Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

Lake Tahoe Sights


  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This 38-room estate was completed in 1929 and built as a precise copy of a 1,200-year-old Viking castle, using materials native to the area. Its original owner, Lora Knight, furnished it with Scandinavian antiques and hired artisans to build period reproductions. The sod roof sprouts wildflowers each spring. There are picnic tables nearby and a gray-sand beach for strolling. A steep 1-mile-long trail from the Emerald Bay lookout leads down to Vikingsholm, and the hike back up is hard (especially if you're not yet acclimated to the elevation), although there are benches and stone culverts to rest on. At the 150-foot peak of Fannette Island are the ruins of a stone structure known as the Tea House, built in 1928 so that Knight's guests could have a place to enjoy afternoon refreshments after a motorboat ride. The island is off-limits from February through mid-June to protect nesting Canada geese. The rest of the year it's open for day use.

Sight Information


Hwy. 89, , California, 96142, USA



Sight Details:

  • Day-use parking fee $10; mansion tour $10
  • Closed late Sept.–late May

Published 07/06/2016


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