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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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  • We got to the lake shore to spend some time after our hiking trip. It was a good choice from our group to visit this place and live this Scandinavian heritage. Built by an amazing woman who did a lot ...  more »
  • I toured Vikingsholm on Sunday, 8/6/2017. I guess there's some way to arrange access by vehicle in advance, but I'm not sure how/where you'd go about doing that. The main way to the house is by walkin...  more »
  • Great hike but so worth it to see the gorgeous architecture, definitely a workout to hike back up the trail. Highly recommend  more »
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  • A bit of a step 1-mile hike down, but I made it while 24-weeks pregnant so you can too :-) The tour was very cool, every half hour, and got a close-up look at the rooms inside the home. The grounds afford a lovely view and access to Lake Tahoe, with a small beach area, picnic area, and access to kayak, paddle board/boat rentals for those who want to check out the Tea House on the island. Well worth a visit!
  • This was a pretty cool place. The tour was only decent, but it was worth it to see the inside of the house. Emerald cove is gorgeous.
  • 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.
  • A nice place hidden in the Tahoe wilderness. Not a good place for young kids, the tour and things to see are good for adults, but extremely boring for kids.
  • Scenic view to the bay. We enjoyed this location. We hit this place upon a bicycle tour May 2007...

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