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Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga is your portal to a dizzying range of outdoor delights. But it’s more than just a base for your adventures; it’s a fantastic city break destination in its own right. As with most US cities, this one is easiest to explore with a rental car.
Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Chattanooga, it’s time to jump in your rental car and start getting to know this characterful city and the beautiful countryside within easy driving distance. Here are a few places you could start.
Leave your car at the bottom of Lookout Mountain and take in stunning views of the city as you ride the Incline Railway to the top of the peak. This splendid natural highlight of Chattanooga is the place to visit Ruby Falls, an underground waterfall housed deep within a cave. Rock City, with its gardens, climbing wall and regular events, is another attraction on the mountain.
No trip to Chattanooga is complete without plenty of time spent exploring the snaking Tennessee River. You can walk, run or bike along its scenic banks, but the most quintessentially southern way to see the river is from the deck of a riverboat. Climb aboard the iconic Southern Belle for a daytime cruise or book an after-dark trip for dinner and dancing.
With a rental car you’ll have access to such a wide range of natural beauty spots near Chattanooga that it can be hard to pick one. Fort Mountain State Park, a vast green space just over an hour’s drive to the southeast, is an excellent choice. Hike, bike or horseback ride through hardwood forest and across creeks, and stay overnight in a campsite.
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Here you are in Chattanooga. Next step: picking up your rental car. Here’s the information you need.
You’ll come into contact with a good selection of car rental companies at Chattanooga Airport, where familiar brands including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo and others are based. Other options are located a little further away, but you can arrange a transfer from the airport. A few more are scattered throughout the busiest areas of the city itself.
You will need to be at least 21. Some companies won’t rent to under-25s, whereas others will, but will add a surcharge to cover your increased insurance costs.
Reserving a rental car for your Chattanooga trip before you arrive is a great idea, as it will save you from the stress of arranging one when you arrive. You can simply touch down at the airport, collect your keys and head off on your Chattanooga adventure. There are usually no cancellation fees, so you won’t lose anything if you change your mind. And you’ll get the best range of prices and cars by planning ahead, too.