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“Big Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tallac Historic Site

Tallac Historic Site
State Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530 541 5227
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: Stroll through the former summer homes and gardens of four wealthy gilded-age families.
Los Gatos
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
“Big Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We've been to Tahoe too many times to count and have never visited the Tallac site. We have often gone into Tayor Creek which is adjacent to Tallac to enjoy the trails and fish spawning, not knowing that such a gem existed just a few hundred yards away. Went because of the great reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren't disappointed! Lots of buildings, historic information, gardens and views of the lake. Can't believe I'm saying it, but it was a highlight of the trip. We went twice, and really enjoyed our early morning visit with the morning sun filtering through the trees that were turning color. A "Don't Miss."

Visited October 2012
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English first
South Lake Tahoe, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“History Buffs Will Love This”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Every year, we make our way around these grounds to enjoy a bit of history and nature. We like to pack a lunch and spend a few hours out there wandering the grounds and seeing what's new. It's adjacent to Kiva picnic area and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center (MUST DO!). Many paths and most buildings are accessible.

Between June and September there's usually a Tallac interpreter for heritage programs, guided walks, building tours, demonstrations, behind the scenes peeks, and more. Though the buildings are closed during the winter, people go out there for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Visited July 2012
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Rancho Cordova, California, United States
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“A must see in South Lake Tahoe, views of the lake are beautiful.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Nice historic site. Very clean grounds, nice shady paths to walk around. Peaceful. Great place to take photos of Lake Tahoe.

Visited September 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“How the other half used to live!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

These summer houses of the wealthy are lovely to walk round. None were open as it was out of season when I visited, but many had doors you could peer through to see how the toffs and the servants used to live. Very interesting.

Visited September 2012
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Orange, California
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“Relaxing afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Lots of history and photo opportunities here! Beautiful lake views. Allow 1-2 hours to take in the site at leisure.

Visited September 2012
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