Tag: Chattanooga Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee

A- Overview:
Chattanooga, the 4th largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga was one of the first US cities to effectively use a citizen visioning process to set specific long-range goals to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. In Chattanooga, citizens like to get involved, and they like to show off their accomplishments.

The Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center is a state-of-the-art facility that has recently been expanded. Public entities and private citizens worked together in recent years to build the 20,000 seat Max Finley Stadium. In keeping with the beauty of the area, the city has developed an extensive greenway system which includes 5 miles of constructed river walk beginning downtown and meandering through the historic art district and several parks. What better way to experience the feel of the city than to take time to enjoy the downtown sights, shops and restaurants: all of them within walking distance. The city supports a downtown shuttle fleet of zero-emission electric buses – manufactured in Chattanooga – for visitors wishing to park-and-ride. In this city, you don’t have to drive your car unless you want.

There are many attractions to experience in this traditional southern town. The best known are probably the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail, but Chattanooga is also the site of many Civil War battlefields that are historically significant. The Creative Discovery Museum for children is outstanding and will entertain every member of the family. Among annual events of interest are the Riverbend Festival, the Bessie Smith Strut, the Fall Color Cruise, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home of NCAA Division I-AA national football championships and hosts the national softball championships every year as well.

The climate is moderate, so the outdoors can be experienced year round. Whether your interest is hiking, biking, walking, sky diving, rafting, or just strolling through a local park, Chattanooga serves well either as a destination in itself or as a base for unique adventures throughout the region. Some of these are hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions. A little known fact about Chattanooga is that the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River valley are known to support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States.

With its scenic beauty, moderate climate, proximity to a host of attractions and sites, and proximity to major Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a city that should be on every traveler’s itinerary.

B- City Information:
Population: 155,544

Elevation: 685 feet above sea level

Land Area: 135.2 miles

Location: Southeast corner of Tennessee

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone

Weather Information:

Average Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
39.4
43.4
51.4
59.5
67.6
75.3
79.5
78.4
72.0
60.4
50.3
42.4

High temperature (°F)
48.8
54.1
62.8
72.1
79.1
86.1
89.7
88.6
82.5
72.3
61.1
52.0

Low temperature (°F)
29.9
32.5
39.9
46.9
56.1
64.5
69.3
68.2
61.6
48.4
39.5
32.7

Precipitation (in)
5.3
4.8
6.1
4.1
4.2
3.8
4.5
3.5
4.2
3.3
4.7
4.8

Normal climate around Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation.
12
10
12
10
10
11
12
10
8
7
9
11

Wind speed (mph)
6.9
7.3
7.7
7.3
5.9
5.3
5.0
4.6
4.9
4.9
6.0
6.4

Morning humidity (%)
82
81
81
82
86
87
89
91
91
90
85
83

Afternoon humidity (%)
62
57
53
49
53
55
57
57
56
53
56
61

Sunshine (%)
43
49
53
61
65
65
62
63
64
63
53
44

Days clear of clouds
7
7
8
9
9
8
7
8
10
13
10
8

Partly cloudy days
7
6
8
8
10
12
13
13
10
8
7
6

Cloudy days
17
15
16
13
12
10
11
10
11
10
13
17

Snowfall (in)
1.7
1.2
0.7
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.6

When To Go:

Visitors can take full advantage of the mild climate in Chatanooga, with its warm summers and mild winters, by spending a lot of time outdoors. While March is the wettest month, that rain is also responsible for over 200 species of spring flowers. October is delightfully dry, cool and richly colored. The hills surrounding Chattanooga entice walkers and hikers to explore their vivid foliage. Extreme cold is rare and with an average of over 200 frost-free days and minimal snowfall, outdoor activities thrive year-round. December is mild enough to celebrate the Holidays on the river, when dozens of boats are brightly decorated. July and August are warm, but daily average highs stay below ninety degrees. The air currents generated by the climate and the surrounding mountains, make Chattanooga a yearlong destination.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Nearest Cities:

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (106.9 miles).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (498.3 miles).

Nearest cities: Ridgeside, TN (1.5 miles), East Ridge, TN (3.9 miles), Lakeview, GA (4.7 miles), Red Bank, TN (4.9 miles), Rossville, GA (5.0 miles), Lookout Mountain, TN (6.7 miles), Fort Oglethorpe, GA (7.1 miles), Lookout Mountain, GA (7.7 miles).

