The sweet south always has something magnificent to offer from southern home cooking to the friendliest hospitality around. A visit to the beautiful state of Tennessee always delivers in charm, beauty and makes you feel right at home! Today, I am highlighting Chattanooga, TN with a few local favorites and touristy must – see’s!
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge – believe it or not, this walking bridge located in downtown Chattanooga is the world’s longest walking bridge. It connects DT Chattanooga to the trendy North Shore and gives stunning views of the city. After you have worked up an appetite strolling the shops of the North Shore, enjoy a local favorite handcrafted ice cream cone from Clumpies Ice Cream in Cooldige Park!
The infamous, Ruby Falls! If you are anywhere near the south, you have probably seen the signs for miles & miles. Take it from a girl who is cautious about overly advertised attractions — this one is SO worth it and the cave is pretty awesome. Check the website for package deals for Rock City & the Incline. We ran out of time that day, but Rock City looked really cool and will be on the list next time around. I would suggest at least 2 hours minimum for Rock City and be prepared to walk!
Falls are pictured below, but does not do them justice in any way, a total must see in person!
Point Park – is a 10 acre memorial park that offers stunning views of Lookout Memorial Battlefield, Chattanooga & the winding Tennessee River. There is also a museum on – site that we missed by a few minutes. This park is so worth a stop and picnic lunch! I believe that there is a small park fee of $5 upon entrance. We ended up visiting Point Park instead of Rock City the day we were exploring because we were running out of daylight hours. Either choice is a win – win!
The Tennessee Riverwalk is an awesome way to get a little exercise and enjoy the beauty that Tennessee truly has to offer. Parking & bike rentals are located along the entire 13 mile paved path. The path will wind you alongside the river, past parks, the exquisite Hunter Art Museum, and right into downtown Chattanooga. An excellent way to enjoy the afternoon.
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Looking for where to sit down and enjoy some good food? Here’s a few suggestions:
FIVE Chattanooga – relaxed & fun bar / restaurant with a full menu and a patio overlooking Renaissance Park. Super cool spot, loads of parking & the very friendly staff! Serves Brunch, too! Check the website for weekly specials. & Happy Hour.
Top Food Picks: Baked Avocado, Deviled Eggs & Fish Tacos
Flying Squirrel Bar – Southern food with a twist! Offering craft beer, cocktails & an open air atmosphere. The upstairs is great for big groups. Sunday brunch.
Top Food PIcks: House Cut Fries Loaded w Garlic, Cuban Tacos & Squash Risotto
Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar – Relaxed, comfortable dining (inside or outside on a covered patio) offering a gorgeous view right on the Tennessee Riverwalk, a 13 – mile paved riverside path that runs parallel with the Tennessee River. The Boathouse prepares many entrees in the wood fired grill. Check the website for daily specials
Top Food & Drink PIcks: Steamed Clams, Calamari & the Lawton Rita is AMAZING!!!
Champy’s Chicken – Known for what else than their southern fried chicken and all of the delicious southern sides to serve up a true meal from the south. A relaxed atmosphere with a fun vibe! Check the website for two locations in Chattanooga.
Top Food Pick: ANYTHING chicken, of course!
Depending on your group and the vibe of the day, Chattanooga truly is a “choose your own adventure” type of city! There is so much more to share & offer, but that should give you a pretty good start!
Thanks so much for stopping by and if you do explore this wonderful part of Tennessee, I would love to hear all about it!