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Thunderbird Lodge

NV
+1 775-832-8750
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Fascinating Tour

I knew nothing about this lodge and who lived there. I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
retiree508
,
California
Great Tour

This was a very interesting tour. The lodge is located on a beautiful section of the east side of... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
107nan2010
,
New Braunfels, Texas
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Reviewed 12 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

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was a very interesting tour. The lodge is located on a beautiful section of the east side of Lake Tahoe. Our tour guide, Earl, was great and very knowledgeable about the history of George Whittell Jr., the original owner of the lodge. You don't...More

Thank 107nan2010
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

The lodge is pretty amazing! All the money and ingenuity that went into this place is astonishing. There is an amazing 600ft underground tunnel that brings you to the huge boat house to see a ridiculously lavish yacht. Then you walk up the stairs to...More

Thank Ashley S
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

The Lodge was built by George Whittel Jr. in the 1930's. His estimated worth at the time converted into today's value was in the ten's of billion's. At one time he owned approximately 27 miles of shoreline from the Cal-Neva Club to Zephyr Cove. The...More

1  Thank sam101645
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

This was a hidden gem for us. We saw this lodge for the first time from the lake. We were sailing on the lake with Captain John's Sailing Adventures. It was such a sight that the whole family agreed that we wanted to see it...More

1  Thank William P
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We visited the Thunderbird Lodge and were really impressed form the start to finish. The shuttle driver was very nice. When we arrived to the Lodge the friendly volunteer staff were there to greet us and take us on a wonderful tour. This is a...More

1  Thank kazcass
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We took a fantastic tour that began at the Incline Village Visitor Center. We got on a bus with a great driver, a lady from Austalia named Roz, who put on a cd that primed us for our visit to the lodge, a ten minute...More

1  Thank Lincoln O
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Our final venue after five days on a Mystery Tour by bus was Thunderbird Lodge, a magnificent series of stone buildings on the lake. We had to leave our tour bus and take smaller shuttle bus from a tourist info station. To handle our crowd,...More

1  Thank Tommy M
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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...More

2  Thank artess1
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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...More

1  Thank BIRDDOGING
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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
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