If Atlanta and Nashville are diamond cities of the south, Chattanooga is the sparkling emerald located halfway between. Approximately 120 miles from metropolitan, Chattanooga is an award winning city known for it's livability, outdoor sports and amazing food.
From Atlanta, take 75N for approximately 120 miles.
From airport, take an Uber into the city center.
Lookout Mountain (hiking, dog friendly, views)
Tennessee River Walk
Southside Social (bar, bowling and recreational heaven)
Tupelo Honey Cafe - Brunch
Two Ten Jack - Lunch / Dinner (ramen, sushi)
Public House - Dinner (southern contemporary)
Renting a car or driving to Chattanooga is a great option, however once you are in a particular neighborhood, walking is the fastest way to get around. The aquarium and River Walk are centrally located, so no car needed here. Plan to use your car to if you want to visit Lookout Mountain.
Shareable bikes are available all over the city and highly recommended. Bike's are $8 a day and stations are located in prime locations. Be aware you can only rent a bike an hour at a time, however you can reset the time after five minutes locked into the docking station (enough time for a quick drink)!
Uber is extremely cheap in Chattanooga so consider this for late night adventures or Brewery tastings.
Start your day brunching on the massive sweet potato pancake at Tupelo Honey Cafe. Be sure to ask for their bread and butter.
After your bellies are full, drive over to Lookout Mountain for a mid-morning hike and picturesque views of Chattanooga. You can google map "Craven's House" to get great, uncrowded parking access to some of the most beautiful hikes. Follow the trails to Sunset Rock to get bird's eye views of the city. Be sure to stop and gawk over the rock climbers on the way! Tip: The hike should be manageable for beginners but there are some rocky steps and the last path to Sunset Rock is rather steep. Also - this hike is dog friendly!
Once you've fulfilled your hiking appetite, head towards the Tennessee Aquarium and River Walk. Chose from the many activities including the Tennessee Aquarium, museums, walking paths, brew pubs and delicious restaurants.
For an evening adventure, I recommend heading to the Southside neighborhood for dinner, drinks and activities! Southside is a walkable, lively and trendy district that I dare say, competes with some of Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods. Make reservations at Two Ten Jack if you are in the mood for ramen (rivals anything found in Atlanta), sushi or get this: creative cocktails on tap. If you are looking for something more traditional and southern, grab a seat in Public House (closed on Sunday). You can't go wrong with upscale southern comforts or an impressive wine list. Tip: If you are like me and want the best of both worlds, do both! We went to Two Ten Jack to try the ramen and cocktails, then had small plates and apps at Public House!
Consider ending your evening at Southside Social. This multiplex has perfected the mix of adult fun and recreational sports.Two stories high, clad with decorated wood and cozy couches, you have everything your heart desires: bowling, pool, ping pong, foosball, arcade games, porches galore, multiple bars and you name it.