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OutlawSteph

Cherokee, NC?

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Hi guys! I'll be visiting Greenville, SC area next week but will take a day trip or two north of the border. I'm going to see Asheville of course, but what is Cherokee like?

I saw the website for the Native American village which looks like a lot of fun. I am a history fan. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/oconaluftee_main.php

Is it worth going to this area? What else is there to see?

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Cherokee is a full fledge Native American Reservation and the town of Cherokee is the main town in it. Its mostly geared these days towards the tourist trade but it is nice to see. There are a lot of things to do and see there. And the Harrah's Casino is the only place where you can legally gamble in the state of NC. It's worth seeing even if you don't gamble.

Also near there is the main entrance to the Smokey Mountains National park. If you take the route that connects Cherokee to Gatlinburg, TN, (about 30 miles) you will pass through some of the highest elevations on the east coast of the USA and Clingman's Dome, is the second highest point in North America east of the Mississippi river. (the highest is Mt Mitchell also in NC). There is beautiful scenery on this route and a number of places that you can pull off and see things in the park. Its will worth the visit and I recommend stopping by the visitors center at the entrance to the park for more info.

Maggie Valley is a big tourist town near Cherokee. It's worth a visit if you have never been there.

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Funny, cause I'm in Cherokee tonight!! (With work. OK, maybe I'll visit the casino for an hour or so... :D )

There are several small towns in the area near Cherokee worth checking out. You might want to go over to Bryson City, take the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad over to Dillsboro and do a little sightseeing and exploring. Most of the towns near here (Sylva, Cherokee, Bryson City, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, even down to Franklin and Highlands) are loaded with various local craft stores and artist shops. You can spend quite a bit of time here in this area, it is one of my favorite places to take a quick weekend break too.

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