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Cherokee

3.8
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Trails of Legends and Adventures
The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Located within a Cherokee reservation, the town depends almost exclusively on tourism--nearly two-thirds of its revenue is derived from this industry. Cherokee lacks a clearly defined downtown area, but its commercial section is almost entirely composed of hotels and shops, most of which sell Native American souvenirs. The city of about 25,000 is only reachable by mountain roads, most easily accessible from Knoxville or Asheville. Plan your vacation with our United States road trip planning app and discover the best things to do in Cherokee.
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Popular things to do in Cherokee

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Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Casino
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
2.5
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Specialty Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Mingo Falls ©
Waterfall
Mingo Falls
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mountain Farm Museum ©
History Museum
Mountain Farm Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Cherokee

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Bryson City
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Hartford
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Hartford
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Cherokee

Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Park
Oconaluftee Islands Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Oconaluftee River Trail
Hiking Trail
Oconaluftee River Trail
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery
Art Museum
Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Cherokee

Unique Gift Outlet ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Unique Gift Outlet
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Bearmeats Indian Den ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bearmeats Indian Den
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Saunooke Mill ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Saunooke Mill
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
The What's Hot Shop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The What's Hot Shop
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Cherokee

Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo ©
Theme Park
Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine ©
Mine
Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine
3.2
Duration: 2 hours
Cherokee Bear Zoo ©
Zoo
Cherokee Bear Zoo
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Cherokee

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual ©
Art Gallery
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Cherokee

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