The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

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Cherokee Indian

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Cherokee Indian Reservation

   The 56,000-acre Cherokee Indian Reservation is home to more than 10,000 Eastern Band of the Cherokee members. Each year, thousands of visitors from across the country come to discover this enchanted land and to share the natural mountain beauty the Cherokee have treasured for centuries.
   A visit to Cherokee is like stepping into the past. You’ll find a nation still linked to ancient customs and traditions that enable them to live in harmony with nature as their ancestors did. The Reservation,Oconaluftee Indian Village Scene from Unto These Hillsknown as the Qualla Boundary, has a number of outstanding attractions. Among them is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian,
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, “Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama, Oconaluftee Indian Village, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel. There are 28 campgrounds on the Reservation, and many motels and cabins. And be sure and visit the Cherokee Welcome Center on at 489 Tsali Boulevard in downtown Cherokee. Be prepared however to be turned off by the somewhat glitzy atmosphere on Main Street, which overflows with tourist stores selling "Indian" souvenirs made in China, and street performers wearing Plains Indian costumes.

Website: Cherokee Indian Reservation
Cherokee NC
Distance: 1-11/2 hours from Asheville
Address: Cherokee Welcome Center, 498 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee, NC 28719
Telephone: 800-438-1601
Allow: Plan to spend the whole day
Primary Attractions: Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel, Museum of the Cherokee Indian,
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Unto These Hills, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Unto These Hills
Nearby: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.

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