This year we went to one of our favorite places, the Smoky Mountains. We stayed in Gatlinburg, just near the entrance to the national park. We went to Cade’s Cove on the first full day there. This is an area that is wooded land in a distance, and grass for a distance back on either side of the road. The road is a loop, and it is one way, so once you start you must finish. There are rare side roads that get one back in a shorter distance.
On the third day we went to Newfound Gap, a scenic overview from the top of the mountain. It is at the state line for Tennessee and North Carolina.
The choice of days to go into the mountain was dictated by weather.