Inspiration Point

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Gaze across the vast expanse of Lake Tahoe and pine-tree-studded Fannette Island from one of the lake’s most spectacular viewpoints.

Be amazed by the panoramic views from Inspiration Point. From the paved walkways, observe the far-reaching vistas across Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Castle and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Excellent facilities combined with plenty of nearby trails make the viewpoint even more enjoyable for visitors.

Overlooking the great sheltered cove of Emerald Bay, with its towering pine trees and gently lapping waters, Inspiration Point is a must spot to visit on any trip to the region. Stand at 600 feet (180 meters) above the biggest alpine lake in North America and appreciate the serenity of the views. Take photos to capture the magnificence and grandeur of the landscape.

Appreciate many different views as you wander along the paved paths that weave around the point. See Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe. Use one of the binocular stations to spot a small stone building poking atop the island. This teahouse was used by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, who also owned the famous Vikingsholm mansion.

Mrs. Knight had Vikingsholm built for her as a summer home in 1929. Look to the western shore of Emerald Bay and admire the grand 38-room mansion, which is considered one of the best examples of Scandinavian architecture in the country. Find the trailhead to Vikingsholm Castle just 1 mile (2 kilometers) from Inspiration Point.

Hiking trails abound in the area. Spend a delightful few hours trekking along nearby routes such as Cascade Falls Hiking Trail or Bayview Hiking Trail, which begin from just across the street from Inspiration Point’s parking lot.

Find Inspiration Point on Emerald Bay Road about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Tahoe City. This road is often closed during the winter when driving conditions are treacherous. The area has a parking lot, but in peak summer months it can fill up quickly. Arrive early to secure a space. Restrooms are provided and many of the views can be accessed by wheelchair.

Top 10 Hotels Near Inspiration Point

Apex Inn
Apex Inn
2 out of 5
1171 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM232 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a hot tub. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.7/5 Good! (587 reviews)
"Very clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

Fireside Lodge
Fireside Lodge
3 out of 5
515 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM864 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly cabin in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (103 reviews)
"Great place to stay with dogs"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2022

Emerald Bay Lodge
Emerald Bay Lodge
3.5 out of 5
735 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM598 per night from 13 Oct to 14 Oct
Stay at this 3.5-star beach lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, a fireplace in the lobby and a picnic area. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.2/5 (120 reviews)
Comfy beds
"We stayed at the Emerald Bay Lodge for a friends wedding. The cabin we had, was very large…had a king and queen sized bed, full kitchen and full bath with a jetted tub. We didn’t have time to try out the tub though. The beds were very comfortable. There is currently no place to hang clothes, but ..."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

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Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, CA
2 out of 5
2375 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Fireside Lodge
Fireside Lodge
3 out of 5
515 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Emerald Bay Lodge
Emerald Bay Lodge
3.5 out of 5
735 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Apex Inn
Apex Inn
2 out of 5
1171 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Tahoe Valley Lodge
Tahoe Valley Lodge
2 out of 5
2241 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
PlayPark Lodge
PlayPark Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1184 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Emerald Bay Village
Emerald Bay Village
3 out of 5
1220 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
High Country Lodge
High Country Lodge
2 out of 5
1227 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Tahoe Valley Campground
Tahoe Valley Campground
2 out of 5
1175 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.