Culturally interesting and with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
The high prices traffic
The place to go to learn about the Cherokee!
One of Harrah's "Total Rewards" properties, owned and operated by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, this casino is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation just across the stateline in North Carolina. Full casino with video slots, video poker, live poker and blackjack, plus a buffet and various shops. Your usual casino fare - way too smoky, but...more
When is the last time you went wading in a real river? The water in the Oconaluftee River originates from springs bubbling up and filtering through the ferns and moss in the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.As the Oconaluftee passes through Cherokee, it is split by an amazing, grassy island – the Oconaluftee Islands Park – sheltered...more
At the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you will see that it's more than just a place. It is also a time: 1760. Centuries-old techniques for survival have been passed down from generation to generation and preserved in this living history site.The best way to get back to Oconaluftee, circa 1760,, or, better still is to un-tether yourself from the world...more
We took a drive out to Bryson City and had a picnic at the riverfront park. Lots of ducks to feed and you can put in your canoe/kayak in this area too. Also, there is a very cute and fun July 4th celebration at this park!Trees overhang the river, if river is high enough you could jump off into water, make sure you have on a PFD. There's also a...more
The Trail of a 1,000 tears started in Cherokee, North Carolina and there are monuments reflecting the history of the Cherokee nation in the western North Carolina mountains. The area is full of history and natural beauty of these people which are recreated in villages, their art and their handicrafts.There are events, festivals, and daily...more
We wanted to see the new Harrah's casino.The casino itself was a huge disappointment. All the gaming was computerized and there were no dealers. We literally spent maybe 20 minutes inside. The smoke was too much.We did manage to win $60 on slots. Also, Cherokee is in a dry county so there was not drinking allowed. But there are free soft...more
1455 Acquoni Road, Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719, United States
Good for: Couples
US Highway 19, Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719, United States
Good for: Business
There are a number of mid-priced chain hotels in the area and the Hampton isn't all that different...more
We stopped in at Stockyard Steaks & Buffet right after leaving the Harrah's Casino - we were hungry! I wouldn't say this is a "nice" restaurant, but it was clean and the food was surprisingly tasty. They had steak on the buffet - the medium-well steak I had was actually medium well! The veggies tasted really good, and all the fixings on the salad...more
We stopped here mid-hike from the Oconoluftee River trail - the terminus is at the Cherokee town limits. Not wanting to eat at a chain restaurant, we came here. Unfortunate choice. There as a buffet in the back which didn't look all that good, so we decided to order off the menu. Standard tourist fare - I ordered a cheeseburger and fries. Both...more
We ate at two different locations in Cherokee. Both were really bad...Paul's looked like a innocent and friendly place. The service wasn't great. A huge pet peeve of mine is when the waitress brings the bill without asking if you want anything else(for example:dessert). That just says to me that they are more concerned with flipping your table than...more
In case you had this place confused with Las Vegas, eating at the buffet will surely set you straight. The "international" buffet is a four part affair comprised of fried, fried, fried and salad. I think that last part may be fried too. I'm not quite sure which nations were represented here.At $15 for all the artery clogging food you can eat, I...more
The town is full of shops with souveniers and crafts. Some nice and some tacky. There's no point in giving a specific shop name. Most of the prices are about the same.
What to buy: Moccasins are nice.
What to pay: About $20/pair
Cherokee Indian Wisdom from North Carolina"One evening an old Cherokee tribe leader told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.He said “ Grandson, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false...more
The Cherokee museum makes great strides in bebunking many myths concerning Native Americans. Although most lived off the land and all had traditions and beliefs that differed from those of the settlers who later came to inhabit the land, the Cherokee were far from the "savages" described by early explorers and embedded in American folklore. The...more
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The Great Smokey Mountains....the best view ever, but if you don't like heights, might not want to get out at the sight areas...the elevation is very high. Oh, coming down the mountain is a real trip too, might want to take dramamine. For the motion sickness, of going around in circles.
Fondest memory: the tours