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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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Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
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One mile hike to pure beauty

If you have the fortitude to make the trek down (easy part) and back up again (it's a 500ft drop in elevation so the hike back up is tough but doable) it's so worth it! Along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Vikingsholm castle is an absolutely stunning building, and I was very glad to be able to see it. However, the tour was very short and I did not feel that I got a good idea of the story behind the house or the people there. It didn't feel worth $10 to me, and seemed more like they were trying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have the fortitude to make the trek down (easy part) and back up again (it's a 500ft drop in elevation so the hike back up is tough but doable) it's so worth it! Along the hike down you can admire the tiny waterfalls and majestic trees that surround Emerald Bay! A "little" castle at the bottom of the... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

1 mile walk down is easy. Going back up is obviously harder. Wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes for walking in the dirt. Very interesting, informative and the scenery is gorgeous. Try to go early, as parking is sometimes difficult.

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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour was $10, but very short. Still interesting to see. The hike down is harder than most people admit in their reviews. If you drive there and you start the trail and are unsure of your fitness, keep this in mind: You are walking all the way down to the lake where you can see the boats docked. About a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the walk down and back to check this place out. More so, we wanted to check out the gorgeous Emerald Bay. But the mansion and its setting were really great to see as well. We walked all around the mansion as it wasn't open yet when we got down there. The grounds are serene and very well kept.... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Vikingsholm is a beautiful castle like home on beautiful Emerald Bay. You walk about a mile from the parking area to get to the beach area where the house is. It is a little difficult to walk back up and not advisable for those with health issues. By calling in advance it is possible to have a volunteer drive you... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Vikingsholm and its history. The guide had an obvious love of the home and the history of it... It came through in her tour.

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West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tour of Vikingsholm is well worth the price of admission and the hike. The story behind the house is fascinating, and the house itself and the design are amazing. If you take the tour, after the docent gives you her talk, you are allowed to wander around the inside and outside of the house on your own. Be sure... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting home to tour! The design, furniture, period pieces, and beach are most amazing! Yes, an easier walk down and a tougher walk up. We had 7 & 11 year olds that did just fine with walking down & up to the home. In addition, everyone from 11 to 74 yrs old did just fine. My 75 yr old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour of the house was wonderful. The docent that we had was very knowledgeable and the groups were small so all could hear and see everything that she explained.

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