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Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to Cherokee

Located on the western side of North Carolina, right in between the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee is a fantastic place to visit if you are looking to for outdoor adventures. It is also an incredible place to learn about Native American History from the Eastern Cherokee tribe.

Where to Stay in Cherokee, North Carolina

Wondering where to stay in Cherokee? There are quite a few different areas depending on your interests and itinerary. It would be a shame to visit Cherokee and not spend time in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Home to some of the oldest mountains in the world, you can do everything from hiking to fishing. Alternatively, opt for a scenic drive. If you plan on visiting the park, you will want to stay near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The center itself is near the Mountain Farm Museum and, of course, acts as a gateway to many of the different activities you can do.

If you prefer staying in the more central part of Cherokee, take a look at one of the many hotels along the main street of Tsali Boulevard. In addition to a comfortable stay, you will find plenty of restaurants and things to do. Learn more about the Native American history at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Then, stop by the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds and enjoy any of its year-round programs. If you visit during the warmer months, then do not miss Oconaluftee Island Park and its beautiful bamboo forest.

3, 4, and 5 star hotels in Cherokee, North Carolina

Overall, there are over 330 hotels in Cherokee, starting at . You just have to make your choice! With 13 4 star hotels, you are sure to have your pick of luxury accommodations. Many of choices are beautiful cabins in even more beautiful settings while there are a few that are more traditional hotels. At these hotels, you can expect anything from onsite dining, room service, breakfast, valet parking, concierge services, spas, pools, fitness centers, and more.

For those on a slightly smaller budget, there are 138 3 star hotels in Cherokee and starting at . Many include a spa, a pool, free parking, a fitness center, onsite dining, breakfast, and more to make your stay even more relaxing.

If you would like, you can narrow your search to business hotels or pet-friendly hotels.

Hotels near Asheville Regional Airport and McGhee Tyson Airport

Depending on where you are flying from, there are two main airports that have access to Cherokee. They include the Asheville Regional Airport and the McGhee Tyson Airport.

McGhee Tyson Airport is about two hours away from Cherokee and located near Knoxville, Tennessee. It offers nonstop flights from further west in the United States. In case you are planning on flying out of McGhee, there are around ten hotels situated nearby and most will have a free airport shuttle.

Asheville Regional Airport only offers flights along the East Coast. Its furthest western destination is Chicago. However, it is only an hour away from Cherokee instead of two. If you prefer staying nearby before or after your flight, check out any of the eight hotels in the vicinity. They also offer free airport shuttles.