Riding the Green Rails in Chattanooga, Tennessee
All you need is the phone number—1-800-TRACK29—to recognize the famous hotel you’re calling. The Chattanooga Choo Choo and the 1908 train terminal that once housed it have been transformed into a historically minded Holiday Inn that’s on the green side of the tracks. The soaring 85-foot freestanding dome (the world’s largest) was rescued and converted into a the hotel's lobby. You can stay in a regular room or sleep in a refurbished Victorian-era sleeper train. It’s fitting that the city’s trademark hotel is a former train, arguably one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel. Chattanooga, it turns out, has transformed itself from the once-maligned “dirtiest city in America," according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to a mecca of green progress. And though the town doesn’t make it onto many travelers’ bucket lists, its eco-offerings make it a delightful destination for the green traveler.