When you are on a cross-country roadtrip, you want to make sure the roads are at least pretty. So, from the Biltmore Estate, we found our way to the Blueridge Parkway and started driving west again. We drove along the lowest section of the famous parkway. Windy roads through the woods…lovely. Then we picked up the road across Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
We didn’t have time to stop along the way, so we just did the basic auto-tour of the main road. First we stopped at the Oconaluftee visitor center. There were interesting information displays and cool things to look at. I always think visitor centers are worth a stop. You can get maps, refill water bottles, use clean bathrooms, and sometimes there are interactive displays you can touch and learn from. An as always, I made sure to get a stamp in my national park passport (affiliate link).
We drove through the Smoky Mountains and in to Tenessee. We saw the Space Needle in Gatlinburg, not quite the same as ours in Seattle, but an interesting sight. We even saw the signs for Dollywood. We didn’t go, but I’ve heard it fun.