During these long Chattanooga summer days, you just want to make the most of every minute. From the second the sun comes up to the moment it dips beyond the horizon, there is so much to do. Hike, bike, kayak, swim, shop, dine, or simply sit back and take in the town and finish off your day with a sunset to remember at one of these incredible sunset viewing points right here in Chattanooga. Kicking off the list is the iconic Sunset Rock. Not surprisingly, this lookout area is known for incredible sunsets every day of the year. During the daytime this park is filled with rock climbers looking to scramble, boulder, and conquer anything in sight but as the sun reaches the horizon, families, and couples gather around to watch the sky fill up with color. This rocky bluff pokes out over Lookout Mountain and gives you a panoramic view of Chattanooga’s downtown and the Tennessee River. The Raccoon Mountain Project is one of the best renewable energy facilities in the nation. History buffs, energy enthusiasts, and tech-savvy visitors should all make time to check out this marvel of human ingenuity. While the visitors center closes a few hours before sunset, you can get the best of both worlds by visiting just before closing and hiking around the trails and scenic area until sunset. The area is also a well-known wildlife observation area. In addition to the namesake raccoons, you’ll see bald eagles, grey foxes, and all sorts of woodland creatures. If you feel like you’ve discovered every nook and cranny of town and want something a little different, head out east to the Ocoee Scenic Byway. This winding road climbs up and over mountains, through river valleys, and transports you to a whole different world. Plan a sunset picnic and pull off anywhere on the highway with a view of Lake Ocoee. One local favorite is the Sugarloaf Observation Site complete with picnic tables and trees to hang hammocks, or the Lakeview Loop Trail if you want a little hike with your views. For expert hikers looking to break a sweat and get in some exercise on their sunset viewing adventure, Edward’s Point Trail is the place to start. This out-and-back trail is just over 4 miles round trip and passes by unique rock formations, a gorgeous waterfall, and a wooden suspension bridge before delivering you to the final sunset destination. If you’re watching the sunset, make sure to leave well before the sun dips below the horizon or bring a couple of flashlights for your trek down. Like an evergreen Horseshoe Bend, Snoopers Rock is an iconic landmark in Chattanooga. Despite being just outside of town, you truly feel like you are in the expansive wilderness. There are two ways to arrive at the rock. First is a 6-mile hike through a popular birding trail or you can take the shortcut starting at the upper parking lot. If you’re looking for a great mid-day trail take the longer path, but for a quick sunset excursion, the 0.6-mile hike from the upper parking lot is the way to go. To watch downtown Chattanooga light up during the golden hour, head to Stringer’s Ridge Park on the Northshore. This historic property was set aside as a 92-acre wilderness park. You’ll find hikers, bikers, runners, and birders all over the park exploring all of the little gems hidden in the woods. You could spend an entire day exploring all of the abandoned stone buildings that dot the woods, but the best attraction is the large deck overlooking the town. Bring some binoculars and sightsee from the best vantage point in the city. After a day of hiking, swimming, shopping, and dining finish on a strong note with an iconic Chattanooga sunset. Order a romance package from Chanticleer Inn and enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries, macaroons, or truffles along with a little champagne and a view. Afterward, you can come home to your luxurious rooms and suites at the Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast and get ready for another amazing day.
This little outdoorsman’s paradise in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is absolutely dreamy during the summertime. When the temperatures read 80 you’ll find the entire town out and about soaking up the sun, riding bikes around the woods, and playing in the water. If you want to jump in and cool off this summer, we’ve got the ultimate bucket list for you!
SUP or Kayak the RiverOn a hot summer’s day, nothing sounds better than dipping your toes in the Tennessee River. This gentle floating river is dotted with people kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. You can bring your own floatation device of choice and drop in almost anywhere along the river or skip the hassle and rent one from L2 Outside. They offer SUP and kayak rentals by the hour so you can explore for however long you’d like.
