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Emerald Bay State Park

Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
Hours:
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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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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220 reviews 220 reviews
105 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Distinctive Emerald Bay is captivating. Either travel to Emerald Bay early or wait until after the noon hour after many have visited and left for the day. If you visit during the rush between 10:00 - 12:00, the crowds can be difficult or distracting during the peak season. During the busier morning, walking the paths is more difficult and photos... More 

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Pollock Pines, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

When the snow is light up at Lake Tahoe hwy 89 over the south western side of Lake Tahoe will be open. This is a must do scenic drive! A stop at Emerald Bay to view Vikingsholm is one of the most photographed sites in the world! There are several areas that provide safe parking for photos. And a park... More 

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Johnson, Vermont
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We've visited this place twice and it was even better the 2nd time. Meant a famous person making a film and gave us tips on even more sites to see.Beautiful bay.

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Los Angeles, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
72 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

On my first visit to Lake Tahoe in 1972, I hiked from the highway down to the water's edge of Emerald Bay. The return trip was exhausting for someone who was only 28 years old, but totally out of shape. Thus, Emerald Bay is special to me. The vistas overlooking Emerald Bay provide perhaps the best views of anywhere on... More 

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La Verne, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Crowded along roads and turnouts and trails. Best to visit via kayak from nearby beaches. Taking photos requires patience and civility with so many people and a generic inability to efficiently use digital cameras.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

After an exciting ride from Stateline here on winding mountain roads, the view from here is one of the best in the world. Plan on spending some time to look around, take a trial to the falls or down to the lake. This is just nature in its all....

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Sydney Australia
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327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Can only imagine what the Bay SP would be like in Spring or Summer for hiking & walking but still saw enough of it's rugged beauty in Winter to know it is a special place to be enjoyed. We were lucky enough to be the only souls at that time and the serenity and peacefulness of the area was actually... More 

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