Counting the Shades of Blue on Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California
Sky-high granite cliffs rise from sparkling emerald-green waters in a glacially carved, fjord-like bay at Emerald Bay State Park, one of the area’s most awesome natural sights. If you’ve never seen it, head to Inspiration Point for killer views. The water’s color changes throughout the day with the sun; the best time to visit is mid-to-late morning. By late afternoon, the bay is in shadow. Below the parking area, check out Vikingsholm, a 1929 mansion.