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“Trekking to Vikingsholm”
Review of Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm
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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The day we arrived a storm had finished dropping 2 feet of snow in the Tahoe Valley. Hiking was challenging, with snow and slush, but we had a good graded trail down to the shore from the lookout. Beautiful area with snow and fall foliage. The house is very distinctive with carved wood and stained glass. Woule like to go back and see the inside...closed for the season. Also visited via Tahoe Queen paddle wheel boat that cruised from South Tahoe to Emerald Bay...great views & history of the area!

Thank dcploves2travel
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Very nice place to stop by to take really beautiful pictures!!!Breath taking views. Really recommend for tourists.

Thank StrawberryGb
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Fascinating architecture, historical significance by interesting people, and a walk that would classify as a "hike" without the hazards of cross country paths is what you'll find by visiting the Vikingholm estate.

Thank HatManGeno
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

It costs $10 to park in the VERY limited parking area at the top of Emeral Bay. People do park all over the highway, but it's dangerous. Anyway, there is a good, but STEEP, 1 mile hike down to the castle. Tours are offered every 30 minutes or so starting at 10:30 am and ending at 4pm. Adults cost $8 and kids are $5. It's worth it to do once.

When I was in high school, we used to hike down there in the summer and swim across to the tea house on Fannette island. I'm not sure if they still allow that or not, though.

Thank Uphilldeb
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This hike is about 20 miles from the Nevada/California state line. It costs $10 per vehicle for parking, which is located at the mouth of the hike. It is approximately 1 mile down and 1 mile up. The hike can get pretty steep but it is a paved trail, making it perfect for families and amateur hikers.

You have incredible views the whole time you are on the trail! Emerald bay is stunning with unbelievably clear water. We went in the off season so the tour of Vikingsholm was closed (usually $5 per adult/$3 for kids). There is a beach at the end of the hike as well, so if the weather permits, bring the bathing suits! Beautiful beaches, unique history, and picture-perfect scenery make this hike a must!

Thank zeke h
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