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Emerald Bay State Park

Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking...
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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California
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1,070 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure about the "emerald" part but it sure is pretty. We spent a lovely day on a friend's boat. But do use sun protection!

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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40 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We came out for a trip in April. The season should have been clear but they had just received a late seasonal snow fall. It was gorgeous and the trails were still easy to access. The view was spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Little snow, 60-70 degree weather, and beautiful scenery made this a nice side trip. Beautiful woods, and views of the lake, and the white capped mountains. Very nice interpretive stations. But, due to the nice weather, extremely crowded so visit on a weekday, not a weekend.

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Sarasota, Florida
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325 reviews 325 reviews
74 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Worth the drive to see. Plans about an hour to make frequent picture stops. Easy drive we did this winter from stateline area (10 min) but the weather was incredibly warm and dry. In the 50s F. Overall a beautiful place and breathtaking. Don't take the Bleu Wave boat cruise though. Either do the drive or take a different cruise... More 

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orlando, fl
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

What more can I say... I was a beautiful, free, easy to drive to take in! We went to two little parks right off the side of the road with good parking and lots of cool informational signs that gave us cool info about the area and it's history. If you are doing Lake Tahoe this should be on the... More 

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San Jose, California, United States
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We headed out here on a recommendation by a friend and I think it may have been the highlight of our trip! Absolutely gorgeous scenery with breathtaking views! We came to visit during the winter months (Feb 1) - so the tours were all closed down, but honestly it really didn't matter. We were fortunate that although it was winter,... More 

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San Diego, CA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's so easy to pull off the highway and park and walk a few yards to enjoy this spectacular view. Make sure to stop if you're driving around this side of the lake. Take photos of the bay and the island, it's gorgeous!

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We drove here and wow, this place was incredible. The drive itself was very windie and you do have to be careful when driving on the roads. The giant trees are amazing too. The contrast between the mountains, lake and the snowy backdrop Is just gorgeous. Emerald Bay is just incredible. The little island in the middle is beautiful. I... More 

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Corpus Christi
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We stopped here on a 72 mile drive around Lake Tahoe and were mesmerized by the view. The scenery is just amazing and it is so quiet and peaceful. The overlook is large and shaded by giant trees with walkways and information boards explaining the history of the area. It was easy to see why this was one of the... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a beautiful area with massive pine trees and a deep drop-off to the lake below. Just driving around the area (not for the faint of heart when its icy!) is entertainment in itself.

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