Discover the sovereign lands of the Cherokee Nation from our hotels in Cherokee, North Carolina. Explore the dramatic mountain landscape of waterfalls, country roads and sylvan trails.
Home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the tribe of Native Americans that have lived in these moss-backed hills for 11,000 years, Cherokee is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a popular destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Our hotels in Cherokee are just a short drive from the park's mountain trails and icy streams. In Cherokee, visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, where multimedia exhibits, live dance and ancient artifacts tell the story of the tribal people. On the museum grounds is a 20-foot-tall, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, said to have invented the Cherokee alphabet. Also close to our Cherokee hotels is the living-history museum at Oconaluftee Indian Village, where you can watch local artisans weave river-cane baskets, craft pottery and make masks out of poplar wood. Enjoy the easy hike along the mile-long nature trail adjacent to the village.
Guests at our Cherokee hotels can browse the handicrafts at Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, a co-op that showcases works by more than 300 Cherokee artisans. Shop for authentic Cherokee baskets, beadwork, jewelry and dolls. Our hotels in Cherokee are near a range of dining choices, from pizza to Chinese to the Southern-style dishes at Granny’s Kitchen. In the evening take in the outdoor drama 'Unto These Hills' at the Mountainside Theatre—seen by millions of people since its debut in 1950. Or head to nearby Harrah's Cherokee Casino to gamble the night away.
Book a room in our Holiday Inn® Cherokee hotels for year-round festivities. Visit in March for the trout-fest called Ramp It Up!, or in October for the annual Cherokee Indian Fair.