Cherokee, NC

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This town has preserved its Native American heritage in museums and a replica village. It is home to exotic gardens and a prosperous casino.

The town of Cherokee near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina preserves the heritage and traditions of Native Americans. Many signs are written in the Cherokee language as well as in English. Visit the casino that opened on Cherokee Nation lands in 1995. It draws millions of visitors to the area annually and creates thousands of jobs for residents.

Try your luck at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Play table games, such as blackjack, roulette and three-card poker, or spend some time on the slot machines. Stay in one of the three stylish hotel towers that are part of the casino complex. The large food court has a variety of casual and high-end restaurants.

See the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in the center of the town and learn about the Native American group through many antique books and photographs. Original Cherokee material and many artistic exhibits tell the story of the Cherokee Nation. Historical displays showcase material that dates back to the Paleo Period.

Explore the Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail. It contains more than 150 species of flora from the Great Smoky Mountains, such as mountain laurel, Dutchman’s breeches and azaleas. Wander through half a mile (800 meters) of pine and hardwood trees.

Make your way to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a replica of a typical 18th-century Cherokee community. A guided tour can help you learn about the culture and history of the people. See live demonstrations of the construction of weapons and amenities.

Hike up to the Oconaluftee River in a valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. Trek through miles of wild, picturesque grounds with panoramic views of the mountains.

The Cherokee area was once known as Yellow Hill. It has an agreeable climate with warm summers and mild winters. The town is about 2.5 hours’ drive from the east side of Atlanta, Georgia. Other cities close to Cherokee include Asheville and Charlotte. Since the inception of its casino and other attractions, the town has become a haven for history buffs and adventurous travelers.

Where to stay in Cherokee

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is $64 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$64
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,972 reviews)
"The Harrah's Cherokee Casino added variety to our vacation with ease and reasonable pricing. Our family enjoyed the bowling alley as well. We just stayed one night because we were visiting the area for various attractions. There is a Cherokee Museum and various shops near by."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Super 8 by Wyndham Cherokee
Super 8 by Wyndham Cherokee
2 out of 5
1223 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is $80 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$80
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Would stay again. Everything was as advertised"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham Cherokee
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
376 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC, 28719
Fully refundable
The price is $104 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$104
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Panther Creek Cabins
Panther Creek Cabins
3 out of 5
3415 Wrights Creek Road, Cherokee, NC, 28719
Stay at this 3-star spa cabin in Cherokee. Enjoy free parking, a casino, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (59 reviews)
Panther Creek Cabin Wwekend Stay
"The location was awesome. Had a little trouble finding our cabin, but all worked out in the end. Great stay in the mountains. A little weird to have a jetted tub in the living room, but only a one room cabin"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Panther Creek Cabins
Barefoot Memories is perfect Bryson City or Cherokee Cabin Rental for you!
Barefoot Memories is perfect Bryson City or Cherokee Cabin Rental for you!
Cherokee, NC
Stay at this cabin in Cherokee. Enjoy a spa tub, tennis courts, and a TV. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Harrahs Cherokee ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (32 reviews)
Anniversary trip
"The place is great"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Barefoot Memories is perfect Bryson City or Cherokee Cabin Rental for you!
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit  3
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 3
Cherokee, NC
Stay at this cabin in Cherokee. Enjoy onsite parking, barbecue grills, and a TV. Popular attractions Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (17 reviews)
I will stay again !! Love it
"Excellent!!"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 3
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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