Cherokee, NC

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Dillsboro
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

Cherokee Grand Hotel
Cherokee Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
196 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is ¥11,043 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Cherokee Grand Hotel
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is ¥13,916 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
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! (1,675 reviews)
"Stayed here’s a few times now. Always a great experience. The rooms are amazing. Food options are great. Staffing issues caused long delays and wait times but that’s the world we live in now. The new portion of the casino is open now. The parking garage is a good walk from the rooms. It’s nice they ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Great Smokies Inn Cherokee
Great Smokies Inn Cherokee
2.5 out of 5
1636 Acquoni Rd, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is ¥12,361 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Room was great size, very clean. Beds very comfortable. Staff was extremely nice and helpful."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Great Smokies Inn Cherokee
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! (54 reviews)
"The atmosphere, layout, property as a whole was amazing. My sister and I had so much peace and tranquility while there to the point we didn't want to leave. Absolutely breath taking..."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Panther Creek Cabins
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
Cherokee, North Carolina
Stay at this cabin in Cherokee. Enjoy onsite parking, a porch, and private yards. Popular attractions Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Good little place
"Everything you needed!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Ol'Smoky Log Cabin on the River Unit 1
 Charming Waterfront Cabin On The Oconaluftee River we call " The Love Nest".
Charming Waterfront Cabin On The Oconaluftee River we call " The Love Nest".
Whittier, NC
Stay at this cabin in Cherokee. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (117 reviews)
Our favorite!
"Always our favorite place"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Charming Waterfront Cabin On The Oconaluftee River we call " The Love Nest".
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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