Lonely Planet, the travel guidebook company, lists Chattanooga at third on its top 10 list of U.S. destinations for 2018.
Only California's Redwood Coast (No. 1) and Boise, Idaho beat out the Scenic City on the list.
Lonely Planet's Chattanooga entry reads,
Once little more than a pit stop between Atlanta and Nashville, the nature-centric 'Noog has transformed itself into a bastion of elevated Southern living. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Chattanooga for some of the best rock climbing in the country, myriad hiking and mountain biking trails and wild rides on the Ocoee River – one of America's top spots for whitewater rafting.
Foodies, hopheads and techies aren't far behind, either. Chattanooga's revitalized downtown – centered on the $20-million makeover of the city's signature train station into a multi-purpose nightlife and entertainment destination (including a world-class guitar museum) – is rife with pilgrimage-worthy New Southern cuisine, thirst-quenching breweries and techie-pleasing internet speeds. Meet the New South!
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet recommended the California Redwood coast region, which includes Redwood National Park, as a place to "lose all track of time" - along with your cell signals. This year the national park marks 50 years since it was founded.
Second on the list was Boise, Idaho, which Lonely Planet described as epitomizing "what cool looks like before the rest of the world has figured it out."
Filling out the rest of the top 10 list were Florida's Space Coast, which includes NASA's Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral; Cincinnati; Maine's midcoast; Richmond, Virginia; Kentucky bourbon country; Minneapolis and southeastern Utah.