Enjoy a Scoop of Ice CreamSink into sweet and heavenly bliss with a scoop of ice cream from our favorite locality Clumpies. Since 1999, Clumpies has been serving up homemade batches of ice cream that will make your mouth water just by thinking about them. With 3 locations (and a traveling truck) you’ll never have to travel too far for a scoop. One of our favorite locations is the Northshore location across from Coolidge Park so you can enjoy your ice cream with some shade and a view.
Fly Through the SkyCalling all adventure seekers, adrenaline junkies, and those looking to make the most out of life. Here in Chattanooga, you can test your hand at Hang Gliding on Lookout Mountain! Helpful instructors will teach you the ropes and fly tandem with you on your flight. Get a bird’s eye view of downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River, and the Appalachian Mountains. This experience really is one of the most unique things you can do in town.
Hike to a WaterfallI know the last thing you probably want to do on a hot day is go for a hike. However, when your hike leads you through a shaded trail to a cool waterfall in the mountains, your opinion may change. There are tons of Easy Waterfall Trails Near Chattanooga ranging from less than 1,000 feet to just over 2 miles long. A quick and beautiful walk will lead you to a stunning oasis that you won’t want to leave behind.
Grab a Cold, Crisp BrewChattanooga has breweries popping up all over town! From funky & colorful breweries to industrial chic taprooms, you can find somewhere to sit down and enjoy a locally made beer. Realistically you could visit any brewery in town and be guaranteed a great time. Chattanooga Brewing Company is a popular spot for its beautiful beer garden that allows you to enjoy their signature ales while soaking up the sun. Oddstory Brewing Company boasts an impressive selection of draft beers from flagship favorites to new and exciting blends.
Explore the Caves of Ruby FallsRuby Falls on Lookout Mountain is truly unlike anywhere else. This stunning waterfall is hidden from the world, tucked away deep underground. You can take a tour of the caves and waterfall any time of year, but it is especially refreshing during a hot summer’s day. Tour guides will walk you through the formation of the caves, the accidental discovery of this majestic waterfall, and to the deepest and tallest cave waterfall in the nation.
Visit the AquariumIf you’re a little tired after hiking to waterfalls, hang gliding off Lookout Mountain, and exploring the waters, the Tennessee Aquarium is the perfect place to relax. Leisurely walk around this acclaimed aquarium and marvel at the different species and animals inside. Watch a movie on the IMAX and submerge yourself in ocean life. We suggest planning at least two hours here to enjoy all of the great displays, attractions, and exhibits throughout this aquatic museum.
Grab a BiteTake a midday breather and head into one of Chattanooga’s great lunch spots for a tasty treat. Several places boast great patios and outdoor seating areas so you don’t have to miss out on the beautiful weather. OPA, a Greek restaurant on Northshore will make you feel like you’re on a Mediterranean island with its delicious food and rustic patio. Whiskey Thief has a rooftop bar and a select menu of snacks and shareable meals to enjoy with a signature cocktail while you watch over the city. Even during the warmest days of summer, the Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast always stays cool. Return to your plush rooms and enjoy our gardens with a glass of wine or an afternoon charcuterie board. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and spend some time relaxing by our pool. Book your stay today!
Chattanooga is known for many things, but one of our favorite parts is the wonderful restaurant scene. Whether you are having a relaxing night in or picking up a meal to enjoy at a local park, getting take-out is always a reliable and delicious option for any time of the year. We’ve put together a list of our favorite take-out restaurants in town, complete with hours, descriptions, and even our own personal recommendations. Happy munching! COVID-19 Note: Restaurant hours reflect their current hours during the pandemic.
