A while back, we had the pleasure of stopping in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a short exploration.
Chattanooga is set in a bend of the Tennessee River in the southeastern part of the state. Google maps gets us oriented.
We rolled into town on a windy and overcast day. Although the weather wasn’t cooperating, we forged ahead with our exploration of the city.
The Walnut Street Bridge is an historic bridge that has been converted to pedestrian-only use. We enjoyed the views as we walked across. A few brave paddle boarders challenged the wind and current while we were there.
The bridge leads over the river to the North Shore, with eclectic shops and restaurants. Coolidge Park is on the riverfront, and is the site of a restored antique carousel built in 1894.
Back on the south shore and the main part of the city, the Hunter Museum of American Art anchors the Bluff View Arts District.
The museum is composed of three buildings, spanning three different architectural styles representative of the decades in which they were built. Our favorite was the most modern of the three.
In addition to the museum, there are numerous pieces of public art outdoors in this neighborhood which are definitely worth a look. Walking back to downtown in the evening as the setting sun peeked out from behind the clouds, we crossed this pedestrian bridge; the glass floor allows you to see down to the traffic below, if you dare to look!
Attractions which we didn’t get a chance to explore due to time restraints and weather conditions include the well-regarded Tennessee Aquarium (which is the world’s largest fresh-water aquarium) and the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain to Ruby Falls and Rock City. We will have to save those for our next visit. Overall we found Chattanooga to be a very welcoming city which is easy to navigate, and would recommend it as a nice stopover if you are traveling through the region.