Getting There

By Plane

Major airlines serve the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (tel. 423-855-2200) from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Charlotte. To reach the city center, take Highway 153 south to I-75, and then go west on I-24. Exits 1A, 1B, and 1C all get you downtown.

By Car

Major routes into Chattanooga are I-75 from the north (Knoxville) and south (Atlanta), I-24 from the northwest (Nashville), and I-59 from the southwest (Birmingham, AL).

Visitor Information

Start off your visit at the Chattanooga Visitors Center, 2 Broad St. (tel. 800-322-3344 or 423-756-8687), open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm, where you can pick up some helpful brochures and maps. Here you can buy discount ticket packages, which get you into several of Chattanooga’s most popular attractions. A free electric shuttle from the visitor center makes touring downtown attractions a snap.

TRANSPORTATION

Chattanooga sits at the intersection of Interstates 75, 24, and 59.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (423-855-2200) serves the area with the following airlines: US Airways Express, Northwest, Airlink, American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA)
The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) provides regularly scheduled bus transportation for the area.

CARTA also provides an electric shuttle system that operates downtown between the Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn at Shuttle Park South and the Tennessee Aquarium at Shuttle Park North.
Greyhound/Trailways Bus Lines — 423-892-1277.

CLAIMS TO FAME

Chattanooga has the world’s longest pedestrian bridge — The Walnut Street Bridge.
Chattanooga has the nation’s first and largest military park — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Chattanooga has the world’s steepest passenger railway line — The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
Chattanooga has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium — The Tennessee Aquarium.
Chattanooga has the South’s largest collection of American art — The Hunter Museum of Art.
More than 300 kinds of trees and 900 varieties of wildflowers grow in the Chattanooga area, more than anywhere on earth, except central China.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn’s lobby, a former railroad terminal, contains the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. The interior height of the dome is 85 feet.
The deepest commercial caverns in the United States are located on Lookout Mountain and are over 1,000 feet underground — Ruby Falls

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Bluff View Art District

423-265-5033

Located just east of Walnut Street pedestrian bridge

Check out the River Gallery or spend some time ambling through the free Sculpture Garden, perched scenically on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River.

Hunter Museum of American Art

865-267-0968

10 Bluff View

Admission Charged

Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm

You can see paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and contemporary studio glass.

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

423-267-7176

201 High Street

Admission Charged

Monday –Saturday, 9:30am-4pm; Summer – Sundays, noon-4pm

It houses an impressive glass collection

Coolidge Park

Just across the Walnut Street Bridge

Experience a beautiful hand-carved carousel

Frasier Street

You’ll find some funky (and fun) shops and cafes

Chattanooga Market

423-266-9270

1826 Carter Street

Admission Free

First Sunday after Easter until the last Sunday before Christmas, noon-5pm.

The Chattanooga Market is a weekly open air market in downtown Chattanooga. The market features hand crafted works by local and regional artisans, life entertainment, chef demonstrations, children’s art projects, fart direct tax free produce, and a unique lunch experience in the Market Café.

The Battles For Chattanooga Museum

423-821-2812

1110 East Brow Road

Call for operating hours

Just three blocks from the Incline Railroad’s upper station at the entrance to Point Park (site of the “Battle above the Clouds” in 1863), this museum features a three-dimensional electronic battle map that presents details of major battles in Chattanooga’s Civil War history.

Rock City Gardens

706-820-2531

1400 Pattern Road

Admission Charged

Open daily year-round, call for operating hours

A view of seven states on a clear day. Rock City’s unique sandstone formations are striking, and younger kids will be fascinated by the displays based on classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Family Biking at Lookout Mountain

Open year round

Look for the Guild-Hardy Trail

Lookout Mountain Guild-Hardy Trail is a walking and biking trail located on the side of scenic Lookout Mountain. The trail was built on the historic route of the C & LM Broad Gauge Railroad and follows its path up the mountain. Two remaining trestles are the most captivating evidence of the railroad. The Guild-Hardy Trail provides recreationists access to a multitude of trails on Lookout Mountain, National Park Service and Reflection Riding. The trail winds through forested mountain slopes and is lined with historical ruins.

