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Meet Chattanooga

Meet Chattanooga: historical, outdoorsy, and one of the South’s hippest digital nomading hubs.

Nicknamed the “Scenic City” Chattanooga is an under-the-radar destination for the outdoor-loving nomad. The Tennessee River winds its way right through the city’s downtown and there are a full ten miles of trails for runners, cyclists, and hikers to enjoy. Then there are the ominous cliffs flanking the river just outside of town; the sandstone walls draw climbers from around the country (and the world) with wide cracks that are forgiving enough for beginners but still challenging for experts. Chattanooga was recently rated as America’s “Best Town” by Outside Magazine, a publication focused on outdoor recreation with tens of thousands of environmentally-conscious subscribers. Climbers, cyclists, hikers, and kayakers all love the recreational opportunities that Chattanooga offers, and without the costs that come with living in the Pacific Northwest or New England. For many years, Chattanooga had a less than desirable image. In the 1960s, its residents were choking on smog from numerous coal-fired power plants; it was referred to as the dirtiest city in America. Change came in the 1990s when the city started running an all-electric shuttle bus. Then came an extensive cycling path network, and Bike Chattanooga, a bike-sharing program. Today, all but five of those coal plants have been decommissioned, and the city received multiple awards for improvements in air quality. The city made a 180-degree transformation.

Where to live in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is a fairly small city, and getting from one end to the other doesn’t take long if you’ve got a car. Though none of its neighborhoods are very well connected via public transportation (it lacks a light rail system), so living near a train stop won’t factor into your housing decisions. For the most part, you just need to decide what you want to be near. Are you someone that will take advantage of the nightlife downtown, or will the traffic hinder your ability to get out of the city and into nature?

Best Neighborhoods in Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s neighborhoods are incredibly diverse, and each has something special to offer the location independent worker. Tech workers and start-up entrepreneurs will love the fast-paced lifestyle found downtown, while more laid back nomads can appreciate the quieter way of life found along the river and further from the central core.

City Center

The City Center in downtown Chattanooga is simply the place to be if you want the best of the city just outside your front door. You'll find plenty of art, music, dining, shopping. City Center is one of the most popular Chattanooga neighborhoods and the best place to experience our city's unique traditions.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Chattanooga. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

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Chattanooga Hotel


Quick Facts About Chattanooga

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Work in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is the perfect place for entrepreneurs: cost of living is relatively low (so you’re free to take some risks), there’s a strong start-up mentality (the city has undergone some massive transformations in the past couple decades), and you’ll find plenty of young, like-minded people to collaborate with. That being said, outside of the digital nomad hotspots, you may receive some puzzled looks while explaining your location independent lifestyle.

How good is Chattanooga for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Chattanooga. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Chattanooga for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Chattanooga

A relatively small metropolitan area like Chattanooga doesn’t exactly scream foodie paradise, but you’d be surprised with all that the Scenic City has to offer. For quality South American and Caribbean dishes, try Conga Latin Food - they’re pupusas are to die for, just watch out for the uber spicy sauces. For German food, there’s the Brewhaus, where you can grab a pretzel dipped in homemade mustard or a sauerkraut covered sausage to go with a delicious European ale. You can’t visit the south without indulging in some BBQ, and a buffet of delicious options line Market Street. For slow-cooked pork, try Moe’s Original BBQ, but if ribs and wings are more your style, Sticky Fingers is sure to leave you with a full and happy belly. For a no-frills experience, check out the Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe at the base of Lookout Mountain. Just good meats and sides, served on paper plates, with stunningly beautiful scenery. Need a cold one after a hard day at the office? Chattanooga has one of Tennessee’s best beer scenes. The Chattanooga Brewing Company traces its roots back to the 1890s when they brewed classic German-style beers. Prohibition ended its tenure, but the brewery reopened nearly a century later. It’s a relaxing space where patrons feel comfortable bringing their dogs and on Tuesday evenings there’s even a yoga class to help you unwind. There’s also Oddstory Brewing Company, Wanderlinger Brewing Company, and Hutton & Smith Brewing Company, which are all near the downtown innovation district. You’ll never have trouble finding a good pint in Chattanooga.



Top 6 Things To Do in Chattanooga

Chattanooga has an excellent mix of urban and outdoor activities to enjoy, with most of them being just a few minutes from the downtown area. The first stop for almost anyone visiting the Scenic City is Lookout Mountain, an imposing ridge overlooking the city. Several excellent hiking trails summit the mountain, ranging from easy strolls that take less than an hour to challenging ascents that take the better part of a day. At its summit is Rock City Park, a spectacularly beautiful space that many describe as a tourist trap. Billboards (actually the sides of barns) throughout the area beckon visitors to the park, with a claim to fame that you can see mountains in seven different states from the park (this claim was made before air pollution limited visibility). It’s very developed and might not be to the taste of serious nature lovers, but the massive boulders and Lover’s Leap waterfall are undeniably beautiful. Chattanooga might be a few hundred miles from the nearest ocean, but the Tennessee Aquarium is one of the best places in the U.S. to learn about marine life. Nearly 800 species can be found there, everything from catfish out of the Tennessee River to massive ocean-dwelling manta rays. Many of the exhibits let you get up close with the animals and an informative app provides loads of information for each species. For a pleasant weekend stroll, head to the Bluff View Arts District, between the Market St and Veteran’s Memorial Bridges in the downtown area. At its core is the Hunter Art Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the Southeast. Featuring exhibits from the impressionist era, the Hudson River School, and modern art genre, this one has enough variety to keep any art lover interested. After a long day of gallery viewing, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee at Rembrant’s Coffee House or a warm pretzel from Bluff View Bakery.

Downtown Chattanooga



International Towing & Recovery Museum

3315 Broad St, Chattanooga


Audubon Acres

900 N Sanctuary Rd, Chattanooga


Chattanooga National Cemetery

1200 Bailey Ave, Chattanooga


Ruby Falls

1720 Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga


Ross's Landing

201 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga