2006 WPA Conf -- Travel to and around Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (www.chattairport.com) is served by five major airlines or their subsidiaries:
Delta, Northwest, US Air, American, and Continental. Direct flights are available between Chattanooga and the following eight cities:
- Atlanta (via Delta)
- Cincinnati (via Delta)
- Charlotte, NC (via US Air)
- Washington DC (via US Air)
- Chicago (via American Eagle)
- Dallas/Ft. Worth (via American Eagle)
- Memphis (via Northwest)
- Houston (via Continental)
The Choo Choo Hotel and Convention Center operates a complimentary shuttle between the Chattanooga airport and the hotel. Airports in nearby Atlanta or Nashville offer even more options for getting to the area, particularly if you are looking to fly one of the discount airlines such as Southwest or AirTran. Shuttle service is available between these airports and Chattanooga via Chattanooga Coach (www.chattanoogacoach.com) or Groome Transportation (www.groomechattanooga.com).
Chattanooga sits at the intersection of Interstates 24 and 75 near the Alabama-Georgia border. Participants arriving by car enjoy free parking at the Choo Choo Hotel and Convention Center. By Train Ironically, no passenger train service is available to Chattanooga. But while you're here check out the Incline Railway "the steepest passenger railway in the world" to the top of Lookout Mountain.
Getting Around Chattanooga
A free electric shuttle travels throughout downtown Chattanooga from 6:00 am until 7:30 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am until 7:30 pm on weekends. The Choo Choo sits at the southern end of the shuttle route, and the Tennessee Riverfront area marks the route's northernmost point (a 1.2 mile span of shops, restaurants, office buildings, and parks). CARTA buses (Chattanooga's public transportation system) have routes throughout Chattanooga, including one that passes in front of the Choo Choo and stops at the Incline Railway station at the base of Lookout Mountain (2.5 miles from the Choo Choo). For more ambitious trips or late night outings, taxi service is also available. If you want to explore more of Chattanooga on your own, particularly attractions beyond the city limits, renting a car may be the best option. Your conference information packet will include detailed information about traveling in and around Chattanooga.