Cafe on the CornerPhone: (423) 825-5005 Cafe on the Corner, just five minutes away from our inn, is hands-down one of our favorite restaurants around, and is currently taking reservations for their outdoor terrace seating plus to go menu. It’s cuisine is based on common Southern favorites, but with a modern spin. They have soups, salads, sandwiches, and larger entrees as well as an amazing brunch menu. You just can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! Innkeeper recommendations: Café Mac, a mac and cheese classic with bacon, grilled chicken, and three cheeses, or the Fried Green Tomato BLT with baby greens and basil aioli. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30-8pm Sunday: 11:30-3pm Delivery: Unavailable Notes: Outdoor seating available with prior reservations.
Main Street MeatsPhone: (423) 602-9568 If you’re looking for some high-end comfort food inspired by French and New Orleans style, look no further than Main Street Meats. True to their name, it is famous for it’s carnivorous dishes including steaks, burgers and other sandwiches. It is also a butcher shop, offering high-quality meats that are perfect for piecing together a picnic. Only 12 minutes away from our inn, this is a great spot to grab food from and bring back to your room. Innkeeper recommendation: The Bear Creek 61 Day Dry Aged Ribeye for a deluxe steak that you’ll be dreaming about for years to come. Hours: Daily: 12pm-8pm Delivery: Available through Grubhub
Alex’s Thai Food and Noodle BistroPhone: (423) 803-0999 A take-out list just wouldn’t be complete without a Thai restaurant recommendation. Luckily for us who live in Chattanooga, we have Alex’s Thai Food and Noodle Bistro nearby (12 minutes from our inn) to order from when we get the inevitable Thai food craving. With amazing soups, salads, ramens, curries, noodles, fried rice, and main entree dishes, narrowing down your order can be pretty tough! Luckily, it’s always a win-win situation, as everything is crafted with top ingredients and prepared to perfection. Innkeeper recommendations: The Pineapple Curry, Lo Mein Noodles, or Vegetarian Ramen. Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am-9pm Saturday and Sunday: 12pm-9pm Delivery: Available through Grubhub, Dinner Delivered, and Doordash
1885 GrillPhone: (423) 485-3050 For top-notch seafood that is fresh and local, you have to check out 1885 Grill. For every type of Southern seafood, there is a mouth-watering dish at 1885 that includes it. We aren’t kidding – their menu includes shrimp, crawfish, flounder, crab, trout, salmon, and scallops. For those that want their food from the land rather than sea, they also have amazing salads, sandwiches, chicken dishes, and burgers. Innkeeper recommendations: The Crab Cake Sandwich, Shrimp & Grits, or BBQ chicken. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4pm-10pm Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 10am-9pm Delivery: Unavailable Notes: Currently taking reservations for outdoor seating area.
Community PiePhone: (423) 486-1743 Last, but certainly not least on our take-out list is our favorite place to get pizza, Community Pie. With the option for New York or Detroit style pizza, you will have a say in the size and shape of your pie. You can build your own masterpiece or choose from one of their amazing creations. With 8 types of cheese, 6 types of meat, and 18 types of veggies, they really have an amazing set of choices. Pair your pie with an appetizer or salad and really seal the deal on a great meal. Innkeeper recommendations: The Super Hero or Italian Stallion pizza. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4pm-8pm Friday and Saturday 4pm-9pm Delivery: Available directly through Community Pie No matter the weather, getting take-out in Chattanooga is always in season. For a wonderful spot to enjoy both the food and natural beauty of Lookout Mountain, book a stay at Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast. With luxurious accommodations that prioritize beauty and comfort, your home base will give you a peaceful stay in a central location, close to all of our favorite restaurants!
We are open for business!As the leaders in hospitality for over 90 years, the health and safety of our guests, team members, and community is our number one priority. We are continuously reviewing and updating proactively our operations adjusting and improving to provide a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment when visiting Lookout Mountain. The following are just some of the key steps that we have taken to adapt our practices to excel at all CDC guidelines and the American Hotel & Lodging Association “ STAY SAFE” program.
- All team members are wearing masks whilst indoors on property, and we are monitoring their temperature daily to ensure all are not above 100.4F. Any team member that may be exhibiting signs of illness will stay home to recover.
