Haunted Halloween: Chattanooga, Tennessee

In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor.com established a list of the 10 best haunted tours in the United States. For the next 9 days I’ll be showing you the tours and giving you some advice on what to do in the area. On day one, we explored the hauntings of Catalina Island, California.

For day two of the Haunted Halloween special:

Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Chattanooga, Tennessee

One guest's photo of a possible ghost aboard the Delta Queen

If you’re looking for the haunted locations of Chattanooga, Tennesse, the Chattanooga Ghost Tours are the way to go. This hour long walking tour spans 12 blocks through the downtown strip of the city. According to TripAdvisor.com, “The hair-raising itinerary includes a stop at the Sheraton Read House Hotel, where the ghost of Annalisa Netherly has supposedly resided since the 1920s, following her murder at the hands of her husband in room 311.” The tour starts at the Walnut Street Bridge and leads you through some of the most historic sites in the city including the Hunter Museum and the Mountain City Club. One guest wrote, “We were so wrapped up in the stories, we had to continuously remind ourselves to take pictures in an attempt to capture a ghostly image.”

Read House

The tour ends with a stop at the Sheraton Read House Hotel. To experience the true haunted nature of this hotel, we suggest staying there for the night. It is said that room 311 here is cursed. Al Capone stayed in room 311 during the trial that lead to his conviction. The legend of former guest Annalisa Netherly says that she too stayed in room 311 during the 1920s. Rumors are mixed but the gist of the legend is that she was with a man in room 311 and engaging in some risque activities. The story ends on a gruesome note, with Annalisa Netherly being killed in her bathtub and attacked so forcefully with a knife that she was nearly beheaded. Despite the hotel’s horrifying history, it also has been the destination of the likes of Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill.

The hotel was opened in 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places in America. The Sheraton Read House Hotel is also a free shuttle ride from downtown and has easy access to the beginning of your ghost tour.

Enjoy the Town Around the Tour

TN Aquarium

While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the Tennessee Aquarium. Ranked the #1 Aquarium in guest satisfaction, this aquarium features two buildings filled with aquatic life. The River Journey features river otters, turtles, alligators, giant catfish and other creatures of the fresh waters.  The Ocean Journey begins with a butterfly garden and an area where you can interact with stingray. Along your journey you’ll encounter jellyfish, penguins, sharks and many many fish. Having been to many of the top aquariums in the United States, I can safely say the Tennessee Aquarium is my favorite. I’d allot for a big chunk of the day if you really want to enjoy the wonders held inside. I spent the morning inside the Ocean Journey, took lunch outside the aquarium, spent the early afternoon in the River Journey, watched a documentary on the IMAX (Deep Sea for those interested in such things), went back to the hotel to clean up and then went to dinner. If you stuck to an agenda like that, you’d finish eating just in time to head over to the ghost tour.

Speaking of dinner, I suggest stopping in to try 212 Market Restaurant. It’s right downtown and features many local treats. 212 Market Restaurant is one of the many local places that revived downtown Chattanooga. If you want to try a treat, spring for the bisque as it is full of seafood and flavor.

And before you leave town, call up the Royal Treatment Day Spa Salon. They frequently run specials for guests of the Chattanooga Ghost Tours. One such special has included discounted foot massages, a perfect way to relax after all your walking and all your fun. Be sure to check back tomorrow for #8 on the Best Haunted Ghost Tour in the United States.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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