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Emerald Bay State Park

South Lake Tahoe, CA
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  • 77%
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  • 66%
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  • 56%
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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    David G
    5 Jun 11, 2014

    Hike to the historic Vikingsholm onLake Tahoes Emerald Bay. Be sure to bring a little cash for some refreshments at the bottom and for the tour of the historic home. Then hike to Eagle Falls.

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    Kevin P
    4 May 20, 2014

    Emerald Bay is so beautiful, so easy to get to and should be your first stop when touring Lake Tahoe! Wether you see if from the car at the overlooks, hike down to the beach and mansion at the bottom or by helicopter, you should see this place, plus its ten minutes from my house!

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    Emerald Bay is more blue than emerald but stunning nevertheless. The Viking Castle built according to local esthetics is exactly what you'd never expect to find on the shores of Lake Tahoe. A great way to experience the bay is to kayak or standup paddle board from one of the nearby beaches into the cove. After all, it's all about the journey, innit?

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    A beautiful beach park on the lake's southwestern shore, this one is best for shoreline hiking along the Rubicon Trail. While you're in the area, take time for a tour of offshore Vikingsholm Castle (open seasonally from May to September usually).

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Trevor A
    5 Oct 17, 2013

    Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay is the most photographed spot in the world, and for good reason. Well worth an hour drive from my house, visit Vikingsholm and learn about the tea house built on the island in Emerald Bay.

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Jane
    5 Aug 15, 2013

    This is a MUST visit! This is my 2nd favorite place in Lake Tahoe (1st is the Flume Trail). Park on the lookout on highway 89 and walk down to the bay. Get there early (before 10am) as parking fills up fast. If the weather permits you should rent kayaks or stand up boards and enjoy the beauty from the water. Also visit Vikingsholm and the tea house (that you can access by kayak). This is by far one of the most beautiful places in the world!

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    MrsGrant
    5 Aug 05, 2013

    View of Emerald Bay State Park from Eagle Falls. Great place to breathe in the fresh air, bask in the sun, and enjoy the breathtaking views

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Modesto C
    5 Jul 28, 2013

    A short drive pas Camp Richardson and you come upon one of the crown jewels in Lake Tahoe: Emerald Bay State park. The first parking lot on the right is an observation point. The second parking lot (main lot on right, overflow on left) has views plus hiking access. Take the short walk down to the water and see the Vikingsholm Castle (tours available!) or just relax with your feet in the water.

    Parking can get jammed in the afternoon. Just be patient as many people are arriving and leaving. The parking is free by the way... :)

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    Incline Cabin (VRBO listing #427335)
    5 Jul 14, 2013

    One of the most beautiful places at Lake Tahoe. Here is an article and video we wrote about a fun hike at Emerald Bay to Vikingsholm: http://www.tahoekidsguide.com/Emerald_Bay.html

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Bob And Debbie K
    5 Jul 14, 2013

    Beautiful drive around the lake to Emerald Bay State Park. The one-mile hike to Vikingholm is worth the trip to tour this unique home on Emerald Bay--check ahead for tour hours!

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    Arlene P
    5 Jul 08, 2013

    Beautiful spot with beach, swimming bay, wonderful paths through the woods.
    Visit Vikingsholm home, an oldtime European chalet. with treasures to discover.

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    Marilyn A
    5 May 20, 2013

    If you don's take the cruise on the MS Dixie drive to Emerald Bay State Park for a hike or just to take in the beauty of this cove!

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Lee W
    4 May 16, 2013

    Wonder place to drive to or boat to. See the tea house on the island and tour the mansion at waters edge. The Tahoe Queen paddle boat makes day trips to and around the bay each day.

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    Leland P
    4 May 08, 2013

    Beautiful Bay to explore. Tour Vikingsholm Mansion, as well as the "Afternoon Tea" setting atop the small island in the center of Emerald Bay. Easy hike around the grounds and shoreline.

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    Peggy D
    5 Apr 26, 2013

    Beautiful views of Emerald Bay, with lots of hiking trails if you want to hike down to the lake, or above it.

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Annemiek S
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Probably most photographed bay with it's island in the middle. Fun to see the paddlewheel steamers come through. Also great hiking toward and into Desolation Valley from here and Eagle Falls close by.

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Pullen Rental Group
    5 Apr 20, 2013

    The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere and the "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Jason Cohen
    5 Mar 19, 2013

    The views here are undeniably extraordinary! There are no shortages of spots where you'll want to get out and click away with your camera. Inspiration Point and nearby Eagle Falls, both off Highway 89, are must-sees and you should allow at least 1-2 hours to get a good glimpse of it and not be rushed. One could probably spend a whole day leisurely sightseeing around the state park.

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    flavia
    5 Jul 09, 2012

    Rent a kayak and go paddling -- make sure you're not doing it on a major holiday when motorboats are out and about and the sobriety of their conductors is questionable.

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  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Laurie McClellan
    5 Jul 06, 2012

    So beauitful!! Is all that I can say. I just loved it!
    The Tahoe Queen is a ship that has either lunch or Dinner tour's & danceing.
    The food & music was very good. But the Glass bottom of the ship is very cool! Enjoy!!

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4.5 out of 5
76 members' reviews
219 people visited Emerald Bay State Park

Description

Emerald Bay State Park is a National Natural Landmark found 22 miles south of Tahoe City. Its picturesque views and glacier carved granite make this park one of the highlights of any area visit.

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