Tahlequah can be found in the "Lakes Country" of Northeastern Oklahoma and has the honor of being the capital of both The Cherokee Nation and The Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. The City of Tahlequah has been named one of the Top 100 Best Small Towns in America and is the oldest municipality in Oklahoma by distinction of an incorporation act by the Cherokee Nation in 1843, which is more than a half a century before Oklahoma became a state. Give the ancient Cherokee village of Tsa-La-Gi, which is located at the Cherokee Heritage Center a tour. Float down the Illinois River, or make a capacious splash at Lake Tenkiller. Check out the Tahlequah Original Historic Townsite District, a place where the street signs are written in both English and Cherokee, and try your fortune at the Cherokee Casino. Don't forget to stop by Franklin Castle or the Cherokee National Prison Museum while you're there. Tahlequah is also home to Northeastern State University.