The Choo Choo Hotel is a beacon of history located in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga. In 1909 the Terminal Station opened as the first railway station in the South, designed in the famous Beaux Arts style. The Choo Choo Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and remains one of the city’s first historic preservation projects. Relax, unwind, and enjoy activities in the Glenn Miller Formal Gardens. Stop and smell the roses while you stroll through gardens. Sit and relax in a rocking chair. Play a game of Jenga, life-sized checkers, corn hole, bocce ball, and more! The Glenn Miller Gardens is an oasis among the bustle of the city. The Terminal Station seemed destined for the similar fate of Union Station (parts of which were built before the Civil War) at the center of town, which was demolished in 1973. But Terminal Station was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of local businessmen who were inspired by the theme of the "Chattanooga Choo Choo." They invested $4 million before its new grand opening on April 11, 1973, and the beautiful Terminal Station once again opened its doors to welcome visitors to Chattanooga - this time as a unique vacation complex. With its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel is considered one of the city's first historic preservation projects. Now 46 years later, the Choo Choo is still going strong, providing travelers with beautiful and comfortable accommodations in unique Pullman Train Cars and traditional hotel rooms. The property is also a hit with locals and features two full service restaurants and numerous bars, two music venues, a comedy club, a distillery plus various retail outlets.