Chattanooga: Civil War, Tennessee Whiskey and Music Galore!

08/25/2018   
 

Chattanooga is a gateway to Tennessee and is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by the spectacular scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau.  You will enjoy a newly revitalized riverfront city, first class attractions, great Southern hospitality, rich Civil War history, outdoor adventures and locally owned restaurants & cafes, a thriving music scene with plenty of annual festivals and events that offer year-round fun. 

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We are located right off of Interstates I-24; I-59 and I-75. You can park your car downtown and check out the free Electric Shuttle or start your visit with a great sightseeing trolley tour with Gray Line’s Hop on Hop off starting at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Lobby. www.choochoo.com

History Buffs?

You will love our rich Civil War history.  It’s explained in detail when you start your visit on Lookout Mountain at the Battles for Chattanooga Museum presentation taking you back to November 1863.   www.battlesforchattanooga.com

Don’t miss the 13’ x 30’ painting done by an eye-witness to the “Battle Above the Clouds” located in the National Park Service Visitors Center next door to the Battles Museum.  Then, stroll over to Point Park Battlefield just across the street.  The view of the river and downtown is not to be missed. (Small fee charged for Point Park for ages 16 and up) www.nps.gov/chch

Speaking of historic Lookout Mountain, you’ll also find a few other things to do such as, riding the steepest Incline Railway in the world to checking out the new $20 million dollar renovation at Ruby Falls and then, going underground to see a 145’ waterfall.  Take a break and have lunch at the Big Rock Grille or dine with a view at the See Seven States Cafe then, enjoy a leisure walk through the award-winning gardens at Rock City Gardens.  www.lookoutmountain.com

Next take a short drive down to the Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe to see the movie presentation of “Death Knell of the Confederacy” at the Chickamauga NPS Visitor’s Center as well as the Fuller Gun Collection.  Then, head out to tour the oldest and largest National Military Park in the USA.   Many military leadership classes have made the pilgrimage to the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park to study the many generals and battles fought here during the Civil War. This first military park was established by Congress in 1889. 

Outdoor Lover?

Then don’t miss our great outdoor adventures like kayaking, paddle-boarding or canoeing right in downtown. You are only a 15 minute drive to hiking trails, mountain biking or rock climbing indoors and out. www.outdoorchattanooga.com

If you love MUSIC then check out our 9-Day Riverbend Music Festival for less than $65 for all nine nights each year in June.  With over 100 acts on five stages you will love this award-winning festival. You will find this year’s scheduled acts at www.RiverbendFestival.com .

Want something more intimate? Check out the new Station Street Entertainment District next door to the Choo Choo Complex.   Start with a tour of the Songbirds Guitar Museum with one of the largest and most rare collections in the world then, check their schedule for concerts in the new Songbirds North or South Halls.   https://events.songbirds.rocks/   You can even grab an artesian cocktail or local craft beer at STIR Restaurant, Terminal Brewhouse, or the Backstage Bar and walk “the district”.  

Love to Dance?

Enjoy line-dancing at Westbound Bar or hang out at Regan’s Place dancing the night away to 80’s and 90’s music. Interested in TN Whiskey? Just walk across the street and take a tour & tasting at Chattanooga Whiskey Company’s distillery. Last tour at 8:00pm.

Don’t Miss ...

Here are a few other great things not to miss:  the Tennessee Aquarium, the world’s largest fresh-water aquarium and IMAX 3D theater; enjoy an evening at a Chattanooga Lookouts AA baseball game on Hawk Hill downtown or a late Chattanooga Ghost Tour.  Or take a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat or splash down the next morning in a Chattanooga Duck, a WWII amphibious military vehicle or a Chattanooga Cycleboat for a fun river ride to remember. 

We guarantee to provide you and your family with a vacation that you will talk about for years to come.  Whatever thrills you – we think you will find it in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Come see this place we call home – Chattanooga!

For more information check our website at www.ChattanoogaFun.com or email Shelda Spencer Rees at [email protected]
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The Griffon Summer 2018

Vol. 42.2 | Summer 2018

The Griffon
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