Image my family is getting on a Self Driving Car on the 11-mile one-way loop road through Cades Cove; the road takes us through a lush valley surrounded by mountains. We stop to visit historic buildings, a grist mill, and watch wildlife. Then, for a quieter ride, we head to the Roaring Forks motor nature trail with views of rushing streams, old log cabins, another mill, and forested wilderness. Afterwards, we continue with other beautiful drives including the 18-mile Little River Road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to Townsend, and the Blue Ridge Parkway (outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park).
Proceed down the road to the motor trail's entrance near the Rainbow Falls trailhead parking lot. We enjoy leaf-peeping, hiking trails and waterfalls along the way. Merry Christmas!