Things To Do...
Fishing in the Smoky Mountains
Alamo Motel & Cottages provides a central location to some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cataloochee Ski Area and Tubing World is a Winter Wonderland of Skiing, Tubing and Snowboarding! Season passes, and fun for the whole family. Download the brochure for more information: Cataloochee Brochure!
Cherokee Hotel and Casino
If you're planning a North Carolina Vacation, Harrah's Cherokee can open the door to a world of North Carolina entertainment. Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino is one of the premier North Carolina hotels and casinos. For easy North Carolina hotel reservations, Harrah's Cherokee offers convenient online booking. If you're seeking the best in dining, entertainment, and casino gambling for your North Carolina trip, look no further than Harrah's Cherokee. Book your hotel reservation today and experience all that Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino has to offer.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, into tunnels and through
river gorges in a spectacular region called The Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.
After our first day in Cataloochee, all we can say is WOW! It is almost like a Cades Cove that NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT! If you like Cades Cove, you simply MUST include this awesome area in your vacation itinerary. The elk were introduced here and "the back entrance" to the great Smoky Mountains park has the largest amount of preserved log buildings in North America! We filmed the Palmer House at approx. 2:00 PM (which took about two hours) and we had so much fun and there was hardly any traffic!!!
Cades Cove is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park--and for good reason. The idyllic setting of Cades Cove is a sampler of everything the Park has to offer the Smokies visitor. Interesting Tennessee cabins, cabin rentals, and other pioneer structures dot this cove and tell the history of its early inhabitants. Wildlife is abundant. More than a dozen hiking and horseback riding trails originate in Cades Cove. The Smoky Mountains, which tower above picturesque Cades Cove, serve as guardians to the Cove's serene beauty; and the splendor of color when Mother Nature empties her paint buckets on the Cove's hardwoods in the Fall is unmatched! Cades Cove is home to trout streams to tease the fly- fishing enthusiast and campgrounds are available for those who want to live in Cades Cove--even if only temporarily. In addition, Smoky Mountain cabin rentals found on this web site gives the opportunity for tourists to hark back to the former inhabitants of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Town Of Maggie Valley
Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.Take a drive through the area -- we are close to Cherokee, Waynesville, Sylva and Asheville is just a "hop" away. Wonderful views in Maggie Valley, live music and shows, crafts, food and lots more fun. Maggie Valley is a timeless, family-fun destination located in a beautiful mountain setting surrounded with breathtaking views. Maggie Valley has something fun for all ages, you can "charge up your batteries", eat good food, see the sights and just rest and relax and take in the beauty of Maggie Valley.
Bring your lunch and play in the dirt! Warren will give you a crash course and show you what to look for. All the people at Sheffield Mine are so friendly, and they help you in your quest to find gem's. This webmaster herself has found 2 honkers and one squeeker.
Unto These Hills
You can feel an ever so slight chill run up your spine. But it is not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk, it is from your anticipation of the coming drama. It is a feeling millions before you have felt as the lights dim and you are transported back to the beginning of time, through the pageantry of one of the longest running outdoor dramas in the U.S. It is the same reaction visitors have had since the first showing of "Unto These Hills" nearly six million tickets ago. But it is also very different from the drama of days past. The show today has been reconcepted to better portray the unique story of the Cherokee from a historical perspective. The new play traces the Cherokee people through the aeons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.
Motorcycle Riders/Sportscar Drivers- Ride the Tail of the Dragon
TAIL OF THE DRAGON AT DEALS GAP, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby CHEROHALA SKYWAY is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other incredible roads like the DEVILS TRIANGLE, THE SNAKE, BLOOD MOUNTAIN, and some GREAT DUAL SPORT RIDING.
Located at the base of Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley lies a natural wonder, Linville Caverns. After remaining a mysterious secret for centuries, the caverns have been opened for safe and convenient public touring. These natural limestone caverns feature guided tours showing spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park is a scenic attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville. The parks offers spectacular 75-mile views, numerous hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, Nature Center, picnicking and more.
Old Pressley Sapphire Mine
Located in Haywood County, near Canton North Carolina, the Old Pressley Sapphire Mine is one of the oldest operating mines in western North Carolina. Made famous by the discovery of the 1445 carat "Star of the Carolinas," the mine contains abundant quantities of Sapphires, moonstones, and other precious minerals in sufficient quantity to make rock collecting both pleasurable and profitable. You can be the one that finds that really big one, the one that has eluded rock hounds until now. And we have a nice picnic area and rock shop on the site. A great place for rock hounds. Come and enjoy the pleasant surroundings at the Old Pressley Sapphire mine.
At Santa's Land Theme Park & Zoo you will find the Famous Rollicoaster, Cherokee, North Carolina's Roller coaster plus many other rides and activities. Boys and Girls of all ages love to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas. At Santa's House, you'll get to see Santa Claus in person! This theme park is home to a turn of the century mill, great for school trips and educational outings. Many restaurants and food courts. Come feed the bears and pet Rudolph's friends at the Santa's Land Petting Zoo. Ride the paddle boats to Monkey Island while viewing some of the largest gold fish you've ever seen. Cherokee, North Carolina, not just a place for the grown ups, but fun for the whole family. Come see Santa Claus at his home away from the North Pole. Santa's Land hosts the Harvest Festival every weekend in October. The Harvest Festival is a special celebration of mountain heritage. Enjoy the crafts, apple cider pressings, mountain music and clogging entertainment. Enjoy the magic show in the Jingle Bell Theater. Visit with Santa's Elves and let them show you all of Santa's world.
The Cherokee community shows you how tradition mingles with the present, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village takes you back to 1750, well, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes you back all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains. And because people learn best from stories, and recall best with stories, that�s how we bring the past to life here.