Made famous by the Glenn Miller song the ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’ (sure you know it just google it), the city is based in Tennessee, USA. It’s known for sweeping views and outdoor activities, and is a great place to go for fans of Thomas the tank engine, as there’s much about trains going on!
Where to stay?
When in town there’s only one place to stay – the Chatanooga Choo-Choo hotel, of course!
Now converted into a tourist destination and hotel, the Chatanooga terminal station was first opened in 1909, during the golden age of railroads.
Today it still stands proudly, welcoming visitors from around the world. The complex boasts on-site dining, retail shops, tranquil rose gardens and much more.
There are two choices for accommodation, the first is the Macarthur building – a spacious space for larger families looking for comfort and respite.
But for fun, you have to stay in the restored sleeper carriages in the Pullman train cars. Here you will enjoy the full experience of the fast lane, with all modern anmities includes
What to do?
There’s plenty to do in the area – from beautiful walks with scenic views, to wine and whiskey tasting for the grown up’s.
If you’re brave enough, there’s hang gliding from the mountains. Or if you prefer a picnic, then there’s plenty of outdoor parks to enjoy, check out their map here.
The little tikes will love the Tennessee Aquairum – home to marine life of all sorts and maybe they will even find nemo!
Or you may want to take in one of the nation’s largest collections of American art at the Hunter Museum of American Art which includes emerging artists too.
Where to eat?
There’s tons of family friendly restaurants, including Uncle Larrys restaurant, known for fish and the Maple Street Biscuit company – serving up biscuits American style (not what youre thinking!)
For some home cooking, Southern style the Feed Company cook up some of the most delicious treats, while Tupelo Honey Is another great choice – with lots to choose from on th menu, even for picky eaters.
Of course kids love pizza, so head over to a local favourite ‘Lupis Pizza Pies’ where you can even design your own pizza!
Train toys at the ready- complete your kids experience with the Munchy Play Choo-Choo plate, with its built-in train track for play!
When and how to visit?
April and May or October and November are great times to visit with kids. The weather is comfortably warm and welcoming.
British Airways operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Nashville, starting at £641.
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