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

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Peoria, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Long walk down (1 mile) and even longer walk up as it is all uphill. The house at the edge of the lake is wellworth the visit. The house tour takes about a half hour and you cover most of the house and the courtyard. Built in 1929, the Scandinavian style house is very unique. There is a $10 fee... More

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Bangalore, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

-As everyone said,getting a spot for parking is difficult.We luckily got one.Parking fee is 10 dollars which you can pay at the counter ( Its a small counter situated in the parking lot.They accept cash only ). Make sure to place the parking sticker in windshield/dashboard to avoid towing.Parking ticket is valid from sunrise to sunset.You can also get brochures... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

From boat excursion we got lots of information on the history From the cliffs we were able to see the small island with Ms. Knight's castle turret. From the beach, which we reached via a one mile moderate hike, we got a close-up view. We did not do the tour. Seen one/seen all attitude. Had to have state park parking... More

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new york
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5 reviews 5 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Visited Vikingsholm on Labor Day with two adults and three kids aged 10-16. We are not hikers or athletes but for most of us, the hike was not anywhere near as difficult as previous reviewers led us to believe (the ten-year-old complained on the way up, but he complains about everything!) We did not take a tour of the house,... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Didn't think it was worth paying the price to actually go inside. You can look inside a few windows & "get the idea" in my opinion. It was interesting to see but nothing spectacular.

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Fairbury,Il
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The hike to Vikingsholm is 1 mile down and 1 mile back up! Well worth the effort to see the grounds and learn the history of Vikingsholm. The Park Ranger tour of the home is very informative and interesting. The views of Emerald Bay are spectacular.

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