Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe (California)

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Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California in the United States, centered on Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed and popular locations.In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay's bottom.The 1533acre park was established in 1953. It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40F at night to mid-70F during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20and. During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7mi in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
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  • This is one of the most beautiful places I've been. We didn't have a chance to hike because we've got kids, one with a stroller. So it's pretty difficult to go down there. However, we had the perfect ...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting Emerald Bay and the beautiful view. The road is dangerous , be careful and make sure to stop and take lots of pictures  more »
  • This Bay is one of the best-known postcards of Lake Tahoe. Be sure to stop at lookouts along the way that allow a view from different angles.
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  • Amazing views! Definitely worth the stop. There isn't much parking, so it might be full when you arrive. Just drive around for a couple of minutes until someone leaves eventually.
  • The hike down is not bad, just coming up though I did need to take a few rests because it is somewhat of an incline. The hike is totally worth it when you get down to the lake. The water is crystal clear and there is a nice shallow part for those who just want to wade in the lake. When I went there I went paddle boarding, so that I could get to the little lookout house that is in the middle of the bay. It is the perfect place to paddle board. A paddle board for 2 hours is $35 or a double kayak is $55. There is also a single kayak to rent but I don't remember how much those are. Parking at the entrance is $10. Or if you park on the street it is free and you can just walk to there.
  • Most beautiful views I've seen to date. The hiking was easy and so rewarding. We just explored off the path and found amazing views. This is one of the few places I have to visit again.
  • Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The “Tea House” on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.
  • Great views of Lake Tahoe. I wouldn't recommend that you travel during the dark because of the dangers behind the curved roads. So plan your trip around the morning and pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery. Happy travels.

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