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“A lovely walk to a fascinating home” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm
Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530-541-3030
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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.
Columbia, Maryland
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“A lovely walk to a fascinating home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The exquisite Emerald Bay hosts a fascinating home, Vikingsholm. The walk which was about a mile down and back up was not too arduous and well worth it. Mrs. Lora Knight was impressed with Scandanavian/Nordic architecture and created her summer home in that design. It fits beautifully into the natural setting at the end of Emerald Bay.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Incline Village, Nevada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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“Vikingsholm-St Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Arrive via boat or short hike down from highway 89, very interesting how much research went into construction and items included. Documentary available on line. Depending upon arrival time you might have to wait for tour and hour. Call ahead and ask about time and crowd expected. Beach is very nice, plan a picnic, paddlewheel boat from So. Shore passes by, however you can't off to visit home that way

Visited July 2013
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Chico, California, United States
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“Perfect Hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Traveling down to Vikingsholm was something I've always wanted to do. My husband and I took our 4 year old (YES, 4 years old) down this week. It was a beautiful hike down to one of the most photographed areas in the country, Emerald Bay. It was well worth the sweat. Touring the Vikingsholm "castle" was an added bonus with rich history. The beach is accessible for swimming. Next time we will be attempting another hike and bring food and make it a day trip. There are kayak and SUP rentals available to go to the island and this looks like fun! I think this is more of a day trip and we will make it a whole day next time. Tip-get there early as the parking lots fill up. We parked across the street at the Eagle Falls parking lot, for $5 dollars. I believe the Vikingsholm parking lot is $12. All in all- this is a must-do for Tahoe. I highly recommend it. Plan to stay all day and bring your own picnic lunch!

Visited July 2013
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JMFPEDS
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“A nice break from hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We had a 30 minute tour, which was enough time to explore the house and grounds, with a knowledgeable guide. The home is conveniently located near the beach, if that is in your plans. We went from there to Eagle Falls, a short and not too strenuous walk, with a nice payoff, and then trotted around the lake on the Rubicon trail, an easy hike. However, if you are not used to hiking then this is not an attraction for you; the walk back up from the lake to the parking lot was the hardest part of the visit. Parking was a problem when we went; we were able to find a spot in the full lot when someone left, but most cars wound up parking (I suspect illegally, but I did not see anyone get tickets) on the curving mountain road

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Seaford, Delaware
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“Short hike with large vertical change”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Beautiful views from fee parking lot. The fee is 10.00 to park, but you can park across the road and towards Tahoe for 5.00. (1/4 mile) The beach at the bottom of the trail is very nice. Tour of the house is fairly pricey for the brevity. The house itself is interesting in itself as a unique example of Swedish/Danish architecture. Good way to kill a couple of hours but probably not a bucket list type place.

Visited July 2013
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