- Even though we complete a thorough cleaning of all rooms, we have temporarily removed all comforters and decorative pillows. This allows us to use 3 sheets when making the bed, thus ensuring that we can wash all linen in the room between each departure and arrival.
- We continue to disinfect guest rooms and bathrooms, to include light switches, doorknobs, TV remotes, clocks, and all hard surfaces. This also applies to our main Inn where we constantly are cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces, handrails, doorknobs, and light switches.
- We have places at the reception area desk a glass divider to further protect all parties.
- In order to reduce the total number of guests at the Inn at any one time the maximum number of persons allowed per room is 2.
- We offer to all our guests a self check-in and self check out, that enables all to go straight from their car to their room (View Property Layout).
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Chattanooga is known for providing outdoor thrills, but what is there to do on a rainy day? Plenty! Stay inside to experience some of the most thrilling sights of all at these exciting Chattanooga, TN, museums.
Learn About All of the Most Interesting Chattanooga, TN Museums
Battles for Chattanooga MuseumIt’s no secret that Chattanooga holds a great deal of history, specifically from the Civil War era. You’ll find the Battles for Chattanooga Museum on Lookout Mountain at the entrance to Point Park. Browse through the historical exhibits to acquaint yourself with the monumental history before venturing on to the Civil War battle sites. You’ll see the Civil War come to life before your eyes using cutting-edge digital technology. Find out more about tickets.
Tennessee AquariumYou’re never too old to marvel at the sight of a sea turtle. You can do just that at the Tennessee Aquarium, one of America’s most impressive. The aquarium works to educate its visitors about ocean conservation efforts and ways to protect the reefs. You can journey through the exhibits from freshwater mountain streams to the depths of the ocean. You won’t believe what you’ll see! Find out more about tickets.
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumThe Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a museum, unlike any other. As part of the National Railway Historical Society, it will transport you back in time to an era when railroads dominated American travel. They offer authentic train ride experiences that last anywhere from 75 minutes to 9 hoursーyou choose! What better way to absorb history than to live it?
Coker MuseumThe Coker Museum flashes back to the earliest days of motor transportation. You’ll find over 100 vintage cars, motorcycles, rare memorabilia, and even airplanes suspended from the ceiling! Plus, you can witness these masterpieces being built in Coker’s very own workshop. This museum is every car fanatic’s dream.
Chattanooga Pinball MuseumFor some, the Chattanooga Pinball Museum will make you feel like a child again. For others, it provides an exciting new experience that they’ve only seen in movies! Explore this vintage arcade and get unlimited access to all of their games and classic machines. Nothing beats unleashing your childish side now and then.
Songbirds Guitar MuseumExplore an impressive collection of rare and vintage guitars at Songbirds Guitar Museum. This rock and roll gallery is located inside the popular Chattanooga Choo Choo attraction and allows visitors to experience American history through music. It has been recognized in recent years by publications like USA Today and Thrillist. Local Tip: You can save 10% on your ticket when you subscribe to their mailing list. Find out more about tickets.
Stay at Chanticleer InnYou don’t have to travel far from these fascinating museums to find a comfortable and luxurious place to stay. Plus, there’s no better way to embrace history than by staying where it all happened. Our bed and breakfast is located on Lookout Mountain, just a short drive from all of the best places to eat, drink, and play. You’ll have the convenience of staying close by while also finding peace and relaxation in the mountains. Book your stay with us today.
You won’t want to miss one of Chattanooga’s most popular events of the yearーthe Riverbend Music Festival! You’ll find people from all over coming together to celebrate a variety of music genres, including country, rock, pop, and more! It’s the perfect setting for a lively date night or a casual outing with friends. The event usually hosts around 100 artists to play on five different stages throughout the venue. The festival takes place along the Tennessee River, which offers stunning views, along with the great tunes! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to make the most of your time in Chattanooga.
