Cherokee Travel Guide

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Cherokee Highlights

  • Pro
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     Culturally interesting and with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop. 

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     The high prices traffic 

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     The place to go to learn about the Cherokee! 

Cherokee Things to Do

  • Public Art - Bears

    Since 2011, a collection of large, colorful fiberglass bears have been displayed around the town of Cherokee, NC - many painted by Cherokee artists. I love public art installations, and these beautiful bears have been fun to find!

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  • "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama

    The longest running outdoor drama, telling the story of the Cherokee people, from their beginning, through the Trail of Tears, to present day. My friends have told me it is a "must see". The performances run nightly (except Sundays) June through mid-August. I can't wait to see it this summer! More of a review coming then!

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  • Just enjoy stretching your legs

    This place was amazing. Almost everything you need, before driving on. It makes a great pit stop if your on your travels, or if you live nearby, then it would make a great day out.The Smoky Mountain backdrop is fantastic, and during the winter, you can see much father as there is fewer leaves on the trees, and you get a real feel of being in the...

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  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino

    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...

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  • Oconaluftee Islands Park

    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...

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  • Oconaluftee Indian Village

    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...

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  • Bryson City downtown Park

    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...

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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    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...

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  • Gambling.. of course Harrah's casino

    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...

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Cherokee Restaurants

  • Boiled Peanuts

    Oh dear, Boiled Peanuts! That's right Boiled Peanuts.I had never heard of this before, but the smell as we parked up and got closer to the street vendor, was amazing. Spicy and salty, and yes, peanuty too.But when we looked closer, it was a big old oil drum, cut in half, full of boiling water over a gas burner, and peanuts in their shells were...

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  • Stockyard Steaks & Buffet

    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...

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  • Little Princess Restaurant

    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...

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  • Quick and simple

    Just a simple restaurant. Plenty of space, no waiting, even if there was a crowd. Easy in and out, with plenty of shopping to do within walking distance. General food. I don't know that anything stood out.

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  • Nothing Fancy...

    This Pancake is located across the street from Harrah's. We ate here for breakfast.The inside had the tacky animal head trophys, which made me loose my appetite right away. I ate: 2 biscuits which were not too bad and frozen oily hash browns.Hubbie ate: Breakfast buffet.

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  • Not Good..

    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...

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Cherokee Shopping

  • Not shortage of gift shops.

    I must admit, as we drove along for hundreds of miles that day, we new we wanted to find petrol stations and shops for snacks and drinks, but we didn't expect to find so many great, if not a little too gift shoppie, shops.And these shops were not cheap either. As we browsed the shops, you had the feeling you had gone back in the shop you had just...

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  • Indian Crafts

    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. Moccasins are nice. About $20/pair

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Cherokee Local Customs

  • I found this to be true in Cherokee

    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...

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  • The notable Cherokee

    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...

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  • by 10acn Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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

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