Experience the thrill of riding "America's Most Amazing Mile" as the incline climbs historic Lookout Mountain. Chattanooga and the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive as the trolley-style rail cars carry you into the clouds. The breathtaking grade of the tract at 72.7 percent near the top gives the incline the unique distinction of being the steepest passenger railway in the world.
Feel the spray of a cascading waterfall. Experience the seasons of a lush mountain forest where river otters play. Stand eye-to-eye with hulking sixty-five pound catfish patrolling the depths of the Tennessee River. Explore the Amazon River where piranhas dart among anaconda and boa constrictors. Listen to the birds in the mist-shrouded Delta. Freshwater sustains all life on earth, yet we know so little about this magical and complex world of swamps, streams, lake, and bogs. This is one of the world's largest aquariums, and the only one to reveal in such stunning detail the fascinating web of life supported by freshwater.
The "Golden Age" of American railroading lasted for about fifty years during which time rail empires were built, two world wars were fought and frequent passenger trains rolled almost everywhere. The Tennessee Valley Railroad was founded in 1969 by a small group of rail fans determined to preserve operating steam passenger trains. You are invited to ride the train, see the audio visual show, browse through our exhibits, tour the repair shop, enjoy the dining room and explore our gift shops.
This museum promotes learning and discovery through sight, sound and exploration. Featuring a little yellow house for preschoolers, an optics tower, a one- hundred-twenty seat performance theater, plus live demonstrations and changing exhibits. Meet the inventor, the artist, the musician and the scientist that live within YOU and uncover a world of fun!
Craving adventure? You've come to the right place!
Shoot the rapids on America's only Olympic River, the Ocoee. The 1996 Olympics put the Ocoee River on the map, but whitewater rafting is what the makes the Ocoee famous.
Located just 20 miles east of Cleveland, Tennessee, the Ocoee River with its class III and IV whitewater rapids is one of America's most popular whitewater rivers. Our whitewater outfitters make a trip on the Ocoee easy by providing everything, you just show up and dig in.
Anyone age 12 or over can enjoy the rapids of the Ocoee on guided raft trips offered by outfitters. These guided trips are available weekends April-October and weekdays June-August. This is a vacation experience you're never going to forget!
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The Lost Sea is known as "America's Largest Underground Lake." Wide sloping walkways take you on an adventure to the many interesting rooms, some of which are among the widest, highest and largest rooms of any caverns in the Southeast. Upon entering the lake room you will board large glass bottom boats for an exciting trip on the Lost Sea. While on the trip you will observe some of the largest rainbow trout in the United States. Every second of the one hour tour is a fascinating experience you will never forget!
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South's top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named Chattanooga TN one of the “Top 45 Places to go" in the World. Only four US destinations were named and the Scenic City was the only place outside of California. And it's no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga TN is one of America's most breathtaking cities. But that's just the beginning of what the Scenic City has to offer. There's a world of outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, live events, art and world-class attractions waiting for you here. So, go ahead. Plan your Chattanooga TN vacation today.
The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail.
Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee, the Cherokee National Forest is divided into northern and southern sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and adjoins other national forests in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.
The last of the council grounds of the Cherokee Nation before their removal along the tragic "Trail of Tears" are located here. A Cherokee farm and council house of the period have been reconstructed to offer visitors a glimpse of how the area might have looked one hundred-fifty years ago. An interpretive center houses a theater, exhibits and artifacts.
In north Georgia and south Tennessee, Union and Confederate armies clashed during the fall of 1863 in some of the hardest fighting of the Civil War. The prize was Chattanooga, a key rail center and the gateway to the heart of the Confederacy. In September 1863 the Union Army of the Cumberland was routed at the Battle of Chickamauga and retreated into Chattanooga. Over the next two months Confederate forces besieged the trapped Union army. Finally, in late November 1863 the Union army won a series of battles around Chattanooga and drove the Confederates south into Georgia. Learn more about the people, places, and stories that shape the history of Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park.
The term Appalachian refers to several different regions associated with the mountain range. Most broadly, it refers to the entire mountain range with its surrounding hills and the dissected plateau region. The term is often used more restrictively to refer to regions in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, usually including areas in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as sometimes extending as far south as northern Alabama, Georgia and western South Carolina, and as far north as Pennsylvania, southern Ohio and parts of southern upstate New York.
Are you ready for a taste of the outdoors like you've never had before?
You can view the Ocoee Region a whole new way as you soar through the trees along the Ocoee River, taking in a bird's-eye view of the natural scenery. Ocoee Zipz zipline tour is a perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family, located just outside of Cleveland along the Ocoee River.
Ocoee Zipz is the Ocoee River's first Zipline and Canopy Tour with seven spectacular ziplines, over 6,000 feet of adrenaline-pumping fun and zipline trips lasting over two hours!
For reservations, call 877-7 ZIP ZIP (877-794-7947).
The sites and activities around the Ocoee Region can certainly work up an appetite. In Cleveland, our variety of dining options create a culinary scene that is hard to beat! Upscale dining rooms coexist with neighborhood bistros, family-owned eateries, spirited pubs and high-profile chain establishments.
From mouth-watering Italian made with the freshest local produce to chicken salad that draws visitors from all over the country.Sit down and relax at one of our many coffee houses or satisfy your sweet tooth with your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Whether you're looking for a unique dining experience or a familiar face, Cleveland, Tennessee's dining choices fit the bill. So take a break and enhance your Tennessee vacation with some incredibly delicious food!
Search our Cleveland, Tennessee Chamber's member directory below for a restaurant that will satisfy your food craving.