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Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. COURTESY PHOTO

Tahoe’s Greatest Summer Attractions Scenery, history, hikes and beaches Emerald Bay One of the most photographed spots on earth, Emerald Bay is like a Norwegian fjord surrounded by steep mountain sides, dotted with an island topped by a stone tea house. Highway 89 hugs the cliffs above the lake, with parking in 3 lots, plus a few highway-side spots. Eagle Falls tumbles down cliffs below the road into Emerald Bay State Park. A 1.7-mile hike leads to the lakeshore and Vikingsholm “castle,” constructed in 1929 and one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.

Sand Harbor State Park

A marvelous combination of protected cove, rocky point, giant granite boulders and a long, sandy beach, this State Park fills its parking lot quickly on many summer days. Take advantage of new shuttle services to the park, including a bus from Reno and free microshuttles hailed by a TNT-TMA app. SUMMER/FALL 2021 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide 15