Voted twice as the “Best Town Ever” by Outside magazine and named one of “The 45 Places to Go” in the world by the New York Times, Chattanooga proves to be one of the South’s top travel destinations.

Downtown Chattanooga is nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River and surrounded by breathtaking scenic beauty. The Downtown District is compact, vibrant, and walkable. Once here, you can park your car and navigate the city on the free electric shuttle or ride one of the 300 bikes in the public Bicycle Share system that’s available 24/7.

Due to the year-round mild weather and numerous opportunities, Chattanooga is a hot spot for outdoor adventurers all year. Start by setting up base at The Crash Pad, a boutique hostel geared towards the outdoors.

Get on the water with a kayak, canoe, or SUP on the Tennessee River downtown. Explore the mountainous terrain that surrounds the Scenic City by climbing, hiking, or mountain biking at Enterprise South Nature Park or on Stringers Ridge, Missionary Ridge, and Lookout and Signal Mountains. You can also start your climbing inside at High Point Climbing & Fitness, one of America’s 10 Best Climbing Gyms according to Climbing magazine.

For relaxing fun, enjoy a bike ride along the 13-mile paved Riverpark which runs through the Bluff View Art District, Renaissance and Coolidge Parks, and over the famous Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian-only bridges in the world.

Thrill-seekers who need an intense rush can soar through the air on a hang glider, dive thousands of feet while skydiving, or navigate through Class IV rapids while whitewater rafting.

In the evenings, there are plenty of outdoor festivals to enjoy such as the Levitt Amp Chattanooga Music Series, RiverRocks, and more. There’s also regular live music and entertainment at the Revelry Room, JJ’s, The Comedy Catch, and more than 20 restaurants.

For any time fun, check out the world-class Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City Gardens, Ruby Falls, River Gorge Explorer, Chattanooga Ducks, and many more great attractions.

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