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Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee

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#6 of 20 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Mountains
Historic Site Specialty Museum
Oconaluftee Indian Village showcases the history of the Cherokee people and the impact that European settlers had on custom and culture. Surrounded by tall oaks and sycamores, this 1760s style living-history village is accessible through snaking paths. You can tour the dwellings, sacred areas, and work sites. Be prepared to encounter townspeople and craftspeople who have stories to tell. You'll learn about traditional medicine-making and interact with craftspeople as they hull canoes. Witness the village prepare for war, and see a blowgun demonstration. You'll have the opportunity to observe cultural dances and talk with the townspeople as they make pottery and masks, do beadwork, and weave baskets. Make Oconaluftee Indian Village a part of your Cherokee vacation plans using our Cherokee vacation planner.
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  • We had a blast! We bought the VIP package & did the museum, village & play. For us, it was well worth $117 because we love learning and love these great people. To me, the First Peoples of this land a...  more »
  • If it had been my choice I wouldn't have gone in due to the cost. I was with family and everyone was going, although to be honest I could have visited their gardens which are free and been perfectly f...  more »
  • Our guide was interesting and answered all questions. She took her time and explained everything that was being demonstrated. The village has an authentic feel, like we were really experiencing life a...  more »

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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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