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Vikingsholm

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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is...

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.

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Go in the morning, stay all day

Loved the tour of Vikingsholm and learning about its history. It's quite the trek down to it and WOW -- Emerald Bay is like stepping into a postcard. Gorgeous. If I could do it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
pintofski
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the tour of Vikingsholm and learning about its history. It's quite the trek down to it and WOW -- Emerald Bay is like stepping into a postcard. Gorgeous. If I could do it all over again, we would wear swimsuits and sturdy shoes, bring lunch and sunscreen, and stay all day. Amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with my family members and we enjoyed the hike down to Vikingsholm and exploring the Scandinavian styled house. Everyone enjoyed the day, however if you decide to take the additional hike to the waterfalls, it is even more worthwhile of your time there. However the hike back to the parking lot is steep and also has many pleasant sights... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is unreal! The labor of love, which is this home, is unparalleled. The level of detail and craftsmanship that went into building and preserving this home is something we definitely don't see anymore. The hike down is scenic and not too bad. The hike back up, on the other hand, is a whipping! My tip is to head... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The hike down from the parking lot was easy, and going back up wasn't all that hard either (I'd call it "moderate."). The views of Emerald Bay were spectacular from the beach, right in front of the castle. Our tour guide was Linda, who's passion comes through in her historical tour. She's great! The history is really cool, including about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a fun tour and we enjoyed the experience of hiking down to it. But they are not kidding - this is a STEEP hike back up, and if you are not pretty fit, you will have a tough time. Wear workout clothes and good shoes for a strenuous hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a great day walking the easy path to the castle Once there we paid the $10 to tour the castle. Beautiful woodwork and original furniture. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Then we hiked up to the falls. Strenuous hike up hill. Walking back was up hill Take your time and enjoy the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did the Rincon hike from the upper campgrounds to Vikingholm. Interesting historical tour. $10/person. Access to Emerald bay beach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived in the parking lot on a busy Sunday. The lot was full so we ended up Parking .08 miles up the road. The walk down was not bad. Glad we carried water. Ice cream treat at the gift shop was reasonable. The tour cost $10 which is reasonable. The tour is good and you get to see how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The family really enjoyed going to Vikingsholm. Admission for the 30 minute tour was reasonable and the information and home were interesting. The beach area there offers rentals (kayak, paddle boards and paddle boats). There is plenty of swimming area and a dock for the kids to jump from. The only island in Lake Tahoe is in emerald bay, right... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not easy to get to. We did the walk and the walk back up was gurling. The parking up top is hard to get to but it was worth it. If you like history and great surroundings it is wonderful.

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