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Best things to do in Emerald Bay

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

State / Provincial Park
“Emerald Bay State Park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The views from any part of the Bay are fantastic. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island where a small teahouse was built by the owner of the Vikingsholm Castle. The park is accessible by 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. There are several camping areas in Emerald Bay including Eagle Point Campground, Bayview Campground and the boat-in campground on the West side of the bay. Parking around the bay is small and will cost you about $8 for the day. You can also access the popular Desolation Wilderness hiking and camping area from the Eagle Falls parking area.”
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Point of Interest
“Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in California.”
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Scenic Lookout
“Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the worlds. Just seven miles from the cabin.”
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Park
“google this! there is a 5 mile in and out trail (10 miles round trip). worth it. not that difficult, some up and down. take a break with amazing lake views the entire time! Day trip”
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Park
“Very Scenic Views of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls. Hike down/up to bay about 2 1/2 hours round trip. Nice beach area & pick-nick area at the bottom.”
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Castle
“Beach Trail, Kayak to Island: Park at the top of the road. Walk down trail to the beach. Can rent kayaks and paddle to the island in the middle of Emerald Bay.”
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Natural Feature
“Kayak tours and paddle wheel boat tours offer closer looks to this historic relic of the gilded age of steamer ship on the lake. ”
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Bar
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Point of Interest
“Hike down to the shore of Emerald Bay. Once there see one of the first summer homes at Lake Tahoe. Vikingsholm is Tahoe's Hidden Castle.”
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Route
“If you haven't seen Emerald Bay you need to go! This is iconic Lake Tahoe at it's best. Incredible place with lots of great views and hiking trails. It's a must see.”
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Point of Interest
“Short 2 mile hike (each way) up to an alpine lake with numerous waterfalls. Also can hike 2 miles down to Vikingsholm castle at Emerald Bay from here.”
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