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Cherokee, along with the adjacent communities of Maggie Valley and Bryson City, is a popular vacation destination for anyone whether you’re looking for camping, nature, history, or gambling. Cherokee is the main city inside the Qualla Boundary, a land trust that’s not technically a reservation even though it’s still under federal protection. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, descendents from roughly 800 Cherokee who remained in the area even after the Indian Removal Act in 1830, inhabit the area and run the typical tourist attractions white people love, plus a nice casino. But aside from the camping and gambling, there is also some good hiking in the area.