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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 2013
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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Atlanta, GA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you are in the area, don't miss this place. We walked the mile down to Vikingsholm (wear appropriate footwear and be ready for a steep hike), toured it and then walked the half mile or so to the base of the Lower Eagle Falls. Both are beautiful!

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Lewiston, Idaho
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Can't believe the workmanship on this house. I can just imagine living here during that era and being very content with my privacy.

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South Lake Tahoe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

With a good interpretive guide person, this is interesting. There is a fairly steep one-mile trail down and up from the parking lot, each way of course. Sometimes the parking lot is overfull, with some illegal parking. I enjoy seeing how a wealthy family lived.

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Truckee, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

There is a wonderful one mile walk down from the upper parking lot to the house, once you reach the bottom get onto the Rubicon trail towards Bliss State Park. If you go all the whole way to Calawee Cove it is a 10 mile round trip. The trail hugs the water the whole way and the views are stunning.... More

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South San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Something great to do if your not into the casinos or skiing. It's closed during the winter but the outside was still accessible due to the lack of snow.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

From a long time local, don't miss this while at Tahoe. First of all if you park at the upper parking lot and are planning on walking down to the Vikingsholm, great. Just be prepared for the walk back up. The trail is wide and well maintained (it's more like a gravel road), and don't forget to take some water... More

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Lots of history to go with the natural beauty. Take the boat over to view the castle. Beautiful gem anytime of the year.

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Belleville, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My wife and I visited Vikingsholm on a trip to Lake Tahoe. A friend of ours said that it wouldn't be a bad place to visit if you only had one opportunity to go. When we looked at reviews here on TripAdvisor we read that you would have to pay $10 for parking and take a 'nice walk' down to... More

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Brampton, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This Norwegian castle is located in Emerald Bay, one of the most idyllic sights in North America. The 1 mile hike down to the castle is easy enough and the views are spectacular. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had tremendous respect for the history of the castle and the area of Lake Tahoe. Hiking the 1 mile back... More

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Stockton, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

best vista on the water...Easy walk, 1 mile down 1 mile back up ! Easy uphill walking great footing Vikingsholm is a very interesting castle. you will stay longer there than you think. Take something to drink...........

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