This is the center of Cherokee culture in North Carolina (and indeed the eastern United States). Many natives call this area home, the Cherokee language is also spoken by many in this area.
The Cherokee people are eastern Native Americans, do not ask them where the tipis are. Tipis were made by western Native Americans.
You can get in using North Carolina's mountain roads.
The area has some bus service, and the roads are in good condition.
Take in the culture, see the mountains, this is a very nice area of the country.
Go into the mountains, or gamble in the casino if you're the gambling type. You can also walk around the lands aswell.
There are several local shops that may peek your interest.
English is understood, and spoken. The Cherokee language is also preserved here.
Several hotels/motels are there for lodging.