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Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

1. Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

Embark on a journey through Chattanooga's extensive transportation past on this derailed:trolley tour and train ride. Learn about the earliest days of horse-drawn carriages, the renowned train era in Chattanooga, the present era of the automobile, and the development of the electric vehicle. Uncover bits of local history during your Derailed tour at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. You'll encounter different means of transportation through history, such as the mountain incline railway vehicle from around 1948. This excursion includes a ride on the "Missionary ridge local" operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Chattanooga: Original Local Award-Winning Walking Ghost Tour

2. Chattanooga: Original Local Award-Winning Walking Ghost Tour

Experience Chattanooga's haunted history with the city's original, local, and only award-winning ghost tour. See ghost pictures former guests have gotten- not just orbs, but ecctoplasm, faces, and even full figures. We will even point out the best places for you to try to take your own spirited photos! Stroll through downtown as you hear about spirits who linger and why- whether because of happy memories or violent deaths. You may even hear about Chattanooga's very own Medea, and her son who continues to seek the justice that eluded him in life. Meet your guide at Chattanooga Ghost Tours' haunted steampunk shop, where you will be given a water to keep you hydrated, explore the animated creepy decor, and browse spooky souvenirs, from EMF detectors and other ghost hunting equipment to shirts, books & magnets, before embarking on your adventure with the specters. Stops include the Read House, Underground Chattanooga, a condemned sanitarium where several guests have seen supernatural activity and caught their shades on cell phone cameras, and more. With us, you won't be hearing about ghosts on the other side of town- you'll be hearing about the phantoms of the locations right before your eyes! We have been doing ghost tours since 2007, far longer than any other company in town, and want to share with you both the legends and our own experiences over the years. No one knows the inside details of a city's wraiths like a local!

Chattanooga: The Flash City Sightseeing Tour by Trolley

3. Chattanooga: The Flash City Sightseeing Tour by Trolley

Meet the guide in front of the Chattanooga Choo Choo and get on the trolley to explore the city in a vintage trolley. Listen to a briefing about the city's history before you depart and learn many interesting facts from your knowledgeable tour guide, who will accompany you throughout. After this, sit back and depart to make your way around the town. Delve into the culture and art of this city, and take in the scenic sights as well. Marvel at the architecture of the famous buildings, and take in all the local attractions. Finally, return to the starting point and get off. We will pick up and drop off in front of the Historic Chattanooga Choo Choo at 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga TN. You will learn the history of the Choo Choo before departing on your tour of the city to see its sights learn its history and explore its culture, art, architecture, scenic beauty, and much much more as you ride through town on a trolley narrated by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Chattanooga: City Trolley Tour with Coker Museum visit

4. Chattanooga: City Trolley Tour with Coker Museum visit

Maximize your time in Chattanooga and see all the city has to offer aboard a trolley with panoramic windows. Join this guided trip to discover the rich history and local landmarks of the area, with a fun visit to Coker Automotive Museum for the most incredible themed photo ops. Hop aboard your trolley and get to know the city, famous for its Civil War legacy, railroad heritage, and Lookout Mountain. Listen closely as your guide highlights all the great things to do in the city and shares tales of its 200-year history. Enjoy stops at the sculpture fields, a 33-acre space showcasing contemporary sculptures in grassy surroundings, and the Coker Automotive Museum. Pass by iconic sites such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Bluff View Art District, Coolidge Park, Chattanooga Zoo, the National Cemetery, and Engel Stadium.

Chattanooga: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

5. Chattanooga: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Unlock the deep dark history of Chattanooga and discover the spirits that still roam the city on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a tour full of ghosts and giggles that's suitable for adults and children alike. Meet your local guide at the meeting point to check in. Then, get an overview of the death and destruction of Chattanooga in the 1800s and early 1900s that left so many spirits to roam the city. From there, follow your guide through the city as you hear tales of crime and terror. Visit the largest unmarked grave site in Chattanooga, a former Union Hospital that has the most photographed ghost in the city, Fireman's Fountain where dinosaurs chased people down the sidewalks, and more. Admire glittering views of the golden Dome Building, listen to the story of the Courthouse Seance and Ghost of Vengeance, and discover the site of a Confederate Jail where tortured souls still prowl. Throughout the tour, pass by some of Chattanooga's most famous buildings like the Old Courthouse while exploring hidden gems, including Cooper's Alley. Snap away with your camera to capture ghostly pics during the tour, and finish off with a few laughs at some of Tennessee's stupidest laws.

