We drove through the Smoky Mountains National Park from Gatlinburg to visit Cherokee, NC. The drive took a little over an hour through mountain switchbacks and turns but was scenic all throughout. The North Carolina side definitely looked a little greener to us but we mainly made the drive to Cherokee to visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. We were particularly interested, as Linda’s part Cherokee, in how they made their lives and later the plight of the Trail of Tears. I wish I could elaborate but the kids dragged us through the museum in about 20 minutes. Has to be a record time.
On our return to the park we found a great little playground in Cherokee and ate our picnic lunch in the pavilion while the kids played for over an hour here. It just goes to show you how the smallest, most unplanned things tend to leave lasting memories.
Stay tuned as we head back to Smoky Mountains National Park next as we search for another family friendly hike. Thanks for stopping by.