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U.S. Travel — No. California
Lake Tahoe, CA (and Nevada)
Lake Tahoe Attractions

Vikingsholm Castle
— Inspiration Point
— Vikingsholm Parking Area Overlook
— Hiking Trail to Vikingsholm


Vikingsholm Castle
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
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.

More Info
Visit Vikingsholm Castle's web site for more info on Vikingsholm Castle, Guided Tours, Fees, and Directions.

Emerald Bay
More info and photos of Emerald Bay

Fannette Island
More info and photos of Fannette Island — Tahoe's only island.

Inspiration Point
Inspiration Point vista (located just off Hwy 89) is a great place to stop and take pictures of Emerald Bay, the lake, and the mountains.
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 than those at Inspiration Point. Turn right when leaving Inspiration Point on Hwy 89 and drive up the road (1.1 mile) to Vikingsholm Parking 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!)


Panoramic view of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Emerald Bay State Park and Mountains from Vikingsholm parking area overlook, up the road from Inspiration Point

Vikingsholm - Scandinavian Castle at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California

Vikingsholm Castle on Emerald Beach, Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay State Park Vikingsholm parking area sign

Emerald Bay Overlook at Emerald Bay State Park "Vikingsholm" parking area

Vikingsholm Trail sign at Emerald Bay State Park and Vikingsholm parking area overlook


Lake Tahoe Attractions

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