There’s no shortage of natural scenery in Chattanooga, a southeastern Tennessee city sitting on the Tennessee River amid the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lookout Mountain offers the best vantage points in town, but you can also enjoy scenic views from many Chattanooga cabins, whether you’re staying near downtown shopping and sightseeing, or along the Tennessee River Gorge for maximum peace and quiet. Learn about the city’s Civil War history at sites like Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Battles for Chattanooga museum, or glimpse its creative spirit while wandering around the Bluff View Art District.

Cabins in downtown Chattanooga

If you want to be close to Chattanooga’s shops, restaurants, and art and cultural attractions, take your pick from the vacation home rentals in and around the downtown core. There are homey bungalows and cottages near the Tennessee Aquarium, where you can take the kids to meet not just marine creatures but also birds, reptiles, mammals, and more. The cabin rentals in downtown Chattanooga offer all the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable stay, including Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. You’ll find cabins that are perfect for a couple’s getaway, as well as larger bungalows that can accommodate families or groups. You might be content to curl up on the couch with a book, but with lots to do in the city, you’ll probably want to spend the day outside. Get to know Chattanooga’s creative side when you browse the eclectic shops in the NorthShore neighborhood or visit the Bluff View Art District, a historic area sitting on a bluff that overlooks the Tennessee River. Both areas offer a diverse spread of cafes and restaurants, too. When the sun goes down, you can head to the city's bars, clubs, and live music venues for a taste of Chattanooga’s vibrant nightlife scene. Or, if you prefer a quiet night in, you can unwind with a bottle of wine on your cabin’s shaded porch.

Lookout Mountain cabin rentals

The Lookout Mountain ridge straddles the Tennessee–Georgia state line, and there are vacation home rentals on either side of the border. No matter which of these getaway cabins you choose, you’ll be near the Lookout Mountain attractions that are just a short drive south of downtown Chattanooga. These include the mile-long Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, one of the steepest passenger railways in the world, and Rock City, a collection of caves, rock formations, and lookout points—one spot, called Lover's Leap, purportedly offers vistas spanning 7 states. Ruby Falls is a 145-foot-tall underground waterfall, and an elevator takes visitors 26 stories down to a striking cavern where LED bulbs literally put the waterfall in the spotlight during a multicolor light show. The Ruby Falls attraction includes the Lookout Mountain Tower, which stands over 70 feet high and offers sweeping views of the Tennessee River Valley. You’ll likely be raving about your Lookout Mountain adventures for the rest of the day—perhaps while digging into a hearty dinner back in your vacation home, or snuggled up in front of a roaring fireplace. The cabin rentals near Lookout Mountain include a modern cottage with a charming courtyard garden, and a well-equipped A-frame cabin with wooden interiors. Wi-Fi, TVs, and laundry facilities are typically provided, too.

Cabins along the Tennessee River Gorge

For a Chattanooga vacation that really lets you get away from it all, you can venture farther from the downtown area and choose from the vacation rentals along the Tennessee River Gorge. Carved by the Tennessee River and slicing through the Cumberland Mountains, the picture-perfect river canyon begins just 5 miles from the center of Chattanooga and stretches for 27 miles to the Hales Bar Dam. Offering a quiet, secluded environment, getaway cabins along the Tennessee River Gorge will put you in your own scenic bubble, with nothing but nature for company. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here, though. Most vacation homes in the area come with their own boat dock, so you can launch a kayak, canoe, or pontoon right outside your door. You can also go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and bird-watching in Prentice Cooper State Forest. Back in your riverside home away from home, you can relax in the hot tub, curl up with a book in a plush armchair, or enjoy the canyon views from the deck. When you need supplies or start to crave urban pleasures like museum-hopping and dining out, downtown Chattanooga is just a short drive away.