48 Hours in Chattanooga


Chattanooga is one of Tennessee’s hidden gems. Located less than 10 miles from the Georgia state border and nestled among the curves of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is a city made for people. I spent 48-hours exploring this small city and loved every moment of it. With countless hiking trails, a charming downtown, riverside views, and delicious food, Chattanooga is not to be missed.


Five Star Dinner at Back Inn Cafe
  • Beast + Barrel – Pop in for lunch and enjoy a local brew with your meal.
  • Back Inn Cafe – Enjoy a five-star dinner that’s worth the price point. White table linen and killer views make this Art District restaurant a top pick.
  • Boathouse – Cruise over to this seafood restaurant situated right on the river for delicious seafood including jumbo shrimp and oysters.
  • Milk & Honey – Grab a cup of dreamy Gelato at this quaint coffee & sweets shop on the North Shore. You can choose up to 3 flavors for $5 made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.


Sunset city views from Stringers Preserve
  • Downtown Chattanooga – a very walkable downtown with shops, restaurants, river walks, pedestrian bridges, and water fountains for the kids to play in
  • North Shore – just across the river from Downtown, this neighborhood is filled with boutique shops, restaurants, and even mini dance lessons with the steps of several famous dances engraved into the sidewalks
  • Sunsets – watch the sun set over the city from one of many lookouts in Stringers Preserve


Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Tennessee River
  • SUP on the Tennessee River – rent a paddle board or kayak from L2 Outside and get out on the water for the best city views
  • Walk the Walnut Street Bridge – save money by walking this pedestrian bridge, connecting the North Shore to Downtown
  • Tennessee Aquarium – a top-rated attraction that’s as entertaining inside as it is outside
  • Hiking – choose from several surrounding parks including Lookout Mountain and Signal Point for a morning of hiking through the Tennessee wilderness



Published by Ali Gaffey

An American girl full of life and adventure!

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