Cheap Flights to Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee with its recently revitalized downtown and riverfront, has recently gained national attention as one of the country's most livable cities. This is because Chattanooga has a reputation for being a city with tight-knit communities, safe neighborhoods and exciting entertainment opportunities. Visitors love exploring the new coffee shops, boutiques and breweries popping up in the downtown area. Outdoor activities are also popular among visitors in the city, including hiking and whitewater rafting on the nearby Ocoee River. Direct flights to Chattanooga can be found from several major Southeastern cities, and the airport is just 5 miles east of downtown.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) is a small, regional airport with one concourse and five gates. Flights to Chattanooga are serviced by American Eagle, Delta Airlines and Allegiant Air. Despite its size, CHA offers direct flights to and from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. Once you land at CHA, you'll be only a 5-mile drive away from the central business district of Chattanooga. CHA is home to a number of major rental car companies, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty/Dollar. Alternatively, you can take a taxi into the city for approximately $30 to $40, depending on your destination.
Attractions in Chattanooga
Chattanooga's revitalized downtown region is a popular neighborhood for visitors and locals alike. One of the main draws is Coolidge Park, situated along the shores of the Tennessee River. Here, you can enjoy a day frolicking in the play fountain or relax in the restored historic pavilion. You can also take a walk across the Walnut Street Bridge, which has recently been restored to become the world's longest pedestrian bridge. The bridge is home to an outdoor rock climbing wall, which is open annually from April through November. Coolidge Park is also equipped with wireless Internet.
Just along the Southern border of Chattanooga, spilling over into neighboring Georgia and Alabama, is Lookout Mountain. You can find streets lined with beautiful homes that have even more beautiful views. Also located on the mountain are Ruby Falls and Rock City, two very popular destinations. Rock City has a number of famous hiking trails, including one where you can see seven states from the summit. At Ruby Falls, visitors can take a tour of the beautiful underground waterfall and cave system.
Chattanoog Travel Tips
Summer runs from June through August and can be quite hot, with temperatures averaging around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain and thunderstorms are also quite common during the summer months. Winter lasts from December through February and tends to be pretty mild with temperatures averaging in the 40s and 50s. The city rarely sees snow, but when temperatures drop below freezing, driving conditions on Lookout Mountain may require a bit more caution.
In June each year, you can catch the Riverbend Festival. This is the largest and most popular annual event in Chattanooga. The festival brings national and local artists together for a multi-day music showcase, including one day devoted entirely to blues and jazz.