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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.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“parking lot” (77 reviews)
“mile hike” (39 reviews)
“emerald bay” (173 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 2 days ago via mobile

A great view of the lake and falls. There is a trail as well that I did not have time to hike but climbed to the top of a large rock formation to take some great photos of the falls! Day use $10.00. They had...More

Thank sharoncatania2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

The hike is beautiful and the area that surrounds it was just relaxing. There were a lot of people as it is tourist season but so worth it. Plan for parking cause that is challenging as it is a busy busy spot. Be prepared for...More

Thank Anna D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Closed when we hiked here, so we could only see the outside. Carved doors, thatched roof. The walking path to the Boat Camp (and beyond!) are worth your time. Quiet forest, beautiful lake views.

Thank Michiganmom_49203
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visit to Emerald bay & Vikingsholm. The walk was enjoyable and the mansion was lovely. We walked to eagle falls and took some great photos.the parking was a nightmare. Not an easy place to turn around if you drive past, but we...More

Thank Yayholiday_10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went around 12:00, parking is full so had to park on the highway and the walk to the parking lot is ok as the view is wonderful. Trail starts from the parking lot ,easy walk down. The tour is $8 for adult , we choose...More

Thank Sruj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vikingshold was built in 1929 based on Scandinavian architecture. Including: Scandinavian peasant quarters, Viking religious structure and a gentile Scandinavian home. Located on the west shore of beautiful Emerald Bay the visit requires a one mile each way hike down hill then up hill for...More

2  Thank Martin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little spends for a family on a budget, seems like they could adjust down the price a little bit to make it more accessible to more folks.

Thank Lori H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked down to this place. Joined the tour for a very reasonable price for my wife and teenaged child. The house is overlooking emerald bay, interesting history and design. They were doing renovations at the time but still a good tour. I like historical places...More

Thank Monkeycritique
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Emerald Bay SP has the smallest parking lot I've ever seen for a popular state park. Wow! We visited May 13th which was a Saturday 2 weeks before Memorial weekend. No one apparently mans the booth on a busy weekend in May. No one I...More

2  Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great hike down about a mile. Hike up is tough. Take lots of water. Tour of house is really interesting and worth the $10. Get there a little early. Tours begin at 10:30 am but you have to buy your ticket a half hour early...More

2  Thank Carolyn K
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Is there an admission fee?
23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
Is there another way to get to Vikingsholm besides the hike? i.e. boat? Public transportation?
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
I have only 8hrs to spend in South Lake Tahoe, and I want to visit within 2 places, 1st is in Emerald Bay State park, 2nd in Heavenly Ski Resort. Do you guys think I have enough time to make it? Thxs in advance
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.