Friday, February 6, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Chattanooga

One benefit to moving so much is we've really been able to explore different areas of the country. Living in Georgia, there are so many fun and interesting destinations that aren't too far away.

Last weekend we headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. (Read my last blog for more birthday details.)

From our town of Alpharetta, Georgia, Chattanooga is about two hours (a little more with Friday traffic.) Because my dad loves Civil War history, this was the perfect trip for him. It's the spot of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, and also the downslide of the rebels' fight.

History buffs will love Chattanooga with the battlefields, museums, electronic display of battles and re-enactments on Lookout Mountain in the summer, but there's so much more to the historic city. With a  small town feel, downtown Chattanooga is pretty walkable. And the downtown has plenty to offer---from the Tennessee Aquarium and Children's Museum to the Riverwalk along the Tennessee River. There are a bevvy of great restaurants too. Sugar's Barbecue was pretty awesome with its homemade sauces and grilled okra. Try Milk and Honey for some amazing gelato. And Urban Stack serves up some mean organic burgers. Best turkey burger I've ever eaten. Seriously!

Outdoor enthusiasts will love to hike around Rock City and explore the cave at Ruby Falls--home to the largest underwater waterfall.

Chattanooga is a little southern gem and worth the trip.

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