Chattanooga Among National Geographic’s 50 Next Great Towns

The September 2008 issue of National Geographic’s Adventure magazine includes Chattanooga among the “50 Next Great Towns” for living and playing. “A change of address can bring instant gratification,” the feature article begins. “You could wake up tomorrow in Missoula and kayak off your own deck at down, sneak in singletrack at lunch in Chattanooga or choose your own adventure in any one of the country’s best base camps. But a move is a long-term investment. So this year we selected 50 innovative towns that aren’t just prime relocation spots right now but smart choices for the future.” The salute to Chattanooga is from Cathi Cannon, an athlete and graphic designer, who likes the easy access to off-road racing, camaraderie with other sports enthusiasts and a thriving community. The article includes a photograph of two outdoors buffs carrying their kayaks down the bank of the Tennessee River.

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