If your travels lead you to the Volunteer State, be sure to set aside some time to explore beautiful Chattanooga. Set along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the city features sweeping views and myriad family-friendly attractions.

Did you know the name “Chattanooga” comes from the Creek Indian word for “rock coming to a point”? As you plan your trip to this scenic city, we invite you to make it a point to visit DTN’s favorite Chattanooga attractions. 

Tennessee Aquarium

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA riverfront.

At the Tennessee Aquarium, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ultimate marine experience. Consistently rated one of the nation’s top aquariums, families of all ages will enjoy learning the story of water through two aquarium exhibits: River Journey and Ocean Journey.

Ruby Falls             

Named one of the nation’s most magnificent waterfalls, Ruby Falls has been one of Chattanooga’s must-see attractions for over 80 years. Fed by rainwater and natural springs, the water collects in a pool in the cave floor and continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River. underground waterfall.

Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR)

Civil war era cannon overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee

All aboard! Chattanooga’s Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR) invites guests to take a trip back in time. Aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, passengers are invited to explore the sights and sounds of yesteryear Be sure to stop by the museum for an interactive and historical experience that will add an extra dimension to your visit.

Creative Discovery Museum

If you and your family have little ones, then you won’t want to miss the Creative Discovery Museum located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Named one of the top children’s museums in the country, the museum features a variety of stations for kids to explore, play and use their imagination. 

Chattanooga River Cruise

Why not wrap up your visit to Chattanooga with a cruise along the scenic Tennessee River? The Southern Belle Riverboat, for example, features daily lunch cruises or daytime sightseeing cruise. Prefer a different pace? Chattanooga Ducks features a narrated tour of downtown Chattanooga aboard an authentic renovated WWII amphibious landing craft.

What’s your favorite attraction in Chattanooga, Tennessee? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your favorite must-see destinations in the comment section below.

Quick Guide to Chattanooga