33 Favorite Travel Photos From Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Jason Barnette
Posted on
March 27, 2019
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After spending a few years exploring Chattanooga I've captured more than a few photos. Here are my favorites.

The first I visited Chattanooga was only supposed to be for three days. But I discovered so much to do and met so many great locals I decided to stay an extra week! Since that time I have been to Chattanooga at least once a year.

It’s a beautiful city. Vibrant and active. Lots of art, culture, and history to explore. It’s a place I enjoy visiting because of the opportunities for outdoor fun and photography.

Here are 33 of my favorite travel photos I have captured in Chattanooga, Tennessee over the years.

A large turtle swims through a massive tank at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

One of the first places I ever explored in Chattanooga was the Tennessee Aquarium where I saw this huge turtle swimming by!

Massive fish tank at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Tennessee Aquarium is spread across two building with dozens of enormous tanks.

A small brown road runner bird at the Chattanooga Zoo in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The first time I ever saw a real road runner was at The Chattanooga Zoo! I feel Looney Tunes might’ve misled me.

The blue steel and wooden boardwalk Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee

My favorite place to visit in Chattanooga is also one of my favorite to photograph: the Walnut Street Bridge.

The blue steel frame of the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Seriously how can this bridge be this beautiful on an overcast day?

Vibrant orange sunset across the Walnut Street Bridge and Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Sunset view from the Hunter Museum of American Art is pretty spectacular looking over the Walnut Street Bridge and Tennessee River.

A colorful brick alley in the NorthShore of Chattanooga, Tennessee

This narrow and artistic alleyway is one of hidden wonders of the NorthShore neighborhood.

Dance steps to "The Mambo" embedded in the sidewalk of the NorthShore of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Watch your feet while walking around the NorthShore! You’ll find some dance moves in the sidewalk and an opportunity to bust a move.

The historic Coolidge Park Antique Carousel spins round and round in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The historic Coolidge Park Antique Carousel is one of those things you have to visit in Chattanooga.

A delicious scoop of ice cream on a homemade cone at Clumpies Ice Cream Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The only thing better than the service at Clumpies Ice Cream Company is the ice cream!

A delicious dessert from Julie Darling Donuts on the NorthShore in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Speaking of ice cream this wonderful creation came from Julie Darling Donuts.

A hearty brunch meal from Food Works on the NorthShore in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The brunch at Food Works on the NorthShore was also pretty good.

Colorful flowers for sale at the Chattanooga Market in Chattanooga, Tennessee

On Sunday mornings head over to the Chattanooga Market for a little bit of everything.

A tray of food during a rain ride with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hop on a train at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for an exciting ride and good food.

The historic train visitors ride with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The train is pretty awesome.

Air conditioning and comfortable seats inside the train cars with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

It’s an old train but it’s still very comfortable inside.

Guided tours with Advanced Sports Innovation in Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you want something more thrilling try a guided tour with Advanced Sports Innovation in their really cool Swincars!

The massive Fuller Gun Collection of antique guns at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

The Fuller Gun Collection at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park was pretty impressive. This is just one of six alcoves.

Deer cross the road at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

If you arrive early at the national military park you’ll probably see lots and lots of deer.

Bright orange fall colors in a tree behind a canon on display at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Autumn is a great time to visit the national military park.

A beautiful view of Lookout Mountain from the bridge of the Southern Belle Riverboat during a tour on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

For a more relaxing afternoon go for a tour on the Tennessee River on the Southern Belle Riverboat.

View of the bridges on the Southern Belle Riverboat during a tour on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The riverboat travels down the river to the bend and back up to the Walnut Street Bridge.

Comfortable indoor seating on the Southern Belle Riverboat during a tour on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

You can also spend the time cozy inside with a great view from a table.

View inside the train car on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga, Tennessee

You can also enjoy the view on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.

The steep railroad tracks on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga, Tennessee

It’s steeper than it looks. Wait, did I get that backwards? I don’t think so.

A summer thunderstorm passes across the bend in the Tennessee River heading for downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ochs Observatory has a fantastic view of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. One time I watched a summer thunderstorm move across the horizon.

A canon on display at Point Park with a view of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee in the distance

Point Park has some pretty amazing views overlooking downtown Chattanooga.

A warm sunset on a rocky outcropping at Sunset Rock on Lookout Mountain Chattanooga, Tennessee

Sunset Rock is one of the best places to watch sunset.

Moss covered rocky walls with a narrow path through the middle at Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

While on Lookout Mountain be sure to visit Rock City and go for a hike in the narrow formations.

A couple of tables on a stone patio with a stunning view of the local landscape at Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Or enjoy lunch with a spectacular view.

A waterfall on the edge of a mountain at Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Or find the waterfall on the side of the mountain.

A hang glider soars overhead at Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Further down Lookout Mountain is a hang gliding school. You can watch hang gliders cutting through the air above you.

Warm oranges and pinks spread across the clouds during sunset in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

It also happens to be my favorite place to watch sunsets in Chattanooga.

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