Historic House Tours – 2017

Tour majestic Vikingsholm, in beautiful Emerald Bay.

Tour majestic Vikingsholm, in beautiful Emerald Bay.

Vikingsholm Tours

This magnificent “castle”, which is situated majestically among towering pines and cedars, was built as the summer home by Lora Josephine Knight in 1929.  Mrs. Knight decided that the only building appropriate to the impressive setting of Emerald Bay was to be of Scandinavian architecture.  Now a National and California landmark, Vikingsholm is available for public tours during the summer months.  The tours are conducted by the  experienced and knowledgable guides of the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

Access to Vikingsholm is via a STEEP one mile trail from the parking lot off of Highway 89.  Please do not attempt if you have health issues as there is no ride to the top.  We like to say that the trail is one mile down and two miles up!

 Tour fees go towards the restoration and education efforts for Vikingsholm.

DAILY: MAY 28 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

TOUR HOURS:
June 25-September 5:
Tours begin every 30 minutes from 10:30am-4pm

May 28- June 25 AND September 5-September 30:
Tours are conducted 10:30 am-3:30 pm and begin on the half hour

TOUR FEES: 

Adults $10
Children 7-17 years: $8 and college students with ID
Kids 6 and under: FREE

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Vikingsholm Visitor Center located in Emerald Bay just past Vikingsholm.


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Tour the beautiful Hellman-Ehrman mansion in Sugar Pine Point State Park

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion Tours (Sugar Pine Point State Park)

Take a step back in time and enjoy a tour of the histroic grounds and The Mansion located in the day use side of the park.  Constructed in 1903, the property is one of the finest examples of a by-gone era of summer retreats found along the shores of Lake Tahoe.  The house was built by San Francisco financier, I.W. Hellman, for his beloved family to enjoy the clean air and refreshing waters of Lake Tahoe. The property, containing the estate and 2,000 acres, was sold to the State of California in 1965.  This National and State landmark is now open to the public for tours during the summer months by the Sierra State Parks Foundation.  All proceeds, from the tours, benefit the restoration and interpretation of this very unique piece of California heritage.

DAILY: MAY 28 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

TOUR HOURS:
June 21-September 5, 2017:
Daily 10:30 am – 3:30pm on the half hour

May 28-June 25 and September 5-30, 2017 
Weekends 10:30 am-3:30 pm and begin on the half hour
Weekdays: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

TOUR FEES:

Adults: $10
Students 7-17 or with college ID: $8
Kids 6 and under: FREE

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center at Sugar Pine Point State Park.
ADA accommodations available.


PRIVATE AND SCHOOL GROUP TOURS:   Private and school group tours can be arranged by calling the Sierra State Park Foundation office at 530.583.9911.