Cherokee, NC

Travel Guide
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.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC
The price is ¥4,715 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Bear Zoo and Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Santa's Land Family Theme Park and Zoo and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (932 reviews)
"The gambling was fun and the hotel has a great set up."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee Grand Hotel
Cherokee Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
196 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC
The price is ¥8,390 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"We continue to stay here in Cherokee whenever we visit. Chip runs the shuttle service and is so friendly and professional. He is the face of this hotel and we always look forward to seeing him."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Cherokee Grand Hotel
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
Fully refundable
The price is ¥12,367 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherokee Bear Zoo and Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Santa's Land ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Was nice but to many teenagers hanging out in lobby overal good quit good for a overnight stay room was decent"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 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
The price is ¥11,990 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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 ...
3.7/5 Good! (47 reviews)
"Very cozy, clean and comfortable. Close to casino is a big plus!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Panther Creek Cabins
Appaloosa One is Minutes away from Downtown Cherokee & Harrah's Casino.
Appaloosa One is Minutes away from Downtown Cherokee & Harrah's Casino.
Cherokee, NC
Situated on a river, this cabin is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Cherokee Bear Zoo and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Oconaluftee Islands Park and Eastern ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (76 reviews)
Perfect getaway!
"Beautiful view, peaceful, close to everything, clean couldn't ask for more! Clint couldn't have been more helpful! Definitely recommend and will definitely return"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Appaloosa One is Minutes away from Downtown Cherokee & Harrah's Casino.
Quiet, peaceful, relaxing getaway from a stressful life! Great Fishing!
Quiet, peaceful, relaxing getaway from a stressful life! Great Fishing!
Cherokee, NC
Situated on a river, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Mingo Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mountain Farm Museum and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Great Smoky ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (138 reviews)
In a great place to enjoy everything with not much driving
"We saw a lot of elk every evening. Trip into Cherokee was only a few minutes away. Went to cades cove in no time if it’s not to busy, but sadly we didn’t think much of it no wildlife except four turkeys. Overall we loved being together away from everyone and just enjoyed our self together. We love ..."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Quiet, peaceful, relaxing getaway from a stressful life! Great Fishing!
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.

Popular places to visit in Cherokee

Top things to do in Cherokee

Cities near Cherokee