My Hometown: Chattanooga, TN


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We’re kicking off a new series where we highlight the hometowns of our team members at Carolina Family Estate Planning. This month, Client Services Coordinator Robyn Keller shares why we should all visit Chattanooga!

I have called NC home for over 20 years, but Chattanooga, TN is my hometown. The mighty little city of Chattanooga is nestled in the southeastern corner of the State, along the winding Tennessee River.

Chattanooga plays host to museums, theaters, scenic attractions, historical sites, and the best regional fare in the South! The downtown area is peppered with a variety things to do and see like the Historic Choo Choo Hotel. Once a terminal train station, the original 1909 bones still live on with visitors able to rent a train car, instead of a traditional hotel room, for the night. 

You can leave your car and take an electric shuttle from the Choo Choo straight down to the banks of the Tennessee River where you will find the Tennessee Aquarium. Once the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, this jewel sits atop a water-themed historic park that tells the stories of Chattanooga’s native people, rich cultural heritage, and historical significance to the river.

Bridging the banks of the river spans the longest walking bridge in the world! The Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge was first built in 1891 and stretches an enormous 2,376 feet. It is a haven for runners, dog walkers, and those just wanting to enjoy the winding foot paths on both sides of the river.

The bridge will take you to the North Shore and Coolidge Park, where you can find a 1894 Dentzel antique carousel. The 52 hand-carved animals were restored by a local master woodcarver and his team. You can climb aboard a dancing elephant or a whimsical fish and enjoy the classical sounds of calliope band organ for just $1!

Robyn's daughter, Katie, enjoying the carousel at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN

You can’t leave the downtown area until you have seen the Hunter Art Museum. Perched high above the river on an 80-foot limestone bluff overlooking the Aquarium and Coolidge Park, the Museum began as a 1909 mansion that has grown over time to incorporate American works of art from the Colonial Period through Modern Day.

The Southern Belle Riverboat will treat you to the sites and sounds of the city on a 450-passenger vessel that was built especially for the Tennessee River. From the river to the mountain top, you have to check out America’s Most Amazing Mile at the Incline. At the world’s steepest incline train ride, enjoy a 72.7% grade, near-vertical trip up the side of Lookout Mountain!

In addition to the downtown attractions, Chattanooga is also home to the nation’s first and largest military park, Chickamauga. With its unique location and access by river and rail, Chattanooga saw some of the most strategic and fierce turf battles of the Civil War.  Monuments, museums, and historic sites can be found all around the city and Lookout Mountain. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy this great hometown! 

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