Chattanooga, Tennessee has been named by Lonely Planet as the “Best in the U.S.” and “10 U.S. destinations you need to see in 2018.”
The New York Times named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the World.
Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtaking cities.
Chattanooga has really been in the news lately! A number of prestigious travel magazines have recognized Chattanooga’s rebirth as a vibrant and accessible destination for families and meeting attendees alike.
Meeting Planners Survey – 98.5% high satisfaction for meeting planners hosting events in Chattanooga
Successful Meetings – Named the Chattanooga Convention Center one of the “top 10 eco-friendly convention centers in the nation”
Facilities & Destinations – Winner of the Top Destination Award
ConventionSouth Magazine – Winner of the Reader’s Choice Award (Multiple Years) and voted South’s #1 Cool Spot For Summer Events
Meeting & Conventions Magazine – Winner of the Gold Service Award
MeetingNews magazine – Winner of the Planners’ Choice Awards
Outside – Named Chattanooga “Best Town Ever” based on readers votes
National Geographic Adventure – Chattanooga’s one of the “Best Adventure Towns in the US to Live + Play”
New York Times – Names Chattanooga 1 of 45 cities worldwide to visit
Travel + Leisure – Named Chattanooga as one of the five “Next Great Escapes” and calls Chattanooga a “cultural find”
Southern Living – “This walkable Tennessee River town constantly provides new reasons to explore.”
CNN Travel – CNN calls Chattanooga a “regional gem,” and “Scenic City USA” with “literally dozens of attractions packed along the city’s downtown riverfront”
Did You Know?
The Chattanooga Area has 11,000 hotel rooms. There are more than 2,500 hotel rooms connected to the Chattanooga Convention Center via the free downtown electric shuttle. The Chattanooga Convention Center has 185,000 square feet on one level.
Chattanooga is known as the “Gig City” with the world’s fastest internet speeds.
The Chattanooga Airport offers non-stop and one-stop service to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide.
Within a 3-hour drive of 10 million people and within a dayâ€™s drive for half the nationâ€™s population, Chattanooga is easily accessible via 3 major interstates.
Chattanooga Historical Facts
- A 1941 recording by Glenn Miller and his orchestra became internationally known for the 1941 gold record song â€śChattanooga Choo Chooâ€ť.
- Built in 1891, The Walnut Street Bridge is the oldest surviving example of the Camelback Truss Bridge. “The Walking Bridge” is the second longest pedestrian bridge in the nation.
- In May 2011, Volkswagen Group of America opened its Chattanooga Assembly plant which doubles as the groupâ€™s North American manufacturing headquarters. And in 2014, VW announced it will double the size and productivity of the Chattanooga plant and produce a second vehicle.
- As the birthplace of the tow truck, Chattanooga is the home of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
- Garnet Carter invented Miniature Golf here in 1926 on Lookout Mountain and later went on to develop Rock City Gardens leading to the worldâ€™s first franchised Coca-Cola bottling plant being built in Chattanooga by two local attorneys.
- The first MoonPie was made at the Chattanooga Bakery in the year 1917.
- Many famous people were born in or live in Chattanooga, such as famous blues singer Bessie Smith, R & B singer Usher, actor Samuel L. Jackson, actor Leslie Jordan and NFL players Reggie White and Peyton Manning, to name a few.