I grew up in the Southeastern U.S., so Chattanooga has long been one of my favorite spots for a weekend getaway. However, this riverside city is now becoming even more popular with tourists from other parts of the country. If you’re like me and are always looking for the perfect opportunities for a picture in a new city, check out my favorite photo spots in Chattanooga before your trip.
1. The Polka Dot Wall
I’m a huge fan of murals, and this polka dot mural in Chattanooga is the epitome of gorgeous street art! Professional photographers and tourists alike flock to this spot for vibrant snaps. So, where can you find this mural? It’s directly across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in an alleyway.
2. Lover’s Leap (Lookout Mountain)
Lover’s Leap is one of the most famous attractions within Rock City Gardens, located on Lookout Mountain. At the very top, you are actually high enough to see seven states at once: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Both the gorgeous path to reach this view and the greenery surrounding it make this a popular spot for photos.
3. The Dwell Hotel
The Dwell Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the Southeast. From its vibrant pops of color to its retro furniture, this place will have you feeling like you’re in a different decade. Its unique interior design has caught the eye of many an Instagrammer wandering through Chattanooga. For a fancy getaway in the city, I definitely recommend staying at the Dwell Hotel. Also, make sure to stop by the hotel’s swanky cocktail bar, the Matilda for a drink before a night out on the town.
4. Walnut Street Bridge
On a sunny day, you’ll find hundreds of people come out to walk or run the Walnut Street Bridge. Connecting downtown Chattanooga to the North Shore, this bridge can be easily spotted due to its bright blue color. If you’re planning to be in the city in October, make sure not to miss the Wine over Water wine tasting festival! At this event, you can actually sample different wines while strolling the bridge and enjoying the scenery.
5. Ruby Falls
For those who are fans of waterfalls, this is a must-see attraction. Located deep inside Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls was discovered by excavators in 1928 and then opened to the public in 1930. During your tour, you’ll learn all about the beautiful rock formations within the cave. Ruby Falls itself is located in the dome room known as “Solomon’s Temple”, where guests will view a stunning light display. If the picture itself doesn’t convince you to visit, know that this area forms one of the deepest commercial caves in the country.
6. Julie Darling Doughnuts
Putting a donut shop on this list may seem random, but I assure you, Julie Darling absolutely deserves its spot. With donuts such as Granny’s Apple Pie, Pancakes and Bacon, Key Lime Pie, and Salted Caramel, these sweets are not only delicious, but also photo worthy. Even if you’re not big on desserts, I’d encourage you to give Julie Darling a try. Fun fact: there’s a pink wall outside of the shop where everyone likes to stop and take pictures!
I was offered a discounted media price to stay at the Dwell Hotel. Nonetheless, all opinions are my own.