I will be visiting Gatlinburg this coming July. I thought about driving over to Cherokee to go to Mingo Falls. I was not sure what else was in the Cherokee area, but was hoping to get the most out of the immediate area parks/attractions after my drive over.
I started doing some research, but wanted to get some feedback from the T.A. experts!! I saw there is a Cherokee Indian Museum, The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill. I see there is also the Harrah's Casino, Cherokee Phoenix Theatre, Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine, Santa Land, Qualla Arts and Crafts, Oconaluftee Islands Park and the Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals. I see people posting pictures of the painted bears on T.A. too. I might like to check some of them out. Where are most of them located?
Are there any other highlights that are in Cherokee that I am missing? What are the best activites that you would recommend? I couldnt find much info on the Islands Park. Has anyone visited it? How much time do you think I will need for a visit to Cherokee? Also, if we wanted to get lunch over in Cherokee..where would you recommend?
Thanks in advance for any and ALL help!!