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Vikingsholm

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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking lot” (84 reviews)
“mile hike” (44 reviews)
“emerald bay” (196 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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+1 530-541-3030
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"parking lot"
in 84 reviews
"mile hike"
in 44 reviews
"emerald bay"
in 196 reviews
"scandinavian architecture"
in 12 reviews
"tea house"
in 33 reviews
"front of the house"
in 9 reviews
"beautiful house"
in 11 reviews
"gravel road"
in 7 reviews
"hiked down"
in 13 reviews
"eagle falls"
in 33 reviews
"rubicon trail"
in 19 reviews
"summer home"
in 11 reviews
"bring water"
in 19 reviews
"house tour"
in 14 reviews
"closed for the season"
in 16 reviews
"parking area"
in 18 reviews
"great hike"
in 24 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

The short walk to the lake from the parking lot is an easy, enjoyable 1-mile hike, suitable even for strollers. The parking cost $10 and covers all California Parks with parking for the day. We enjoyed the scenery, but did not pay for the guided...More

1  Thank Mona W
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Reviewed yesterday

we visited vikingsholm and enjoyed the hike down. the hike uphill was not as enjoyable. the home is very interesting but the story of the original owner was what made it worthwhile. make certain you have time to hike up to the loser falls area.

Thank chuck h
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was probably one of the more fun attractions we have ever done. It is really several attractions in one. It starts out with a hike through gorgeous scenery and ends at the house. I highly recommend taking the tour as the history of area...More

Thank MayfieldParrish
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We hiked down here mostly because we wanted to hike. The house is pretty cool, we didn’t pay for the guided tour. But there is a visitor center just a bit down the trail that has tons of information and you can easily spend a...More

Thank brianlE7825TP
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy hiking and viewing historic lake view homes then this attraction is for you. Vikingsholm is a Scandinavian mansion dating back to the depression era which was acquired by the state park system and set up as a major attraction along the shores...More

Thank jamusaba
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Long hike 1.5 miles down to the water. Going up was actually easier than going down. Beautiful hike and gift shop at the bottom had some history. View of the falls from the bottom.

Thank KRooo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service road hike, 1 mile down, 1 mile back up. Not worthy of a family hike, pretty boring. Small visitors center at bottom. $10 to park or park along the road. Get there early for parking however visitors center doesn't open until 10.

Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband didn't really want to tour this beautiful home, but after he did, he agreed it was interesting and fun to do. The tour guide told great stories about the house and the owners who had occupied it. Views of the lake are beautiful.

Thank 738terrid
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house has been meticulously kept with the original furnishings. Narrative part of tour was short but they allowed you to walk through the house and grounds after the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Such a unique...More

Thank tb1205
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

I had not been here in years and was shocked by the amount of people, rental facilities and overall Disneyland feel! We arrived by boat, but if you do not have a boat good luck getting parking (which has a fee) and then there is...More

4  Thank Stacy F
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AlexT5294
23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
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Jcorradi
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.
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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.
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