Adventures Unlimited

800-662-0667

522 Highway 64, Ocoee, TN 37361

Admission Charged

Get Wet! on the world-class Ocoee River. Adventures Unlimited offers both half-day and full day guided trips through class III and IV whitewater excitement. Try out our mountain bikes in the Cherokee National Forest. Stay overnight in log cabins or camp in the campground complete with RV hookups. If you don’t want to cook, let Adventures provide catered meals for you. Groups of all sizes are welcome from families to family reunions. The 32-acre base camp gives everyone plenty of room to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Conveniently located only 35 minutes from Chattanooga.

Canoe The Sequatchie

423-949-4400

U.S. Highway 27 & River, Dunlay, Tennessee

Admission Charged

Open Weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day

Children must be age two or older

Day canoe trips, ranging in length from 3-9 miles are available daily with a duration of 1 ½ hours to 4 hours. The 3 mile trip is great as a sampler to get your “feet wet” and for small children. The 2 hour trip is just enough time to really enjoy the river and ends on the lower end of the river. For those most experienced or those needing more time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, the 3 or 4 hour trips fit the bill. The 3 hour excursion is the most popular. Call ahead for reservations.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

423-821-9403

319 West Hill Drive, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

At Raccoon Mountain visitors can explore the Southeast’s most geologically active cave. Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a relatively large cave with over five and one-half miles of explored passageways. Entrance is at ground-level and, once inside, there is extensive formation growth which is observed along a lighted pathway. You literally walk beside large flowstone deposits and past stalagmites and stalactites that are thousands of years old. Best of all, the tours are guided and deliberately kept small to enhance enjoyment.

Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center

423-892-5922

5918 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

offers miniature golf (2 courses), 3 go-kart tracks, batting cages for all skills and abilities, bumper boats, lazer tag, a virtual reality games room, and pursuit park paintball. Come for 10 minutes or spend the evening. If you are looking for fun for the entire family, Sir Goony’s is the place!

Tennessee Aquarium

800-262-0695 or 423-265-0698

1 Broad Street

Admission Charged

Daily 10am-6pm (to 8pm some summer evenings)

The first major institution dedicated to fresh water ecosystems, with exhibits designed to take you on the journey from the Tennessee River’s source in the Appalachian high country, down through the Mississippi Delta. Should you tire of watching the 9000 critters here busily swimming, flying, and crawling, you can check out the IMAX theatre on the premises.

Creative Discovery Museum

423-756-2738

321 Chestnut Street

Admission Charged

Daily 10am-6pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day. All other times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm

Located just two blocks from the Aquarium, it caters to toddlers as young as 18 months while also enthralling the older set with such interactive exhibits as the Artist’s and Musician’s studios and the Inventor’s workshop.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

423-894-8028

2202 North Chamberlain Avenue

Admission Charged

Call for specific operating hours

Welcome to one of the South’s most renowned and unique landmarks. This 30-acre vacation and convention complex is located in the heart of Chattanooga and has something for everyone. The Choo Choo combines history and fun in a delightful blend that appeals to visitors of all ages.

Whether you are a vacationing family, a corporate traveler, or a convention planner, the center has just what you need to make this your home away from home. Experience the rail cars that you can sleep in, the array of restaurants and shopping, the appealing swimming pools, the versatile meeting and banquet rooms, the authentic New Orleans trolley, the beautifully landscaped gardens, all of which reflects the fascination of the planners with restoring the history of a bygone era. Come and encounter the wonder of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Ruby Falls

1720 South Scenic Highway

423-821-2544

Open daily at 8am

Admission Charged

A 145-foot waterfall located 1100 feet inside the mountain. A definite thrill…maybe a little too extreme for those who are uncomfortable with heights or enclosed spaces.

Coolidge Park

423-425-6311

This seven-acre park is part of the Tennessee Riverpark, a 22-mile public park along the Tennessee River. The park features a hand-carved carousel, a pavilion, an interactive play fountain, an open-air performance venue and lots of open space. Restaurants, shops, and several popular attractions, including the Walnut Street Bridge and the Walnut Wall Climbing Facility, surround the park.

Incline Railroad

423-821-4224

827 East Brow Road

Admission Charged

Call for operating hours

The steepest passenger railway in the world with panoramic views of the city and the Great Smokey Mountains 100 miles away.

