Chattanooga is one of the country's greenest cities, with electric buses, miles of well-used waterfront trails, and pedestrian bridges crossing the Tennessee River – all of which makes it hard to credit its reputation in the 1960s as America's dirtiest city. With world-class rock climbing, hiking, cycling and water-sports opportunities, it's one of the South's best cities for outdoorsy types. And it's gorgeous now, too: just check out those views from the Bluff View Art District!
The city was a major railway hub throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, hence the 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo,' which was originally a reference to the Cincinnati Southern Railroad's passenger service from Cincinnati to Chattanooga, and later the title of a 1941 Glen Miller tune. The eminently walkable downtown is a maze of historic stone and brick buildings and has some tasty gourmet kitchens, craft breweries and distilleries. There's a lot to love about the 'Noog.