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Thunderbird Lake Tahoe

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Playboy of the lake

We have lived here for many years and never made a trip to the Thunderbird. We decided to finally... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Minden, Nevada
Fascinating tour of this beautiful, historic property!

We really enjoyed our tour of Thunderbird Lodge. Our tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
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Thunderbird Lodge Nat'l Historic Site. Peek into Lake Tahoe's past with tours of this historic estate built by the eccentric Capt. George Whittell Jr. See the 600-foot tunnel, animal pens, the Castle-in-the-Sky, and the incomparable THUNDERBIRD...more
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Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor's Center, 969 Tahoe Blvd, NV 89451
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Reviewed yesterday

We have lived here for many years and never made a trip to the Thunderbird. We decided to finally do a tour of this lodge and did not regret it! First off...you need to make reservations ahead of time. Do not show up without them...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

We really enjoyed our tour of Thunderbird Lodge. Our tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable and the house is so beautiful and interesting. Well worth your time!

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank 103carolyng
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

This was a fascinating tour and beautiful property. One of a kind. Two hour tour. Call ahead for schedule. You can tour by land or boat. Boat tours are fewer daily, early and weather permitting.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank chinoduke
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Loved this tour! We took a 2 hour boat ride along the shore of Lake Tahoe and got information about several of the areas and large homes. Arriving at the lodge, we took a walking tour which was full of interesting facts and antidotes about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank karab730
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The guides were quite enthusiastic about the house and told entertaining stories about the man who lived here. The only negative was that the home is now furnished with cheap pieces that are not original. The worst idea someone had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank h0mefree2
DayTrip22619731349, General Manager at Thunderbird Lake Tahoe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and taking the time to review the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site. In reference to your comment about the furnishings, I am the curator and responsible for the building décor. Nearly all that you saw and commented on, including the animal...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

Very interesting piece of Tahoe history is revealed on this tour. We have lived an hour and a half from Lake Tahoe for 40 years and had never heard of eccentric playboy George Whittell and his fascinating estate, the Thunderbird Lodge, quite close to Sand...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank mpiette1979
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Used to wonder why the California side of Tahoe is so developed and Nevada side is not. Go for the tour to understand why.... All the work of one man "accidental conservationist" . Great place to tour the summer lodge of the eccentric man. Good...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We were in Lake Tahoe for a family reunion and were fortunate that a local family member booked this visit. Built by George Whittell after he withdrew all of his money from the stock market just before the crash, Thunderbird Lodge is a beautiful lakeside...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Stinky and skeezy the curry smell lingered in the pillows and sheets and room and carpet and and and ..ew

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank anthonycF7645RB
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I knew nothing about this lodge and who lived there. I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed the tour. We had a great shuttle bus driver (I think she is from Australia) great sense of humor. The lodge was built in the 1930's...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from BobandSuzanneCraig | Reviewed this property |
You can only do the Vikingsholm tour by hiking or boat. We couldn't do that, but we loved the Thunderbird lodge. They drive you to the lodge in a bus you pick up from incline Village. We can't imagine that you would be... More