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Thunderbird Lodge

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Address: NV
Phone Number: 775-832-8750
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Fascinating Place Too See!

For many years I caught a glimpse of the lodge from the distant highway and once by boat. Finally got to get a tour of this really interesting private historical place. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For many years I caught a glimpse of the lodge from the distant highway and once by boat. Finally got to get a tour of this really interesting private historical place. The boathouse which the Thunderbird yacht is kept in is worth seeing alone but on the tour you get to see the main house, kitchen, bedrooms, servants rooms and... More 

Thank xfil911
Malmo, Sweden
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a nice place to stay with your friends when visting canyouns do not hesitatet to book for a couple of nights. Well equiped in the ktichen, good beds and bath-rooms. And a lovle view from the teracce.

Thank Peter E
Modesto, CA
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147 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

My friend & I happened upon this tour by accident when we went to the activity center. It was very enjoyable to hear about the history, see the architecture & enjoy the fabulous views. $39. Each seems pricy but it takes a million a year for upkeep. It would certainly be a lovely venue for a wedding or special occasion.

Thank travelwhere
Rohnert Park, California
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We recently visited the lodge and enjoyed the tour immensely. Learned a lot about the family and the grounds. It was really too bad that the boat wasn't there. Would have been nice to have seen it! Meeting at the visitor center was good and taking the shuttle was so convenient as there is no public parking at the lodge.... More 

Thank Avenger90
Paradise, United States
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105 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We are so happy we found out about this place and took the time to take the tour. Great for history people, architecture buffs, and people who admire beauty. Would love to have this as our full time home.

Thank Michael D
San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Cancelled at the last minute... I made a $278 pre-paid reservation well in advance to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. Received a call two days prior stating they might be cancelling Thursday's cruise and we could go Friday. Called and left a message we couldn't go Friday. We didn't even get a call back to confirm the cancellation. Received an... More 

Thank Tim K
San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We had an excellent guide, Larry, who took us through the tour of the house and outside areas for 2 hours. You have to park at the tourist office, then wait for a shuttle bus that takes you on a 20-minute ride to get to the house. You get a little tour description and narration while on the bus. The... More 

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Okatie, South Carolina
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We had a fabulous tour of the Thunderbird Lodge on a glorious June day! It was a bonus to have been escorted by friends, Earl and Susie Burton, docents who volunteer their time on Tuesdays. After a fascinating history lesson involving the eccentric owner, George Whittell, we were escorted throughout the beautiful interior and then through a tunnel to see... More 

Thank Jean N
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The history of the Nevade side of Lake tahoe was interesting. It is incredible to me that one man could own so much of the Lake. Perhaps it was a good thing since it stopped most developement. The stonework and fountains were really beautiful as was the view from the property. Our guide was really well informed and did a... More 

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Plant City, Florida
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119 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We took the tour by way of a boat ride on the Tahoe from Zephyr Cove. The Tahoe is a beautiful boat built in the 1950's and had been sunk and brought back up and refurbished. The ride takes two hours but it did not seen like it, the captain stops and tells you about the area and the houses... More 

Thank Lisa J

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