Destination guide

Charm and history near Cherokee vacation home rentals

Hop in your Delorean and travel back in time to Cherokee, NC. Located within the Qualla Boundary – a land trust that's home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians – the town of Cherokee lies just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can find a number of local sights dedicated to Cherokee life, including a replica 18th-century Cherokee village where you can take guided tours that shine a light on daily life in the area 300 years ago. With a Cherokee vacation rental, you'll be at the heart of a uniquely American travel destination.

Things to do

Cherokee's got it all – art, gardens, and a national park

In the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll find more than half a million acres of preserved wilderness, including wooded hillsides, rocky peaks, and plenty of rivers, ponds, and streams. After that, head to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, where you can explore the history of the Cherokee people through artwork, photography, and cultural artifacts from local artists. Or you can visit the Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail, where you'll find 150 species of native flora, plus a leisurely walking trail that winds along the wooded hillside of Mount Noble.


Activities near Cherokee vacation homes

With plenty of pristine natural beauty and a bounty of cultural attractions, you'll find lots to do in and around Cherokee. The surrounding mountains offer loads of campsites and hiking trails, and the Oconaluftee River is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other waterfront activities. At the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you can get a firsthand look at everyday life in an 18th-century Cherokee community. Here, you'll find guides demonstrating cultural activities like basket weaving and arrowhead making. At the open-air Mountainside Theatre, you can catch live performances throughout the summer season.


Cherokee's weather – from snowshoes to sunscreen

The town of Cherokee has a humid continental climate, with hot, muggy summers and cold, snowy winters. Average summer highs peak at 84ºF in July and August, while winter temperatures range from 23ºF to 47ºF in January. The winter months see plenty of snowfall, and you'll find regular precipitation all year round. With its abundance of outdoor activities and open-air attractions, Cherokee is a popular summer destination for visitors of all ages. You'll be most likely to find the best prices on Cherokee vacation rentals during the slower, colder winter months.

Natural features

Take a peak – Cherokee's stunning scenery

Cherokee lies in the Oconaluftee River Valley, a low-lying basin in the eastern part of North Carolina. A short drive from your Cherokee vacation rental, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers over 522,000 acres of pristine pine and hardwood forests, as well as a number of mountain peaks soaring past the 6,000-foot mark. The park is home to a 70-mile stretch of the famed Appalachian Trail, and it's also home to countless species of local wildlife, including coyotes, river otters, deer, and a robust population of about 1,500 black bears.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cherokee

The nearest airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), located 43.9 mi (70.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), which is 44.2 mi (71.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Cherokee?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,823 vacation rentals near Cherokee. From 1,535 Cabins to 1,535 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cherokee for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cherokee?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cherokee:

  • Chalet Village: 2,176 vacation rentals
  • Smoky Mountain Village: 334 vacation rentals
  • Black Bear Falls: 324 vacation rentals
  • Bear Lake Reserve: 30 vacation rentals
  • Hemlock Hills: 134 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cherokee?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cherokee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine: 2,152 vacation rentals
  • Harrahs Cherokee Casino: 1,351 vacation rentals
  • Indian Creek Falls: 2,855 vacation rentals
  • Cherokee Mountainside Theatre: 1,639 vacation rentals
  • Oconaluftee Indian Village: 2,055 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cherokee listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Cherokee?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,535 Cabins in Cherokee. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cherokee include:

  • Cottages: 1,535 rentals available
  • Houses: 376 rentals available
  • Chalets: 145 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cherokee?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,113 vacation rentals with pool available in Cherokee. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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