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Dining

From fine dining to Southern comfort classics, Chattanooga's vibrant restaurant scene has it all. Check out Visit Chattanooga's directory of restaurants, which can be filtered by "Local" or "Locally Sourced Fare" to get the authentic Chattanooga experience.

Activities

Our Local Arrangements Coordinators have identified some "extracurriculars" to add to your conference schedule. Chattanooga and the surrounding area offer a myriad of activities to connect with its rich history and culture. You can find more information through the Chattanooga Tourism Co.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Chattanooga has the rundown of all city recreational activities and parks. 

Explore natural wonders Lookout Mountain,  Ruby Falls and then visit Rock City. Ride the Incline Railway at Lookout Mountain.

Learn more of the archeological history of the first peoples at Moccasin Bend Archeological Park or Hike the two-mile Browns Ferry Federal Trail with historical markers of the Trail of Tears. 

Museums and Art

Hunter Museum of Art has a large collection of American art from 1700 to today including decorative arts. Head to the river front and discover the River Walk art installation.  Follow the historical medallions commemorating the Trail of Tears on Ross’s Landing.   

Spoil your inner child and enjoy a ride the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel restored to its 1894 glory by local craftsman Bud Ellis.

Learn more about Chattanooga’s most famous jazz and blues singer and the impact of African American music at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Explore the fascinating history of towing at the International Towing Museum and the history of all things Tow Trucks. Ride the rails at the Tennessee Railway Museum

Experience endless adventures at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Giving Back

If you are interested in giving back during your conference stay, The United Way of Chattanooga is celebrating its centennial anniversary by sponsoring Impact Days September 16 and 17, 2022. In conjunction with these days they have put together a list of 100 Acts of Kindness. More information and how to get involved can be found here: 100 Year - United Way Chattanooga

Transit 

Parking

Chattanooga Marriot Downtown offers garage self-parking for $15/day and valet parking for $18/day. This parking garage provides direct access into the Marriot hotel, as well as a sky-bridge connecting to the convention center. 

The Read House Hotel offers valet parking at $22/day. 

Staybridge Suites offers parking for $9/day. 

Downtown’s Electric Shuttle Service

The Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around Downtown Chattanooga. It’s a FREE ride! Electric buses run daily* from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops at every block in between. There are stops right in front of the Chattanooga Convention Center and Conference Hotels, enabling convenient access to attractions, shopping, and restaurants in the Downtown area. All shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

*Shuttle buses run about every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Find routes and schedules for buses and shuttles here.

Bike Chattanooga

For just $8 per day, Bike Chattanooga is a fun, flexible and cost-effective way to navigate the city. There are over 30 bike stations in downtown Chattanooga. The closest for attendees is front of the Convention Center. You would just need to dock your bike at any of the bike docking stations at least one time per hour, and the price remains the same. Downtown is perfect for bike riding, as well as the Riverwalk, which stretches 16.1 miles.

Airports

Chattanooga is centrally located in the Southeast at the intersections of I-75, I-24, and I-59, within three hours of the Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The Chattanooga Airport (CHA) is just ten miles from Downtown and offers direct or one-stop flights to a variety of destinations.

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