Chattanooga: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

6. Chattanooga: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

Indulge in the macabre on this adult's only guided walking tour in Chattanooga. Immerse yourself in tales of dark spirits and terrible tragedies from Chattanooga's history. Hear about demons, monsters, blood-soaked grounds, and a centuries-old curse. Leave the kids at home and meet your guide at Miller Park for an evening of spooky delights. Stroll through the city with stops for stories at the newly renovated Miller Plaza Pavilion, the red-brick 'The Read House' hotel, and the old Mountain City Club which was built in 1889. Continue to the over a century-old 'Fischer Evans Jewelers' in downtown, and the Cherry Street Tavern. Discover the hidden secrets behind city highlights like the headquarters of the Double Cola Company and the Former Lee House. 

Shiloh Battlefield: Interactive Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Shiloh Battlefield: Interactive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Embark on a journey through the Shiloh National Military Park with a self-driving tour that brings the story of a pivotal Civil War battle to life. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center, where you'll set the stage for the epic battle that unfolded across these hallowed grounds. Next, pay homage to the brave at the Iowa State Monument before you visit Grant's Last Line, where you’ll hear of the steadfast resolve of Union troops. As you turn onto Confederate Road, you'll explore the critical misstep that altered the battle's course. Then you’ll pause by the Daughters of the Confederacy Monument and learn what the rebels hoped to accomplish on this battlefield. Next, stop by Duncan Field and hear about the courage of one of the Union regiments under fire. Continuing on, you’ll reach the Shiloh Church, where an unprepared General Sherman found himself faced with an overwhelming Confederate advance. After that, you’ll swing by Seay Field to see the site where fighting began, then learn how Union forces were forced into a chaotic retreat by the Confederate assault. Then you’ll pass a historic artillery formation and head straight towards the infamous 'Hornet's Nest', where the most intense fighting took place. Next, pay a visit to the Confederate Burial Trench, a stark reminder of the conflict's human cost. Then relive a dramatic Union counterattack at Jones Field before visiting the Tennessee State Memorial and the Texas State Monument. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to step beyond the Civil War for a while and discover the Shiloh Indian Mounds, revealing the area's ancient history. At last, you’ll head to Pittsburg Landing to hear about the final stages of the battle and its nation-altering aftermath. The tour concludes here, near the Shiloh National Cemetery.

Chattanooga: Ghosts of the Misty Mountains Walking Tour

8. Chattanooga: Ghosts of the Misty Mountains Walking Tour

Chattanooga may be known for its riverside charm and snazzy swing song, but the history of this Tennessee city is rife with violence, tragedy, and heartbreak. Come hear the spirits’ side of the story on a tell-all haunted walking tour by US Ghost Adventures. You’ll meet your guide by the 'High Four" Great Dane Statue between the entrance to the Walnut Street Bridge and The Ice Cream Show at 105 Walnut St. From there, you’ll visit seven other creepy, haunted locations, unlocking a new slice of history at each site. Delve into the tale of Dragging Canoe’s curse on Hales Bar Dam, try to contact the underground spirits of the 1867 flood, and pay tribute to the Cherokee tribe at the Trail of Tears memorial. Along the way, your guide will provide local tips and fun facts. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Chattanooga? Book a tour today, and unlock extras and specials by searching US Ghost Adventures, Chattanooga Haunts.

