During the American Civil War, Chattanooga was a major railroad station and at the centre of a number of pitched battles. These battles are remembered through numerous battlefield parks and Civil War attractions located in and around the city. In more modern times, the city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its once dilapidated downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront.

An early cornerstone of this project was the restoration of the historic Walnut Street Bridge,which is now the world`s longest pedestrian bridge. Attractions here include Rock City (home to Rock City Gardens which features a 4100ft walking trail, a 90 foot waterfall, a 180-foot long suspension bridge, and Lover`s Leap where you can “see seven states.” Ruby Falls (a thundering 145 foot waterfall inside Lookout Mountain). The Tennessee Aquarium which features two buildings, “Ocean Journey” and “River Journey.” The River Journey focuses on freshwater environments, carrying you through mountains forests, swamps, valley and lakes, both in the Tennessee Valley and throughout the world. Some of the special attractions are the seahorses and otters.

The Ocean Journey building, a recent addition to the campus, offers opportunity to touch stingrays, visit a butterfly garden and see sharks. The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Choo Choo Holiday Inn (home to a variety of shops and dining options on the 35 acre complex, the world`s largest model railroad setup showing a scale version of the Chattanooga valley, an authentic 1880`s steam engine (the only one of its type in the area)), and the beautifully restored Terminal Station. There are many other activities and attractions to be found here including excellent accommodation and first class dining in the cities many restaurants.

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