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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
530-541-3030
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Lewiston, Idaho
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The lake is so beautiful. This area you can spend literally days at doing all of the activites that are just within a couple miles. From handicaps views of the lakes' only island, to hikes to other small lakes, down to yesteryears mansions and longer hikes up to mountain peaks to view the panarama of what is Lake Tahoe there... More

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Riverside, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We visited in the spring but it had just snowed a little each of the three days prior to our visit. We decided to take a morning off from skiing and see if we could hike down to Emerald Bay. We weren't sure what it would be like with the snow but most of the trail was clear. We did... More

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Glendale , California USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Go for the lesser crowd and have the bleuwave tahoe cruise. They do have the 3 pm cruise from time to time , just take it. Less crowd but still free chips and salsa and pretzels and drink to purchase. its $10 less ($45/person ) than the one with the lunch-deli/sanwich and two drinks ($55/person) . Both options. kids under... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting from England for skiing at Heavenly and had a day out to visit Emerald Bay and we were really glad that we did. The sun was out, the weather was great, the views are breathtaking, well worth a visit. We took the walk down to Vikingsholm and the lake was crystal clear. Vikingsholm was closed for the... More

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Hemet
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

They claim it is the most photographed spot in California. I believe it. It was awesome. We were there in the winter, and the color contrasts were unbelievable.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I rented a car and went exploring one day of our ski trip. This day would turn out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The drive up to emerald bay was amazing. We must have stopped 4 times for photos along the way. There are 2 stops to see emerald bay. The first is... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Absolutely breathtaking. The views are spectacular. Lake Tahoe is so much more than just a lake.It is just outside of town so it is easily accessible.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Amazing view of the Bay. We also did a hike starting nearby up to Granite Lake. The view on Emerald Bay was amazing.

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Fremont, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Where you can see the green water of Lake Tahoe meeting the blue. One of the most scenic view of Lake Tahoe on highway 89. Beautiful drive but do not be in a hurry. Lot of snow in winter shuts the road thru the area.

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Edmonton, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Beautiful view of the lake! We drove the whole way around the lake and I will never forget this stop! The lake is really far down, so you almost have a bird's eye view. A must see!

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