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Chattanooga, TN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 95
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,053
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 363
Committable Meeting Rooms* 31
Convention Center Space 185,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $140
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $60
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $275
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chattanooga, TN Meeting Planning Overview

Scenic Chattanooga offers a rugged natural beauty, modern amenities and Southern charm, all from a convenient central location in the Southeast. Located at the crossroads of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, Chattanooga is just two hours away from major metropolitans such as Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham. Situated where three major interstate highways (I-24, I-75, and I-59) meet, the city is an easy destination for guests traveling by car. At the same time, the first-class Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport offers direct flights to eight major cities without the stress of huge crowds and long delays.

Throughout its revitalized downtown and waterfront district, Chattanooga offers a wealth of first-class attractions that can easily serve as the backdrop to a memorable event. Make a splash by renting out private space at the renowned Tennessee Aquarium, which offers facilities for groups as large as 700 people. Sip cocktails among the works of American artists such as Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol at the Hunter Museum of American Art, which offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Or, invite guests to experience a piece of Southern history at the Gordon-Lee Mansion, the only building that was used during and survived the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

Certainly the headliner for meetings and conventions in the city is the modern Chattanooga Convention Center, which offers over 100,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms and a 19,000-square-foot ballroom. Best of all, planners can take advantage of this versatile facility with a clear conscious, as the center is involved in an ever-growing process of being green. In addition to a comprehensive recycling program, the Chattanooga Convention Center's cutting edge day lighting efforts allow natural light to fill its spaces. This both creates a more productive atmosphere and reduces the need for artificial lighting.

The convention center's green initiatives are just a few of the many ways Chattanooga has made environmental sustainability a priority. The city has established 25 miles of walking paths that preserve the area's natural beauty and allow for alternative transportation routes. Chattanooga also offers a free electric bus service to provide eco-friendly transportation to major downtown attractions. Additionally, the city has launched a new program to plant 1,500 trees in the central business district, thereby doubling its tree canopy and reducing its carbon footprint. Such initiatives promise to make Chattanooga a healthier, more beautiful destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Chattanooga's economy is built upon manufacturing and service industries. The city is home to the headquarters of such companies as BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Access America Transport, and The Chattanooga Bakery – the one and only manufacturer of the iconic MoonPie. Chattanooga is also home to a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Tennessee Temple University and the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine.

About Chattanooga, TN / Additional Info

Rugged natural beauty, family-friendly attractions and a captivating heritage make Chattanooga an ideal destination for a scenic vacation retreat. The 4th largest city in Tennessee, Chattanooga is situated on the banks of the Tennessee River and at the transition between the southwestern Valley and Ridge Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. This glorious natural landscape is complemented by a vibrant downtown district, full of fun attractions, world-class restaurants and a thriving arts scene.

Guests can start their stay in Chattanooga at the downtown section of brand new Riverwalk, a 13-mile paved path that lines the Tennessee River. Here, visitors find attractions such as the famed Tennessee Aquarium. Home to over 10,000 fresh and saltwater animals and marine life, the aquarium is the highest rated such venue in the country. Guests can also get an up close view of the water aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat, which ferries passengers on sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises past points of interest along the river. Green spaces such as Coolidge Park and Renaissance Park are another way to enjoy the great outdoors in the downtown area.

For an outdoor adventure further outside the city, guests can indulge in a number of recreational activities around Chattanooga. Plan a kayaking expedition or mountain biking trip through Outdoor Chattanooga's "Outventures" program. Guests can also challenge themselves on a white water rafting trip, offered by groups such as Quest Expeditions and Outland Expeditions. For a more leisurely experience outside, Chattanooga, which was named "One of the world's coolest places to run and walk" by Runner's World magazine, boasts a number of scenic trails, including the North Chickamunga Creek Greenway and Lookout Mountain Guild-Hardy Trail.

Opting for a hike along the Guild-Hardy Trail on Lookout Mountain will also lead guests to a number of Chattanooga's one-of-a-kind natural attractions. The mountain is also home to Ruby Falls, the largest and deepest waterfall in the nation that's open to the public. This 145-foot-tall waterfall hides more than 1,120 feet beneath the earth's surface. Also on Lookout Mountain is the popular Rock City Gardens, one of the best points in Chattanooga for scenic views. Spanning 14 acres, Rock City Gardens encompasses ancient rock formations, lush gardens and the picturesque Lover's Leap, from which visitors can get a view of seven surrounding states.

Once the sun sets below the mountains, Chattanooga continues to shine with its thrilling dining and entertainment scene. Restaurants feature everything from traditional Southern favorites of "meat and three" and pulled pork to Italian, Asian and other international fare. New fine dining options such as Public House and Table 2 mix with tried-and-true eateries such as Hennen's and 212 Market. Best of all, many of Chattanooga's restaurants make it easy to extend dinner into a night out: sip cocktails to the smooth sounds of jazz at Coltrane's on 9th; laugh until it hurts at the Comedy Catch and Giggles Grill; or kick back with a game of billiards or darts at the Chattanooga Billiard Club, just to name a few.

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