Although Chattanooga is Tennessee’s fourth largest city, and while the inner urban area has some fantastic hidden gems that can certainly keep you entertained during your stay, the real beauty of this area is its great outdoors. The land surrounding Chattanooga is known to have some of the country’s most compelling national parks. This way, you can experience the country’s highest underground waterfall and numerous lakes and forests very close to the city. So, a rental car is an essential for any stay in Chattanooga. Your own vehicle offers the chance to explore the entire of the city and drive out into the stunning Tennessee countryside.
With the longest pedestrian bridge in the world and the South’s largest collection of American Art, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the center of Chattanooga. Take a walk over Walnut Street Bridge and enjoy one of their many events, or stroll around the Bluff View Art District, which offers fantastic views of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga and is bursting with culture and arts.
Will you be visiting Chattanooga with kids? They’ll love the Creative Discovery Museum, which aims to educate through play, or the Tennessee Riverpark, a fun area with many activities and gorgeous river views. Adults and children alike will enjoy the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, which was built with the aim to save and preserve historic steam trains as well as the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. The latter is a collection of plants and animals guaranteed to fascinate any visitor.
After all this city cruising, don’t neglect the overwhelming beauty of Chattanooga and Tennessee’s surrounding countryside. The city is the perfect springboard to enjoy the gorgeous national parks, forests, and waterfalls in the local area. The majestic Lookout Mountain sits on the Southern Tennessee border offers fantastic views over the Chattanooga valley. Nearby, you can find the Ruby Falls, the largest underground waterfall in the USA. At 145 foot high, this natural phenomenon is a compelling must-see when visiting this part of Tennessee.
There’s some great off-the-beaten-path attractions in the Chattanooga area as well. Take an expedition through the five and a half miles of caves at Raccoon Mountain Caverns or camp overnight in the dense forest of Prentice Cooper. Some must-dos in the area are catching the sunset at Sunset Rock, where some of the most spectacular dusks in the state can be enjoyed. Alternatively, visit Fall Creek Falls, one of Tennessee’s most loved state parks. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, there’s no question as to whether you’ll love Chattanooga. The only doubt will be if you’re ever able to leave!
Rent a car with us at Orbitz to take advantage of our fantastically low rates for your Chattanooga car rental, and a diverse selection of vehicles. We can provide the perfect day trip car, or even a vehicle for longer, if you plan on spending a while in the lush Tennessee countryside around the city. Get in touch to see our cars and prices.