Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Lake Tahoe (California)
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 planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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- g...  more »
  • 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 th...  more »
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  • Dope place to hike down to emerald place. Lots of people will tell you that the hike back up is intense. Not intense at all it’s nicely paved about a mile down and a mile back up. Don’t let the locals steer you away from checking this place out. Parking can be a little challenging make sure to get their early. They charge ten bucks to park at this place if you are savvy you can park on the main road just make sure not to park in areas where it says no parking
  • What a cool castle to see after enjoying the view of Emerald Bay from above and then walking down the trail. There is a tour to see the inside of the castle and get detailed accounts of its history. We didn’t do it due to our time limitations. However we were able to enjoy the little shore line area and relax for a bit amongst the many tourists and or residents that came too. The walk back to the parking lot was uphill so be prepared for that. The pathway is not paved so wear appropriate footwear for this. I’ve see a few people slip.
  • WOW....the views on the drive to Vikingsholm and the hike were incredible. Take the Vikingsholm tour (about $36 for a family of four) and learn some pretty cool history of the home and property surrounding the whole area. Make sure you complete your tour of Vikingsholm and then head to a simple but beautiful hike to Eagle Falls, which is just down a path from the castle.
  • We took a very beautiful hike to Lower Eagle Falls and the Viking Castle. Started out of the Emerald Bay Campground took the Rubicon Trail. Easy 1.7mi. hike with the castle, and even better, the falls. The trail is one of the prettiest with many eagles and Emerald Bay view along the way. Beautiful and easy trail.Happy hiking!
  • Love the scenery got to kayak to the island. Hike down is not bad. But going up it's hard it's very steep and it feels like an eternity to get to the top especially when it's like 80°-90°hot, just take it really slow. Stay hydrated cool off on the little creek water
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