Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

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#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Lake Tahoe (California)
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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. PutVikingsholm into our South Lake Tahoe trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • On the west side of Lake Tahoe you will fine a kind of not hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered over and over again. The history behind the Vikingsholm is amazing and well worth your time to....  more
    On the west side of Lake Tahoe you will fine a kind of not hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered over and over again. The history behind the Vikingsholm is amazing and well worth your time to....  more »
  • When my family and I went to Emerald Bay, we went to Vikingsholm. It was really cool, seeing this old mansion in Lake Tahoe. It had amazing architecture and design, like Norse or Scandinavian... 
    When my family and I went to Emerald Bay, we went to Vikingsholm. It was really cool, seeing this old mansion in Lake Tahoe. It had amazing architecture and design, like Norse or Scandinavian...  more »
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  • Went in the off season so couldn't get a tour inside and visitor center was closed. The views and hiking options nearby were beautiful and enjoyable. However, the hike in to the destination is steep so plan accordingly. NOT ADA accessible.
  • There are several beautiful spots and trails in the Tahoe area. We discovered this one-mile descent from the Vikingsholm parking lot on 89S all the way down (500 ft) to the Emerald Bay and to the Vikingsholm mansion. When you reach the bottom, especially on days when there is not as much traffic, you feel like going into a meditative state. The water is calm, the mountains around you are timeless with their stories, and the trees stand tall and proud. A couple of ducks might walk over to check you out, but that's it. No noise, no people, just the beauty of nature that you can take in for hours. I know there are many other things to do in Tahoe, but if you are in the South Lake Tahoe region, take a few hours off to do this. I walked this trail multiple times, and feel the same energy when I reach the bay every time. Of course, the mansion is a great thing to see as well, but it is the trek down, the serene beauty, and the solitude that make it worthwhile. The climb back is strenuous, especially if you are not in a good physical condition, so make sure you take your time going back up. For the reasonably fit people, it is not a problem at all.

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