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Vikingsholm

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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is...
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.
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Simply Amazing

I just loved this place, the view to the lake is fantastic, and viewing the house from the lake is just as amazing. A short tour with commentary had a small cost,and was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I just loved this place, the view to the lake is fantastic, and viewing the house from the lake is just as amazing. A short tour with commentary had a small cost,and was very informative. After the tour we were free to wander about the house and courtyard. The long walk down from the car park and back up is... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I would call this one of the few "can't miss" spots on the lake. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk down, add 5 or more to get back up. I've read descriptions that say the walk is steep, which I think overstates it, but the elevation change is a bit under 400 feet in a little less than a mile.... More 

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Danville, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Vikingsholm is a pretty cool mansion in an incredible setting (Emerald Bay). Get there early - parking is limited; hike down the mile trail; join a tour.

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

If you are intrigued by the sight of this lovely building from the deck of the Ms Dixie II dinner cruise, which rides you round Lake Tahoe ' s Emerald Bay, you might want to drive over and see it up close. It is a 1928 structure built in the form of a Scandinavian manse by a wealthy woman who... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you are interested in the era when Lake Tahoe was the Newport-Rhode Island of the west, that is where the rich and famous spent their money on lavish vacation homes, then the hike down to Vikingsholm is a must. A state park employee will give you an introduction to the building, and then allow you some limited but interesting... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

You can take the mile long hike down the trail to the castle, or you can rent a kayak at Baldwin Beach, and paddle for 3 miles to the beach right in front of the mansion! The former is easy on the way down, and torture on the way back up. The latter is fun, you can stop numerous places... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We drove into it going to see Vikingsholm but they had closed. However the view from there was even better than inspiration point. I also loved that you could walk down to the beach from there to see Emerald bay up close. You have to stop there!!! Even my 5 year old loved it!!

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Definitely come at least 30 min before Vikingsholm opens to get a decent parking spot at the top of the trail head. Hike down is easy, hike up was bad mostly due to high altitude! We weren't tired from hiking but found ourselves out of breath a few times due to altitude, and saw others stopping and catching their breath.... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

One mile hike down to Vikingsholm Tour definitely worth it Hike up is tough but good for you We would go back

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Beautiful old home nestled on the shore of Emerald Bay. There is a small fee to enter the historic home that is referred as a castle. The owner of the castle also had a small tea house built on an island in the middle of Emerald Bay that she would row out to daily to sip tea.

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