"A Town Reborn" Top 5 Page for this destination Chattanooga by BruceDunning

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Railroading was its legend

Choo Choo for the ambiance of it all. This is at the old railway station, renovated and preserved. Linked with the Choo Choo theme since the terminal was built in 1908, it was renovated in 1973 as part of a hotel complex and convention center. It is connected with the Holiday Inn hotel, and you can even stay in a RR car converted into a room. The depot is also inside the hotel. The overall park has 24 acres of grounds, and is said to be the 3rd largest tourist attraction in Tennessee. A dedicated group also put together a large minature railroad for display that is 174 feet long. Somewhere around

A City Redone From the Bottom Up

Town center was revamped with statues and avenues to walk around the river front. This town used to be a poster presentation of smog, filth and dingy. I have ridden through there when you had a bit of a time seeing the city layout next to the road. An old steel mill was alongside the river and guess what pollutants must have gone there. They tore down a number of buildings, and worked on bringing the downtown back with the aquarium and water front and Bluff Art street. Hopefully it works.

The New Riverfront

The 1 million SF aquarium was added in 1992 and IMAX later in 1996. Along with that came a convention center of 298,000 SF. Nearly one half of the town center looks to have be torn down with not all rebuilt yet. A cost of $120 million investment at the waterfront hopes to payoff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet city where you can take your time to see sites
  • Cons:A fair section of the city is still feeling it needs renovating
  • In a nutshell:Not a lot to do here unless go the aquarium or Lookout Mtn
  • Last visit to Chattanooga: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Thanks for the tour! I think Lookout mountain sounds interesting.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    I had a nice tour in this “old south” historical city, Bruce, even it has been redone; I wonder if the locals still feel different from “Yankee” America. Sticky Fingers must be as good as the name suggests. . . Thanks for the tour

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Good that they have made some progress revamping the city and cleaning up the river.

  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    I've missed many things due to lack of the time. Next time I should spend there a couple of days.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Bruce, brought great memories of family trips as a child. Excellent tips, especially, Revived downtown, Lookout Mt., Rock City, Chickamauga monuments/museum, Historic Bldgs., Incline RR and Choo Choo area!


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