Cherokee exists as a crossroads of regional and Native American history at the eastern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (where you’ll find the Oconaluftee Visitor Center) and the southern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is an excellent stop for learning more about tribal history and culture; the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual across the street offers a wide variety of Cherokee crafts for viewing and purchase. Oconaluftee Indian Village is a full-scale reproduction of a Cherokee village in the late 18th century – with performers, interpretive exhibits and interactive displays, including special programs for children. And Unto These Hills is an outdoor drama performed almost nightly that portrays the Cherokee story.
Beyond these popular attractions, many events and festivals also take place in Cherokee from the award-winning Festival of Native Peoples, powwows and bonfires to fishing tournaments, sports events, and carnivals.