Wayne, You don't need a ski lift to get to the highest mountains in the eastern US. Clingmans Dome 6,643 and Mt.Mitchell 6,684 have roads to the top. Clingmans is in the middle of the Great Smoky Mts. and Mt. Mitchell is about 30 miles north of Ashville just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A must do is the road tour through Cades Cove. It may well be the most beautiful place in the eastern US. It's very crowded so avoid weekends and summer. Morning light in the cove is just stunning.
There are 13 roads both paved and dirt traversing the Smoky Mts. all are passable by standard car in good weather. Check with the Rangers on condition. The Rangers and office staff are happy to tell you their "secret favorite" places if you talk to them. This may not work during high season when they are overworked and understaffed.
Try to get a copy of "Mountain Roads & quiet places" before you go. Published by Great Smoky Mountain Natural History Assocition, Gatlinburg Tennessee.
If you like old log cabins, waterfalls and high mountain views you can do no better than the Smoky's and a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Beware in the spring a sudden snow storm can close any of these roads.
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