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Vikingsholm

Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530-541-3030
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western... more » Owner description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. « less
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112 reviews 112 reviews
53 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I arrived at the Vikingsholm parking lot at 8:30am and found no attendant- self service payment on the honor system. Fee is $10 for the lot and I only had a $20 bill so they got a bonus. Hike down isn't bad, although you're better of with a shoe having good support. Gravel can slide and one could easily twist... More

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Pendleton, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

LOVED THIS Stop on our family vacation. We spent the day hanging out at the beach of Lake Tahoe, playing in the water and going through the visitor center at the Vikingsholm. Also rented a Kayak and paddled out to Emerald Island...just spectacular! Only think I would change is make a "No Wake" zone for the kayaks in this corner... More

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Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Parking fills up quickly in the lot above Vikingsholm Castle. We parked at the Taylor Creek Visitor's Center and took the Emerald Bay Trolley to the castle parking lot. It was a convenient solution, and a short, picturesque ride, although, it is not always punctual. The shuttle itself is only $2. The walk down to Vikingsholm was an easy, picturesque... More

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
14 attraction reviews
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We didn't go inside for the tour, but to be able to walk around on the outside and enjoy the sights was really enjoyable. We viewed this "castle" from across the water at a lookout spot. We also saw the only island on Lake Tahoe where the owner's wife use to have her "teas" with her friends. I can only... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's a longish walk downhill to reach Vikingsholm, but this adds to its mystique. Don't worry about the return uphill; you'll be busy telling stories about what you've seen on your tour of this exquisite architectural gem. It takes you back in time, so be forewarned: you may feel a bit disoriented when you leave. What? I'm not living back... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We didn't get a chance to see inside but the outside looks rather impressive. I don't think I would go out of my way to visit it but it was a neat house in front of the beautiful lake.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Best fireworks on the Lake. Have yet to find anything better. Even though Tahoe Beach & Ski has many renovated rooms, the management is in need of a transformation too.

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Sacramento, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The hike to Vikingsholm is a downhill mile with lots of plants, chipmunks, and tiny waterfalls. Once at the bottom there is a gorgeous view of the lake with picnic areas and beachfront. You can pay a nominal fee for a tour of the castle or just view it from outside for no charge. There are clean restrooms available and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

parking is VERY limited so go early. to get there is a mile hilke--all down hill getting there and all uphill returning. it's a gravel path with steep drop offs, so caution is of the essence. the views of emerald bay are gorgeous. i was disappointed that you couldn't see more of the house once inside. i understand it's for... More

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san jose, ca, usa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The castle and the tea house was nice to look out from outside. We didn't buy tickets to get in :) just walked around... We got there at 10 am and parking lot was almost full. $10 to park. Better safe than sorry, don't want to get ticketed. Walk down was about a mile and pretty easy. Once you get... More

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