I’ve never had been a strong proponent of selfies, but as time has gone on I’ve started taking more such photos. Even if the photos will never be seen by anyone else, it makes me remember a given place and the moment somewhere even more. One I will share is from up-top Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I can still picture the views of the city and beyond. 🙂
Was out on the open road on I-75, road tripping, crossing into Tennessee from Georgia when I decided to get out my vehicle and capture the road signs ahead. Three of the four biggest cities in Tennessee on the highway sign. The Tennessee Aquarium caught my eye as well. Where to go? Where to go? Hmmmm…
Have spent time in all three, but today’s choice was nearby Chattanooga!
Looking for a place to relax while in Chattanooga, Tennessee or driving north or south on I-75? Checkout Coolidge Park.
It’s in the North Shore neighborhood where you’ll find lot’s of coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries. There is lot’s of open space to layout and chill in the park.
It sits right along the Tennessee River opposite downtown. So get some scenic photos or if you’ve got more time take to the river in a kayak or canoe.
Several bridges span the River, the most popular being Walnut Street Bridge. Built in 1890, in recent times it was turned into one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world. It’s a quick and scenic walk between downtown and North Shore and to everything both have to offer.
More great views of the Tennessee River. You definitely want to have your camera on hand and ready.
Stay at the Delta Queen Hotel right on the Tennessee River along the park. It’s the last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the United States. The steamboat has spent lots of time cruising the Mississippi River and has a rich history dating back to the 1920’s, when it ran between Sacramento and San Francisco, California. It docked in Chattanooga and was converted into a hotel in 2009. It’s a National Historic Landmark.
When walking along the park you’ll surely notice “Blue Boy Pull Toy #1”, the blue rhinoceros sitting on top of a pullable wagon. It’s one of many animal statues/sculptures in the park.
Coolidge Park is a popular tourist destination and a place where you’ll find concerts, movies-in-the-park, festivals, and special events throughout the year. There is a hand-carved carousel, pavilion and a fountain for kids to run around in.
Coolidge Park is definitely a park to checkout when in-and-around Chattanooga. What parks have you come across in your travels where you just like to chill and capture the views?
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Tagged Chattanooga, Coolidge Park, Delta Queen, North Shore, park, riverfront, Tennessee, Tennessee River
Chattanooga, in Tennessee, sits right on the border with Georgia and it is in a valley surrounded by mountains and ridges and known as “The Scenic City”. Having that name your probably thinking, where can you get the best views in town. The answer: Lookout Mountain.
You can drive up Lookout Mountain, but I think the Incline Railway is definitely the way to go. Going through the historic town of St. Elmo, which I recommend spending time in, you go up the one mile track looking through the observation windows on the train as you go up and up and up. You’ll get site tips and history from the conductor as you go up. Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile”, it’s the steepest passenger railway in the world. You go up Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee side. The mountain is also in Alabama and Georgia.
At the top you get panoramic, scenic and amazing views of Chattanooga, the Tennessee River and it is said up to seven different states on a clear day: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. I could hang out right there all day long.
Once at the top, take a short walk from the incline to the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, a Civil War battle site. You’ll pass some really nice southern homes along the way. Right next to that is Point Park, a part of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. You’ll see monuments, memorials and the war history of the area.
When in the area also checkout the town of Lookout Mountain which is in Georgia and home to the rock formations and gardens of Rock City. Ruby Falls is home to caves and a 145-foot high underground waterfall. You might have seen a barn that advertises “See Rock City” as they are all over the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. Likewise you can see the words “See Ruby Falls” on billboards all over the place.
For panoramic and scenic views and lot’s of history I definitely recommend checking out Looking Mountain when around Chattanooga. What is a favorite lookout point of yours?