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Tallac Historic Site

State Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530 541 5227
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Stroll through the former summer homes and gardens of four wealthy gilded-age families.
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Brea, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Restored historic homes, great nature area at Taylor Creek, great old style cabins nearby. Worth a day trip. Take a tour of the Pope house, a real introduction to how the upper crust of San Francisco spent their summers.

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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

Tallac Historic Site is a beautiful site nestled in the trees and with a beachfront view. It truly is a glimpse back in time as you wander through the grounds and cabins which are meticulously maintained. Formally a stomping ground for the wealthy, now we can all enjoy it! Pets are allowed on the grounds and it is a great... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We rode to this site using the bike trail from South of Camp Richardson. Unfortunately, the building was closed but we were able to review an art exhibition by Kit Night an artist in residence.

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Kansas City
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97 reviews 97 reviews
35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

During the course of our visit to Tallac, my husband and I found that our expectations were completely changed. At first glance, the buildings look like simple cabins and not the mansions promised in the guidebooks, but as you tour the site and all the surrounding grounds, you begin to see that yes, people of substantial means could vacation here,... More

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Elk Grove, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Several different cabins to take a peek in, really put you in the period. Very nice gardens, easy trails throughout the grounds. There was a bit of maintenance going on so we didn't get to see everything. Worth a stop.

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Fair Oaks, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The kids loved looking at the way people used to live. A little history lesson while on Vacation! The docent inside the main house was wonderful in explaining and telling us about what we could look at for FREE!

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loira74
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had 3 generations and a dog, so we didn't much look at the historical stuff. Great partially-shaded beach with calm water. Easy access and free parking. This is a good alternative to Pope beach. Picnic areas. Pet-friendly. Nice restrooms.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Really enjoyed the visit to Tallac. Thought it looked interesting when researching, but was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see and at how expansive the grounds were - forest to beaches. Very pretty and bucolic setting

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a great historic site. Interesting docents and a nice beach too. The homes are a step back into the golden age past.

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indianapolis, IN
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184 reviews 184 reviews
28 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We rode our bikes through here, so did not take much time to stop and view the homes, but they looked very lovely and the gardens were really nice. Wish we had more time to explore.

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