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Outdoor Chattanooga
We can talk to you about the outdoors until we're blue in the face - We live it! We breath it! We love it! The outdoors flows through our veins; we eat and breathe it. To top it off, we live, work and play in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the most incredible places to experience the great outdoors. Outside Magazine wrote an article claiming Chattanooga to be one of the Top 10 Cities to Live, Work & Play.  Information about outdoor activities and events in the Greater Chattanooga region. 
  

Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX 3-D Theater
Fishing for compliments? Look no further than the spring 2003 issue of Southern Living Favorites, where the Tennessee Aquarium is listed as the South?s favorite aquarium.
    
?Getting a first place Readers? Choice Award is like getting a thumbs-up from thousands of our traveling readers,? said Karen Lingo, Southern Living senior writer. ?Readers tell us their favorites, then we tally the results and share the top choices with other readers.?
    
The survey asked readers to vote for their favorite places to dine, play, visit, and stay in 2002. More than 28,000 responses were tallied. This is the first time the Tennessee Aquarium moved up to first place, after tying for second place last year.
    
In the favorite "Weekend Destination with Kids" category, Chattanooga came in third in the country behind first-place Walt Disney World and barely 100 votes shy of second-place Orlando, Florida.
    
"We're thrilled that the readers of Southern Living chose Chattanooga and our Aquarium as favorites," said Bob Doak, President/CEO of the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Chattanooga's appeal to families with its kid-friendly attractions, variety of hotels and unique restaurants helps us draw in millions of visitors each year. And with the completion of the 21st Century Waterfront plan, including the Aquarium?s new building, reasons to visit Chattanooga will increase that much more.

See Rock City
Take an unforgettable journey high atop Lookout Mountain! Enjoy the quiet woodland paths and gardens. Discover ancient rock formations. Explore the 400 species of plants, flowers and shrubs. Each step is a discovery! Cast your wish upon the 140-foot high falls. Stand mightily upon world-famous Lover's Leap and wrap yourself in the magnificent view. Wind your way through massive rock boulders and caverns. Magical adventures await you! Be Adventurous!

 

Ruby Falls
The truly amazing feature of the Lookout Mountain caves is not the many and varied formations which you see, but rather in the large vertical shaft at the end of the main passage. A flowing underground stream falls from the very top of this shaft 145 feet into a pool on the floor of the cave. The size of the waterfall depends on the amount of rainfall. Water from Ruby Falls flows back through the cave and then down another waterfall (which is inaccessible) and into the Tennessee River.

 

  
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Between 1890 and 1899 the Congress of the United States authorized the establishment of the first four national military parks: Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Shiloh, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The first and largest of these, and the one upon which the establishment and development of most other national military and historical parks was based, was Chickamauga and Chattanooga. It owes its existence largely to the efforts of General H.V. Boynton and Ferdinand Van Derveer, both veterans of the Army of the Cumberland, who saw the need for a national park to preserve and commemorate these battlefields during a visit to the area in 1888.