On the Road Again

Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Thursday, August 3, 2006

We arrived in Gatlinburg today around 3 pm. It was a long night traveling but we still made decent time.

We got to our hotel and were very disappointed. We stayed at the Grand Prix Motel in Gatlinburg. I selected this particular hotel based on location and the fact it had a fridge and microwave in the room. (a bonus with two kids) We had to pay in advance for the room; something that should have told me to back out as most hotels pay at the end of your stay. The room was outdated in its decor, wood paneling on the walls and old wooden table and chairs. The floors were dirty. We figured this out when our daughter crawled around for a little while and had dirty knees and feet. That was thoroughly disgusting and disappointing on our part since we felt stuck there. The pool are was dirty around the perimeter and I did not feel as if I could let Noah run around barefoot. There were dirty ashtrays on the tables as well. The location did turn out to be convenient to the trolley stops and close to one end of the downtown area. We also had good wi-fi service in our room.

Once we got settled, we took off to explore downtown Gatlinburg. This town was quaint and only slightly touristy. It is located at the base of the Great Smoky National Park. The mountain views are breathtaking in every direction. The main "strip" has a lot of shops, old time photo places, miniature golf and some tacky but fun museums. We ended up in one of those museums, called World of Illusions. It had a lot of parlor tricks and explained some of those old games you had as a kid where you made a quarter disappear and such. Probably would be fun for a kid of nine or ten interested in magic.
Also, apparently Ripley was big in this town. There was the Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Museum, Ripley's Mini Golf and probably something else. We were getting pretty worn out by the time we were near the museum, so we didn't go in. Looked fun though.

We ate dinner at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. The food was good and the beer adequate.

We walked the long way back to our hotel because we couldn't figure out where to pick up the trolley. We collapsed exhausted into our beds. Much more tomorrow.
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