Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Cherokee, and visitors give high marks for the casinos, magnificent mountain views, and riverfront. Tourists who journey to this quaint city can discover its theaters, entertainment choices, and museums. Top sights in the city include Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and Cataloochee Ski Area.
- There are 773 hotels and other accommodations in Cherokee
- The closest major airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), 43.9 mi (70.6 km) from the city center
- The next closest is in Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), 44.2 mi (71.1 km) away
Sightseeing and Staying in Cherokee
The city is well known for its theaters and museums, and cultural venues include Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Wheels Through Time Museum, and Cherokee Welcome Center. Attractions like Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Santa's Land Family Theme Park and Zoo, and Bryson City Gem Mine are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for landmarks like Oconaluftee Indian Village, Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine, and Mingus Mill.
In Cherokee, there are 773 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for your holiday retreat. Here are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:
- The Owl's Perch - With a stay at this 3-star bed & breakfast, guests can enjoy access to free parking and a terrace, along with an in-room kitchenette. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and quiet location.
- Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast - Our customers love the helpful staff and clean rooms at this B&B. This 4-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.
- The Yellow House on Plott Creek Road - This 4-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Expedia customers like its breakfast and central location.
Other top sights in Cherokee include Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cataloochee Ski Area. Popular places to see around the area include Gatlinburg Convention Center, located 19.4 mi (31.2 km) from the city center, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, which is 19.6 mi (31.5 km) away.
Dressing for Cherokee
- Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 64°F during the day and 23°F at night
- From April to June, the average during the day is 83°F, while the average at night is 35°F
- July through September has daytime averages of 84°F with nighttime averages of 48°F
- In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 73°F and nighttime averages of 24°F
- Average annual rainfall for Cherokee is 54.15 inches
- Usually August and July are the hottest months with an average of 83°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 25°F