Nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway lies Cherokee.


Great Smoky Mountains Western North Carolina - Photo by Jutta FarrerCherokee is the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, one of the few native groups in the United States that remain in its ancestral homeland. Today, more than 12,000 Cherokees live in this quaint mountain town, where the old ways are honored, and the modern world is embraced.

Cherokee gives visitors a closer look at the roots of their tribe’s history and culture through highly sophisticated cultural attractions including the Museum of the Cherokee Indian; Oconaluftee Indian Village; the popular outdoor drama “Unto These Hills”; and Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, a Cherokee Artist Cooperative, showcasing a stunning variety of arts and crafts from over 250 members.

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama Cherokee North Carolina - Photo Courtesy of Eastern Band of Cherokee IndiansGet back to nature with the best fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, world-class whitewater rafting, zip lining,  Helicopter rides, amusement parks, gem mines, and a close-by scenic train are other fun options. Special events include Powwows including dance, storytelling and song performances, Cruise the Smokies Rod Runs, Fly Fishing Tournaments, Children Trout Derby, and Bluegrass Festivals among others.

Take a swing at the Sequoyah National Golf Club or try your luck at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel, a 21-story luxury resort hotel, 15,000-square foot conference center, with fine restaurants, luxury spa, and headline entertainment.

Cherokee is a highlight for shoppers looking for authentic Cherokee and Native American Art including jewelry, pottery, baskets, bead work, leather goods, arts, crafts, and unique gift items.

Canopy Tour Asheville - Photo Courtesy by Wildwater Ltd.Fun, cultural entertainment is being presented at curbside stages outside the stores and shops featuring Cherokee dancers and storytellers, and “chiefs” posing for photographs with the audience.

With its natural beauty, family attractions, outdoor activities and the rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll never run out of things to do.

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