""Rock That Comes to a Point" : Chattanooga" Top 5 Page for this destination Tennessee Things to Do Tip by deecat

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by deecat

I think Chattanooga (CHAT-ta-NU-gah), Tennessee, is perhaps the most dramatically situated cities in the United States. The Creek Indians had it right when they used "chattanooga" to mean "rock that comes to a point." (that's just what Lookout Mountain is!) It's certainly one of my favorite cities.

Located in the southeast corner of the state (almost in Georgia), it lies on a big bend of the Tennessee River. This is gorgeous mountain country--to the northeast is Signal Mountain, which was used for signaling during the Civil War. To the southwest is Lookout Mountain, a favorite vacation spot for my family when I was a child.

Chattanooga has always been a vital rail hub and still is. But, I remember a time when Chattanooga was not a well respected city, just a lifeless town on the way to somewhere exciting. However, today, things have changed! Chattanooga is clean, renovated, rebuilt, and now it's a major tourist destination. At one end of the city is the wonderful 1909 Beaux-Arts Terminal Station.

Like in St. Louis, Missouri, the building has been converted into a hotel and shopping complex named for Glen Miller's classic, "Chattanooga Choo Choo"; the other end of the city is home to the contemporary Tennessee Aquarium. The aquarium is surrounded by Ross's Landing Plaza. The plaza was named for Cherokee Chief, John Ross.
There's also sites of Civil War battles, upmarket outlets in restored warehouses, a great railroad museum, and miles of parks and riverside greenways.

Even well respected travel magazines "tout" Chattanooga as a top travel destination. I agree.

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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