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CherokeeUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Cherokee

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino
2.5 out of 5
376 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC
The price is $104 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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! (983 reviews)

"nice..............................................."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cherokee / Casino
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC
The price is $99 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (899 reviews)

"Excellent room, clean common areas. Casino no wipes, no one cleaning lots of left trash."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Chestnut Tree Inn Cherokee
Chestnut Tree Inn Cherokee
3 out of 5
37 Tsalagi Rd, Cherokee, NC
The price is $65 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in the heart of Cherokee, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Oconaluftee Islands Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Eastern Cherokee ...

4/5Very Good! (950 reviews)

"Capacity or close to it, so housekeeping was struggling to keep up. Our room had food left in the mini-fridge which ordinarily would have meant leaving for another hotel, but we were a little more tolerant since it was a holiday weekend and they were very busy. Very disappointed the restaurant was ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Chestnut Tree Inn Cherokee

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Harrahs Cherokee Casino
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Harrahs Cherokee Casino

4/5(1,041 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Harrahs Cherokee Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Cherokee? Discover the mountain views and casinos in this quaint area.

Western Carolina University
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Western Carolina University

4.5/5(131 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Western Carolina University, a top university in Cullowhee. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Fontana Lake
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Fontana Lake

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Fontana Lake during your travels in Robbinsville. Stroll along the riverfront in this relaxing area, or seek out the hiking trails.

Cataloochee Valley
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Cataloochee Valley

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Spot elk and visit historic buildings while camping, driving and hiking in the tranquil countryside of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Wheels Through Time Museum
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Wheels Through Time Museum

4.5/5(41 reviews)

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Wheels Through Time Museum during your travels in Maggie Valley. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Ghost Town in the Sky
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Ghost Town in the Sky

1/5(1 review)

Bring the kiddos to Ghost Town in the Sky and enjoy some excitement at this amusement park in Maggie Valley. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in this family-friendly area.

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Voted The Smoky Mountains Best Show - Country Tonite!

$39
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
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Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta

$25
Per adult
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Pigeon Forge Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
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Pigeon Forge Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

$34
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
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TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

$30
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Urban Adventure Quest - Asheville
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Urban Adventure Quest - Asheville

$19
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Flame Azalea and Fern Forest Combo Horseback Trail Ride
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Flame Azalea and Fern Forest Combo Horseback Trail Ride

$110
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