Few cities in America are surrounded by more natural beauty than Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nicknamed the "Scenic City," Chattanooga comes at the point where Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia meet, and it is nestled in a valley in the southeastern part of the state between the Cumberland and Appalachian mountain ranges. On the north of the city is Signal Mountain, and on the south is Lookout Mountain. Chattanooga lies on the Tennessee River's two banks at Moccasin Bend. Because there are interstate highways and multiple railroads, there is easy access to this city that has much to offer residents and tourists alike. For the tourists, there are numerous hotels, even one converted from a railroad terminal, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. There are also shuttle buses to transport visitors and residents to spots of interest conveniently and to work.
With its scenic settings, historic Civil War battlefields and the Appalachian Trail, Chattanooga draws many people to the area. Additionally, the city hosts events such as the Riverbend Festival, a music festival of nine nights that ranks in the top 10% of all American festivals. There is also the Fall Color Cruise and Haunted History Walking Tours, during which visitors are taken into haunted places connected to the darker history of Chattanooga. Guides narrate intriguing stories of ghosts as they point out locations. Another event at this time is the adult ghost hunt in Citizens' Cemetery, using temperature and laser guns, along with a paranormal communication device.
Another popular event is the Bessie Smith Strut, an event with a parade and stage performances. With Chattanooga's children's Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium, the city has much appeal for visitors and residents alike. Chattanooga also has the Incline Railway, a sloped cabled railway. The Incline is the steepest passenger railway in the world, and it transports people up historic Lookout Mountain. In operation since 1895, the Incline is now a National Historic site. Tourists can ride and then visit the machine room to see the giant gears working. For outdoor enthusiasts, Chattanooga has hang-gliding, mountain climbing and caving expeditions. The lush and beautiful Smoky Mountains have a wider variety of flora in the Tennessee River watershed than in any other area of the United States.
Along with the city's beauty, a stable economy and a renovated downtown, Chattanooga has made people eager to live there. Although the cost of living is slightly higher than in other cities of Tennessee, the cost of housing in Chattanooga is lower than the national average. Recognition has been given to this city for its livability, along with awards for excellence in consolidated planning and housing. In the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, goods and services match the average in Tennessee, but they are lower compared to the nationwide average.