Travel — No. California
Lake Tahoe, CA (and Nevada)
Lake Tahoe Attractions
— Inspiration Point
— Vikingsholm Parking Area Overlook
— Hiking Trail to Vikingsholm
Vikingsholm Castle sits at the head of Emerald Bay (top photo) — and
is accessible only on foot or by boat.
In 1929, Lora Knight built the Scandinavian Castle
as a summer home — because Emerald Bay reminded her of
a fjord in Norway. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Scandinavian
architecture in the western hemisphere.
Guided Tours of Vikingsholm Castle are available
daily — mid-June until the end of September. The first tour of the day starts at 10am and
the last tour at 4pm. Tours are approximately 30 minutes.
Castle's web site for more info on Vikingsholm Castle, Guided Tours,
Fees, and Directions.
More info and photos of Emerald Bay
More info and photos
of Fannette Island — Tahoe's only island.
Inspiration Point vista (located just off
Hwy 89) is a
great place to stop and take pictures of Emerald Bay, the lake,
And, if you look really closely (bring
binoculars or a zoom lens), you can see Vikingsholm Castle surrounded
by giant pine trees in the far distance, on Emerald Beach (pictured right).
Vikingsholm Parking Area Overlook
— Emerald Bay State Park
Although you can't see Vikingsholm Castle from
here, the views of Emerald Bay and surrounding area are even better
those at Inspiration Point. Turn right when leaving Inspiration Point on Hwy
Area Overlook (on
the right) — the
panoramic views are spectacular.
Hiking Trail to Vikingsholm
The hiking trail to Vikingsholm Castle
is located at the Vikingsholm Parking Area. Follow the
steep trail and hike one mile down (a 500-ft drop) to the castle — it's
not too bad on the way down, but the hike back up the hill
can be quite strenuous...(or so we've been told!)