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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Chattanooga Fun (@chattanooga_fun) on

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 Tours at Reflection Riding

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Chattanooga Fun (@chattanooga_fun) on

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. Chatt Taste Food Tours

Experience the unique cuisine of Chattanooga on one of Chatt Taste’s food tours. Foodies can get a taste of that classic Southern cuisine within Chattanooga’s historic MLK district on the MLK Southern Cuisine Food Tour, take in the vibrancy of downtown while dining at restaurants that serve food from across the globe on the Downtown Chattanooga Tour, or revel in the excitement of Nooga’s Southside via four local restaurants on the Southside Food Tour.

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. Experience Chattanooga Guided Hiking Tours

Experience Chattanooga offers guided hiking tours that showcase the natural beauty of Tennessee. Transportation and a professional photo gallery are included with every tour. Visit the area's best waterfalls & mountain views! Experience Chattanooga's hiking tours are designed for all ages + ability levels, so they're perfect for families with kids, couples, and even solo travelers. Additionally, all customers receive recommendations & discounts for some of the top local restaurants.

10. Rock/Creek Adventures Ocoee Rafting Trips

For adventures outside of Chattanooga proper, Rock/Creek and Nantahala Outdoor Center offers guided whitewater rafting trips on six rivers in the Southeast, including two trips on the infamous Ocoee River in Eastern Tennessee, full of fun rapids, leaving you soaked and smiling.

11. Southern Belle Riverboat Cruises

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Chattanooga Fun (@chattanooga_fun) on

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.

13. Chattanooga Bike & Brew Tour

Beer lovers, this tour's for you! The Chattanooga Bike and Brew Tour with Bike the South hits up four of Chattanooga's best craft breweries with guided tours, beer samples, and additional discounts along the way!