We left michigan on 10-20 and got into Gatlinburg around midnight. We stayed at the Sleep Inn on east parkway. The hotel staff was very nice and the rooms were very clean. The beds were so comfy and they gave you lots of pillows which i love. i would recommed this hotel to people going there. It is a little ways from downtown but there is a trolley stop right out front of the hotel.
We got up that morning and had breakfast at the hotel then we headed out to go to Cades Cove. i have never been there and couldnt wait to see it. Loved driving the mountain roads and the colors were so pretty. we got to the cove and started on the loop road stopping at the different stops and taking our time walking around and taking pics. we seen alot of deer and some turkeys, but no bears. It was very crowded and took us all dayto go thru but well worth it. after we drove back at went into pigeon forge for dinner at golden corral, and then went to the old mill district to look around. we then headed back to gatlinburg and parked the car. we went up town to do some shopping. We went to the moonshine hollar and I tried the moonshine. I tried the hunch punch and apple pie. loved both of those then i tried the white lighting and about died. that stuff is so strong and burned the whole way down.
Got up and had breakfast again then headed out to go to Clingmans dome. it was very crowded going up there and there was snow and ice along the sides of the roads. kinda cool to see snow up there. me and my mom made a good attempt to walk up the trail but got about half way up and couldnt do it no more. We can at least say we tried through. Alot of the trees were already dead up there but the view was still nice though. we headed down and went to the mexican place in gatlinburg for late lunch/early dinner. I loved there salsa there. we then went back into piegon forge to look around some more. i went mining for gems and got one of everykind. kinda fun to do. i then went to take pics of the wonderworks and titanic. we then went back to gatlinburg and went back uptown. we played mini golf at the lost treasures and then did somemore shopping.
we got up early and had to head home. The colors were so pretty down there and will defintely go back next year. it was very crowded too but not to bad.