Vikingsholm is Lake Tahoe’s hidden castle! This Nordic-inspired structure was one of the first summer homes built on Emerald Bay and now exists as a unique destination for those looking to escape to this one-of-a-kind spot for guided tours of the house and grounds, which are run by the Sierra State Parks Foundation during the summer months.

The best time to visit is in spring or early fall, when the vacation crowds are fewer in number. There is a $10.00 admission fee for parking and the half-hour tour. Hiking up, down, and all around requires some stamina and good legs – just like the Vikings! The area is now a part of the Emerald Bay State Park and is open from Memorial Day through September, and the rewards of Vikingsholm await those able and willing to make the journey!

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