Make yourself at home in our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Cherokee. In no time you’ll be standing in the mist of Mingo Falls or watching a Cherokee artisan craft a river-cane basket.
Cherokee is part of sovereign land held in trust for the Cherokee Indian tribe. Our Cherokee hotels are near the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, where a multimedia exhibit traces the history of the Cherokee from the Paleolithic era to modern times. Travel back in time at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living museum immersed in the mid-1750s Cherokee way of life. Watch artisans shaping clay into pottery and weaving baskets out of river cane. After a good night’s sleep at our hotels in Cherokee, it's fun to browse the exquisite baskets, pottery, woodcarvings, beadwork, jewelry and dolls at Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. This nonprofit co-op sells handmade crafts created by some 300 Cherokee artisans.
Our hotels in Cherokee put you near affordable dining options, from Southern-style buffets to chain favorites. Our Cherokee hotels are also close to Harrah's Cherokee Casino, which offers games of chance plus a theater, shops and Paula Deen's Kitchen restaurant. The great outdoors beckons from the doorstep of our Cherokee hotels: The city is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway or hike the Oconaluftee river trail. You can fish icy mountain streams for fat rainbow trout or trek to the shimmering waters of 200-foot Mingo Falls.
Book your room in our hotels in Cherokee to join theater fans for a nightly performance of 'Unto These Hills', an outdoor drama that has played at the Mountainside Theatre since 1950. The second-longest-running outdoor drama in the country, 'Unto These Hills' tells the story of the Cherokee people.