Why You Need to Attend the Riverbend Music Festival
About the EventEach year, the city of Chattanooga hosts its Riverbend Music Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Thousands of people gather during the four-day event to enjoy music, local food, and great company. The event’s most anticipated performers are featured on the Coca-Cola stage, which is a barge that has been converted into a concert stage. Amphitheater seats are built into the venue’s hillside and face the barge as it floats on the Tennessee River. It’s a scene unlike any other!
DetailsLocation: Ross’s Landing, Chattanooga, TN. When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Saturday, May 30, 2020. Order your tickets for the Riverbend Music Festival.
Music LineupThe Riverbend Music Festival always delivers an impressive lineup of musicians. You’ll mostly find country and folk artists, but it isn’t uncommon for the festival to venture outside of these as well. In previous years, attendees have seen some of the biggest names in country music, including Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, and Florida Georgia Line. The festival has also hosted names like Salt-n-Pepa, The Beach Boys, and Earth, Wind & Fire. There’s plenty of variety. This year, you can expect to see a variety of new, emerging artists, as well as a few major headliners that are sure to draw a crowd. Here are some of this year’s most well-known performers:
- Darius Rucker
- Brothers Osborne
- Jody Jinks
- The Cadillac Three
- The Revivalists
Local TipsYou’re sure to create great memories at this popular festival, but you’ll want to come prepared. We have a few tips to make your experience as enjoyable as possible!
- The earlier you arrive, the better! Finding a parking spot will be less competitive, and you’ll have your pick of seats.
- It’s always nice to have a couple of chairs or a blanket to sit on. You never know when you might find yourself needing a break from standing.
- If it becomes too crowded around the larger stages, you can usually find open space around a smaller one.
- Don’t forget to pack sunscreen.
- Bring a camera! You’ll want to capture all of the fun.
Stay Nearby at Chanticleer InnAfter a long day outdoors, you’ll surely want to escape the crowds in the evening. Stay with us at Chanticleer Inn to enjoy a little peace and quiet. We’re located on Lookout Mountain less than 20 minutes away from Ross’s Landing. Our luxury bed and breakfast offers the perfect getaway for any occasion. You’ll enjoy breakfast each morning in our dining room and a glass of wine each evening around the fire pit. If you need more suggestions for things to do while you’re visiting, ask our staff who are local experts! Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to host your Chattanooga getaway.
You’ll discover a great deal of history atop Lookout Mountain, but the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway might be one of the most exciting historical attractions around. People of all ages come to enjoy the fun and natural beauty that you will find at this popular Chattanooga attraction. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous views and unforgettable memories that you can find here at the steepest passenger railway in the world!.
Everything You Need to Know About the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway
About the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway on Lookout MountainSince the end of the Civil War, visitors have flocked to Lookout Mountain to see the infamous battlefields for themselves. The Chattanooga Incline has been transporting visitors up and down Lookout Mountain for over 100 years to do just that. Today, the 1-mile-long track is commonly called “America’s Most Amazing Mile.” The trolley-style carts carry you up the mountain at 72.7% grade, making it the steepest in the world. You can enjoy the stunning scenery of Chattanooga’s peaks and valleys along the ride.
How the Incline WorksThe Incline is a funicular railway, meaning the two railway carts counterbalance each other. As one cart ascends the mountain, another returns to the bottom of the track.
Things to Do in the AreaThe attraction has two stops that allow visitors to deboard. You’ll find a station at the top of Lookout Mountain and another at the bottom near downtown Chattanooga. There are plenty of activities to do around each stop! At the top of Lookout Mountain, you’ll find Point Park, Civil War exhibits, and other attractions that are part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Don’t forget to stop by the observation tower as well to see the breathtaking panoramic views of Chattanooga! There’s plenty more excitement at the lower station. Wander into the gift shop to find a wide selection of Lookout Mountain Railway souvenirs. You’ll also find some of downtown Chattanooga’s favorite restaurants, brewpubs, coffee houses, and shops all within a few blocks. If you’re looking for even more adventure, there’s also an indoor climbing wall just minutes away from the station.
