Welcome to my Clean Travel Guide to Chattanooga! This town is worth a visit, especially if you are into art, nature, being outdoors, American history, or living a health-conscious lifestyle.

Chattanooga, Tennessee is in the southern part of Tennessee, just north of the Georgia border. It is home to the University of TN Chattanooga and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If you visit, you\’ll also discover how rich Chattanooga is in American History.

We found ourselves in Chattanooga during the 2020 pandemic with my husband’s family. We spent 6 days exploring all that Chattanooga had to offer in adventure and wellness, even during a pandemic!

Enjoy my Clean Travel Guide to Chattanooga, filled with adventure, great stays, and clean eats!

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EXPLORE

A Rental Car was our pick. There is so much to explore in and around Chattanooga (Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, etc.) that you will need a car to access! 

CARTA is Chattanooga’s public transportation system.

  • They offer bus routes around the city and greater area for a very small fee. They also have a FREE Electric Shuttle that has 2 routes – Downtown & North Shore. 

Chattanooga Bicycle Transit has over 40 bike stations sprinkled around the city and is a great way to explore the Downtown and North Shore areas.

Uber and Lyft are always an option if you plan on staying around the Downtown and North Shore area. 

Parking in the Downtown area is approx. $3/hr in the paid lots (these are plentiful around town).

  • You\’ll also find metered parking along the streets.
  • Parking at Warehouse Row – Shops or Restaurants Validate 2-hour parking.

STAY

Air BNB Options

Option 1: Bambooga Nooga…Walk to Restaurants & Aquarium!

Option 2: “Chat Pad”, brilliant vista, serenity, centrality 

Option 3: Downtown North Chattanooga Bungalow

The Edwin Hotel (Luxury Boutique Hotel – Marriott Autograph Collection)

Right on the Riverwalk, The Edwin is located centrally to the Aquarium, Bluff View Arts District, and in walking distance of the Downtown and North Shore areas!

They have an amazing rooftop bar called The Whiskey Thief that you can enjoy if no other reason than for the beautiful river views.

Their restaurant, White Bird, has very nice cuisine and offers Breakfast, Brunch, & Dinner. However, it\’s not the best choice for those with grain or dairy restrictions.

They have a spa that offers detox-specific treatments and a Gua Sha treatment (assists with lymph drainage).

The Bluff View Inn

If you are wanting a B&B stay but are central to town, The Bluff View Inn is perfect! It is comprised of three separate historical homes that make up the Inn. This was by far my favorite area of Chattanooga. 

The Bluff View Inn is home to the Black Inn Café. The Inn serves a complimentary breakfast buffet to guests. *They are currently giving vouchers for breakfast at Rembrandt\’s due to pandemic closures.

Battleview Inn Bed & Breakfast (Closed as of Nov. 2021)

A historical home about 15-20 minutes south of Downtown Chattanooga that houses the family owners.

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Battleview Inn Bed & Breakfast

ACTIVITIES

Hiking – The mountains offer endless trails, waterfalls, and amazing views!

There are several surrounding state parks, mountains, trails to explore. Here are a few we got to experience and a couple we are looking forward to visiting when we go back!

Lookout Mountain

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge

South Cumberland State Park

Signal Mountain

Cumberland Trail

River Activities

Tennessee River runs right through the city and further through the mountains. So, try out SUP, kayaking, river tubing, or white water rafting!

*Some activities are seasonal, so be sure to research and reserve before you go!

Local Shops, Eateries & Coffee Shops

Chattanooga is full of unique local businesses, restaurants, and coffee seems to be a big deal here too! Support local businesses, explore, and find all of the gems that Chattanooga has to share. 

Visit Bluff View Arts District

The Bluff View Arts District boasts views of the Tennessee River and is filled with historical homes and buildings. These are now home to restaurants, bakeries, art galleries, and a sculpture garden.

It\’s centrally located to Downtown and Northshore, and a very short walk to the Walnut Pedestrian Bridge. 

Visit Lookout Mountain\’s Attractions

Rock City

Incline Railroad

Ruby Falls

EATING OUT IN DOWNTOWN / NORTH SHORE

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I always look for healthy, clean, and holistic restaurants when I travel. Below are the restaurants I found in Chattanooga that offer options for dietary restrictions, seasonal and local fare, and healthier options.

*Be sure to check out my post Eating Clean in Chattanooga for more details!

Southern Squeeze

100% organic & vegan cafe with paleo and AIP options

Cashew

100% plant-based vegan cafe on the Northshore.

Two Ten Jack

A Japanese restaurant with paleo, vegetarian, & gluten-free options. In Warehouse Row.

Flying Squirrel

An indoor/outdoor restaurant with a vegan/vegetarian menu, gluten-free options.

Thai Smile

An authentic Thai restaurant with gluten-free, paleo, & vegan options.

Frothy Monkey

A locally sourced café with vegan, paleo, gluten-free options, in Choo Choo Hotel

Main Street Meats 

A restaurant featuring locally sourced meats.

St. Johns

An upscale restaurant with a locally sourced, seasonal menu.

Tony’s Trattoria

An Italian restaurant in Bluff View with gluten-free pasta & flatbreads

Alleia

An upscale restaurant with seasonal, locally sourced Italian cuisine

The Local Juicery + Kitchen

A locally sourced Juice Café.

Bantam & Biddy

Downtown café with gluten-free southern comfort food.

Taco Mamacita

Popular Chattanooga Taco Joint with gluten-free options.

Milk and Honey

A local café with paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free options

Slugos North

100% vegan café.

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