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Inspiration Point Vista

Emerald Bay Rd, Tahoe City, CA
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Tahoe City
Type: Scenic Drives
Description: Look out over Emerald Bay.
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Parking : Plenty. Even on crowded 4th July. we were able to find a spot. View : This point could have been inspirational, if it wasn't obstructed by trees. while driving north from Inspirational point, there are few spots on road from where view is magnificent and unobstructed. Only catch is parking is very limited.

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College Station, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

When driving from South Lake Tahoe towards Emerald Bay, this is a stop not to be missed simply for the gorgeous views of the bay below. Positioned about 400 ft above, if you are patient enough to explore views from all nook and corner of this vista point, you can catch glimpses of Vikingsholm and the beach. Fannette Island is... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We happened upon Inspiration Point last fall on our second day in South Lake Tahoe. As you ascend Emerald Drive before Inspiration Point, you may recognize the view from the movie "City of Angels." I love the view of Emerald Bay - the deep colors of the water reminded me of the Caribbean. If you are an amateur photographer, then... More

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CANOGA PARK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The view from Inspiration Point may be the most beautiful scenic vista along the road which surrounds Lake Tahoe. The elevation is well above the lake by probably 400 ft at least & looks down on Emerald Bay, an inlet of Lake Tahoe that was created by a glacier. The vivid blue water is surrounded by hills covered with trees... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Wow, amazing views of the lake and mountains, well worth the 15 minute drive from the beach. I only wish we had time to see more of the area, it's just beautiful.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Lake Tahoe is beautiful and on this highway 89 you don’t have to travel very far to see post-card worthy views much like the ones here at Inspiration Point Vista. Some of my favorite pictures were taken just a few steps off of the road. This stop is also one of the most crowded but you can't beat the views.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A quick stop on your way to Emerald Bay... take some pictures, you will get a great perspective of the lake and the mountains.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The hike was very simple (great for kids it seems given the quantity we saw there) and delivers great views of the lake.

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San Francisco
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Picturesque views of the lake. Well worth going a bit out of the way to see. Kids love it, but keep an eye on them. Plenty of places to get hurt.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

One of the best spots for photographs.Overlooks all of Emerald Bay. Bathrooms were disgusting. Lots of tour busses stop here so be prepared for crowds. Parking can also be an issue.

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