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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile hike” (44 reviews)
“emerald bay” (192 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Too late to tour Vikingsholm. But still an awesome hike from the highway to Lake Tahoe. The blue color of the lake is spectacular. Carry water and snacks.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I walked down to Vikingsholm to see Emerald Bay. Absolutely beautiful and you are kind of isolated from all the tourists. If you like another east hike I recommend Eagle Creek trail across the street too

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hike down the cliff and through the woods. Unfortunately the museum closes end of September so we could not visit inside. But worth the effort despite that.

Thank lofberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw a sign for this "castle" at a nearby overlook and decided to go check it out. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because we could not go inside as it was closed for the season. It is in a beautiful spot...More

Thank RScadd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Need to get to the Emerald Bay car park, that is not by the lake, early. Very pleasant walk down to the lake and around the waters edge. This is not a castle as in the English sense but more of a folly.

Thank Trevor C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful vistas and amazing structure. Not open in the off season but was worth the hike, even for a couple of flatlanders!

Thank palmtre2
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We struggled to park in the crowded parking lot of the road, hiked down the side of the mountain and then toured this place. Kids were a little bored but it wasn't too long for them. Nice hiking venue. The struggle was real going back...More

Thank Janette R
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This is a spectacular home built in the 20's with local materials and a Scandinavian flair. The hike is is easy about 1 mike on a forest road. The home sits right on Lake Tahoe at Emerald Bay. There is admission for a tour but...More

Thank calsun99
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The parking lot for Vikingsholm is just a short way past the Eagle Falls lot on Hwy 89 north. It is a pretty big lot and I believe there was a $7 parking fee. We (my grown daughter, wife and I) got there before 8...More

1  Thank danieloW7812SH
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful, interesting tour! The walk down to the mansion was marked with several small waterfalls. The tour guide did a wonderful job pointing out the history and details of the home. Highly recommend!

Thank Pattikin
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23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
3 January 2017|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so. Unless maybe across the water if you have a boat. It's a pleasant hike. It's on an old service road so no scrambling.
Ath S
29 December 2016|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be very rushed. I would choose one and spend time to enjoy it.