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Old 04-15-2007, 07:10 AM
 
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We went down to Chattanooga a couple of weekends ago. What a fun place! We were mostly in the riverfront area (Bluff View?), but we managed to kill most of an afternoon there.


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Chattanooga Aquarium
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Hunter Museum
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:26 AM
 
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I think the river factor makes Chattanooga and Nashville the top choices. Memphis has the most potential, but it seems to have lost its lustre.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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JMarkey! Thank you so much! I'm always going on and on about how gorgeous Chattanooga is, but without photos it is hard to get my point across! Spendid!
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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Those are fantastic pictures of Chattanooga! It really is a beautiful city. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:21 AM
 
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I'm so glad you liked them! We really need to go back. It was kind of a spur of the moment trip and I still want to get to Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls. It wasn't a very organized day, but we had a good time. Chattanooga is so easy to get around in.

That being said, I still like Knoxville better. Some places you just feel comfortable in right from the start. Our next outing (on a weekend with better weather) is the Ijams Nature Center. And I need to go back to the zoo. Knoxville has a great zoo. I also want to do the Star of Knoxville riverboat ride and I haven't even started on museums. We've been here close to a year and feel like we've hardly scratched the surface on things to do in the area!
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Great pictures!! Thanks for sharing. It has been about 15 years since I have been in Chatt, looks like things have changed A LOT! Hubby and I are talking about taking the boys there this summer for one of our weekend trips.
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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You know, those pics prove the point that you can't judge a city by driving by it. You have to actually explore the city to see how beautiful it is. I have driven through TN to get to MN from FL, and didn't see a whole lot. (what can you see when driving 70 mph anyways Its more like a "drive by" viewing.) After visiting, I have a totally different perspective of TN and absolutely love it! Good job everyone!
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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great pics--thanks for posting! Hard to believe I was there only a couple of weeks ago standing in most of the same spots you were and snapping pictures.

I really liked the downtown area, and can easily imagine hanging out there with friends & family. Now we just need to get some of each up there
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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That being said, I still like Knoxville better. Some places you just feel comfortable in right from the start.
That's funny, so do I. I love the downtown... it's not as flashy or colourful, but... for some reason it's just automatically familiar to me.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I don't consider Chattanooga to be flashy. What I consider it to be is an incredible revitalization project. Are you aware that in 1969, Walter Cronkite called it the filthiest city in the country? Or something like that.

Knoxville, well, they are desperately trying to revive Market Square. It has been an uphill battle. Go see the Farmer's Market. It is practically non-existent. And this is suppose to be a thriving city.

And let's talk about Market Square. The two best cheerleaders and investors in the square were busted as huge pot distributors. That has been going on for the past year. They were hauled away by the Feds. They were the great hope of the area and they are gone. Last I heard, the feds will auction off the properties, and they were the linchpins in the square. And no one, not anyone, has ever mentioned this.

Incredible.
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