With its leafy waterfront trails, eco-friendly electric buses and scenic setting on the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s greenest cities. In addition to its lively downtown core, the “Noog” is also a hub for outdoor activities. From world-class rock-climbing routes to beautiful hiking trails, it’s one of the go-to outdoor destinations for nature enthusiasts.
Things to do in Chattanooga
The Bluff View Art District is brimming with character, with spacious streets lined with historic stone and brick buildings. Today they house artisan cafes and gourmet restaurants, as well as a string of museums and galleries. The Hunter Museum of American Art is a highlight, with a striking steel facade and an impressive collection of contemporary art.
Music fans should head to the Songbirds Museum. From ultra-rare 1950s Fender Broadcasters to instruments shredded by the likes of Chuck Berry, BB King, Roy Orbison and Robbie Krieger, it houses the world's largest collection of vintage and rare guitars.
Chattanooga’s hottest entertainment district, MLK is home to a glut of industrial microbreweries, distilleries and live music bars. It’s anchored by the University of Tennessee, where you’ll find a lively student culture enjoying the city’s best nightlife venues.
For a breath of fresh air, head to Coolidge Park and take a riverside stroll. Kids will love the carousel, while engineering buffs will jump at the chance to cross the famous Walnut Street Bridge. Spanning over 700 metres from downtown Chattanooga to the North Shore, it’s the world's longest pedestrian bridge.
Getting around Chattanooga
Compact and walkable, the Bluff View Art District is great for pedestrians. You can also ride the free Downtown Electric Shuttle that runs throughout the city centre and to the North Shore. For a scenic way to explore the city, take advantage of Chattanooga's eco-friendly bikeshare programme.