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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Visiting Emerald Bay State Park and Vikingsholm Castle

Emerald Bay State Park - Lake Tahoe in California
Emerald Bay State Park is located along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay in California. The park was established in 1953 and in 1969 the park was recognized as a National Natural Landmark. The 1,533 acre park is open year-round to visitors and is one of the nicest parks in the state.

One of the big draws to the park is Emerald Bay which is park of Lake Tahoe. The bay is about 2/3 of a mile wide by 1.7 miles in length. The bay is one of the first underwater park's in the state and protects underwater wrecks and the area's natural wildlife.
Vikingsholm Castle Mansion in Emerald Bay State Park - California

Vikingsholm Castle Mansion in Emerald Bay State Park - California

Within the park you'll find Vikingsholm Castle, a 38-room mansion built by architect Lennart Palme and was the summer home of Harry and Lora Knight, a prominent businessman in the area. The majority of the mansion was built with materials found around Lake Tahoe and built in the classic late 19th century and early 20th century Scandinavian style.

In 1996 the mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Since then it has been turned into a museum home and is open to visitors for a reasonable fee. If you enjoy seeing and touring historic'll definitely want to add this one to your must-see list when visiting the area.
Emerald Bay State Park - Lake Tahoe in California

There are two main campgrounds within the park that visitors can use. They recommend that you plan ahead and call for reservations. You'll find all of that information on the park's website HERE. In addition to camping you can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, underwater scuba diving, swimming, relaxing on the lakefront, bike riding, etc.

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