Visiting a fun and vibrant city like Chattanooga means the opportunity to try all kinds of new adventures. In fact, there are so many spectacular things to see and do here that it often helps to have a local expert show you the ropes. Whether you enjoy history, outdoor recreation, or craft beer, Chattanooga has a guide and a tour that will perfectly suit your interests and teach you all about this wonderful city. These are just a few of the very best guided tours to check out during your time in the Scenic City.
1. Chattanooga Ducks
This iconic Chattanooga activity is a fascinating one-hour land and water tour all in one. The amphibious WWII duck boats take passengers on a drive around downtown Chattanooga before plunging straight into the Tennessee River for a trip around Maclellan Island. Along the way, your driver will regale you with interesting facts and humorous anecdotes about the city and the river.
2. Tennessee Valley Railroad
This beautiful early 20th-century passenger train whisks its passengers out of the city and into some of the most peaceful and pleasant scenery in the region. Tours range from one hour to all day and include destinations like Missionary Ridge, Summerville, and Chickamauga, plus special holiday outings for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and more.
3. L2 Outside Sunset Paddles
Perhaps one of the best places to experience a Chattanooga sunset is from right on the Tennessee River, and this guided tour allows you to do just that. The 90-minute trips are offered on Saturdays and Sundays and explore downtown’s favorite sights via paddleboard before finishing with a serene sunset.
4. Swincar E-Spider Tours
On this high-tech trip with Adventure Sports Innovation, you can explore trails while driving a rugged four-wheeled vehicle called a Swincar. The backcountry tours can be 60 or 90 minutes and launch from Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center’s scenic property at the base of Lookout Mountain.
5. Chattanooga Ghost Tours
See the spooky side of the city with one of five different tours that explore ghostly happenings throughout the downtown area. You’ll visit and learn about places in the city with documented ghost sightings, and some tours even let you use special devices to monitor paranormal activity.
6. Chattabrew Tour
The craft beer scene in Chattanooga is booming, and a trip with Chattabrew is a great way to dip your toes in. The tour includes tastings at four local breweries, plus an introductory brewing lesson. The tours change frequently, so you can sample different breweries on every trip to town.
7. Scenic City Fishing Charters
If dropping a line is your idea of an awesome day, book a private guided tour with Scenic City Fishing Charters. Their professional guides offer half- or full-day trips to fish for bass, crappie, and catfish on Chattanooga’s best waters.
8. Chattanooga Segway Tours
Hop onto a zippy Segway PT and see the city with ease on one of these spectacular and informative sightseeing trips. Chattanooga Segway Tours offers two options: a two-hour excursion around the historic downtown area, and a 1.5-hour outing through Northshore and Coolidge Park. You’re likely to enjoy it enough to do both.
9. Discover Chattanooga Walking Tour
Explore the city in a more traditional way with this entertaining (and hilly) 90-minute walking tour through downtown Chattanooga. On the walk, you’ll learn about the area’s Civil War history and architecture while seeing iconic sights like the Riverwalk, the Tennessee Aquarium, The Tivoli Theatre, and many more.
10. Rock/Creek Adventures
This new all-inclusive, outdoor guide service offers beginner-friendly hiking, biking, and paddling trips in and around Chattanooga. Choose from four different three-hour trips based on your interests, and enjoy some time outdoors while learning about ecology, natural history, birds, and more.
11. Southern Belle Riverboat Cruises
Chattanooga’s elegant riverboat offers several fabulous sightseeing tours on the Tennessee River all-year long. Cruises range from two to three hours and include options like sunset tours, fall foliage trips, and moonlight cruises. Food and beverages are served on board, so you can kick back and relax as you admire the Tennessee River Gorge.
12. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
For adventure-seekers, a tour of the skies is perhaps the most thrilling way to go sightseeing near Chattanooga. The Lookout Mountain Flight Park offers one-time lessons for purchase, so you (with an experienced flying guide) can get a birds-eye view of the stunning Lookout Valley and beyond.