Lake Tahoe Sights

Emerald Bay

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  • Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California

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Published 11/12/2015

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A massive glacier millions of years ago carved this 3-mile-long and 1-mile-wide fjordlike inlet. Famed for its jewel-like shape and colors, the bay surrounds Fannette, Tahoe's only island. Highway 89 curves high above the lake through Emerald Bay State Park; from the Emerald Bay lookout, the centerpiece of the park, you can survey the whole scene. This is one of the don't-miss views of Lake Tahoe. The light is best in mid- to late morning, when the bay's colors really pop.

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Hwy. 89, 20 miles south of Tahoe City, California, 96150, United States

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  • $10 parking fee

Published 11/12/2015


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