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The best of Chattanooga
Nashville and Memphis might be the most popular and most musical cities in the Volunteer State, but they don’t call Chattanooga the Scenic City for nothing. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Tennessee River and the mountain ridges of the Appalachian foothills, it’s no wonder this outdoorsy town is replete with fun things to do for locals and travelers of all stripes. Once in town, you’ll be overwhelmed by a desire to spend a whole lot of time outside of your hotel, strolling through some of the small but mighty museums, shopping at some popular boutiques and, of course, eating your heart out at the best restaurants in town. But remember, Chattanoogans are all about taking it easy, keeping it local and making sure to partake in activities with an eye towards all things sustainable. As usual, we're here to help. In no particular order (how could you ever choose just one thing to do in such a wonderful city?) here is a list of some incredibly fun sights and attractions to tackle in town. Get ready to explore… Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
It’s no secret that the American South offers some of the most deliciously unique food across the country. Although Nashville, Atlanta and Charleston have long hogged the national spotlight as food destinations, those looking to experience a smaller, more walkable city whose culinary scene focuses on sustainability and fresh ingredients should turn their attention to Chattanooga. Nestled in the Tennessee Valley, the city is home to a bevy of young and enthusiastic Southern chefs aiming to make their marks alongside plenty of old-school institutions that have been quietly serving to-notch plates for decades. From pricey date night spots offering a delightful ambiance to quirky dives serving fried chicken that would make any Tennessee grandmother nod in appreciation, the food served at the best restaurants in Chattanooga will undoubtedly revive your taste buds and fuel your desire to add a couple of nights to your hotel stay, giving your more time to cross off the very best things to do in town and, of course, dine at even more eateries.