Day Trip from our RV Lots for Sale in NC: Cherokee
Our location in western North Carolina is rich in culture and history, which is apparent on a day trip to nearby Cherokee. Located less than an hour’s drive from our RV lots for sale in NC, there is never any lack of fun-filled things to do.
Cherokee is a town located within the Qualla Boundary in Swain and Jackson Counties. It serves as the headquarters for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe. Home to just over 2,000 people, it has been carefully preserved so as to reflect the lifestyle of 18th Century Cherokee Indians.
Cherokee sits just outside an entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and therefore attracts a good number of people who are passing through the area. However, it is also a tourist destination in its own right, hosting such attractions as:
- Museum of the Cherokee Indian, where numerous artifacts and exhibits are located. This museum is most famous for its nightly production of “Unto these Hills”, an outdoor drama that has been called the “most authentic reproduction of the Cherokee story ever told.”
- Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living museum designed to be a replica of an 18th Century Cherokee village that offers demonstrations on making baskets, arrowheads, and other items.
- Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail, which contains more than 150 native plant species, an herb garden, and walking trails. It is located next to the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
- Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. The oldest Native American Cooperative, it showcases the works of more than 250 members, offering a variety of handmade goods such as pottery, beadwork, baskets and other items.
- Mountain Farm Museum, which is located outside the visitor’s center, and is designed to replicate a farm before the use of modern equipment became common. It contains antique buildings, farm equipment, and even a few animals.
Despite the fact that it is a very small community, you’ll find dozens of restaurants that serve nearly any type of fare imaginable. Of course, you are also free to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it at any of the area’s attractions, which is something we recommend if you plan to spend the entire day here.
Driving to Cherokee
From Franklin, take U.S. 441 North for around 17 miles until that highway merges with U.S. 74 West. Continue on for another 7.4 miles and you will come to Exit 74 on US 441. Take that exit ramp and travel just over five miles, at which time you will come to U.S. Highway 19. Turn right, and you have arrived at Cherokee, NC. Most days, you can make this trip in around 40 minutes or so, but it could take a bit longer during the peak tourist season.
Cherokee is an excellent place to go to whenever you need a quick getaway. Stop by today and see why it is a favorite destination for many residents of our RV lots for sale in North Carolina.