Chattanooga is a mid sized city of a little less than 200,000 people and has recently gained regional attention because of it's massive revitalization. In the 1970's it was the most polluted city in the United States, and now it's got a new multi hundred million dollar riverfront and has been acclaimed by Plenty magazine as one of the top four eco-friendly destinations in the world.

The city played a major role in the Trail of Tears (a forced removal of thousands of Native Americans), the Civil War, and the early tourism industry in the United States . Lately its location on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau has made it a mecca for outdoor sports. Some other top attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium (largest freshwater aquarium in the world), Rock City, and the Hunter Museum (largest collection of American art in the South).