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Tallac Historic Site

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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It’s closed till 2019, but ok to explore the Public grounds.

Trip advisor & google search said this place is open today; we drove there, found road was closed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Interesting history

Stop and read the story board displays that explain the Tallac Hotel during it's glory time. Walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A Historic Site made up of 3 Estates built between 1894 and 1930. Each Estate has something different and exciting for visitors to do and see! Learn the amazing history of this area in the free museum, then stroll through the former summer homes and...more
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1 Heritage Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
+1 530-541-5227
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All reviews pope house self guided tour early years great gatsby step back in time turn of the century wealthy families bygone era boat house interesting history camp richardson closed for the season bike ride forest service great place to visit shores of lake on display
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Trip advisor & google search said this place is open today; we drove there, found road was closed with gates; we parked our car outside, and we walked about half mile, saw the note posted and said this place is closed till Memorial weekend 2019,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 145sherryt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop and read the story board displays that explain the Tallac Hotel during it's glory time. Walk the grounds, foundation and get down to the beach for a panoramic view of the lake.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JackP92348
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our walk through this area (even in November). It has a tremendous amount of history with story boards along the way to explain the homes/residences along the paths. Easy for everyone and a very pleasant walk. I will come again!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pat M
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Found this while looking for some beach spots for photos. What a wonderful surprise! The teacupful walk was filled with wildlife, cabins and great views. Plus there where so many squirrels to pose for pics.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank William R
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Historical, beautiful and a great place to get out and enjoy the views, smells and all the glory South Lake has to offer.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Seaside09389753691
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

My wife and i used to live in this area so we always like to bring newbies here for some exploring. Parking is easy to find, right off 89. Typically the lot is packed in the summer but not so much in the fall. A...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Perched right on the lake, this site is a hidden gem. The staff gives tours in the summer. You can also wander around and get an education. Good signage. The location is amazing, right on the shore of the big blue lake. Indigenous wild plants...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank outandabout174
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We came here because we are interested in historic houses and dog beaches! Our dog was not allowed inside the mansions for the tours (one of us stayed behind). We later did the great audio tour on our cell phone. The tour was very interesting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BruceSteph
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Unfortunately the buildings were closed for the season. We could still stroll in the parks and looks at the building architecture from outside. One can only imagine how the Baldwin family lived here in all it glory

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Poonam S
Reviewed October 16, 2018

When we were there the houses were closed for the season, however the grounds are open and well kept with good trails. It was a great hour wandering around seeing the grounds from the outside and exploring. Very scenic and enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RC30319
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Bea R
August 10, 2018|
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Response from Assistant H | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs are allowed on a leash and they ask that you bring bags for clean up.
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Assistant H | Reviewed this property |
There are dirt paths that I believe can be accessed with wheelchair but the historical buildings may not have ramps. Beautiful area to just go through and be in beautiful South Lake Tahoe
April 14, 2018|
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Response from howard1652 | Reviewed this property |
Most of it is. Parking is nearby and paths are paved and level.
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Chandler, Arizona
Lake Tahoe first time visitor..any input appreciated! (3 Replies)
I will be visiting for 3 nights on Oct 9th. This vacation is for me to enjoy the views, fresh air and relaxation, so I am not planning too many activities. Things I'd LIKE to see are Tallac Historic Site, Eagle Falls hike, and Vikingsholm. Anything easy to get to that I am missing? One thing I'd LOVE to do is be able to sit outside for lunch and dinner and enjoy decent food and delicious wine - and if I can do it near a fire, that's a bonus. We are staying at the Embassy Suites. What...More
September 30, 2012|
Response fromsuzie-travels|
There will be no tours available at either Tallac or Vikingsholm in October but you can certainly walk around. YOu can hike Eagle Falls easily but not muc water. Maybe take a boat ride?
Good website or resource for hiking and biking? (4 Replies)
We will have a 3-generation family group staying at Meeks Bay in September. Wa are all active---some will want to do serious mountain biking, some go hiking, and we have four-year-olds who love to cycle on bike paths so several adults will stay with them. Can someone point me to some websites that have good suggestions? Is there a visitor center where we can pick up trail maps? We will be driving up from SLT so could stop along there. Or maybe a good bike shop nearby? I for one will need to...More
August 18, 2016|
Response fromEnzian|
Thank you! The west side maps omit the area between Sugar Pine Point and D. l. Bliss State Park. So maybe the connector from Meeks Bay pmto Sugar Pine Point has not been completed. We will check at the bike shop for maps and a rental for me.