Chattanooga: A Spooky and Family-Friendly Walking Tour

9. Chattanooga: A Spooky and Family-Friendly Walking Tour

Discover thrilling ghost stories of Chattanooga on walking tour for the whole family. Visit historic locations which are tied to the Civil War, murders, and other sources of strange hauntings. Explore bizarre and supernatural history as you make your way to May's Urban Mansion and the Aquarium. Meet your guide at Ross landing and begin your journey into the city's eerie side. Take a stroll on scenic and lush Tennessee Riverwalk and hear about this area's dark side. Continue to the modernist Hunter Museum of American Art to listen to some uncanny tales. Head up the quaint Cherry Street to uncover its hidden side. Admire the romantic May's Urban Mansion and find out what makes it macabre. View the glass-roofed Tennessee Aquarium and stop for one last grisly story.

Chattanooga: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Self-Guided City Game

10. Chattanooga: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Self-Guided City Game

Looking for a family friendly activity? We can help you explore the city with our fun photo scavenger hunt. Using your smartphone, you'll be given a scavenger hunt list of items to find in the form of riddles and challenges to complete on our scavenger hunt app. You'll go look for the item described in the riddle, complete the accompanied challenge, and send in a photo to get points. Your points will show up on the app's leaderboard so you can see how you're doing compared to teams all across the country! Operation City Quest can be played in any city, no matter how big or small! Don't worry, you won't be alone. You'll have a remote host that will be communicating with you during your game via a chat feature on the app if you need help or have a question. They can also give you hints and additional *mystery* challenges! The goal of this interactive scavenger hunt is to find all the items, earn your way to the top of the leaderboard, and more importantly, to have fun with family and friends! Our games usually take about 2 hours and most teams walk around 2 miles during their scavenger hunt.

Our most recommended things to do in Chattanooga

Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

Embark on a journey through Chattanooga's extensive transportation past on this derailed:trolley tour and train ride. Learn about the earliest days of horse-drawn carriages, the renowned train era in Chattanooga, the present era of the automobile, and the development of the electric vehicle. Uncover bits of local history during your Derailed tour at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. You'll encounter different means of transportation through history, such as the mountain incline railway vehicle from around 1948. This excursion includes a ride on the "Missionary ridge local" operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Chattanooga: Original Local Award-Winning Walking Ghost Tour

Chattanooga: Original Local Award-Winning Walking Ghost Tour

Experience Chattanooga's haunted history with the city's original, local, and only award-winning ghost tour. See ghost pictures former guests have gotten- not just orbs, but ecctoplasm, faces, and even full figures. We will even point out the best places for you to try to take your own spirited photos! Stroll through downtown as you hear about spirits who linger and why- whether because of happy memories or violent deaths. You may even hear about Chattanooga's very own Medea, and her son who continues to seek the justice that eluded him in life. Meet your guide at Chattanooga Ghost Tours' haunted steampunk shop, where you will be given a water to keep you hydrated, explore the animated creepy decor, and browse spooky souvenirs, from EMF detectors and other ghost hunting equipment to shirts, books & magnets, before embarking on your adventure with the specters. Stops include the Read House, Underground Chattanooga, a condemned sanitarium where several guests have seen supernatural activity and caught their shades on cell phone cameras, and more. With us, you won't be hearing about ghosts on the other side of town- you'll be hearing about the phantoms of the locations right before your eyes! We have been doing ghost tours since 2007, far longer than any other company in town, and want to share with you both the legends and our own experiences over the years. No one knows the inside details of a city's wraiths like a local!

Chattanooga: The Flash City Sightseeing Tour by Trolley

Chattanooga: The Flash City Sightseeing Tour by Trolley

Meet the guide in front of the Chattanooga Choo Choo and get on the trolley to explore the city in a vintage trolley. Listen to a briefing about the city's history before you depart and learn many interesting facts from your knowledgeable tour guide, who will accompany you throughout. After this, sit back and depart to make your way around the town. Delve into the culture and art of this city, and take in the scenic sights as well. Marvel at the architecture of the famous buildings, and take in all the local attractions. Finally, return to the starting point and get off. We will pick up and drop off in front of the Historic Chattanooga Choo Choo at 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga TN. You will learn the history of the Choo Choo before departing on your tour of the city to see its sights learn its history and explore its culture, art, architecture, scenic beauty, and much much more as you ride through town on a trolley narrated by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Chattanooga: City Trolley Tour with Coker Museum visit

