Things to DoIn Chattanooga TN

Our MainStay Suites hotel is located near a variety of Chattanooga’s top attractions, so you’ll always have something to do during your stay. Our hotel is 15 minutes from shopping, dining, and entertainment in downtown Chattanooga and within easy reach of East Tennessee destinations, including Ruby Falls, the Creative Discovery Museum, and Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. 

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Tennessee Aquarium

Embark on a journey from the mountains to the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium. Learn about a variety of amazing creatures in immersive experiences. The aquarium is home to colorful reef fish, cheeky penguins, fascinating jellyfish, snapping turtles, sea otters, and sharks.

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Rock City Gardens

Located just six miles outside of downtown Chattanooga, Rock City Gardens provides visitors with an enchanting 4,100-foot walking trail atop Lookout Mountain, some 1,700 feet above sea level. 

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Take a trip back in time at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, where you have the unique opportunity to experience a vintage train car ride and learn about an era when railroad travel was a way of life. 

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Ruby Falls

Situated within Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls is the tallest and deepest underground waterfall in the United States, standing at 145 feet tall. Discovered in 1928, the falls has many unique geological formations to explore during your guided tour. 

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Lookout Mountain

Take in majestic mountain views from these top spots. Start at Ruby Falls for a series of underground formations, experience the “Seven States” panoramic view from Rock City Gardens, and top off the day with a mile-high view from the Incline Railway observation deck.