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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

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Chickamauga National Battlefield picture in Chattanooga
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Along with natural attractions and a notable role in history of the rail industry, Chattanooga is very well-known for being a Civil War battleground. The Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is the oldest and largest of America's Civil War parks, encompassing land north and south of the Tennessee-Georgia border. During the Civil War, Chattanooga was considered to be an attractive area for its railroads and location, earning the title of the "Gateway of the Deep South." In 1843, battles broke out in various areas in Chickamauga and Chattanooga, with both the Union and Confederate troops experiencing victories and losses.

The park is headquartered at Chickamauga, Georgia, which is about 9 miles south of downtown Chattanooga. Visitors looking to stay in Tennessee are still within reach of many important war sites, including Orchard's Knob, the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Signal Point, Lookout Mountain and various areas along the Missionary Ridge. Those with a tight itinerary (and who already have plans to visit either Ruby Falls, Rock City or ride the Incline Railway), should visit Point Park, the site of the "Battle Above the Clouds" and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum at Lookout Mountain.

Recent travelers were impressed by the preservation of the national park and appreciated the amount of information available to visitors, both laid throughout the park and within the visitors center. Some travelers recommended taking a tour with a park ranger, as their narration made the sites come alive. National park rangers offer a variety of free guided tours at Lookout Mountain battle sites and Chickamauga during the summer. The Chickamauga section of the park is free, but there is a $5 fee to enter Point Park for adults, while children younger than 16 can visit for free. The Chickamauga & Chattanooga national parks open at 6 a.m. and close at sunset year-round. The Chickamauga Battleground visitors center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Lookout Mountain Battleground visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. For more information, visit the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park website

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#1 Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Along with natural attractions and a notable role in history of the rail industry, Chattanooga is very well-known for being a Civil War battleground. The Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military ... Read more » David Brossard / Flickr

#2 Tennessee Aquarium The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the world's largest freshwater aquariums, and easily Chattanooga's biggest attraction, contributing more than $100 million to the city's economy annually. And ... Read more » Charles B. Rich / Getty Images

#3 Bluff View Art District Those who find themselves beat after traversing the city's many natural attractions should consider taking a stroll through the charming Bluff View Art District. Situated atop a bluff overlooking ... Read more » Courtesy of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

#4 Chattanooga Choo Choo To the naked eye, the Chattanooga Choo Choo may look like just another hotel, but what lies within the building's old brick walls is a history so rich it ... Read more » Gillet's Crossing / Flickr

#5 Rock City Gardens This popular 4,100-foot path located on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain offers attractions to appease many different types of travelers. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy weaving through the tall ... Read more » Antipunk / Getty Images

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#7 Lookout Mountain Incline Railway The most practical way to get to Lookout Mountain may be by car, but the most memorable experience is definitely the Incline Railway. Billed as "America's Most Amazing Mile ... Read more » Courtesy of Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

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David Brossard / Flickr

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Courtesy of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gillet's Crossing / Flickr

Antipunk / Getty Images

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Courtesy of Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

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