Flights to Chattanooga
Situated in south eastern Tennessee in the southern United States is the city of Chattanooga. This is the fourth largest city in Tennessee and with a nickname of the ‘Scenic City’ you’ll get some idea of what an attractive city Chattanooga is!
If you are taking a flight to Chattanooga, you’ll be arriving at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (airport code: CHA), east of the city. You can book a flight to Chattanooga with either British Midland or Virgin Atlantic, and fly through London and Charlotte. British Airways also takes that same route. South African Airways makes its connections in Frankfurt and Atlanta instead. From Johannesburg, the total flight to Chattanooga will take between 26 and 29 hours, depending on the airline.
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The Tourist Attractions in Chattanooga:
Chattanooga may not be well known outside of the United States but this city of 170,000 people does have a lot to offer the tourist. There’s culture, family friendly attractions, and some great scenery surrounding the city.
Nicknamed the Scenic City, Chattanooga certainly has some stunning scenery to experience. Lookout Mountain stands over the city and as well as the great city views it affords, this mountain contains several of the city’s popular scenic attractions. There’s Rock City where you’ll find a beautiful 90 foot high waterfall cascading down a cliff face and into a pool. This attraction is part of the Rock City Gardens which also includes a suspension bridge and walking trail.
Also on Lookout Mountain is Ruby Falls, though this waterfall is actually inside the mountain! Falling 145 feet, Ruby Falls was named after the wife of the man who discovered them. You can ascend into the cave by elevator and see the waterfalls; it’s open year round except Christmas Day.
Another attraction on Lookout Mountain is the Incline Railway. This has the steepest passenger incline in the world and takes you up the mountainside on a journey that takes 45 minutes one way. At the top you can take the short walk to one of the mountain’s lookouts over the Tennessee River.
Family Fun in Chattanooga
There are several attractions in Chattanooga that are perfect for families and the Tennessee Aquarium is one of the top ones. Set within two buildings visitors get to experience the ocean and the river so you can see the different species in both as you take a journey through each environment. You can buy a combined ticket for the aquarium which also gives you admittance to the IMAX and the Creative Discovery Museum. This museum is designed for kids and has many fun and interesting hands-on exhibits.
The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park is also popular with families. It’s quite a small zoo but is situated in the middle of Warner Park, a short way from downtown Chattanooga.
In addition to the Creative Discovery Museum Chattanooga has several other museums that will be of more interest to adults. The Chattanooga Regional History Museum is interesting and has changing exhibits throughout the year, while the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts focuses on antique glass and ceramics and is housed within a Victorian house. The Hunter Museum of American Art is as popular for its great views as it is for its renowned collection of American art.
When Should You Visit?:
For warm to hot weather the best time to visit Chattanooga is during the summer months, from May to September when average high temperatures range between 26 and 32C. Spring and autumn are also blessed with mild temperatures – both April and October have average highs of 22C. During the winter the weather is mild to cool. Rainfall is consistent year round, though August and October are on average the driest months.