An email I sent to a guy at work, who was asking about Chattanooga.
I can’t praise the walking bridge enough. It ends on the North Shore, at Coolidge Park. We typically park for 2-3 dollars in a covered parking area beside a bank on the north shore, just up from the end of the bridge. You can park at Coolidge Park itself for about four dollars. Its rare, very rare for us to visit Chattanooga and not walk the bridge. Its one block up from the Aquarium. We will park and walk down to Cheeburger cheeburger (over a mile). Cheeburger is often too crowded to visit, however (it is similar to a fuddruckers/five guys).
The Delta Queen hotel is in Coolidge Park. http://www.deltaqueenhotel.net We stayed there one night for my birthday, two years ago. Very nice – we would do that again. The rooms however, are the same size they were “back in the day”, which means tiny.
We always visit http://www.mckaybooks.com (Mckaybooks) too. Its the only used bookstore I know that stays crowded. Prices are only decent – you have to be look at them closely. Many times you’ll get better prices elsewhere on popular books.
Our first overnight trip together, we visited http://terminalbrewhouse.com, right next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Afterwards we went to the Choo Choo, and caught frogs out of their garden ponds. (Getting a lot of stares, but hey, we didn’t care).
We often eat at City Cafe – http://www.citycafemenu.com Its low brow (our favorite type of eating place) but decent. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/109/854460/restaurant/Nikkis-Drive-Inn-Chattanooga - Nikkis is another low brow place, but with killer (large!) shrimp and good bacon wrapped chicken livers.
We’ve only eaten at http://www.arethas.com Aretha Frankensteins once, but it was good. It has a tiny kitchen, and can easily be overwhelmed. Pam fell in love with the Belgian Waffle.
For a good cheap zoo, the Chattanooga zoo is worth its admission (8 bucks or so). Its not a great zoo, but it is a good zoo. They have two brother Jaguars who are in their prime, and are two of the prettiest big cats I’ve ever seen. The macaws are right there too, which I like.
http://state.tn.us/environment/na/natareas/laurelsnow/ - We’ve only been to Laurel snow once (its an hour or so North of Chattanooga) but we will eventually return.
We love the Chattanooga area, if you can’t tell.