About Chattanooga

Located in southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga, or 'Scenic City,' is a city with a rich history. Native Americans, primarily the Cherokee tribe, were the first known inhabitants of Chattanooga, and the area was of significant importance during the American Civil War due to its strategic location near the Tennessee River.

The city was officially incorporated in 1839 and expanded significantly with the arrival of the railroad in the late 1840s, becoming a crucial transport hub. In the 20th century, it developed as an industrial center but suffered from pollution problems, which it has impressively managed to reverse, winning a national environmental award in 1969.

Today, it is a vibrant city known for its stunning landscapes, outdoor activities, and high-tech innovation.

FAQ for Chattanooga

What is the best way to get there?

You can fly into Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, or if you are driving, the city is at the intersection of Interstates 24, 75, and 59. Chattanooga is also accessible by bus and train services.

What is Chattanooga famous for?

Chattanooga is famous for its stunning landscapes, including Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and the Tennessee River. It's also known for the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the historic train terminal turned hotel, and its role in the Civil War.

What are five interesting facts about Chattanooga?

1. Chattanooga was once known as the 'Dirtiest city in America' but has drastically improved its air quality. 2. It is home to the first and largest military park in the United States - the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. 3. Chattanooga is also home to the world's fastest internet service. 4. It was the site of a critical Civil War battle - the Battle of Chattanooga. 5. Chattanooga is the birthplace of the tow truck, and the International Towing and Recovery Museum is located here.

How did Chattanooga get its name?

Chattanooga's name is believed to come from the Creek Indian word for 'rock coming to a point,' which refers to Lookout Mountain.

What are some travel tips for Chattanooga?

Plan for outdoor activities, wear comfortable footwear, stay hydrated, and use the free electric shuttle in downtown Chattanooga for easy transportation. Check the local event calendar for festivals and events that might be happening during your visit.

Do I need a visa?

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa to enter the United States. Check the U.S. Department of State's visa requirements before your trip.

When is the best time to visit Chattanooga?

The best time to visit Chattanooga is in the spring or fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty of the city is in full bloom.

Are there local customs I should know for Chattanooga?


The legal drinking age is 21. Many places will ask for ID, so always carry one with you.


People in Chattanooga are generally friendly. A simple hello or a wave can go a long way.

Public transit

Public transit, including buses and a free downtown electric shuttle, are widely used. Be prepared with exact change for bus rides.

What is the time zone for Chattanooga?

Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone.

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are type A and B.

What is the currency?

The currency is the U.S. dollar (USD).

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes, ATMs are widespread throughout the city.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes, credit cards are accepted in most places in Chattanooga.

Can you use ApplePay and Google Pay?

Many businesses in Chattanooga accept ApplePay and Google Pay, but it's always best to have a backup payment method.

How much do I tip in Chattanooga?


Tipping is customary in the U.S. for good service.


It's common to tip 15-20% of the bill before tax.


A tip of $1-$2 per bag for the bellhop and $2-$5 per day for housekeeping is customary.


A tip of 10-15% of the fare is customary for taxi drivers.

Tour guides

For tour guides, a tip of $2-$5 per person is common.

Accommodation in Chattanooga

City Information

Founded Population Elevation
1839 184,086 source 676 ft


Season High (°C / °F) Low (°C / °F)
Winter (Dec - Feb) 10 / 50 0 / 32
Spring (Mar - May) 24 / 75 7 / 45
Summer (Jun - Aug) 30 / 86 18 / 64
Fall (Sep - Nov) 22 / 72 10 / 50
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