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Vikingsholm

Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530-541-3030
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$51*
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91%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Hiking
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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.
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English first
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I loved the crystal blue lake and the small hike to get you there. Lunch on the beach while you watch the boats go by, breath taking !

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Sunnyvale, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Even if you aren't into history, there is a lot to see and do around the property. The only problem with this hike it is what we call in our family a sucker hike, meaning that you walk down first and have to walk uphill on the way back at the end of the day. I think it is only... More

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Richmond, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

View of Emerald Bay. Great hike down to beach, difficult hike up. The Scandinavian architecture of the Knight summer home was wonderful and the island with the teahouse was like a fairytale.The ferryboat was beautiful as it passed around the island.

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

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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