CherokeeUnited States of America

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Escape to quaint Cherokee! Enjoy its casinos, mountain views, and museums.

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.

Known for

Casinos, Mountains and Hiking

Top Hotels in Cherokee

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC
$119
per night
Sep 26 - Sep 27
4.2/5Very Good! (688 reviews)

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cherokee Bear Zoo, Oconaluftee Islands Park, and Eastern Cherokee Agency. Santa's Land Family ...

4.2/5Very Good! (688 reviews)

"Room was not as nice or furnished as well as expected."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
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Cherokee Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
196 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC
$69
per night
Sep 18 - Sep 19
3.8/5Good! (1,870 reviews)

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oconaluftee Islands Park and Eastern Cherokee Agency. Cherokee Welcome Center and Museum of ...

3.8/5Good! (1,870 reviews)

"There were no problems with the hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Cherokee Grand Hotel
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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bryson City
2 out of 5
82 Songbird Forest Road, Bryson City, NC
$51
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4/5Very Good! (1,304 reviews)

Situated in Bryson City, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nantahala National Forest and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The Storytelling ...

4/5Very Good! (1,304 reviews)

"clean nice hotel easy to get in a quiet part of town"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bryson City

Popular things to do in Cherokee

Harrahs Cherokee Casino
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Harrahs Cherokee Casino

Why not try your luck with a visit to Harrahs Cherokee Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Cherokee? Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in this quaint area.

Cataloochee Valley
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Cataloochee Valley

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

Top activities in Cherokee

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

$39

Embark on a hands-on aquatic adventure with the 10,000 marine critters that call Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies home. Watch the underwater antics of exotic sea creatures up-close, scoping out playful penguins, graceful manta rays, balletic jellyfish, and majestic sharks.

Admission to RainForest Adventures Zoo
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Admission to RainForest Adventures Zoo

$10

Discover a zoo featuring more than 600 live animals representing creatures from rainforests all over the world, located in the heart of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains. Admire the wild attractions—the majority born and raised in captivity—as you travel around a world of sights.

TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee
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TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

$30

Everyone knows the name TITANIC, Everyone knows TITANIC hit an Iceberg, Everyone knows TITANIC sank, but there is so much more to her story! With over 400 real TITANIC artifacts, valued at over four-million dollars, our Permanent, Interactive TITANIC experience goes beyond the obvious! Upon arrival, each guest is greeted by one of our costumed cast members and given a boarding pass to become an actual passenger aboard the TITANIC.

Voted The Smoky Mountains Best Show - Country Tonite!
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Voted The Smoky Mountains Best Show - Country Tonite!

$38

VOTED BEST SHOW in the Smokies Year after Year and recognized as the show you just can't miss in Pigeon Forge! Country Tonite promises the unique entertainment experience and award winning identity that sets it apart from the other shows in the area.

Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta
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Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta

$25

2018 Attraction of the year winner! Anakeesta theme park is a chance to create your own unique vacation experience. Relax, play, and enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains with your family, all in the magical treetop setting of Firefly Village.

Hazzard Hoedown Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge
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Hazzard Hoedown Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge

$26

Visit: Hazzard Hoedown, 2330 Parkway The Grand Majestic Dinner Theater, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3253 Join the Duke boys, Daisy, and all the Hazzard gang as they go on a wild and crazy adventure to save Uncle Jesse’s farm from falling into Boss Hogg’s greedy hands.

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