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Photo of the Week: A Chattanooga, Tennessee Selfie.

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. 🙂

Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Photo of the Week: Out on the Open Road in Tennessee.

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!

Tennessee-Georgia state line, Tennessee Welcome Center, Chattanooga

Knoxville: Volunteer Landing.

Spending a lot of time on I-75, I’m always passing by Knoxville, Tennessee. A few years back I decided to checkout the riverfront. Knoxville sits along the Tennessee River and I found a place to park around Volunteer Landing, their riverfront park. I immediately saw lot’s of photo and walking/running opportunities.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

As you walk away from the main parking area you’ll immediately notice Gay Street Bridge. The steel bridge crosses over the Tennessee River to the south side of town. It’s the oldest bridge in the region, completed in 1898.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge

I love how the bridge reflects off the water and adds even more green into the view.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge, Tennessee River

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge, Tennessee River

There are lots of vehicles parked along the river. You don’t see many people outside. Chances are they are at Calhoun’s On The River. They are known for their barbecue and ribs.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Grab a microbrew and relax on the outside deck along the riverfront.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Lot’s of Tennessee Orange everywhere. They love their Vols. Tennessee is the Volunteer State, named for everyone from Tennessee that volunteered for the War of 1812 and Mexican War.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - University of Tennessee Volunteer's Orange

This shot was taken a few years back heading southwest on the Landing. Directly above is the Hanley Street Bridge also crossing the river into South Knoxville. It was completed in 1931.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

This shot was taken a few weeks ago. You can see the Henley Street Bridge has no deck. It’s been under construction since 2011 and might take up to three years to completely remake it. Volunteer Landing is currently closed in that area.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Henley Street Bridge - construction

Opposite the Henley Street Bridge and current construction is Neyland Stadium. Its home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. It’s one of the biggest college football stadiums, trailing only Michigan (the University of) and Beaver (Penn State University) Stadiums. It was named after legendary Tennessee coach Robert Neyland. Walk a little further and you can see Thompson–Boling Arena, home to multiple sports teams, most notably the Lady Vols basketball team, winners of eight National Championships.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Neyland Stadium

Walk in the opposite direction heading northeast from Calhoun’s along the river and you’ll wind up in the Treaty of Holston Park. You’ll immediately see the statue below signifying the signing of the Treaty of the Holston in 1791. In fact, as you walk around Volunteer Landing, you’ll also get a history lesson as there are facts about the area spread throughout, a lot of the messaging is on stones.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Treaty of the Holston statue

As you continue walk northeast you’ll wind up in Bicentennial Park and beyond, as the trail keeps on going and going along the river.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - walking trails

I now always stop along the riverfront in Knoxville when passing through. Great scenery and photo opportunities, lot’s of areas to run and walk, lot’s of history and a great place to hangout at Calhoun’s On The River. Any experiences on the Tennessee River? What city riverfronts do you recommend checking out?

Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park.

Looking for a place to relax while in Chattanooga, Tennessee or driving north or south on I-75? Checkout Coolidge Park.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee, river launch, Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River, kayak/canoe launch

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.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

More great views of the Tennessee River. You definitely want to have your camera on hand and ready.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River

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.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Delta Queen Hotel

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Delta Queen Hotel

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, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Blue Boy Pull Toy #1

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, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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?

Lookout Mountain in The Scenic City.

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.

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

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.

Lookout Mountain Panoramic shot

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.

Lookout Mountain Point Park

The Battles for Chattanooga Museum

Lookout Mountain Ruby Falls Rock City

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?