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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
530-541-3030
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Motor-boating
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Having lived in CA and NV for almost 50 years, I can't believe that I had never been to Lake Tahoe. Such a jewel, with so many places to explore.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Seriously if you are travelling to Lake Tahoe, do not miss the opportunity to go see the gorgeous scenery at Emerald Bay. Beautiful views up the top near the road, and then there is a 1 mile hike down to the bottom, its quite steep and if you are not fit the walk back up can be quiet taxing, but... More

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San Francisco, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
55 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have never, ever witnessed water so blue. Like sapphire blue. Lake Tahoe (specifically Emerald Bay State Park) is something out of a movie scene. Every angle and view is a photo-op. We (my girlfriend and I) decided to take a weekend trip from the Bay Area to South Lake Tahoe as we have never been. The drive was very... More

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Buckie, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you like the outdoors and good scenery thins is a lovely place to go. Stunning views from the car park and if you walk down to the shoreline its just as nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Breathtaking views of Mother Nature at her very best. The drive gets a bit steep at times but the journey is worth it. So see the shimmering water below against the stunning backdrop is quite something.

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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I visited Emerald Bay State Park on a Thanksgiving Holiday weekend so it was pretty packed with visitors. That made parking a challenge but just being patient proved to work out. We had previously hiked a bit at Eagle Falls and it was winter, so there was really no desire to hike down to the lake since it was so... More

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

OK this place was amazing. You do half to walk down about 1 mile using a service road, not a bad walk but the altitude could affect you if your not in ok shape. You MUST bring, ALL food and drinks you are going to have for your trip down to the bay, there is NO food or drinks down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was the most beautiful location. We parked across the street from paid parking and hiked a mile down to tour Vikinksholm. Vikingsholm was a nice tour and very informative. Right next to Vikingsholm we rented a Kayak with 10% Military discount and rode over to Fanette Island! Absolutely beautiful!!! A couple tips for the 4-5 hour trip to Emerald... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Disliked the amount of people:) Popular spot because it's beautiful. Make sure you do the hike to the lake.

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Kaysville, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went there on a fri late afternoon. There were few people there and time just slowed down for me. Really nice. We looked into the windows of the mansion which was fun. It was closed due to lateness of the hour. When I return we will rent a kayak or bring a boat. Really nice!!

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