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Vikingsholm

Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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
Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Too icy to make the hike down to the actual house at lake level this time, but that view from the parking area is still worth a million bucks! I keep going back again and again.

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Folsom, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a nice graveled road that you can walk down to Emerald Bay. There is a cool house at the bottom that has tours available and it offered some neat history of the lake.

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Corpus Christi
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I drove the 72 mile loop around Lake Tahoe and this was one of the overlooks we stopped at to admire the scenery. It was the huge rocks that caught our attention and even though we didn't hike down to the castle, the area at the top was spectacular. This view of Emerald Bay combined with the... More 

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SF Bay Area
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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's a pretty boring walk down and up a steep paved road to Vikingsholm. But we all very much enjoyed the house tour offered in the summer at not to bad of a fee. Pakring at the street gets very crowded so come in the morining is possible. Stay to sit on the shore - The view of Emerald bay... More 

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Johnson, Vermont
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This was a cool castle but the hike down and back may not be for everyone. I had several people in my group that wished they could've gotten a ride up after our viewing of it.

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Albany, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

You must park at the top of the northern crest above Emerald Bay. You take the old road down to the castle (Vikingsholm) at the lakeshore. They offer tours but be aware the lady with the white Cadillac closes early. Yes there is vehicle raods to Vikingsholm. But they are for Park Workers only. Sort of frustrating hiking a mile... More 

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great amazing view. If you like nature and beautiful scenery this is a place to go and admire. UIn the distance you can see 2 waterfalls going into Emerald Bay, tall giant mountains filled with snow and of course Emerald Bay. Beautiful spot for pictures

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Awesome place, rich in history and beautiful views! Romantic, quiet, tranquil just absolutely stunning And one if a kind. Very long hike down though 😆

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Rohnert Park, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice tour and interesting, but short, they gave a short spill about the it and then just let you roam around.

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phoenix
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

View, history, water, death of proprietor, etc. View, history, water, death of proprietor, etc. View, history, water, death of proprietor, etc. View, history, water, death of proprietor, etc.

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