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Thunderbird Lodge

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Parry Sound, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you like to visit the second home of an eccentric character, this is the place. The history of this place is amazing. This was a second visit and I learned much more this time. Also the Thunderbird yacht was there this time which was really worth seeing. You are delivered there by a small bus from the information center... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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89 reviews 89 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The Tunderbird Lodge has a Magnificat setting on the shore of Lake Tahoe. The tour is well worth taking to see how the wealthy live back in the Late 1929 era. We were lucky to see the Thunderbird boat which is not there all the time. Crystal clear water surrounds the lodge looking forward to seeing it again.

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Stateline, Nevada
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290 reviews 290 reviews
43 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Went with some friends. You take a bus from Incline since there is no parking for the tour at the lodge. They play an informative audio both to and back. We started in the newer part of the lodge with a brief history and then the tour started. Since they have functions here you can go most anywhere within the... More

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Federal Way, Washington
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149 reviews 149 reviews
58 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Thunderbird Lodge is an interesting and scenic place but small and sparsely furnished compared with great houses like San Simeon or The Biltmore Estate. The story here is the amazing account of its owner, Cpt. George Whittell, a fabulously wealthy individual who was like the Bill Gates or Warren Buffett of his day, but a person, many people have never... More

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San Francisco
17 reviews 17 reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Tour and site are interesting but the tour was far too long. An hour and a half plus the time on the shuttle to and fro is just too much. We felt that the docent went on and on with details about the man that built the home in a very lecturing manner instead of an engaging manner. Overall we... More

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I wouldn't take small children, buy we had our 10 & 13 year olds with us and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is such a beautiful place, with an interesting history, and a wild story about the very eccentric rich guy that built the place. Definitely not to be missed.

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McKinney, TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I would highly recommend this tour by land! You are picked up from Incline Village visitor center in a small bus. The drive to Thunderbird Lodge takes about 15 min. There is an audio tape playing on the way out there giving you some background of the property and the original owner, Capt. George Whittell. The setting is beautiful and... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
78 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I really enjoyed visiting the Thunderbird Lodge by boat. The Tahoe is a wooden boat built in 1950. The boat holds up to 16 passengers. We left the Tahoe Keys Marina at 10 AM. The sun was shinning and the water was calm. We cruised up the eastern shore stopping for pictures of the mansions. We stopped for pictures of... More

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San Diego, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The Thunderbird Lodge is a great day trip. You can reach it by boat which is the best way to view that side of the lake and the lodge. The tour brings you back to that era. A catered lunch is also provided and you are able to eat by the lake.

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We found this in the AAA tour book. After our tour, I agree with the book-- this is a gem. Reservations are required. This time of year, there are just two tours offered on specific days. Participants meet at the visitor's center in Incline and are transported by shuttle bus to the historic site. The tour is well done and... More

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