Chattanooga Overview

When to visit Chattanooga

The countryside surrounding Chattanooga is at it’s most colorful and appealing in fall and spring, so why not treat yourself to a bargain break at one of our great selection of Chattanooga hotels and soak up the breathtaking scenery at its most impressive?

How to get to Chattanooga

Chattanooga Municipal Airport (CHA) is just to the east of the city and is within easy transfer to downtown hotels via shuttle or tax. Greyhound buses have daily services to and from the city, to destinations as far afield as New York and Chicago. Within the city, there are various shuttle bus companies that enable you to travel Chattanooga with ease, some of them without a charge. Passenger rail services are no longer available, with the exception of the CARTA Incline Railway that runs to Chattanooga’s historic Lookout Mountain.

Why visit Chattanooga?

Among the most famous Chattanooga attractions is the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, a former railroad terminal, and Tennessee Aquarium, with large collections of fish, reptiles, and penguins. Many of the best Chattanooga restaurants are found in the downtown district, while shopping is concentrated in the Hamilton Place district, with the vast Hamilton Place Mall complex. Hotels near Chattanooga, for example, a hotel in the Lookout Mountains East Ridge district, is a good base for those who want to explore all that the surrounding region has to offer.

Where to stay in Chattanooga gives you the chance to take advantage of some great places to stay, including a wide selection on budget hotels. Take a look at the Chattanooga reviews on our website, and book a wonderful vacation, stress-free, with us.

About Chattanooga

Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee (after Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville), with a population of 167,674. It is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee on Chickamauga Lake and Nickajack Lake, which are both part of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga lies approximately 120 miles (190 km) to the northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles (190 km) to the southwest of Knoxville, about 135 miles (217 km) to the southeast of Nashville, and about 148 miles (238 km) to the northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. Chattanooga abuts the Georgia border, and the region is at the junction of three major interstate highways: I-24, I-75, and I-59.

The city, which has a downtown elevation of approximately 680 feet (210 m), lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. The city is therefore surrounded by various mountains and ridges. The official nickname for Chattanooga is the Scenic City.

Chattanooga is ranked 8th out of America’s 100 largest metro areas for the best “Bang For Your Buck” city, according to Forbes magazine.[5] The study measured overall affordability, housing rates, and more.


In addition to the restoration of downtown, many of Chattanooga’s neighborhoods have experienced a rebirth of their own. Chattanooga has many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including three neighborhoods: Fort Wood, Ferger Place, and St. Elmo. Additionally, Chattanooga has four local historic districts—St. Elmo, Fort Wood, Battery Place and Ferger Place. The neighborhoods of Highland Park and Glenwood also are being considered for designation.

  • Alton Park
  • Avondale
  • Brainerd
  • Bonny Oaks
  • Bushtown
  • Clifton Hills
  • East Brainerd
  • East Chattanooga
  • East Lake
  • Eastdale
  • Ferger Place
  • Fort Wood
  • Glenwood
  • Highland Park
  • Hill City
  • Hixson
  • Hwy 58
  • Jefferson Heights
  • Lookout Valley (also known as Tiftonia and Wauhatchie)
  • Lupton City
  • Missionary Ridge
  • North Chattanooga
  • Orchard Knob
  • Pineville
  • Ridgedale
  • Riverview
  • Rossville (not to be confused with the nearby city of Rossville, Georgia)
  • Southside
  • Stuart Heights
  • Tyner
  • St. Elmo

Important suburbs

Apison, Tennessee
Chickamauga, Georgia
Collegedale, Tennessee
East Brainerd, Tennessee

East Ridge, Tennessee
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
Harrison, Tennessee
Hixson, Tennessee
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
Ooltewah, Tennessee
Red Bank, Tennessee
Ridgeside, Tennessee
Ringgold, Georgia

Rossville, Georgia
Sale Creek, Tennessee
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
Walden, Tennessee