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Daytripper: Rock climbing, SCUBA diving and more can fill days in Lake Tahoe

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 10:00 pm

Destination: Emerald Bay State Park

Latitude/Longitude: 38.94997, -120.11672

Overall rating: **** (out of five)

Rating for kids: ***

Rating for seniors: **

What's the attraction? Emerald Bay State Park offers fun outdoor excursions as well as beautiful views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.

What to do: Emerald Bay State Park is an all around excellent place for outdoor recreation. While rock climbers scale the sheer granite cliffs of the 90-foot wall slightly west of the park, SCUBA divers can explore Emerald Bay's bountiful depths in Lake Tahoe's underwater park. Other attractions include Vikingsholm and Fannette Island with its famous "Tea House." Vikingsholm was a Scandinavian piece of architecture constructed by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in the late 1920s. The "Tea House" was a miniature castle built on Fannette Island where Knight would bring her guests. Although the Sierra Nevadas can be a dangerous place in the evening, the shiny moonrise over Lake Tahoe at purple dusk is a beautiful sight. This diverse and unique park is also an entrance way to Desolation Wilderness Area for more experienced hikers and climbers.

Cost: Depending on where you park, varying fees will apply. Camping costs depend on the sites. For more information visit

Directions: From Sacramento take Highway 50 West to Lake Tahoe. Follow the signs to Highway 89/ Emerald Bay Road, which runs along the West side of Lake Tahoe.

Contact Brian Feulner at



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