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Chattanooga town

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Chattanooga town, Tennessee TN

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It's inspiring to walk around Chattanooga town, especially the Bluff View Art District. Have a bite to eat on Market Street (Noodles & Company is good), and then explore the sights. If you walk toward the river on Market Street you will come to the Tennessee Riverpark, where a terraced fountain alongside the Tennessee Aquarium leads down to the river. Here you can sit on the edge of the river and enjoy the breeze. The wall alongside the fountain is decorated with interesting Native American designs. There is a fun stripey brown sculpture along Market Street that kids like to climb inside. Head uphill on 1st Street and you will come to a lovely wide-open area at the pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge, a truss bridge built in 1891. What a romantic spot! Here you can sit under the blue bridge on benches beside pots full of flowers. There is an ice cream place nearby with outdoor seating, called The Ice Cream Show.
Continue uphill and you can walk over a glass pedestrian bridge above a freeway! This is freaky, especially when you notice that some of the glass squares have been replaced with wood planks. The views are great from here. This area looks like it was formerly industrial but is now lovely with its high bluffs and winding river. You will come to the Hunter Museum of Art where you can take in more fantastic views of the river and the blue bridge. Continue past the sculpture garden (which also has a lower level) and you will come to Bluff View Bakery (open 12-5). Here you can pick up a delicious European loaf of bread baked fresh that morning. They even have Chocolate Bread! Cinnamon-Raisin bread is a good choice. Their warm blueberry muffins are a delight.
Because of Chattanooga's amazing fiber optic internet, there are quite a few startups in the town. Maybe that's why the town has a cool vibe. It is also a college town, having the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, or UTC.
If a tourist, try to stay somewhere near the area I've described so you can walk around and explore to your heart's content. Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown or Residence Inn Chattanooga Downtown are in great spots.
For a carousel and splash pad, check out Coolidge Park, on the other side of the river.
Chattanooga is surrounded by lovely mountains. You can walk in touristy gardens at the top of a mountain at Rock City Gardens, or see an underground (also touristy) waterfall at Ruby Falls.

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The Hunter Museum of Art, on bluffs above the river.
The Hunter Museum of Art, on bluffs above the river.
A lady walks across the Walnut Street Bridge.
A lady walks across the Walnut Street Bridge.
High up above the river.
High up above the river.
Looking down at modern apartments and the Tennessee Aquarium.
Looking down at modern apartments and the Tennessee Aquarium.
Chief John Ross Bridge, another blue-colored bridge.
Chief John Ross Bridge, another blue-colored bridge.
Artistic winding path, part of the Tennessee Riverwalk.
Artistic winding path, part of the Tennessee Riverwalk.
Hunter Museum of Art, as seen from the Walnut Street Bridge.
Hunter Museum of Art, as seen from the Walnut Street Bridge.
Frosted glass pedestrian bridge that crosses over Highway 58 to the Hunter Museum of Art.
Frosted glass pedestrian bridge that crosses over Highway 58 to the Hunter Museum of Art.
Frosted glass pedestrian bridge.
Frosted glass pedestrian bridge.
Walnut Street Bridge and the balcony at the Hunter Museum of Art.
Walnut Street Bridge and the balcony at the Hunter Museum of Art.
Bench and potted flowers on Walnut Street Bridge.
Bench and potted flowers on Walnut Street Bridge.
View as you walk up to the frosted glass walkway.
View as you walk up to the frosted glass walkway.
Baseball sculpture outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Baseball sculpture outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Free Money, by Tom Otterness.
Free Money, by Tom Otterness.
Savoy sculpture outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Savoy sculpture outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Sculpture of a young woman outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Sculpture of a young woman outside the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Historic building next to the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Historic building next to the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Modern architecture of the Hunter Museum of American Art, on its perch above the river.
Modern architecture of the Hunter Museum of American Art, on its perch above the river.
The Ice Cream Show outdoor seating.
The Ice Cream Show outdoor seating.
Inside the Ice Cream Show.
Inside the Ice Cream Show.
Bikes for rent outside the modern apartments near 129 Walnut Street.
Bikes for rent outside the modern apartments near 129 Walnut Street.
Outdoor tables at the Ice Cream Show.
Outdoor tables at the Ice Cream Show.
Walkway outside the 129 Walnut Street apartments.
Walkway outside the 129 Walnut Street apartments.
I love these modern apartments near the art museum!
I love these modern apartments near the art museum!
Chattanooga is gorgeous!
Chattanooga is gorgeous!
Paddling on the Tennessee River outside the Tennessee Aquarium.
Paddling on the Tennessee River outside the Tennessee Aquarium.
Tennessee Riverpark, alongside the Tennessee Aquarium.
Tennessee Riverpark, alongside the Tennessee Aquarium.
Cherokee design.
Cherokee design.
Young women hanging out outside the Tennessee Aquarium at Tennessee Riverpark.
Young women hanging out outside the Tennessee Aquarium at Tennessee Riverpark.
Stripey brick sculpture on Market St near the river. Fun for kids to climb inside!
Stripey brick sculpture on Market St near the river. Fun for kids to climb inside!
The Tennessee Aquarium!
The Tennessee Aquarium!
Big windows in Noodles & Co., looking out on Market Street.
Big windows in Noodles & Co., looking out on Market Street.
Market St and 4th St.
Market St and 4th St.

Directions

Noodles & Company, 405 Market Street, Chattanooga TN 37402.
The Ice Cream Show, 105 Walnut Street, Chattanooga TN 37403.
Bluff View Bakery, 411 E. 2nd Street, Chattanooga TN 37403, call (423) 265-5033 ext. 7.
Hunter Museum of Art, 10 Bluff View Ave, Chattanooga TN 37403, call (423) 267-0968. Open M, T, F, S 10-5, W and Sn 12-5, and Tr 10-8. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children aged 3-17. Admission is free the first Sunday of the month.
There is free parking along the road, such as on Walnut Street.

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Last Updated Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:33:21 GMT