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Best Times to Visit Chattanooga

The best time to visit Chattanooga is during the fall, from September to November. The end of summer peak season ushers in thinner crowds and cooler temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. The best reason to visit Chattanooga during the fall, however, is the season's colorful foliage. Experts say this is the most beautiful time to visit Chattanooga's plethora of natural attractions. Plus, RiverRocks, the multiweek outdoor adventure festival, is held in October. Travelers tend to steer clear of Chattanooga come wintertime, thanks to chilly temperatures and rain. However, various annual holiday events, such as the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's North Pole Limited, do draw some visitors. Spring is another attractive season, with temperatures becoming more moderate. Summer is the busiest season for tourism in Tennessee, which means you'll find the highest hotel prices, not to mention temperatures, this time of year. 

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Weather in Chattanooga

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September-November

Autumn is when Chattanooga's natural wonders turn into a painting that is not to be missed. Highs in September hang in the low 80s then steadily decline to the low 70s in October, and on to the low 60s come November. Although days are still pleasantly warm, expect cool nights with lows in the 60s in September and falling into the 40s in October and November. Despite potentially chilly temperatures, the weather doesn't stop Chattanoogans from celebrating gastronomy, enjoying the great outdoors and hosting one of the world's largest rowing regattas.

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December-February

Chattanooga experiences a brisk winter, with lows staying in the 30s and highs barely reaching the mid-50s. The payoff, however, is lower hotel rates and delightful holiday events. The Tennessee Valley Rail Road Museum's North Pole Limited service creates an imaginary journey to Santa's headquarters for children, while Rock City Gardens hosts its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights (think boulders topped with dancing Christmas characters).

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March-May

Chattanooga starts to perk up temperature-wise come March, with highs jumping to the 60s and lows to the 40s. However, March typically sees heavier rainfall than other months, so pack rain boots. April and May's highs stay in the 70s and 80s, with lows jumping from the high 40s in April to the high 50s come May. Monthslong seasonal festivals start in these latter months, including the Chattanooga Market and Nightfall concert series. The premier event of the season is the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, where more than 100 artists showcase their work. Children can also relish in the Tennessee Valley Rail Road Museum's Day Out With Thomas, which recreates Thomas the Tank Engine and hosts a ride with the famed conductor himself.

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June-August

Chattanooga is hot and humid during the summer, with temps ranging from the mid-60s to low 90s. Despite these uncomfortable temperatures, on weekends music lovers need only wait until the sun goes down. Nightfall and Riverfront Nights (held weekly on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively) are both free concert series offering lively entertainment under the stars – the perfect way to cap off a summer's day.

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Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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