Cherokee is known first and foremost for being the place where those who escaped from the Trail of Tears settled and were allowed to stay. Once a little tourist trap along the side of the road, Cherokee has grown and evolved into its own great tourist destination, known for its outdoor fun. Hotel visitors can choose from small, local hotels, to familiar chain hotels that run from inexpensive to luxurious.
Harrah's Casino and Hotel is the largest venue in the area and is perfect for group tours and meetings.
Visitors to Cherokee hotels may choose from traditional cuisine to almost anything else. The Old Fashioned Soco Diner serves traditional Native American food, while Paul's serves that as well as home style American food. The Happy Restaurant serves great Chinese food, and Paula Deen also has a restaurant there called Paula Deen's kitchen.
"Unto These Hills" is the outdoor drama that depicts the history of the Cherokee people. This cultural event is one the Cherokee is most known for, and performances go on from May to October.
Hotel visitors will find that shopping in Cherokee is all about galleries and Native American crafts. Tribal Grounds and the Joel Queen Gallery are two places to find interesting things to buy and bring home.
Cherokee is a great place for camping, hunting, and fishing. Hiking and swimming are also popular sporting activities for visitors. The Sequoyah National Golf Club offers tee times in warmer weather.