Our first stop was Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was foggy and rainy all day; however, this created an interesting backdrop for pictures. We started the day off right with some coffee (as shown), and before the day was over, we went to three different coffee shops. We also explored the downtown area and rode on the historic carousel.
Next, we drove to Knoxville and walked around Market Square. The sun had just set, drawing attention to the beautifully lit street. Afterwards, we headed to Virginia (where we were staying).
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
After a good night's sleep at Great Nana's house in Virginia, we drove to Pigeon Forge for some biscuits and gravy at Mel's Diner. We spent the day walking around the strip and exploring Gatlinburg as well. We came across some of the devastation from the fires, and it truly was a terrifying sight. Homes were burned to their foundations. Luckily, the town had not been damaged. We ended the night by eating at the Hard Rock Cafe and heading back to Virginia for our last night there.
After leaving Virginia, we stopped in Asheville on our way home. We found this coffee shop (pictured) inside of an old double decker bus. This was by far my favorite cafe we discovered. We explored the downtown and art district areas before continuing the long drive ahead of us.
Blue Ridge Parkway
We decided to take the scenic route on our way home. However, this resulted in us getting stuck on a mountain 5 hours away from home with no cell service. Eventually, the GPS redirected us to a way down that was not blocked off, and we made our way down a very windy, seemingly forgotten about road. Though the end of our trip had some twists and turns (literally), this road trip was one of my favorite adventures. I can't wait to make more memories in beautiful places with my best friend.
Designed and organized by: Brooklyn Moore
Pictures taken and edited by: Abby Van Wye