Known for its location along the scenic Illinois River, Tahlequah offers a laidback atmosphere where visitors can enjoy delicious meals on breezy patios, hear live performances at the NSU Jazz Lab and take in sweeping views of the river from a number of cabins and campsites in the area. Numerous outfitters offer everything you need to float the river, from kayaks and canoes to rafts and tubes. After a leisurely day floating through the cool clear water, stop by one of the state’s most popular pizza restaurants — Sam & Ella’s Chicken Palace — where you can enjoy delicious twists on classic pizza toppings.
As the home of the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tribe's rich history which lives on in a number of attractions. You'll need more than a day here just to take in all of the tribal museum offerings including the Cherokee National History Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. Tour an antebellum mansion that was once home to a Cherokee chief's niece and see living history demonstrations of everyday activities at that time. Take home handmade gifts and artwork from the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop and the Cherokee Arts Center and Spider Gallery.
You'll find several float trip outfitters on the Illinois River providing canoes, rafts and kayaks.
Illinois River Overlook
Get outdoors and take in the abundant scenic vistas around the Illinois River in Tahlequah.
Visit Tenkiller Lake, where you can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, camping and scuba.
Cherokee National History Museum
Immerse yourself in the interactive hands-on and multi-media exhibits at this interesting museum.
Cherokee National Holiday
Enjoy the annual Cherokee homecoming with big-name concerts, a powwow, traditional food and games.
Plan a float trip on the Illinois River where float outfitters offer canoe, kayak and raft trips.
Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah
Choose from over 500 slot machines to play in the upscale atmosphere of this Cherokee Casino.
Tenkiller Lake Near Tahlequah
Enjoy scuba diving, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and beautiful views on Lake Tenkiller.
Purdy Cabin Guest Retreat
Relax at this charming cabin with amazing views of the Illinois River from the deck.
Fishing on the Illinois River
Count on a great fishing experience on the Illinois River, known especially for trout and bass.
John Ross Museum
Learn about John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokees during 30 years of critical tribal history.
NSU Jazz Lab
Hear live music at the NSU Jazz Lab in Tahlequah from large jazz ensembles to star solo performers.
J.T. Nickel Family Preserve
Bring your binoculars when visiting this 17,000-acre preserve teeming with watchable wildlife.
Sam and Ella's Chicken Palace
Savor incredible pizza, sandwiches, salads and appetizers at Sam & Ella's in Tahlequah.
Experience the thrill of winning on your choice of over 500 slot machines at Cherokee Casino.