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An annual Gallery Hop, hosted by Association for Visual Arts, takes residents and visitors through downtown’s art galleries and local artists’ studios.
The quality of life in Chattanooga is unmatched. Twice-voted “Best Town Ever” by Outdoor magazine readers, the Chattanooga area is home to expansive public parks and greenways, a flourishing arts scene, shopping and dining options, and numerous, nationally acclaimed attractions. Chattanooga neighborhoods are not only full of character but also conveniently located near award-winning amenities. Publications including The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun have featured Chattanooga’s affordable neighborhoods, local food scene, and beautiful attractions, reinforcing the Scenic City as the ideal place to live, work, and play.
Natural beauty surrounds Chattanooga. Many neighborhoods have a view of the surrounding mountains, and with 4,800 acres of public parks, residents are never far from beautiful green spaces. Thirty-five miles of greenways connect neighborhoods with picnic tables, play areas, public art, memorials, amphitheaters, and more. Within an hour of Chattanooga, six state parks totaling 50,000 acres are available for residents to enjoy.
The local arts scene encompasses performing arts, visual arts, music festivals, aspiring local entertainers, and more. Organizations such as ArtsBuild and the Association for Visuals Arts (AVA) offer private and public support for the continued advancement of the arts. Mic, a media company focused on news for millennials, ranked Chattanooga as the 7th best city for the young and artistically inclined.
Neighborhoods are only a short drive from large shopping centers, and many neighborhoods contain their own shopping areas with chic boutiques and unique gift shops. Downtown residents have easy access to Warehouse Row and Two North Shore as well as interstates that lead to major shopping centers. The North Shore and the Southside offer eclectic boutiques for the casual and most selective shoppers. Northgate Mall and big box stores on Highway 153 offer residents of Hixson and Soddy-Daisy easy access to numerous shopping venues. Hamilton Place Mall, with more than 200 stores, provides numerous shopping options to East Brainerd, Ooltewah, Collegedale, and Apison residents. Bradley Square Mall and downtown Cleveland offer convenient shopping choices as well.
Residents are a short distance from popular attractions and historical sites. From the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum downtown to Rock City and Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain to preserved Cherokee reservation sites and Civil War memorials throughout the area, locals can easily take advantage of all the fun and educational experiences Chattanooga has to offer.
Dining options abound in the Chattanooga area. From national favorites to popular local eateries, the food and drink scene in Chattanooga varies from Southern comfort food to fine dining and authentic ethnic cuisine. National publications have featured Chattanooga as a popular destination for foodies, and New York-based online travel guide Zagat featured eight of Chattanooga’s top eateries in the article “8 New Reasons to Drive to Chattanooga.” Local favorites can be found in just about every neighborhood.