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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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English first
American Canyon, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Emerald bay and the Vikings home where very cool with some nice views and a lot to look at the only down fall was walking back it was up hill and my husband got winded and had a difficult time.

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Cypress
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I've been here a few times and it never gets old. Such an amazing view and the drive to it is fantastic.

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Las Vegas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Vikingsholm Castle is worth the short hike if you're in Emerald Bay. Next time we visit, we'll probably bring a picnic basket and lay out a blanket on the beach and enjoy the sights.

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Modesto, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This beautiful historic home is tucked in a sheltered cove at the west end of Emerald Bay. Nestled in old growth forest - of which there is very little around Tahoe - the builders spared no expense to create a Scandinavian themed estate. The details are beautiful, as are the actual historic or historically recreated furniture (from the 1920s). The... More

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laconia, nh
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Well worth the few dollars to do, this is a very, very interesting house, and the builder was even more interesting. The big benefit is the exercise you get walking to and from. The tour-guide gives an abbreviated tour and then turns you loose to explore on your own, not a bad deal. Loved this house.

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NYC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a beautiful area, the hike down from the parking lot is long and steep. Up is a bit challenging due to the incline. Along the way you'll see some amazing scenery. The views of emerald bay are great. Unfortunately we missed the the tours of Vikingsholm. It was closed for the season. They should really extend this season... More

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you can make the hike down you’ll get to see a cool old estate with lots of character and history the walking tour is brief but gives you insight into the former owners inspirations.bring your bathing suit if you can brave the cold water

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were going to stop and see the view and see the house but were were unable to park. It was also unclear as to how much it cost to park if anything. We had to let two of our group out so someone could take pictures. The other two stayed in the car and drove in circles until we... More

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This 'Castle' is as it was when built in 1929. The tours really bring the history to life. In the summer, the California Parks offer ADA escort service to the Castle from Bliss Visitor Center when you call ahead for reservations. Emerald Bay is a magic place. Everyone should visit.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We love visiting this place, and I've been on the home tour twice. For those who love magical settings and lovely architecture, this place doesn't disappoint. It's one of the most beautiful homes I've ever seen, and the story behind it is fascinating, giving you a glimpse of how the wealthy once lived. You need to get to the parking... More

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