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Best Places to Visit in Chattanooga

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In your travel experience, you may have gathered many moments giving you blurred flashes thereof, but a stay in Chattanooga will surely give you some cherished memories that will remain in your heart forever till your last breathe. So, if you haven't been to this resplendent city, then you must think once again about your holiday plans. We are sure you don't want to live a life full of regret, and if you somehow missed out on this astonishing city, believe us, regret will chase you. We know that this busy life fill of boredom and monotony always turns you off and pushes you to take a hiatus. So, when you have such an amazing option in front of you, then why to remain handcuffed in the chain of a doleful life. Cheer up! We are heading a land full of excitement, fun, and beauty. Just backpack all your stuff and don't forget to carry your camera.

Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain
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For first- & one-of-its-kind experience, you must take your feet to Lookout Mountain. It offers a magnificent view of  Chattanooga Valley. The place is thronged for it's three remarkable attractions, namely, Ruby Falls, Rock City, and The Incline Railway. Ruby Falls is famed as one of the "10 Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls" all around the world. It is also renowned as the "deepest commercial cave" and the "largest underground waterfall" located in the United States. Nestled six miles from Chattanooga, Rock City is located 1700-foot above sea level boasting a 100 feet waterfall and a Swing-A-Long bridge that is nearly 200 feet long. The third attraction of Lookout Mountain, i.e., The Incline Railway is world-famed as the steepest passenger railway all around the globe. It has been honored as a Mechanical Engineering Landmark and National Historic site. Shamrock City and Racin', Birds of Prey Shows, Summer of Fun Concerts, Lantern Tours, Football at the Falls are amongst the year-round events happening at three attractions.

Address: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Phone: 800-825-8366
Website: www.lookoutmountain.com

Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium
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Get acquainted with the Southeast biodiversity through the exhibits at Tennessee Aquarium. Tennessee Aquarium is sincerely indulged into preserving and restoring the Southeast biodiversity to educate its community and the visitors about the environment and the ways to protect and conserve it. The research arm of Tennessee Aquarium, i.e., Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute is engaged into the restoration of freshwater ecosystems so as to rope in people to make them understand and propagate the need of environmental health. The aquarium has been acknowledged nationally for its involvement into promoting economic development. It opened its doors for visitors in 1992 and since then, it has been practicing to shape a future that is environmentally, educationally and economically compatible. Get a chance to mingle with its myriads of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.

Address: 1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, United States
Phone: 1 423.265.0695
Website: www.tnaqua.org
Operation Hours: Opens daily (10:00 am-6:00 pm)

Creative Discovery Museum

Museum
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Creative Discovery Museum is believed to be a great place for a growing child. This museum commendably flourishes children's passion and interests through a play-way environment where they can have a better understanding of the world around through self-exploration method. The museum hosts myriads of educational programs for its visitors. You can get immersed into various chemical and physical phenomena at the Science Center located here. Children are taught here by giving them demonstration on various scientific phenomena. The cognitive, social and motor skills of children of the age group of 4 months to 3 years are stimulated well through the caregiver & baby program held at its PlayGym. The museum also conducts homeschool workshops based on science and art. It is also engaged into organizing spring & summer camp, MAP teen volunteer program, preschool adventure days, school tours, teacher workshops, and many other educational programs.

Address: 321 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, United States
Phone: 1 423.756.2738
Website: www.cdmfun.org
Operation Hours: Opens daily (10:00 am-5:00 pm)

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
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If you are seeking a great dose of entertainment, then Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum could be you place to swing by. A ride in its full-sized vintage trains transport you to the golden old days and let you banish your daily-life monotony and boredom. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is engaged into collecting, preserving, operating, interpreting, and displaying railroad artifacts in an extraordinary way and educates its visitors on the vital role of railroads during the yesteryear and development of their community. At Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, you come to know some of the interesting and intriguing historical facts about the city and the development of its railroad system. The passenger trains of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum follow a historic route including Missionary Ridge Tunnel. The significance of mentioning the name of Missionary Ridge Tunnel was that this tunnel has successfully made it to the list of National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421, United States
Phone: 1 423.894.8028
Website: www.tvrail.com
Operation Hours: Opens daily (10:00 am-5:30 pm)

Hunter Museum of American Art

Hunter Museum of American Art
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The mission of the Hunter Museum of American Art is to rope in as many people as possible and propagate the relevance, significance, and meaning of American Art through them. This mission is realized and given a final shape through the preservation and interpretation of its impeccable collection, interactive exhibitions, and educational programs. The Hunter Museum of American Art is said to display one of the finest American art. It's so inspirational inside. You get to know the important facts about American history and evolution. The main attraction of the museum is American art belonging to Colonial period as well as today's America. Its splendid collection boasts of paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, works on paper, furniture, works of famous artists, namely, Thomas Cole, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Jack Beal, Fitz Henry Lane, Mary Cassatt, Louise Nevelson, Robert S. Duncanson, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Henri, Helen Frankenthaler, George Segal, Robert Rauschenberg, Duane Hanson, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol.

Address: 10 Bluff View Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403, United States
Phone: 1 423.267.0968
Website: www.huntermuseum.org
Operation Hours: Sunday and Wednesday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm); Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Thursday (10:00 am-8:00 pm)

Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

Chattanooga Zoo is engaged into preserving wildlife and roping in and inspiring people to understand the relevance of the preservation of wildlife and the nexus between people and those beautiful species. With its effective extensive practices and measures, Chattanooga Zoo takes into account myriads of aspects giving them paramount importance, like, animal collection, physical facilities, security, veterinary care, governing authority, finance, safety, conservation, staff, support organization, education, research, and adherence to AZA policies. The Zoo holds the accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. African Crowned Crane, Black-Crested Mangabey, Chimpanzees, King Baboon Spider, Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Radiated Tortoise, Sand Boa, Serval, and Spur-thighed Tortoise are amongst its most adorable and beautiful wildlife species.

Address: 301 North Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, United States
Phone: 1 423.697.1322
Website: www.chattzoo.org
Operation Hours: Opens daily (9:00 am-5:00 pm)

Market Street Bridge

Market Street Bridge
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Market Street Bridge is officially known as "John Ross Bridge" as it was built to commemorate Cherokee Chief John Ross. It overlooks Tennessee River connecting Chattanooga and the Northshore District. It opened its door for the visitors in 1917. The most eye-rolling features of the bridge are concrete arch and Scherzer rolling lift based on double-leaf bascule mechanism. It got its name after the Chief John Ross in 1950. The total length of the bridge is 577 m and it is 11 m wide spanning across 19 m of distance. In December 20, 2010, the bridge was honored by placing it on the list of National Register of Historic Places.

Address: Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, United States

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

In 1929, a local caver, Leo Lambert discovered a pristine cave and though of making it a tourist attraction. he named this unprecedented creation "Tennessee Caverns". This cavern opened its way to the visitors on June 28 1931. By the course of time, the name of the cave changed several times; first from Tennessee caverns to Crystal City Caves, and then from Crystal City Caves to Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Raccoon Mountain Caverns boasts of more than 5.5 miles of underground passageways. This cave is famed as South's most geologically active cave. People at Raccoon Mountain Caverns organizes two different types of tours: Crystal Palace Tour and Wild Cave Expeditions. These guided tours educate you on the history and formation of the cave.

Address: 319 W Hills Dr, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37419, United States
Phone: 800.823.2267
Website: www.raccoonmountain.com
Operation Hours: Opens daily (9:00 am-6:00 pm)

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