One of the great things that I found as a visitor, though, is that all of the main attractions are served by a free downtown shuttle. So, you can hop on when you like, explore where you like, then get back to your starting point when you like. I didn’t have to worry about a rental car, or parking, or taxi fees. Who can ask for anything more?
Below, you’ll find a webquest based on a map of the shuttle’s route, so you can either learn some map reading skills by playing along, or get an idea of what tourist attractions you can see by taking Chattanooga’s free downtown shuttle.
To open the map in a large size in a new frame, so you can follow the mapquest, just click here: http://bit.ly/Y1wV4T. Note, you may have to click your mouse on the image to enlarge it when it opens in a new browser tab.
You can open the PDF question sheet in a new browser tab to simplify the mapquest at: http://bit.ly/WXcSlt.
Board the Chattanooga Free Downtown Shuttle
I boarded the Chattanooga free downtown shuttle at the Shuttle Park North. You can find it on your map to get your bearings.
Okay, let’s start out from my hotel and get to where I boarded the shuttle. I was thrilled to stay on board the now-retired steamboat, Delta Queen Hotel. Find its co-ordinates on the map and enter them in _________ (Question #1)
Now, examine the map, and remember that I’m on foot, and write down in question 2 what I have to take to get to other side of the Tennessee River, so I can board the shuttle at Shuttle Park North. Note, that there’s an easy ramp onto it by walking through Coolidge Park, just before River Street. ____________ (Question #2)
At Shuttle Park North I review my options and decide my first stop will be the Chattanooga Choo Choo at the Terminal Station. What bus line do I need to wait for: green or gold? _____ (Question #3)
What stop number do I have to get off at? ______ (Question #4)
After going through the shops at the Terminal Station, where the Chattanooga Choo Choo sits on Track 29, I get back on the shuttle. What color shuttle will I be looking for? _________ (Question #5)
I decide to have lunch at the Chattanooga Marriott, so what stop do I need? ______ (Question #6)
My first stop after lunch is the Creative Discovery Museum. What shuttle stop do I need for it? _____ (Question #7)
I have a ticket for a tour on the River Gorge Explorer, which leaves from the City Pier. Using the small gold and green icons that show the actual shuttle stops along the route, indicate at where I’ll have to get off the shuttle to walk to the pier. (select the purple color number stop for your answer) _____________ (Question #8)
The River Gorge Explorer ride takes two hours, so after I leave it I still have time! I decide to walk to the Hunter Museum of American Art. What number is it located at on the map? ______ (Question #9)
After I leave the pier, which walkway takes me to the Hunter Museum of American Art? __________ (Question #10)
To end my day, I’ve decided to have a supper cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat. What number is it located at? _______ (Question #11)
To check your answers for the mapquest:
- If you total all of the numbers you entered for stops on the map, they come to 161.
- If you write down in order the first letter of each of the four answers that required full words, the letters are the call letters for TV-48 television station in Greensboro, North Carolina. Check the abbreviation at this look-up site: http://www.abbreviations.com/
Article updated in 2018.