The Scenic City continues to impress those outside the Tennessee Valley.

Two recent stories by CNBC and Outside Magazine show several different sides of Chattanooga.

The CBC story, titled "Rebooting Chattanooga's fortunes" touts EPB's gigabit network connectivity, Volkswagen's LEED Platinum certification and Outside Magazine's naming of Chattanooga "The Best City Ever" in their 2011 reader's poll.

READ MORE | CNBC's "Rebooting Chattanooga's fortunes"

Wooing Volkswagen, Alstom and Amazon to the city put Chattanooga in a very desirable municipal neighborhood.

The CNBC story continues to brag on Chattanooga, saying: "By 2000 a Brookings Institution study concluded Chattanooga had made a turnaround, posting increases in wages and median household income and modest population gains. (It now has more than 170,000 residents, making it Tennessee's fourth most populous city.)"

From all things business to the great outdoors is one of the contrasts that make the city and the region so appealing to a wide range of people with an ever wider range of interest and activities.

Outside Magazine profiled The Crash Pad, a southside hostel catering to outdoor enthusiasts, shows another side of the city.

READ MORE | Outside Magazine: The Southside's Crash Pad

A LEED-certified (Platinum) hostel seemingly defies the hostel concept, but it plays in Chattanooga and to those visiting.

Outside writer Mary Catherine O'Connor continues the Chattanooga compliments, saying: "What was once a blighted city—and really, every single Chattanoogan I met referenced the city's polluted, unsavory past—is now flourishing as a great place to live and play outside."