Chattanooga: City Trolley Tour with Coker Museum visit

Maximize your time in Chattanooga and see all the city has to offer aboard a trolley with panoramic windows. Join this guided trip to discover the rich history and local landmarks of the area, with a fun visit to Coker Automotive Museum for the most incredible themed photo ops. Hop aboard your trolley and get to know the city, famous for its Civil War legacy, railroad heritage, and Lookout Mountain. Listen closely as your guide highlights all the great things to do in the city and shares tales of its 200-year history. Enjoy stops at the sculpture fields, a 33-acre space showcasing contemporary sculptures in grassy surroundings, and the Coker Automotive Museum. Pass by iconic sites such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Bluff View Art District, Coolidge Park, Chattanooga Zoo, the National Cemetery, and Engel Stadium.

Chattanooga: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Chattanooga: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Unlock the deep dark history of Chattanooga and discover the spirits that still roam the city on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a tour full of ghosts and giggles that's suitable for adults and children alike. Meet your local guide at the meeting point to check in. Then, get an overview of the death and destruction of Chattanooga in the 1800s and early 1900s that left so many spirits to roam the city. From there, follow your guide through the city as you hear tales of crime and terror. Visit the largest unmarked grave site in Chattanooga, a former Union Hospital that has the most photographed ghost in the city, Fireman's Fountain where dinosaurs chased people down the sidewalks, and more. Admire glittering views of the golden Dome Building, listen to the story of the Courthouse Seance and Ghost of Vengeance, and discover the site of a Confederate Jail where tortured souls still prowl. Throughout the tour, pass by some of Chattanooga's most famous buildings like the Old Courthouse while exploring hidden gems, including Cooper's Alley. Snap away with your camera to capture ghostly pics during the tour, and finish off with a few laughs at some of Tennessee's stupidest laws.

Chattanooga: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

Chattanooga: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

Indulge in the macabre on this adult's only guided walking tour in Chattanooga. Immerse yourself in tales of dark spirits and terrible tragedies from Chattanooga's history. Hear about demons, monsters, blood-soaked grounds, and a centuries-old curse. Leave the kids at home and meet your guide at Miller Park for an evening of spooky delights. Stroll through the city with stops for stories at the newly renovated Miller Plaza Pavilion, the red-brick 'The Read House' hotel, and the old Mountain City Club which was built in 1889. Continue to the over a century-old 'Fischer Evans Jewelers' in downtown, and the Cherry Street Tavern. Discover the hidden secrets behind city highlights like the headquarters of the Double Cola Company and the Former Lee House. 

Shiloh Battlefield: Interactive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Shiloh Battlefield: Interactive Self-Guided Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Embark on a journey through the Shiloh National Military Park with a self-driving tour that brings the story of a pivotal Civil War battle to life. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center, where you'll set the stage for the epic battle that unfolded across these hallowed grounds. Next, pay homage to the brave at the Iowa State Monument before you visit Grant's Last Line, where you’ll hear of the steadfast resolve of Union troops. As you turn onto Confederate Road, you'll explore the critical misstep that altered the battle's course. Then you’ll pause by the Daughters of the Confederacy Monument and learn what the rebels hoped to accomplish on this battlefield. Next, stop by Duncan Field and hear about the courage of one of the Union regiments under fire. Continuing on, you’ll reach the Shiloh Church, where an unprepared General Sherman found himself faced with an overwhelming Confederate advance. After that, you’ll swing by Seay Field to see the site where fighting began, then learn how Union forces were forced into a chaotic retreat by the Confederate assault. Then you’ll pass a historic artillery formation and head straight towards the infamous 'Hornet's Nest', where the most intense fighting took place. Next, pay a visit to the Confederate Burial Trench, a stark reminder of the conflict's human cost. Then relive a dramatic Union counterattack at Jones Field before visiting the Tennessee State Memorial and the Texas State Monument. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to step beyond the Civil War for a while and discover the Shiloh Indian Mounds, revealing the area's ancient history. At last, you’ll head to Pittsburg Landing to hear about the final stages of the battle and its nation-altering aftermath. The tour concludes here, near the Shiloh National Cemetery.