Chattanooga Zoo

Warner Park

423-697-1322

April – October: 9 am to 5 pm daily November – March: 10 am to 5 pm daily Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and Thanksgiving Day. Admission charged.

The zoo is located just minutes from downtown Chattanooga. This 3.5-acre facility houses more than 150 animals, including four species of primates, seven species of reptiles, 14 species of birds and five species listed as threatened or endangered.

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

Chattanooga, TN 37412

(877)-LAKEWIN or (706) 866-5681

Admission charged. Rde tickets sold separately. Open April through September

This park, known as Lake Winnie among the locals, was rated one of America’s Top 10 family amusement parks by Travel and Leisure magazine. Visitors will find more than 30 rides for all ages ranging from relaxing to thrilling. On the Pipeline Plunge, riders meander through a five-story maze of pipes before finishing the ride with a splash. Carnival games to test your skill and luck. Free concerts are also featured throughout the season.

Chattanooga Corn Maze

423-344-9846

Hours: Open Aug. 31 – Nov. 2 Tues-Fri. 4-8:30 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sundays Noon to 6:00 pm . Admission charged.

Get lost in a maze of maize.. This cornfield adventure is fun for all ages. The field is cut into a maze featuring a different theme every year.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Mid-January

Chattacon Science Fiction Convention

Each year this science fiction convention takes place. Writers, artists, hucksters and more put on the convention. Put on by the convention is the Chattacon Art Show, which features a variety of artwork. Both flat and 3D artwork is showcased.

Late March – early April

Southern Writer’s Conference – Each year, Chattanooga hosts a literary festival, which provides educational opportunities to discuss and learn about the South’s greatest writers and promising newcomers to the literary scene. Meet the authors and listen to their readings and lectures.

Mid- June

The Riverbend Festival

423-756-2211

1001 Market Street, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

The event takes place at the beginning of June and spans across nine days. Over 540,000 people visit the festival each year. Musical performances range from jazz, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, classic and more. Reserved tickets can be purchased in advance.

Early June (First Monday of the Riverbend Festival)

Bessie Smith Strut – Providing the kickoff to Riverbend, the Bessie Smith Strut is a celebration of Chattanooga’s most prominent musical talent. Chattanoogans celebrate the music of the great Bessie Smith (Queen of the Blues) with a street festival featuring great music, food, and entertainment.

Late August

Southern Brewers Beer Festival

Each year, Chattanooga hosts a day-long beer festival in the heart of downtown next to Big River Grille and Brewing Works. Beer lovers can sample over a hundred varieties of award winning microbrewed beers while watching live music and entertainment.

Early September

Culture Fest

Coolidge Park 423-267-1218

Celebrate the array of races and cultures in the Chattanooga area at the Arts and Education Council’ s Culture Fest. Enjoy art, entertainment, food and interactive activities.

Mid-October – early November

Fall Color and Fall Leaf Cruises (423) 266-4488 or 800-766-2784

Board the Southern Belle Riverboat and sail through the Tennessee River Gorge en route to Chattanooga’s annual Folk Festival. During the cruise, enjoy lunch, a live band and more. At the festival, listen to live music by the area’s best folk artists and check out the handmade crafts and jewelry.

Weekly: Year round

Chattanooga Market Cricket Pavilion 423-266-9270

This weekly open air market features hand-crafted works of art, seasonal farm fresh produce, chef demonstrations, a climbing wall, live music and art projects for kids. When it’s time for lunch, try the Market Cafe, and let the kids expend their energy at the adjacent city skate park.

Early December

Annual Wine Over Water
5:00-8:00 pm

Cornerstones, the historical preservation society in Chattanooga, hosts its annual fundraiser on its most successful achievement, the Walnut Street Bridge. Celebrate the Historic Walnut Street Bridge while raising funds for the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga. Enjoy wines, hors d’ oeuvres and live music on five stages stretched out along the bridge. Tickets on sale. Call 423/265-2825

Holiday Starlight Parade December

December

NCAA Division I AA National Championship Game – For many years, Chattanooga has hosted the national championship of the NCAA’s 2nd highest division. Finley Stadium, in Chattanooga’s vibrant Southside is the premier facility in Division I-AA.