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Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

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Castle Architectural Building
A 38-room mansion nestled among pine and cedar trees, Vikingsholm was constructed mostly from materials found in the surrounding wilderness. It took 200 workers to complete this castle-like structure in 1928 and 1929. Considered as a supreme example of Scandinavian architecture, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available seasonally. Enjoy the scenery of Lake Tahoe as you climb a 1.6 km (1 mi) steep scenic trail to the site. Parking is limited and has a fee. Put Vikingsholm into our South Lake Tahoe trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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TripAdvisor
  • A little spends for a family on a budget, seems like they could adjust down the price a little bit to make it more accessible to more folks.  more »
  • Emerald Bay SP has the smallest parking lot I've ever seen for a popular state park. Wow! We visited May 13th which was a Saturday 2 weeks before Memorial weekend. No one apparently mans the booth on ...  more »
  • Great hike down about a mile. Hike up is tough. Take lots of water. Tour of house is really interesting and worth the $10. Get there a little early. Tours begin at 10:30 am but you have to buy your ti...  more »
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  • Beautiful views. It was cold at the parking lot in May, but was much better on the trail as you go lower. The hike back up may warm you up. There is a public rest room on the trail.
  • Scenic view to the bay. We enjoyed this location. We hit this place upon a bicycle tour May 2007...
  • It's a gorgeous place but for those really out of shape be wary of the hike up. Note: parking is really limited around the area.
  • awesome scenery. The one mile hike down and another mile back up isn't bad at all. Take your time. Parking is very limited / $10. nice place to stop. Would go again.
  • It was closed for the season but we still liked how beautiful it was from the outside. The whole area was beautiful. It sits at the center of the entrance to Emerald Bay.