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Emerald Bay State Park

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Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.

This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.

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out of this world beautiful!

Amazing views! We went at sunrise and it was spectacular! this is a must see if you are in the Tahoe area. Try to hit early to avoid peak season crowds. The beach is a short hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Amy L
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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing views! We went at sunrise and it was spectacular! this is a must see if you are in the Tahoe area. Try to hit early to avoid peak season crowds. The beach is a short hike but its straight up and down, very strenuous!

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Thank Amy L
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bit of a hike down to the beach but totally stunning beach location at the bottom. There's a small shop selling snacks and somewhere to hire kayaks/SUP but not much else here. It's wonderful and a lovely location for a swim/water sports. Quite of a hike uphill to get back.

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Thank Angela P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this place many times because I like the location and the view. I recommend this one because it was interesting and friendly atmosphere Enjoyed the time here. Lake Tahoe is very beautiful and I have taken the Tahoe Queen to Emerald Bay. Had dinner on the boat, enjoyed the cruise ship.

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Thank frank b
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trail was closed but we hiked in the snow. Beautiful view. Would love to come back during the summer!

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Thank lu4x
Ontario
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'd be crazy not to stop in to this place. It's easy to get to along the highway, but the panoramic views are something to behold. I recommend stopping to see the waterfall / rapids view near the highway -- you'll see some cars parked along the side of the road before the main viewing area. Get out, walk up,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Lake Tahoe has an amazing view from here and it is very romantic. I wish we could have spent here days instead of only a few hours.

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Thank NSzHun
San Francisco
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must. It is so beautiful and "emerald" waters. The hiking is amazing with natural waterfalls, lakes abound. Can ride bike in summer; swimming (cold water); winter trails; fishing; taking the Tahoe Queen for lunch or dinner; boating; picnic sites. Very romantic place. People from all over the world are amazed at the natural beauty. Been going there for 45... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

It's stunning anytime of year I try to go every time I'm in south lake. The view is beautiful and you can take pictures with the lake in the background. During spring or summer they have kayaking and paddle boarding on the lake.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Emerald Bay is a great day out with fantastic views and plenty to see and do. The scenic drive is beautiful and the view of the bay from the main lookout is incredible. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Loved the view here. Did not hike down with my daughter but beautiful. The parking is really tight so we parked down the highway and walked over.

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