Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I’m so excited about sharing this post today, because I have written another travel post to share with you guys!
I think it’s absolutely hilarious that the only two travel posts I’ve done so far both have the prefix ‘Chatt.’ What are the odds?? xD
As you can see by the title, I’ll be talking about my visit to Chattanooga, TN with my family last month! I can’t wait to get into this. We’ve been a few times in the past, and this fun city never fails to make me happy. I love getting to experience all that Chattanooga has to offer (which is so much!), and it is very picturesque, which is a great bonus. Let’s get into this!
A Bit About The City
Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in Tennessee, and its official nickname is ‘Scenic City’ because of its reputation for outdoor activities. It is also full of history, intriguing building designs, and various attractions!
About My Experience
The day before my little brother’s 6th birthday, my family and I drove up to Chattanooga to celebrate with him. He wanted to visit the Creative Discovery Museum, which we went to a couple years ago and he really enjoyed it. Aside from a few traffic delays (it took us longer to get up there than we would have thought), he was so excited the whole way there!
When we got there, I took a group selfie before we split up. My mom planned to go with Samuel to the museum while the rest of us explored Chattanooga, and I wanted a picture of us before we parted. 🙂
Can you see little Elizabeth in the background? Haha she was exploring the grass!
I had fun taking a few pictures of her while she paid me no mind.
Once we were sure we had everything we needed to go exploring (and even then, we forgot one thing haha), Samuel and my mom headed for the museum, and my dad, Joshua, and I walked in the direction of the sidewalk leading into town, with me pushing Elizabeth in the stroller.
Like I mentioned previously, we have been to Chattanooga a few times before, so we pretty well know what it’s normally like. That’s why we were curious when we began noticing all of the bikers and runners in the area. My dad asked a guy we passed if there was some kind of convention going on, or something, and he told us that a half-Iron Man was being held in Chattanooga that weekend (we were there on a Thursday). I thought that was pretty cool, as we had no idea all those people were training for a triathlon!
Before long, I noticed something else: many of the bikers and runners were not from the United States. We passed a group of people talking excitedly in Italian, met a couple from Columbia, and encountered a few people from Chile. Those people we were seeing were from all around the world! That excited me further, as I have met very few people that aren’t American thus far in my life. I enjoyed figuring out what languages different people were speaking, and which flags belonged to which country. (I’m a geography nerd.)
We passed by a Mellow Mushroom restaurant as we wandered the streets, and the delicious aroma of pizza filled the air. I was tempted to go inside, even though I’d just had my lunch (lol), but I took a picture of this flower outside the building, instead.
We continued walking for a bit and stopped when we came to the Ben&Jerry’s ice cream shop. I had noticed it on prior visits, but we didn’t have the time to go then, so I’m glad we got to that time. My dad treated me and my brother to waffle cones, and Elizabeth got to try some of our ice cream, as well. The flavors I chose were strawberry and strawberry cheesecake. It was SO good!
Shortly after we finished up at Ben&Jerry’s, a parade began on the street just outside the shop. All the people from around the world were marching south, proudly waving their countries’ flags high in the air! I took a few pictures and happily watched the whole parade. The best picture I got was of two Guatemalan representatives (I think they were missionaries) carrying Guatemala’s bandera. ❤
We didn’t have much else we were planning to do after that, so when Joshua asked my dad if he’d pay for him (Joshua, haha) to rock climb at this really cool indoor climbing place on the same block as B&J’s, he agreed. We all went inside and, after signing up and signing
like ten a few wavers (that took maybe twenty minutes, it was crazy), Joshua got on his climbing shoes, went through the instruction course, and finally started climbing.
My favorite part of the whole place were the outside climbing walls.
The icy blue color makes it look like they’re made of ice!
While Joshua climbed on the higher levels and my dad watched, I sat with Elizabeth at the base of the wall pictured above. To go up to where they were, we would have had to have carried the baby stroller up another flight of stairs, lol, so I was fine to watch from a distance.
On the sidewalk below, a man got out his saxophone and began playing some awesome tunes that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. I didn’t want it to end. He didn’t seem to oppose having his picture taken, so I took one to remember him by.
Before long, Joshua came down to where Elizabeth and I were and agreed to carry the stroller up to where he was climbing so I could see. Once we were up there, I had fun watching him and taking artistic pictures (two of which I’ve shared below).
He totally looks like Spiderman in the above shot, haha!
When I pulled my gaze away from the walls that loomed above me, I was blown away by the wonderful view of the city right behind me, from that high point above the streets.
I was kind of nervous to be up so high, but the view was worth it.
And that was my afternoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Thank you so much for reading:) I had fun writing this! Let me know in the comments below: