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Nestled amidst the Southeast Tennessee mountains, Chattanooga, TN, is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures. With opportunities to explore sea life, learn about musical legends and experience fine dining, it’s no wonder this Southern city was named one of the “Top 45 Places to go” by the New York Times. Take a virtual tour below and see all the fun Chattanooga has to offer.

Take a Virtual Tour of Chattanooga, TN

Tennessee Aquarium

1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 • (423) 265-0695

Visit the Tennessee Aquarium — located on the banks of the Tennessee River — and go on a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea. The aquarium offers two separate buildings — River Journey and Ocean Journey — which feature freshwater animals like river otters, trout and alligators, as well as saltwater habitats with penguins, touchable stingrays and spectacular coral reefs. The aquarium also offers more than 25 animal Extraordinary Experiences each day, including a VIP behind-the-scenes Backstage Pass Tour and the IMAX® 3D Theater that has a six-story screen with laser projection — a cutting-edge technology offered in only a few dozen theaters worldwide.

Tennessee Aquarium

Travel from the mountains to the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Songbirds Guitars Museum

35 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408 • (423) 531-2473

The Songbirds Guitars Museum features a permanent and rotating collection of more than 500 rare vintage instruments. The guitars are grouped by brand, time frame and linear progression, and the collection includes acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin, banjo and mandocello models. The main exhibits are self-guided and include 350 instruments, interactive videos, a performance stage and a gift shop. The upgraded All-Access Tours include a guided tour through the main exhibits and access to the Green Room and the Vault, where some of the world’s most exclusive guitars are displayed. Each display features the guitars that made the music as well as the stories and artists that brought them to life. The museum also offers regular live music, educational workshops, and it can be booked for special events. And, as an added bonus, the museum is located on Station Street, the gateway to the Southside entertainment destination and an open container street that is closed to car traffic regularly for strolling, dining, games and events.

Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, TN

The Songbirds Guitars Museum features a permanent and rotating collection of more than 500 rare vintage instruments.

The M.L. King Mural: “We Will Not Be Silenced Until” By Meg Saligman

From 3rd to 10th streets, between Georgia and Central avenues

Explore the historic Martin Luther King Neighborhood (formerly known as the Big 9) that borders the city’s central business district and occupies five blocks between Houston and University streets. It’s also a part of the Innovation District and home to the M.L. King Mural that fills an entire city block. The community is listed on the National Register as an area of great historical significance. The MLK area is also the birthplace of notable jazz figures Bessie Smith, Yusef Lateef and Lovie Austin, and it has been an area of African American history and commerce for more than 100 years. The neighborhood boasts restaurants, including The Bitter Alibi and Champy’s; breweries like ODDStory and Hutton & Smith; music and entertainment venues, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the 42,000-square-foot “The M.L. King Mural: We Will Not Be Satisfied Until” by world-renowned artist Meg Saligman.

M.L. King mural

“The M.L. King Mural: We Will Not Be Satisfied Until” by Meg Saligman features images of notable jazz figures like Bessie Smith, Yusef Lateef and Lovie Austin.

STIR Restaurant

1444 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 • (423) 531-7847

Enjoy lunch or dinner at STIR. Built in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the restaurant weaves a modern, urban aesthetic with the historical remnants of the iconic terminal station. The restaurant brings an intense focus on six types of artisan ice and craft cocktails. They also use the freshest ingredients available, predominantly from farms and vendors within 100 miles of Chattanooga.

Stir restaurant in Chattanooga, TN

Built in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, STIR offers a unique dining experience.

Rock City

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 • (706) 820-2531

Explore Rock City, one of the South’s most popular natural attractions. Known for its unique geological and botanical wonders, the enchanted 4,100-foot walking trail is a true marvel of nature, featuring massive ancient rock formations, a 140-foot waterfall that cascades down Lookout Mountain, a panoramic view of seven states and a Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. You can also enjoy a delicious meal at Café 7, or check out the more casual Big Rock Grill. Rock City offers a variety of special seasonal events, including Shamrock City, Fairytale Nights, Summer Music Weekends, Birds of Prey Show, Blowing Springs Farm, Enchanted MAiZE, Rocktoberfest and the Enchanted Garden of Lights.

Rock City

Travel to the top of Lookout Mountain to get a glimpse of seven states at once — Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Images provided by Visit Chattanooga.


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