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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 monthlong outdoor adventure festival, is held in October. Travelers tend to steer clear of Chattanooga come wintertime, thanks to freezing temperatures and increased chances of rain. However, various annual holiday events, such as the Tennessee Valley Rail Road Museum's North Pole Limited, do draw some visitors. Spring is another attractive season, with temperatures becoming more moderate. Summer is the busiest month for tourism in Tennessee, which means you'll find the highest hotel prices, not to mention temperatures, this time of year. 

Weather in Chattanooga

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Average Temperature (°F)
50.2
30.7
54.8
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90.2
69.7
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61.8
73.1
49.9
62.3
40.2
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33.1
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Average Precipitation (in)
4.91
4.84
4.98
3.99
4.1
4.05
4.91
3.48
4.04
3.28
5
4.9
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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 the second largest regatta in the country.

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December-February

Chattanooga experiences a bitter 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 sees the heaviest amount of rainfall, so pack rain boots. April and May's highs stay in the 70s, 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 flea market and Nightfall concert series. The premier event of the season is the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, where more than 700 artists apply to showcase their work each year and only 150 are chosen. 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, it may be worth it for music lovers to make a trip this time of year: The nine-day-long Riverbend festival is held on the city's riverfront each June, and has featured the likes of big-name musicians Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow in the past. It also displays the largest fireworks show of the year.

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Popular Times to Visit Chattanooga

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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