Chattanooga is a nice, laid back city to have a relaxing girls’ weekend. Check out this itinerary for a fun girls’ weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you’re looking for girls’ trip ideas and don’t want the crazy party vibe of Nashville, then let me suggest Chattanooga as a low-key alternative! My friends and I did a girls’ trip to Chattanooga for our annual reunion, and we loved it!
Check out these girl’s trip to Chattanooga ideas for your perfect weekend getaway!
Travel Guide: Girl’s Weekend in Chattanooga
For our annual girls’ trip, my friends and I headed to Chattanooga for a weekend. Below, you’ll find everything we packed into our unforgettable weekend, including where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.
Things to Do on Your Chattanooga Girls’ Trip
1. See Rock City
Rock City is a classic things to do on your girls’ trip to Chattanooga.
This magical garden oasis is one of Chattanooga’s top attractions (even though it’s actually in Georgia). Take a stroll through the elaborate rock garden that’s designed around natural rock formations.
Rock City’s iconic Enchanted Trail follows a 4,100-foot path around and through these incredible rock formations. It’s 100% as enchanting as it sounds!
2. Visit Ruby Falls
Ruby Falls is a magnificent underground waterfall that is absolutely worth a visit on your Chattanooga girls’ trip!
Take a trip down into the caverns to see the 145-foot Ruby Falls waterfall. There are a bunch of unique rock formations in the cave, but the highlight is seeing the waterfall illuminated by colorful LED lights.
You’ll take an elevator down to the cave, and then it’s just a 1-mile walk round-trip. Be prepared to get a little dirty, though, because this is still a cave.
3. Explore the Hunter Museum of American Art
The Hunter Museum of American Art is the perfect place for you and the girls to enjoy the art and creativity of American artists.
Stroll through the collections that cover the Hudson River School, 19th century genre painting, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, early modernism, regionalism, and post-WWII modern and contemporary American art.
Don’t miss the sculptures outside the art museum as well, like the Wooden Horse and Tom Otterness’ Free Money.
4. Cross the Walnut Street Bridge
The Walnut Street Bridge is Chattanooga’s iconic blue pedestrian bridge spanning the Tennessee River. This is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.
You’ll get to the bridge at the end of Walnut Street by crossing the glass Holmberg Bridge from the Hunter Museum of Art.
Us the Walnut Street Bridge to cross over to the next stop, the Northshore.
5. Shop on the Northshore
The Northshore neighborhood is on the opposite side of the Tennessee River from Downtown Chattanooga.
On the Northshore, independently owned shops line the streets. The sidewalks are also imprinted with dance steps; in between shopping for used books and cute clothes, you can learn how to waltz!
This is the perfect place to do a little retail therapy and find a place to eat on your girls’ weekend in Chattanooga.
Top Chattanooga Tours
With so much to see, Chattanooga can be overwhelming for any first-time traveler. To take some of the stress out of planning your visit, opt for a guided tour! Check out this list of the top Chattanooga tours to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Tennessee.
- Murder & Mayhem Haunted History Tour
- Historic Downtown Chattanooga Segway Tour
- Downtown Chattanooga Food Tour
Where to Eat in Chattanooga During Your Girls’ Weekend
1. Maple Street Biscuit Company
For breakfast or lunch, head to the Maple Street Biscuit Company downtown for biscuit sandwiches and classic Southern sides. You’ll love their Retro Biscuits, Waffles, and Smashbrowns.
2. FEED Co. Table & Tavern
FEED Co. Table & Tavern has elevated comfort food and a lively bar. Their farm-fresh menu has items like Cornmeal Fried Catfish and Smoked Chicken Penne. This is also a great spot for brunch.
Alleia is a local Italian restaurant that’s perfect for a classy girls’ night out. You’ll be instantly transported to Tuscany, with menu items like Gnocchi with Chicken Sausage and their Bacon Wrapped Qual Breast.
4. Hello Monty
Hello Monty is the perfect brunch spot. Try their brunch burrito or the Monty French Toast. They’re also a great option for dinner and drinks with their happy hour food deals and great cocktails.
Cashew is a plant-based, vegan cafe on the Northshore that’s a great lunch spot. They have sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, and tea. Try the Jack Fruit BBQ Nachos and their Philly Cheesesteak.
Where to Stay for your Girls’ Weekend in Chattanooga
Chattanooga has plenty of options for staying at a hotel or in a vacation rental. I’ve done both, and they’re both great options depending on what you’re looking for.
Vacation rentals are a great choice for big groups so you have plenty of space for you and your friends.
Accommodation in Chattanooga can be expensive, even when you’re looking at vacation rentals and splitting the cost six ways. We found a very cute farmhouse that was built in the 1990s but made in the style of an 1860s farmhouse. So you can definitely find some really great vacation rentals when you get out of downtown!
Hotel rooms are perfect for smaller groups. There are tons of trendy and boutique hotels in Downtown Chattanooga. The Chattanoogan Hotel, the Moxy Chattanooga Downtown, and the Read House are top choices.
Mapping Out Your Chattanooga Girls’ Weekend
Ready to explore Chattanooga, Tennessee with your friends? Use the map below to help plan out your girls’ weekend in Chattanooga itinerary.
I hope this post helps you plan an amazing weekend getaway to Chattanooga with your besties!
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Ready to visit Chattanooga, Tennessee? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book Your Flight: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Chattanooga using Hotels.com.
- Start Packing: Make sure you’ve packed everything you need with my packing list resources.
How would you spend a girls’ weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee? Let me know in the comments!