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Cherokee

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The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Located within a Cherokee reservation, the town depends almost exclusively on tourism--nearly two-thirds of its revenue is derived from this industry. Cherokee lacks a clearly defined downtown area, but its commercial section is almost entirely composed of hotels and shops, most of which sell Native American souvenirs. The city of about 25,000 is only reachable by mountain roads, most easily accessible from Knoxville or Asheville. Plan your vacation with our United States road trip planning app and discover the best things to do in Cherokee.
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Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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