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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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Nice hike

Went on by suggestion of someone at our hotel. Very pleased with drive through Tahoe. The view from the top magnificent. The hike down was steep. At bottom was a beautiful beach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on by suggestion of someone at our hotel. Very pleased with drive through Tahoe. The view from the top magnificent. The hike down was steep. At bottom was a beautiful beach with kayaking available. I suggest you rent kayak and go to the only little island on the lake and visit the tea house on top. Picnic tables are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We signed up for an after hours private tour, and so got to see Vikingsholm in a special way. We drove down through the forest on a service road through giant trees, just a beautiful sight. We were led by docents through the entire building, with stories about how the home was developed, used, and the people who lived there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not easy to get to, but worth the windy scenic roads to the parking lot from South Lake Tahoe, and the steep mile-long trek down to the beach and back up again. Not sure those who didn't take the 30 minute tour would agree, but maybe the vistas along the trail and the view of Emerald Bay were enough reward.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only way to get here by land is a relatively steep trail- about a mile. You'll be glad you brought a drink. The house is amazingly accurate in its Scandinavian detail. I felt like I was back in Denmark. The tour is short because the house is small, but it's worth it. Make sure you peek into the kitchen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were worried because of the reviews of steep trails but managed to go with our stroller. Took short breaks going up, wasn't too bad. Once we got to vikingsholm, we didn't feel like paying and going in. I honestly thought it would be free just to look but they have people waiting outside until the next tour. We enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vikingsholm is well worth a visit, and is great for the whole family -- if everyone is able to walk a steep path roundtrip. The setting is beautiful, and the tour is interesting and well worth while. We suggest you book in advance, and schedule this in the earliest part of the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a unique place - a LIVING roof! Do not be deceived by the walk DOWN to it. You must walk back UP! Quite a challenge for many of the folks there. Be ready - have water - take your time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful Hike down to this historic site and beautiful beach at Emerald Bay's stunning clear blue waters!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a historic home on beautiful Emerald Bay. It is styled as a Nordic home with many antiques. The tour is $10. The guide was terrific. I walked away in awe of Mrs. Knight who built this 24 room home. She was ahead of her time in many ways. You can enjoy a picnic on the bay, or take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you arrive at the lot, you might find it difficult to find a spot. The majority of people just take a couple of selfies and go on their way. If you do decide to stay for a while, make sure you pay the fee. Fill out a small envelope, put the $10 fee in the envelope, tear the ticket... More 

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