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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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