Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe is often called the most photogenic destination in the area. This title wouldn’t be easy to earn, as the surrounding beaches, towns, and mountains are all spectacularly beautiful as well. Located at the southwest corner of the lake, Emerald Bay Beach offers incredible views of the mountains, lake, and the picturesque island, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay State Park is a nature preserve, and visitors arrive for the peace and quiet along with the views.
Whether you are the type of traveler that loves to sunbathe or loves to pack along your hiking boots, this corner of Lake Tahoe will be perfect for you. One popular place to hike to is a historic home called Vikingsholm that is a gorgeous example of Scandinavian architecture. Visiting this attraction will leave you questioning how the home was built without disturbing the stunning surrounding landscapes.
You can reach Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe by State Route 89. Some visitors are surprised to learn that Fannette Island is the only island in the lake. This might be one of the reasons why Emerald Bay State Park is one of the most photographed sites in the region, so don’t be surprised when you visit to see many cars pulled over to the side of the road, and photographers with heavy equipment snapping away.
Emerald Bay Beach is just as popular at sunset as it is during the day. The surrounding pines and cedar forest make a beautiful frame for photographs of the sunsets. Pack along a picnic to enjoy the hues of pink and orange jetting across the sky and the lake. Another popular site here is Eagle Falls, which flows directly into the bay. An interesting historical fact about the bay is that many boats sank here during in the late nineteenth century. For this reason, it has been designated an underwater state park. Hiking, biking, swimming, and guided tours will all keep visitors entertained. Nearby attractions not to be missed include Carnelian Bay, Eldorado National Forest, and Zephyr Cove.