Here are some of the top places to visit in this magnificent city.
- Lookout Mountain
- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
- Missionary Ridge
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Tennessee Aquarium
1) Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain contains some of Chattanooga’s top tourist attractions. One could spend the day seeing Rock City, The Incline Railroad and Ruby Falls. The ads say that one can see seven states from this 1700-foot peak. One must take a trip up and down the Incline Railroad as people commute to work on this train. The line is built on a slant so that the riders do not have to lean back when descending or ascending. It is a fantastic experience to ride this unique train. Ruby Falls is memorable and worth the visit itself. One will need to prepare a full day to appreciate all of the sites of this exciting venue. Spectacular views and sites await one from this mountain.
2) Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers one a spin in nostalgia. It is strictly, a moving museum as it offers one the opportunity to take a train ride, have lunch on a train, or have a fabulous dinner in The Diner. One can stay in the historic Chattanooga Choo – Choo hotel, or stay in one of the sleeper cars of a train. Many movies were made on this site, from Jimmie Stewart in “Fools Parade,” to “42” with Chadwick Boseman. One can obtain several train rides.
3) Missionary Ridge
Missionary Ridge, sometimes referred to as Mission Ridge, was the site of the “Battle of Missionary Ridge” during the Civil War, November 25, 1863. It was here that Generals Grant, Sherman and Thomas pushed the Confederates out of the area. It was a critical and historic campaign that may have changed the course of the war.
4) Creative Discovery Museum
The Creative Discovery Museum, a child’s delight, offers outstanding exhibits and hands-on things to do for children. One could spend the whole day in this lovely museum.
5) Tennessee Aquarium
The Tennessee Aquarium offers over 10,000 animals and a superb IMAX theater. One can take a boat ride her on the Tennessee River. One can easily spend a day here.
The Chattanooga National Cemetery, established in 1863 by General Grant after the battle of Missionary Ridge, where many Union soldiers are buried. It is ironic that during World War II, some Nazi soldiers are interred here, having died during captivity. By 1870, more than 12,000 burials had taken place, most that have remained unknown.