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Thunderbird Lodge

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Tahoe Architecture, Beauty & HIstory...All there!

Started in 1936, during the Great Depression,"Castle In the Sky" used local labor & incredible artisans, and at one time encompassed 40,000 acres & 20 miles of Tahoe's shoreline... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Started in 1936, during the Great Depression,"Castle In the Sky" used local labor & incredible artisans, and at one time encompassed 40,000 acres & 20 miles of Tahoe's shoreline. Over the decades, the history of Thunderbird Lodge played an integral part in the development of the current East & North areas of Lake Tahoe. Visitors share an intimate look at... More 

1 Thank artess1
Minden, Nevada
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I have been living in the Lake Tahoe area for years but never knew about the Thunderbird Lodge. Driven by the entry gate for years and always wondered about what was behind. I came across the tour at the Incline Village-Crystal Bay Visitors Center where we were bussed to the estate. That's when I finally learned what was behind the... More 

Incline Village, Nevada
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Not only is it stunningly beautiful, it is an important part of Lake Tahoe history. Thankfully, it was saved from demolition and we all are able to enjoy the only undeveloped area of this beautiful lake.

Thank Jo C
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Amazing historic estate. Highly recommend the tour boat to the Lodge. Great ride along the eastern shore and the captain provides a history lesson and stories of famous houses. The Thunderbird Lodge and the stories of George Whitell are fascinating. I would do it again. Two days later and we are still talking about it! We did see the Thunderbird... More 

2 Thank datiem3761
walnut creek,ca.
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I have been going to Tahoe since I was a boy but never knew about the Thunderbird Lodge.I had seen the boat around the lake but had no idea of it's history. The lodge was the home of one weird piece of work.All that money and such a sad life. Getting the tour that leaves from Zephyr Cove requires a... More 

2 Thank thebearmartin
Woodbridge, California
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

If you like Lake Tahoe history, especially the history of boating on the lake, you will find this tour fascinating. The hidden passage ways, the spectacular view of the lake, the fascinating architecture makes this tour worth the cost. Not inexpensive, but the combination cruise and tour offered by Cruise Tahoe are worth the cost.

Thank Cathleen L
Reno, Nevada
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552 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Fabulous historic estate. Amazing rock work and landscaping. You also get to see the famous yacht. You get your money worth, the tour is over an hour. Educational and entertaining.

Thank lew w
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Learn everything to know about why the Nevada side of the lake is so pristine. This is the most amazing tour of a significant man in Lake Tahoe history. Don't miss it.

1 Thank BobandSuzanneCraig
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7 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Yesterday we toured the Thunderbird lodge by way a scenic boat tour (separate review) but not many People get the opportunity to see this place as it is not visible from the street. Rich in history and you get a chance to learn about George whitel

Thank Jack Z
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This was the best estate tour we took on Lake Tahoe. Helen our guide was extremely knowledgeable. I could tell she was a former elementary teacher because of her enthusiasm. Beautiful property inside and out.

1 Thank K S

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