Things to Do in Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Area
With so many exciting attractions and things to do in Chattanooga close by, Chanticleer Inn is the perfect place to stay! Our bed and breakfast is near many wonderful opportunities for dining, all of the cultural activities in the area, great shopping, and the scenic beauty of the Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga areas. For more information about specific events, please see the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website, and for some great ideas on how to spend your Chattanooga vacation, browse our fun-packed sample 3-day itinerary!
Lookout Mountain Area Attractions
You can save time and money by buying your Lookout Mountain attraction tickets at our Inn.
Cloudland Canyon State Park located on the edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic parks in the state!
Rock City is located within walking distance to our Inn. Take an unforgettable journey atop Lookout Mountain, stroll through ancient rock formations, and enjoy the quiet woodland paths and gardens. Enjoy refreshments at the Big Rock Grill or grab a cappuccino at Starbucks. Experience the magic of Rock City year round. Be sure to check their site for special events and happenings.
Incline Railway, “America’s Most Amazing Mile”, has delighted guests for more than a century. As the trolley-style railcars climb Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and valleys come alive. The 72.7% grade near the top makes the Incline the steepest passenger railway in the world.
Ruby Falls is a Lookout Mountain cave once used as a campsite by American Indians, a hideout for outlaws, and a hospital during the Civil War, Ruby Falls has been visited by millions of people including Andrew Jackson and Babe Ruth. Featuring a tour of the natural cave and an underground waterfall, Ruby Falls has proven to be a popular Lookout Mountain attraction since 1929.
Grandview, atop Lookout Mountain, is the perfect place to help you think outside the box. Reach your peak productivity 1700 feet above sea level. You’ll find warm spaces for intimate gatherings, boardroom business, and breakout discussions. Have round table discussions where the valley views provide the backdrop to exhilarate the mind. Grandview will raise expectations for future meeting.
The Cravens House, part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, is located at the north end of Lookout Mountain. During the battle of Chattanooga, both the Union and Confederate armies used the home as an observation post and headquarters.
Covenant College is the College of the Presbyterian Church in America, PCA. It is a four-year liberal arts college housed in the former Lookout Mountain Hotel. Built in 1927 with the South’s largest ballroom and 200 guest rooms, the once-posh “Castle in the Clouds” has been Covenant’s home since 1964.
Point Park was built in 1905 to commemorate the “Battle Above the Clouds” during the Civil War, and has numerous monuments to the soldiers who died in the area. The building was the inspiration for the insignia of the Army Corps of Engineers, who built the park.
Chattanooga Area Attractions
Battles For Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum, atop Lookout Mountain at the entrance to Point Park, is a popular starting point for people touring Civil War battle sites in the area.
The Tennessee Aquarium offers views of animals from the mountains to the sea, and takes visitors through three forests and puts them eye to eye with sharks, otters and alligators.
The Creative Discovery Museum is a place where interactive, hands-on activities provide learning fun for children ages two to twelve.
The Hunter Museum of American Art offers an exceptional array of American art recognized as one of the country’s finest collections.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo was made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra song “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” This 24-acre vacation and convention complex is located in the heart of Chattanooga.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga Battlefield is the first and largest of the U.S. National Military Parks.
The Lookouts are Chattanooga’s Minor League baseball team.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns, praised as one of the top ten caves in the U.S., is located just outside of Chattanooga in Lookout Valley.
The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park occupies six acres in Warner Park just two miles from downtown Chattanooga. It features animals from all over the world including Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia.
Cumberland Caverns is Tennessee’s largest show cave, featuring waterfalls, pools, formations and a 3/4 ton chandelier.
Southern Belle Riverboat offers dinner cruises and daily lunch cruise in its climate-controlled dining room.
Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding find your wings while visiting the Tennessee Valley. Hang Gliding, Paragliding.