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Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Beautiful 180 Degree Views

The views are fantastic. The park offers Facilities. Spend a relaxing hour(s) just gazing at one of mother natures fabulous sites! Near Campgrounds are open during warmer months... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Ft Myers Beach, Florida
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Ft Myers Beach, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The views are fantastic. The park offers Facilities. Spend a relaxing hour(s) just gazing at one of mother natures fabulous sites! Near Campgrounds are open during warmer months. Check the website and weather forecast before booking. Go a little further up the road and visit the next pull off. If you are sure of your footing, climb the small rock... More 

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Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This area is so very beautiful. There is much to see in a relatively small area. One can hike, go fishing and boating, take 1000's of photographs, and sit and contemplate. We went when the gates were locked for the season still. This was actually a huge benefit as we were able to picnic and hike with few people around.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We took our little boat and cruised around the bay - it was amazing! You can kayak, climb the rocks on the island in the center, hang out on beaches, it's a Lake Tahoe staple. Although, anywhere you go on the Lake is gorgeous.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Really cool spot to stop for a quick view of the lake. Plus it is free, so there really isn't a reason to not stop by if you are driving to North Tahoe.

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Golden, Colorado, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We drove around the state park and rode jet skis out to the Tea House on the island. The castle on the beach was inspiring. Water so clear you can see over 60 feet deep. Amazing

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Pictureque view of lake tahoe. Just a short drive from south lake tahoe. Parking can be difficult. Be sure to hike down to the lake near vikingsholm.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have seen Emerald Bay from two angles, both wonderful. Several years ago we rode the Tahoe Queen paddle wheel tour boat from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay and back for a terrific 2.5 hour narrated look. The second view is from a scenic stop along California 89 just 20 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. Both experiences are well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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

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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