Details and OperationThe Incline is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lower station address: 3917 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37409 Top station address: 827 East Brow Rd., Lookout Mountain, TN 37350 Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12 years old. All children under 2 years old ride for free with a paying adult. The Incline Railway will reopen in March 2020 after construction is complete.
Stay at Chanticleer Inn on Lookout MountainYou don’t have to travel far from the Chattanooga Incline Railway to find a comfortable place to rest. Stay right in the heart of Lookout Mountain! There is no better way to experience the area than by immersing yourself in the history and natural beauty of Chattanooga. From location and convenience to luxury amenities, our inn is the best place to stay in the Chattanooga area. Here at Chanticleer Inn, we provide our guests with only the highest quality service and accommodations. Book your stay in Room 12 to enjoy a king-sized bed, in-room gas fireplace, plush bathrobes, and more! No matter the season, you’ll have no trouble getting cozy during your mountain vacation. Check our availability and book your stay with us today.
Chattanooga is one of the most exciting places to visit in Tennessee! Between the beautiful mountain scenery and endless outdoor activities, the city attracts visitors from all over. Don’t forget to make a stop in downtown Chattanooga while you’re in town. You won’t want to miss the area’s best shops, pubs, and eateries! You have to experience the fun for yourself.
Plan the Best Trip to Downtown Chattanooga
- The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the area’s most popular attractions and for good reason. It’s known as one of the best aquariums in the nation’s, and you won’t be able to miss it. Just look for the 12-foot glass peaks. You won’t want to miss the penguin exhibit!
- You shouldn’t leave Chattanooga without a visit to the Bluff View Art District. Explore the romantic Sculpture Garden or spend the afternoon at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Embrace the Outdoors
- Coolidge Park is one of the best spots to appreciate the outdoors in downtown. This riverfront park is a popular gathering place with plenty of green space and shade.
- Go for an evening bike ride through the Tennessee Riverpark & Riverwalk. The paved trail follows along the river, lined with a variety of shops and galleries. You never know what you might find along the way!
- Shop for a keepsake at the Chattanooga Market. You’ll find handmade goods and crafts in shops lining Main Street. These little souvenirs are one of the best ways to remember your time in our beautiful city.
Food and Drink
- Public House is a favorite among locals. The modern ambiance and hardy portions of delicious, American food will make you want seconds.
- Head to Urban Stack for a friendly atmosphere and a “killer” burger after a long day. You can’t go wrong with this popular spot. Be sure to take a look at their unique drink menu.
- Flying Squirrel is a go-to for locals when they want a place to sip and socialize with friends. This modern, industrial bar is a great place to relax after a day of exploring the downtown scene.
Stay at Chanticleer InnA trip to Chattanooga isn’t complete without a full dose of Mother Nature. Booking your stay at Chanticleer Inn on Lookout Mountain gives you the peaceful mountain getaway that you’ve been waiting for while also enjoying the excitement of downtown Chattanooga. You’ll be just minutes from dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s truly the best of both worlds! Rest your head after a long day in Room 5. You’ll be pampered with a king-sized bed, gas fireplace to keep you warm during the chilly months, and a private patio. From a complimentary breakfast each morning to cozy bathrobes, we provide everything you need for ultimate relaxation. Check our availability and book your stay with us today.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker in search of your next adrenaline rush, interested in a new hobby, or just looking for an afternoon of fun, we know the right thing for you! Hang gliding on Lookout Mountain is an experience of a lifetime that can fulfill your wildest expectations. Get your feet flying high above the ground and witness views of the Tennessee Valley that are unlike any other. We have all the details you need! You’ll want to experience the very best of Chattanooga during your trip. Download a free copy of our Vacation Guide. You’ll gain insider information on restaurants, hiking trails, and other unique Chattanooga activities. You won’t want to miss a thing!