8 weeks to go until our road trip!
Our next stop… The epic Great Smokies
After Bill Bryson described it as “a community that had evidently dedicated itself to the endless quest of trying to redefine the lower limits of bad taste”, I was very much set against staying in Gatlinburg.
After consulting a map, and realising just how little there actually is inside the national park, I gave in and settled. Obviously, as a result of this, I went through the inevitable stages of grief. The last of this being, acceptance.
Now I have accepted it, I can’t lie, I’m very excited. The selection of museums and attractions in Gatlinburg appeals to us lovers of the weird and wonderful more than anything.
Here’s what is currently top of my list to visit (All ironically, I’m afraid):
- The salt and pepper shaker museum
- Appalachian ghost walks
- Christ in the smokies
- Fannie Farkle’s (I don’t even know what this one is, but it sounds hilarious)
- Guinness World of Records Museum
- Ripley’s Moving Theater
Of course, the real reason for us visiting this gorgeous part of the world is not ironic. It’s to see the National Park. I’ve heard it’s one of the most wild parks in the US, so I’m quite excited for some proper fresh air. As long as I don’t have to share it with too many hungry bears, that is.
The way we intend to see the park, is of course, by foot; the hikes I have in mind are Grotto Falls, Rainbow Falls and Charles Bunion.
I have no idea if that’s potentially too much. But, what the hell. Challenge accepted.
We’ve booked into a little inn, mostly because it was cheap. Now, just to wait and see if we get a room with a bath in it… I’ve never seen this before, but half the places in Gatlinburg seemed to be showing off how their rooms with baths like it’s some kind of luxury. But with 4 of us in one room, it doesn’t quite seem that way. A living nightmare is more how I’d picture it.
Does anyone have any recommendations of what to do in the area? Does the salt and pepper shaker museum live up to expectations?