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.

Cherokee Grand Hotel
Cherokee Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
196 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC
The price is $86 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harrahs Cherokee Casino, Oconaluftee Islands Park, and Eastern Cherokee Agency. Cherokee Welcome ...
3.9/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"I'd come again. Great property and great value."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Cherokee Grand Hotel
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC
The price is $127 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Bear Zoo and Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Oconaluftee Islands Park and Eastern Cherokee ...
4.2/5Very Good! (934 reviews)
"A wonderful experience!"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
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
The price is $132 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Bear Zoo and Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Oconaluftee Islands Park and Eastern Cherokee Agency ...
4.1/5Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Everything was perfect"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

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.
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
The price is $90 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Cherokee, this cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Harrahs Cherokee Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oconaluftee Islands Park and Santa's Land Family Theme ...
3.9/5Good! (14 reviews)
It was a nice stay other then the hot tub not working.
"Overall Good"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Barefoot Memories is perfect Bryson City or Cherokee Cabin Rental for you!
Panther Creek Cabins
Panther Creek Cabins
3 out of 5
3415 Wrights Creek Road, Cherokee, NC
Situated near the airport, this spa cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Harrahs Cherokee Casino, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Oconaluftee Indian Village. Great ...
3.8/5Good! (46 reviews)
"Very cozy, clean and comfortable. Close to casino is a big plus!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Panther Creek Cabins
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
Cherokee, NC
Situated on the waterfront, this historic cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Fun Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Very nice property, some minor wear and older items that are struggling but nothing that impaired our weekend, cooking gear could be improved quite a bit and honestly that would be my only request, I will absolutely return and I’ll simply bring my own pots, pans and knives. We stayed in cabin 1 which ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
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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