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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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Bangalore, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

-The drive to this place is thrilling ( Curvy roads ). -Make sure your smartphone/SLR's have full charge before reaching this place.You will be tempted to take lot of snaps. -We visited this place on September 14th 2014 Sunday ( Right time ,Climate was good ) -There are couple of view points were you can stop your vehicle and enjoy... More

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Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Great way to escape reality. Picturesque scenery and marvelous hike. Be sure to bring a camera and maybe some water... Or take a dip at the bottom!

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Porto Alegre, RS
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is wonderful. The water is clear and alternates its color from blue, deeper, to green, shallower. There's a small island in the middle, so you better take a kaiak and paddle (you could swim, but it's dangerous - you could easily be hit by a speedboat). If you rent a kaiak, you'll unfortunately have to deal with really... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

While the views of Emerald Bay are awesome from the top, you should not cheat yourself out of a close and personal view from the beach! Yes, there is a bit of a walk down, but its not bad at all. Took all of 15 minutes going down (including a few photo ops) and maybe 20-25 coming back up. We... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Easy hike down gravel road to the bay. Interesting history. Must kayak to the island and around the bay. There are kayaks for rent at the dock. A few other hikes from this location. Beautiful views all around. Vikingsholm is am interesting short tour casual and worth the 1/2 hour.

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San Antonio, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The emerald bay area is great views from boat or from the cliffs,you can see castle and the tea house on the island a must see .

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The parking situation is a bit of a hassle, as other reviewers have stated, but well worth the investment of effort to behold the beauty that is Emerald Bay. My suggestion would be to GO, as views this stunning are few and far between and make you feel truly magical!

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Katonah, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This State Park was easily accessible and the parking areas were well marked. After reading and researching, we drove up to the look out point and found parking relatively easily. The views are truly breathtaking especially since this was our first glimpse of the lake. We drove down to the next stop on the right and parked to hike down... More

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Oklahoma
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Emerald Bay was gorgeous! The water was a beautiful emerald green and so clear you could see the bottom. We boated in but now reading others reviews, I wish we had driven so we could tour Vikingsholm, etc.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Had been here to this Lovely park with my family on 30th August 14. Understand that it is State Park of California established in 1953. 22 miles away from South of Lake Tahoe.It is a most popular spot for taking pictures of the beautiful view of the Bay and of the Lake and the surrounding mountains,trees etc... We are informed... More

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