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

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Eastvale, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This a great place to visit with kids. Its about a mile hike down to the castle but the castle is beautiful.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

The tour is very short (talking for about 10 minutes, then you're free to explore the house) but it was nice to see, and not expensive. The tea house on the island is nice to visit too - great views.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Vikingsholm is a beautiful location. My family enjoyed the hike down to Emerald Bay. We took lots of pictures and my son dove off the pier and into the lake. Nice place to take your family. However, the parking lot is tiny and parking is not allowed on the main road. The parking lot was completely full and cars were... More

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Salt Lake City
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This place is worth a visit. Interesting and a nice walk down to Lake Tahoe. We also enjoyed a nice hike to a waterfall. You can also hike along the shore.

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Henderson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Vikingsholm "Castle" is situated in beautiful Emerald Bay. You can reach it from the highway, the walk is 1 mile down and feels like 3 miles back up. The home was built by Laura J. Knight who was reminded of the fjords where she was from. In addition to walking down the trail you can boat into the bay and... More

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Stockton, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Beautiful home in a beautiful location. We are so fortunate this has been preserved and the public is allowed to tour and learn about it's fascinating history! Be prepared for a hike down and back up! Don't let that hold you back - it's definitely worth the effort.

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Went on a Tuesday in July and it was packed with people trying to find places to park in the lots and on the side of the road. The hike down to Vikingsholm was an easy 1 mile, the beach was nice but crowded with kayakers, boarders, jet skis, and boats. Still nice though. Didnt want to pay the 10$... More

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