Why Chattanooga

We’ve been named by Lonely Planet as the "Best in the U.S." and "10 U.S. destinations you need to see." In fact, the New York Times named Chattanooga one of the "Top 45 Places to go" in the World. And it's no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America's most breathtaking cities. With our walkable downtown, ease of access to the region, and world-class hospitality, we're excited to welcome your group to the Scenic City. 

We'd Love to Welcome You to the Scenic City

Surrounded by outdoor adventure and the natural beauty of the mountains, Chattanooga is one of the most revitalized cities in the country with a growing arts, music, and dining scene complemented by iconic world-class attractions. The downtown free electric shuttle and having the fastest citywide internet speeds anywhere in the world are just some of the ways the "Scenic City" offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan city in a comfortable, convenient and beautiful location.

We are proud to offer top-level service to our meeting and reunion planners. 98.5% of people who plan an event with assistance from Chattanooga Tourism Co. are highly satisfied with their experience. It's the Chattanooga difference and the reason to plan your event in Chattanooga.

Our event facilities are top-notch with room for 10 to 10,000 downtown or around town, we can help find you the right places to stay, meet, eat, and entertain.

Walnut St bridgeQuick Meeting Facts

  • 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. At 25 gigabits per second, our Convention Center is the first in the world to offer such blazing-fast 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 day’s drive for half the nation’s population, Chattanooga is easily accessible via 3 major interstates. 

Chattanooga Historical Facts

Glen MillerA 1941 recording by Glenn Miller and his orchestra became internationally known for the 1941 gold record song “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. 

Built in 1891, The Walnut Street Bridge is the oldest surviving example of the Camelback Truss Bridge. "The Walking Bridge" is one of the longest longest pedestrian bridges in the nation.

In May 2011, Volkswagen Group of America opened its Chattanooga Assembly plant which doubles as the group’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 world’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.

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Accolades

"For a crowd pleaser with something for everybody, Chattanooga is tough to beat."

-Southern Living

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