The next day of trip we rolled out of bed at the crack of dawn. Wolfed down some waffles and quiche and hit the road towards Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a very popular attraction, which is about 35 miles from Gatlinburg. This isolated valley was the settling place for 100s of settlers in the 1800’s. It’s preserved homesteads, beautiful mountain views, and abundant wildlife are reasons why 2 million visitors come every year.
After several hours of driving through and walking around, it was time for refueling. We got back to the chalet, ate lunch, and then drove over to Ober Gatlinburg to hop on the Aerial Tram to Downtown Gatlinburg.
First on our list was Christ Museum and Gardens. This is $10/person. Truthfully, not sure it was worth it.
From there we walked over to the Space Needle Arcade. We played a game of lazer tag as a family and then dispersed to use the tokens on video games, ski ball, etc.
We enjoyed some hammer dulcimer & guitar playing and then opted for dinner at Blaine’s Bar and Grill.
Blaine’s was really good food and super fast, which was great since some of needed to catch the tram back up to the top of the mountain. We then drove back down the mountain to pick up everybody else, some of which are afraid of heights. 😉
See all the pics from Day 3 here.