Cherokee is a city surrounded by nature's beauty and filled with culture. The earliest people to live on this land were the Cherokee Indians and their culture enriches the area for tourists to enjoy. Great shopping is available here featuring Cherokee art and crafts. Musuems will inform visitors on the hardships that the Cherokees prevailed through. Cherokee is also a gateway city; a gateway to some of America's incredible national parks.

The following websites will help you prepare for your trip to Cherokee.

There is much to be learned when visiting the many national and state parks in this region as well. You will be lucky if you have the time to read all of the great historical markers and information provided by the National Park Service. The following parks are major reasons people travel to Cherokee:

Check with North Carolina's Tourism Bureau for information and opportunities for free maps and promotional brochures. The Smoky Mountains Tourism site will also provide a lot of useful information to plan your trip.