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Things to do in Emerald Bay

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“The most photographed site in Lake Tahoe. Hike the Rubicon for spectacular views of Big Blue. Kayak rentals and an old mansion with daily tours. Easy hike to Eagle Falls. Access to Desolation Wilderness. ”
  • 174 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Hike down the hill to this historic manor right on the lake shore with spectacular views. Bring a picnic and your camera! A stroller with large wheels could make it down the trail without too much trouble.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Open late Spring to early Fall. Scenic trail along the water that connects DL Bliss and Emerald Bay. Option to do a smaller loop for a less extensive hike. $10 parking. Just under a 30 minute drive to DL Bliss State Park”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Great for first-timers. This can be a quick photo op or you can make it a day's adventure. Option to hike down to the beach where the Vikingsholm historic castle is located. You can rent a kayak to circle around the island or simply have a picnic at the beach. Parking can be difficult, so arrive early!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kayak tours and paddle wheel boat tours offer closer looks to this historic relic of the gilded age of steamer ship on the lake. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Castle
“Beach Trail, Kayak to Island: Park at the top of the road. Walk down trail to the beach. Can rent kayaks and paddle to the island in the middle of Emerald Bay.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Hike down to the shore of Emerald Bay. Once there see one of the first summer homes at Lake Tahoe. Vikingsholm is Tahoe's Hidden Castle.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Short 2 mile hike (each way) up to an alpine lake with numerous waterfalls. Also can hike 2 miles down to Vikingsholm castle at Emerald Bay from here.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“If you haven't seen Emerald Bay you need to go! This is iconic Lake Tahoe at it's best. Incredible place with lots of great views and hiking trails. It's a must see.”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“Vikingsholm Castle Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight constructed Vikingsholm in the Scandinavian style because Emerald Bay reminded her of the fjords she visited on trips to that region. ”
  • 1 local recommends