48 Hours in Chattanooga

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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.

EAT

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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.

SEE

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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

DO

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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

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