Wednesday Wanderlust: Chattanooga

This week’s Wednesday Wanderlust is Charles, a fellow travel blogger. You should check out his site, McCool Travel, or follow him on Twitter @charlesmccool and join him in some hilarious Twitter chats. If you’re interested in being a guest contributor to this column, or any other post, please email me!

Chattanooga surprised me, in a good way. I had previously visited the Tennessee Aquarium and Civil War sites but this time I wanted to explore more. I did not know what to expect when I began my bike ride along RiverWalk from the Chickamauga Dam.

Along with river views, I encountered artistic mileage marker signs and bicycle service stands. Even the restroom buildings were artistic (and clean). Amnicola Marsh was a highlight of the trail. After riding through Bluff View Art District, I found countless pieces of public art throughout downtown. Across Walnut Street Bridge, I explored Renaissance Park and Coolidge Park, had a gourmet hot dog from Good Dog and ice cream from Clumpies, and found sidewalk art along Frazier Avenue (several dances were covered). Heading back, I paused at the water cannons by the Tennessee Aquarium before tackling the uphill. After relaxing at the hotel pool, I finished my day in Chattanooga with takeout from Sugar’s Ribs and sunset from Point Park.

Map Guide: Amnicola Marsh SouthBluff View Art DistrictChickamauga MarinaCoolidge Park, Clumpies Ice Cream Co.Good Dog RestaurantRenaissance ParkSugar’s RibsTennessee AquariumWalnut St Bridge

  • It was fun to reminisce about my short visit to Chattanooga.

    • Great post! I had never heard about the town to be honest. The pieces of art look pretty cool 🙂

      • Haha, I had heard of it, but have never been. I love that Charles focused on an “art walk” concept in his photos! 🙂

    • Thanks for contributing, Charles 🙂 I enjoyed reading it, and Tennessee is definitely jumping up on my list!

  • I love this post. I lived in Chattanooga during college and really fell in love with it 🙂

    • Aw, I didn’t know that, Liz! That’s so cool!! (Also, I owe you a message back… either email or DM, can’t remember which 🙂 ).

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