I’m really excited to interview Nick True of Mapped Out Money about Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nick’s tips for the best things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee are great they offer a little something for everyone. The way Nick describes Chattanooga, no wonder that its nickname is The Scenic City.
Chattanooga, Tennessee is located in the eastern part of Tennessee along the border with Georgia. It sits in a valley between two large mountains and the Tennessee River runs through it. Lonely Planet named Chattanooga one of the top 10 destinations you need to see in 2018. They specifically mentioned the natural attractions, including some of the best rock climbing in the country.
Nick calls Chattanooga “eclectic” because the city has so many diverse attractions that appeal to wide variety of people. The outdoors, the local college, the art scene, the budding tech hub, and the craft breweries & distilleries. Locals call the city “Nooga” for short.
There are a few main areas of town – Downtown, North Shore, Southside, and St Elmo.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Chattanooga Fun, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
Best places to stay in Chattanooga
When you come to this little slice of outdoor heaven, here are the best places to stay in Chattanooga.
- Best Western Royal Inn (reviews) – This Best Western Rewards category 3 hotel is 16,000 points per night.
- Bluff View Inn (reviews) – Overlooks the Tennessee River that runs through the heart of Chattanooga and offers great views.
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain (reviews) – This Radisson Rewards category 3 hotel is 28,000 points per night.
- Chattanooga Choo Choo (reviews) – A former train station converted into a hotel. They offer the unique option of staying in a train car.
- Days Inn by Wyndham Chattanooga Lookout Mountain West (reviews) – All Wyndham Rewards hotels are 15,000 points per night.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga Downtown (reviews) – This Hilton Honors category 5 hotel is 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.
- Mayor’s Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast (reviews) – For parents with young children, please note that they require children to be 8 years or older.
- Residence Inn by Marriott Chattanooga Downtown (reviews) – This Marriott Rewards category 4 hotel is 20,000 to 30,000 points per night. I like that it is close to the river and family-friendly activities.
- Staybridge Suites Chattanooga Downtown – Convention Center (reviews) – This IHG Rewards category 4 hotel is 25,000 points per night.
- The Dwell Hotel (reviews) – If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, this Design Hotels member of Marriott Rewards is a category 5 hotel that is 30,000 to 40,000 points per night.
- The Read House (reviews) – Formerly the Crutchfield House built in 1847. It burned down and rebuilt as the Read House in 1872. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, it has recently undergone a $28 million renovation and reopened in Fall 2018.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Nick True about Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Green dots = best things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Who is Nick True?
Nick True is a former mechanical engineer that left his job and now travels with his wife and two dogs in an Airstream. His website Mapped Out Money focuses on teaching young adults how to manage money and get ahead with your finances so that you are never, ever stuck.
Here are a couple of articles that he’s written:
- 3 Reasons You Should Stop Budgeting by the Month
- Financial Freedom is a Choice Not a Gift
- Being Entitled Makes You Poor
As you can tell, his writing is all about making the right choices in life to move one step closer to your goals. Here’s one of his recent videos.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Adam Sterling of The Sterling Traveler invites us to watch the living art of the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
What’s your favorite part of Chattanooga? Let us know in the comment section below or continue the discussion in our Facebook group!
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