Widely known as “Scenic City,” Chattanooga, Tennessee has a reputation for its countless outdoor destinations and beautiful natural scenery. Channel your inner artist by taking a trip to the Hunter Museum of American Art, which displays the most complete display of American art in the southeast region or learn about animals from near and far at the Tennessee Aquarium, which houses more turtle species than any other aquarium or zoo in the United States. Need to squeeze some work in, too? Chattanooga is also known as “Gig City” for its lightning speed internet!
Are you thinking about planning a trip to Chattanooga? Let us share some tips that will ensure a trip that will provide memories to last a lifetime!
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
Book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Chattanooga. Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, you'll never be more than a few blocks away from the best local attractions, not to mention some great on-site amenities including a heated pool, onsite bar, and over 11,000 sq. ft. of event space – just to name a few.
CHECK-IN AND GET YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COOKIE
The DoubleTree is known for its “sweet welcome”: delicious, warm chocolate chip cookies. Baked fresh daily, we’re proud to greet our guests with something sweet at check-in. The cookie represents our constant dedication to our guests and thoughtful touches that ensure you feel special and cared for throughout your stay.
TAKE A DIP
After you’ve gotten settled in your room, take some time to relax with a dip in our heated outdoor pool. We offer poolside drink service from our hotel bar “H20 Lounge.”
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY
Downtown Chattanooga offers a wide variety of options for dinner. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly spot, check out Lupi's Pizza, Chattanooga’s first pizzeria to offer authentic hand-tossed pizza with a unique, funky, family-friendly atmosphere, not to mention a huge selection of beers. Another great local spot is Mayan Kitchen, located on the same block as the DoubleTree hotel, offering authentic Latin-American cuisine and a modern tequila bar.
TAKE A STROLL
After dinner, take a quick stroll to the Walnut Street Bridge where you can grab a sweet treat at the Ice Cream Show before walking over one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges. After an evening stroll, you’re probably ready to retreat back to your room or suite for a little rest and relaxation, which is easy to achieve in the DoubleTree’s ''Sweet Dreams'' sleep experience bed with luxurious linens.
Head to ELEVEN, the DoubleTree’s full-service restaurant, and fuel up for the day with a full buffet selection of fresh hot and cold breakfast items, made-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh hot waffle station complete with tons of toppings, and fresh juices and coffee. On the go? Grab an expertly crafted Starbucks coffee drink, pastry, or breakfast sandwich in the onsite coffee shop, The Daily Grind.
Check out a few of these family-friendly local attractions, all located within walking distance from the DoubleTree Hotel.
Tennessee Aquarium and Ross’ Landing – located .3 miles from the DoubleTree hotel.
Creative Discovery Museum – located .2 miles away
High Point Climbing & Fitness – located .4 miles away
Hunter Museum of American Art – located .6 miles away
If you love to explore beyond the heart of the city, here are few unique ways to get a grand tour of Chattanooga:
LUNCH LIKE A LOCAL
Feeling hungry after exploring the city? Try some of these local favorites. Champy's Chicken is located on the historical block of Martin Luther King Blvd and offers up world-famous fried chicken and infamous 40oz beers. If you are in the mood for biscuits, walk down to Maple Street Biscuit Co. and try the “Squawking Goat,” which has been featured on the Food Network. If you want to take a quick trip to Greece while visiting Chattanooga, stop by Opa, located in a charming spot right outside of Coolidge Park. You will be greeted with a warm welcome and treated to an authentic Greek dish (vegetarian options are available too).
SHOP TIL’ YOU DROP
After lunch stroll to the Northshore and do a little shopping on Frazier Avenue. If you love all things unique and vintage be sure to stop in Collective Clothing to see a variety of unique, vintage finds. Locals Only at the corner of Market Street and Frazier Avenue offers locally made gifts and artisan goods that are sure to please the whole family.
GRAB A BEER OR COCKTAIL
The DoubleTree hotel offers custom made cocktails and locally curated beers for your convenience at the H2O Lounge, but if you’re looking to check out a few other local hot spots these are some must-visit spots!
Whiskey Thief (rooftop bar with amazing views of Chattanooga) – located .6 miles away
London Calling (speakeasy bar with British flair) – located .4 miles away
Robar (cozy 1950’s inspired bar near the riverfront) – located .3 miles away
WINE AND DINE
At this point, you are probably in the mood for some culinary creations that make your taste buds say yay! Whitebird at the Edwin Hotel is a modern American restaurant that honors the rich history and familiar cooking methods of our region. It is nestled at the foot of the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, which offers up awesome views. Main Street Meats is a neighborhood butcher, charcutier, and cocktail bar. They serve up house-made products including a local beef burger and grilled pork porterhouse. Feed Table & Tavern is a tavern and a family-friendly restaurant with comfort grub like grass-fed sloppy joes and cornmeal fried catfish. They frequently offer live music on their patio as well.
Chattanooga has some truly unique venues with an abundance of entertainment to choose from. If you’re the show-going type, check out a show at the Tivoli Theatre, also known as the "Jewel of the South.” The Signal showcases a variety of different shows and is located in the vibrant Southside of Chattanooga near Finley Stadium. If you’re looking for something spooky, check out Chattanooga Ghost Tours. There are a variety of different tours that will give you a historic look into Chattanooga. If you’re more of a water lover, book a sunset stand up paddleboard tour with L2 Outside. This tour offers a prime location and scenic sunset views of Chattanooga.
We hope you’ll enjoy your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Chattanooga. We want to make sure your trip to our favorite city, Chattanooga, is as memorable as our warm chocolate chip cookies.