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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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Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wonderful home to visit and nice site on the water for kids to swim. Rent a kayak and get to the tea house on an island. The guide was very knowledgeable and knew everything about the house.

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Poway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We hiked down on an extremely hot day but the area has lots of trees and the mansion was cool-in more ways than one! We have visited Hearst Castle many times and our minds just assumed that this mansion would be grandiose, too. But it was not at all what we expected, the wood carvings throughout the building were incredible.... More

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Hebron, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of this castle. Our guide, Nancy, was very knowledgable and walked us through the history behind this amazing property. The attention to detail when building this castle was fascinating to see in person! Well worth the $10 adult fee to take the tour. We parked along the side of the road, so parking was free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Well, we went on a bad day, a little word of advice don't go while it is supposed to rain. But anyways the house was cool, but you could barley see the rooms. I didn't have my own boat (you need your own to see the tea house, the thing on the island). The tour was short and boring. The... More

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Fremont, California
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737 reviews 737 reviews
374 attraction reviews
700 helpful votes 700 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Vikingsholm is located in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California. This castle is set in a breathtaking setting with trees. It was built as a summer home for Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in 1929. It is nice to see it from a boat cruise (such as Ms. Dixie) or to park and take the walk down the hill (and back up)... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
59 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It's a mile down to the house from the parking lot. 15 minutes down, 30 minutes back up! The scenery is spectacular. Just past Vikingsholm there's a Visitor Information hut with an excellent display of photos from the days when Mrs. Lora Knight lived there & facts about the lake. All very interesting. The logistics of building such a beautiful... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There's not much more to say about this spot that hasn't already been said here. The views are nothing short of enchanting. Our kids were in no hurry to leave. We made the unintended yet ultimately wise decision to arrive after 5pm. There was not much sun left and the buildings, save the restrooms, were closed. But there were very... More

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Laughlin, Nevada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Took a tour down to Vikingsholm one afternoon. The hike down was easy ... all down hill, about 500' drop in elevation. We didn't go in the "castle," but looked in the windows and explored the beach and around the area. It would be a beautiful place for a picnic on the beach. The hike back up was really taxing... More

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boulder, co
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Had a nice hike down to Vikingsholm, an easy one mile hike down and a less easy hike back up! The grounds are great, the house is beautiful. Definitely worth a visit - but leave your dog at home! We didn't see any "no dogs" signs at the pay station where we parked, or on the way down (missed it... More

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Reno, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

wonderful place to go. this time I used the disabled provision provided by the volunteers. My wife was able to listen to the tour as the guide opened the door and spoke louder so that mi wife could listen in. She brought out the picture book for my wife to look at as I toured the mansion. We were there... More

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