Emerald Bay (©Frank Schulenburg/Flickr, Creative Commons)
Spectacular in every season, this is Lake Tahoe's signature view: teardrop-shaped Emerald Bay, dotted at its center with a single island, on which sits a stone teahouse. Hidden in the trees on the shoreline of Emerald Bay is Vikingsholm Castle, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian rockwork and architecture in North America.
Emerald Bay State Park includes two campgrounds: Boat-In Camp (accessible by boat or foot only) and Eagle Point Campground. The scenic Rubicon foot trail wraps around Emerald Bay, with trailheads at Eagle Point campground, Vikingsholm, and DL Bliss State Park.