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Vikingsholm

Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking lot” (84 reviews)
“mile hike” (45 reviews)
“emerald bay” (199 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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+1 530-541-3030
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"parking lot"
in 84 reviews
"mile hike"
in 45 reviews
"emerald bay"
in 199 reviews
"scandinavian architecture"
in 12 reviews
"tea house"
in 34 reviews
"front of the house"
in 9 reviews
"beautiful house"
in 11 reviews
"gravel road"
in 7 reviews
"hiked down"
in 14 reviews
"eagle falls"
in 35 reviews
"rubicon trail"
in 20 reviews
"summer home"
in 11 reviews
"house tour"
in 14 reviews
"bring water"
in 18 reviews
"closed for the season"
in 16 reviews
"parking area"
in 18 reviews
"rent a kayak"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful views of emerald bay. We should have brought swim suits to get in the water. Lots use this area to swim. You can also rent kayaks and kayak out to the only island in Lake Tahoe. We did not pay or go on the...More

Thank Brent F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I’m so glad we took the tour to hear all the history surrounding the bay. The philanthropy runs strong today and I’m so grateful for this treasure. Exceptional thought went into the castle including not disturbing any trees during construction.

Thank BatchFam
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Reviewed 4 days ago

How fortunate this was able to be preserved for people to experience a unique American period and lifestyle. The rangers were knowledgeable and visitors were encouraged to ask questions. The workmanship left us in awe.

Thank Jodell L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The hike to Vikingsholm is all downhill and pretty easy. Back up a bit tougher but if you are in any kind of shape it’s doable and worth the effort. Just a gorgeous home on a magnificent lake. The tour of the house was pretty...More

1  Thank Loundonna
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm were a highlight of our visit to Lake Tahoe. The guide at Vikingsholm was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about her duty to tell the history of the property. She was kind to our kids ages 12 and 10 as they...More

1  Thank kf21182
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Part of Emerald Bay State Park. Even if you don’t choose to tour the home it’s a nice area to walk around. Some good trees, waterfall, lakefront. Some people came prepared to swim. We did the tour. It was only about a half hour so...More

1  Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parked early 9:30AM and paid the $10 pkng fee at machine. Portapottys in pkng lot were gross - no toilet paper in any of the 4 stalls😫 Downhill 1 mi. walk was pleasant and easy with shade from trees- gravel and some pavement at bottom....More

2  Thank l0tusbl0ss0m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I toure this Castle in Enerald Bay while my daughter and her boyfriend did the Rubicon Trail (over 6 miles). The history of the women who built this place was very interesting. worth the tour.

2  Thank 0526candy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 3rd time here in 15 years. Good exercise not for faint of heart. Plan on 2-4 hours or more for full day

Thank Daniel P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in Emerald Bay, the real draw for this attraction is the beauty of the bay. There is a mile long hike down to the Vikingsholm, very steep. Easy to get down, but difficult to come back up. There are a few places to stop...More

Thank TravelerBR11
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Nate M
16 July 2018|
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Response from Jodell L | Reviewed this property |
No, the parking lot is very small and limited; likewise the road.
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AlexT5294
23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
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Jcorradi
2 January 2017|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so. Unless maybe across the water if you have a boat. It's a pleasant hike. It's on an old service road so no scrambling.
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