Looking for the perfect way to break up your long drive? Wondering how you can make a short visit impactful? We managed to achieve that with a short two-hour stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee and so can you. Here’s how.
Chattanooga hemmed in by the Tennessee River to the north and Lookout Mountain from the south is not far from the Georgia state line and offers a range of activities for those passing through. On our way north from Birmingham, Alabama to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park we were eager to get off the highway and stretch our legs. We opted to spend two hours in Chattanooga trekking up Lookout Mountain and sampling craft beer at Chattanooga Brewing Company.
Lookout Mountain is perhaps the most famous landmark in Chattanooga and, true to its name, provides a sweeping view of the Tennessee River and the surrounding countryside. The windy drive up was a pleasant break from the monotonous drive north along highway 59. Once at the top, we checked out the observation deck atop the Welcome Center and grabbed a piece of peanut butter fudge on the way out, which was heavenly.
One of the best ways to have a positive impact on the community you visit is to spend your money at locally owned businesses. What better a place to do that than at the Chattanooga Brewing Company. We each grabbed a flight and had some of the best beer I had on the entire road trip. The most unique and noteworthy was the Habanero beer, which had a sharp kick at the end of each sip. While I probably would not order a growler worth, I still respect the creativity and experimentation. The brewery also serves food, so it’s even easier to justify a visit!
We can’t wait to return as Chattanooga offers more than simply two hours worth of hiking and beer drinking, and could easily be a destination itself with the Tennessee Aquarium and variety of parks and outdoor activities.
Even a short stop can be impactful on the community you visit.
All photography by Albert Bond