-1737
|| The military museum features the story of the first recpients of the Medal of Honor, who are buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
| Raccoon Mountain Caverns
|| on US 41
|| (423) 821-9403
|| You take a 45-minute tour through the Crystal Palace cave formations.
| Raccoon Mountain High Adventure Sports
|| West of town - 5 miles
|| (423) 825-0444
|| Offers flight adventures which depart from the mountainside attraction that assisted by a variety on instuctors.
| Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage
|| on US 41
|| (423) 825-3100
|| Offers a 30-minute tour of the Tennessee Valley Authority power-generating plant 1,160 feet inside Raccoon Mountain.
| Rock City Gardens
|| Lookout Mountain
|| (706) 820-2531
|| The Rock City Gardens is like a "city" of natural rock formations, that take up about 10 acres of unusual licken-covered sandstone with 400 species of native plants.
| Ruby Falls-Lookout Mountain Caverns
|| Lookout Mountain Scenic Hwy. (SR 148)
|| (423) 821-2544
|| Has guided tours every 15-minutes to the 145-foot falls which are 1,120 feet underground and are reached by elevator.
| Sequoyah Energy Connection
|| N.E. of town
|| (423) 843-4100
|| This the visitor center for the Sequoyah Energy connection nuclear power plant.
| Signal Mountain
|| Southernmost point on Walden's Ridge, on US 127
|| The mountain got its name in the Civil War, when it was used as a signal point for the confederate Army.
| Tennessee Aquarium
|| One Broad St.
|| (423)265-0695 or (800)262-0695
|| Is said to be the nation's first freshwater life center and the aquarium contains more than 6,000 specimens representing 350 species of animals.
| Tennessee Valley Railroad
|| 4119 Cromwell Rd.
|| (423) 894-8028
|| The railroad uses a steam-powered passenger train that travels a 6-mile trip over three bridges and through a Civil War railroad tunnel.
| TVA Energy Center
|| 1101 Market St.
|| (423) 751-2631
|| A self-guiding tour which explains the Tennessee Valley Authority and energy.