Day Trip to Chattanooga, TN
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Located right on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, Chattanooga makes for a great day trip or stop en route to Nashville. The city has Civil War history, a public art program, and great restaurants—with activities for every age.
Chickamauga, GA 30707, USA
Chickamauga Battlefield, located on the border between Georgia and Tennessee, was the site of the second highest Civil War casualties after the Battle of Gettysburg. The site was deemed a monument in 1895, with over 1,400 historical markers and...
6922, 368 Northgate Mall Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37415, USA
The museum is tucked away in an unassuming and almost hidden corner of Northgate Mall. I had to ask mall security for directions but am glad that I did. The exhibits are top-notch and professionally laid out in a chronological and visually...
3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
On another DART we found this gem. You hope you never need a tow truck but if you do, you will have new found appreciation for the work of these drivers. This is a museum dedicated to the best of them and has a large number of tow trucks antique...
1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
I spent a few fun hours with my five-year-old at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga the other week. It's a great day trip from Nashville (or, I guess, Atlanta, although they have their own incredible aquarium). I was really impressed with the...
133 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352, USA
Registered in the National Register of Historic Places, The Jack Daniel's Distillery is where the famous Tennessee fine whiskey comes from. Located in the boonies of Lynchburg, TN, which interestingly enough is a dry town, they offer free daily...
10 Bluff View Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Chattanooga's Hunter Museum of American Art is set against a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River. If the view doesn't draw you in, it will be the collection of American art from Winslow Homer to Andy Warhol. The museum is made up of a historic...
222 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Located in a historic trolley barn, the original Big River Grille and Brewing Works is conveniently located within walking distance of the Tennessee Aquarium and other popular attractions. Inside you can see the brewery behind a glass wall, where...
301 N Holtzclaw Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404, USA
Outside of Chattanooga's downtown tourist district is the unexpectedly fantastic Chattanooga Zoo. The award-winning wildlife park has exhibits featuring some of the world's most exotic animals. Chimpanzees, jaguars, snow leopards and sloths are...
334 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Dive bar enthusiasts will appreciate the laissez faire attitude of the Hair of the Dog Pub a short walk from the Tennessee Aquarium. It's designed like an English pub, but carries a full selection of American craft beers. It's not a family spot to...
40 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA
Settled into the main drag of Chattanooga's North Shore is Winder Binder, a bookstore-cum-record store-cum-folk art gallery. You'll be greeted by friendly pooches as you peruse the new and pre-loved books. Wander the aisle of literary greats or...
319 W Hills Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419, USA
Tennessee has thousands of caves and Chattanooga itself is full of them. One such is Raccoon Mountain, a family-run cavern and campground that was discovered by Leo Lambert, the same man who turned Ruby Falls into the region's most recognized...
29 Johnson St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
Located in Chattanooga's up-and-coming Southside neighborhood, The Crash Pad is unlike anywhere you've ever stayed. This hostel was thoughtfully constructed by people who have stayed in them before and know guests' needs. The owners also went to...
219 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Though I'm not an experienced rock climber, I have a thirst for challenging myself, for trying new adventures – as long as they're basically safe. One of the top ten largest climbing facilities in the country, High Point Climbing and Fitness has...
3917 St Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409, USA
Chattanooga's oldest attraction is the Incline Railway, which brings visitors up to the top of Lookout Mountain. The vintage trolley cars are on a steep 72% grade, but seats face outward so you can see yourself rise above the trees to see the city...
12 W 13th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Touting itself as "killer burgers and manly drinks," Urban Stack is an upscale bar food restaurant that just happens to be LEED certified. Choose from one of their signature burgers, with selections like standard beef burgers, alongside lamb,...
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