I really don't understand why this is the "must do." It was not as pretty as the other drives we did. It was interesting seeing some of the homes (although you MUST buy the guide book to understand them at all), but the one-way road is PAINFUL and it is certainly not enjoyable with young children. We had a 3, 4, and 6 year old in the car and they were so bored. There was no wildlife but that was expected in the winter. Our tour guide the previous day had recommended Newfound Gap which we really enjoyed. If you want to spend a day doing a drive, pick Newfound Gap, not Cades Cove.