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The Perfect One Day in Chattanooga - Travel Itinerary

Located in southeastern Tennessee and set along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in the state. And while it tends to get overshadowed by its larger, sister cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, Chattanooga is a worthy destination all on its own. With incredible outdoor activities, a booming culinary scene, and beautiful scenic views, everyone should add Chattanooga to their “Weekend Getaway'' destination list. Having lived in Nashville for going on a decade now, we’ve been to and driven through Chattanooga dozens of times, so we thought we would put together what we think is the perfect one-day itinerary for the “Scenic City”! You can obviously modify this itinerary and stretch it out over a weekend, and if you want a little more of a relaxed experience, we recommend it, but if you’re a time-crunched traveler like us and want to do, see, and eat as much as possible on a limited schedule, then this schedule will suit you well!

Looking for accommodations for your time in Chattanooga? See some of our suggestions HERE!

Check out our “One Day in Chattanooga” vlog for a closer look at our visit!

Now, let's get into it!

8:00 am: Coffee/Breakfast

Goodman Coffee Roasters is a no-frills, specialty coffee shop with a “farm to consumer” model meaning that they partner directly with the producers/farmers of coffee to ensure that each cup of coffee is of the highest quality and ethically sourced. In addition to serving one of the best cups of coffee in Chattanooga, they also offer a selection of teas, breakfast sandwiches/burritos, and a modest selection of pastries.

Other Options:

  • Mad Priest Coffee Roasters (1900 Broad St Suite C)

  • Mean Mug Coffeehouse (114 W Main St)

9:00-11:00 am: Rock City Gardens (1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA)

Rock City is a botanical garden with over 400 different species of plants, trees, and shrubs, but it’s really more than that. And while it is a touristy place, it’s worth a visit in our opinion. It has incredible rock features, a swinging bridge, spanning views where you can see 7 states at one time and so much more! There are also multiple gift shops and dining options on-site as well. You could easily spend half a day exploring Rock City, especially if you have kids!