Chattanooga: Ghosts of the Misty Mountains Walking Tour

Chattanooga: Ghosts of the Misty Mountains Walking Tour

Chattanooga may be known for its riverside charm and snazzy swing song, but the history of this Tennessee city is rife with violence, tragedy, and heartbreak. Come hear the spirits’ side of the story on a tell-all haunted walking tour by US Ghost Adventures. You’ll meet your guide by the 'High Four" Great Dane Statue between the entrance to the Walnut Street Bridge and The Ice Cream Show at 105 Walnut St. From there, you’ll visit seven other creepy, haunted locations, unlocking a new slice of history at each site. Delve into the tale of Dragging Canoe’s curse on Hales Bar Dam, try to contact the underground spirits of the 1867 flood, and pay tribute to the Cherokee tribe at the Trail of Tears memorial. Along the way, your guide will provide local tips and fun facts. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Chattanooga? Book a tour today, and unlock extras and specials by searching US Ghost Adventures, Chattanooga Haunts.

Chattanooga: A Spooky and Family-Friendly Walking Tour

Chattanooga: A Spooky and Family-Friendly Walking Tour

Discover thrilling ghost stories of Chattanooga on walking tour for the whole family. Visit historic locations which are tied to the Civil War, murders, and other sources of strange hauntings. Explore bizarre and supernatural history as you make your way to May's Urban Mansion and the Aquarium. Meet your guide at Ross landing and begin your journey into the city's eerie side. Take a stroll on scenic and lush Tennessee Riverwalk and hear about this area's dark side. Continue to the modernist Hunter Museum of American Art to listen to some uncanny tales. Head up the quaint Cherry Street to uncover its hidden side. Admire the romantic May's Urban Mansion and find out what makes it macabre. View the glass-roofed Tennessee Aquarium and stop for one last grisly story.

Chattanooga: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Self-Guided City Game

Chattanooga: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Self-Guided City Game

Looking for a family friendly activity? We can help you explore the city with our fun photo scavenger hunt. Using your smartphone, you'll be given a scavenger hunt list of items to find in the form of riddles and challenges to complete on our scavenger hunt app. You'll go look for the item described in the riddle, complete the accompanied challenge, and send in a photo to get points. Your points will show up on the app's leaderboard so you can see how you're doing compared to teams all across the country! Operation City Quest can be played in any city, no matter how big or small! Don't worry, you won't be alone. You'll have a remote host that will be communicating with you during your game via a chat feature on the app if you need help or have a question. They can also give you hints and additional *mystery* challenges! The goal of this interactive scavenger hunt is to find all the items, earn your way to the top of the leaderboard, and more importantly, to have fun with family and friends! Our games usually take about 2 hours and most teams walk around 2 miles during their scavenger hunt.

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Overall rating

4.7
(199 reviews)

I just reversed the comments so you may see this twice because I made a mistake with the tour titles. Jason was our tour guide on this trip- he picked my son Max to assist him today. He made max feel like a million dollar movie star. The history of the town was very well documented and the storyteller told it very well. I loved listening to his stories while we walked the city streets. We really enjoyed our time. This will be a great night activity for any and all ages.

This was absolutely the best!!! Jason our guide picked my son to be his assistant for the night. He made him feel like the star of the show ( a million dollar man) loved the tone of his voice thru the night while he told the wonderful stories. The history lesson was very well documented. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun night activity for all ages!

We enjoyed the tour very much. It was quite informative. I only wish that it had been made clear when we booked that the steam engine portion of the tour only operated on the weekend days. The trolly seats could use a bit more padding to make the ride more bearable. The guide was friendly, personable, and well informed.

Loved it!! Family had a wonderful time. Highly recommended to anyone traveling to Chattanooga.

Fantastic! The trolley guide knew so much- felt like I should be taking notes!