Some tourists view potential vacation destinations in one dimension, considering only their famous landmarks and the features that make the cover page of tourist brochures. Major cities are for museums, shows, and snapping photographs of skylines. National parks are for hiking, camping, and admiring sunsets while atop a rock. You, however, understand that under every urban landmark is a bedrock of natural beauty, and that the skills of modern man, whether through harmonious architecture or literal trail-blazing, benefit even the most unspoiled of wildernesses. The inherent dexterity of a destination to fulfill the multifaceted desires of your wanderlust is on glorious display in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Book one of our downtown Chattanooga hotels and you'll be close to the great natural (and recreational) treasure of the Tennessee River, enamored by the dramatically beautiful embrace of surrounding mountains and ridges, and faced with a lineup of top-notch attractions. Your challenge is to experience it all.
Downtown Chattanooga is the city's major hub of activity and boasts its greatest concentration of attractions, among them the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Creative Discovery Museum, and the historic Tivoli Theatre, home to the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Downtown also hosts the Tennessee Aquarium on the banks of the Tennessee River. Here, follow the journey of a single drop of water from its source high in the Appalachians, over waterfalls inhabited by playful otters, past the snapping jaws of alligators in the delta, and down to the balmy Gulf of Mexico. The aquarium also offers boat rides through the Tennessee River Gorge, as do a number of tour companies based downtown. Step on board for an unmatched perspective of one of the largest and most dramatic river gorges in the nation, flanked with dense forests and interrupted by islands fringed with wetlands. You can also explore the river's landscape along the Tennessee Riverwalk, which is easy to reach from any of our great downtown hotels, such as La Chattanoogan.
Downtown Chattanooga rentals put you within minutes of a world of cuisines, with options ranging from the comforting staples of Southern cooking to Pacific Rim fusion to authentic Italian pizza parlors. Many of our hotels, including The Dwell Hotel, offer guests a cooked-to-order breakfast, but you still have lunch and dinner to consider. Broad Street and the Warehouse Row section of Market Street host some of the most enticing options for foodies. In elegant bistros, casual gastropubs, and cozy cottage-style dining rooms, seasonal menus showcase Southern classics alongside contemporary innovations. You'll face choices between humble fare like potpie and fried chicken with mac and cheese, and elegant creations like duck confit and flatbreads topped with local goat cheese. Side dishes might list fried green tomatoes alongside quinoa pilaf. Does this trend represent an elevation of Southern comfort food, or a rightful recognition of its indisputable deliciousness? It's something to ponder over a Tennessee whiskey-fortified cocktail.
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