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Thunderbird Lodge

NV
775-832-8750
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Olathe, Kansas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is not a lengthy tour as the home is not large by today's standards but very unique. If you enjoy history, combined with beauty, this is the tour for you. Lot's of interesting facts, beautiful views of the lake, and the surprise of the pristine boat in the boat house. This can be rented for lunch cruises on the... More

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Fillmore, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

My daughter in law set up tour for 7 of us. We were staying in South Lake Tahoe and it's a little less than hour in good weather and if you watch speed. Please don t be late as you go to visitor center in Incline Village and board bus. This isn't Hurst Castle but worth going to especially if... More

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California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited just before the summer season(lste May). Coming from south shore we were given directions to drive directly to the lodge's driveway waiting area. When all reservations had arrived, we drove down to a lower parking area where we re-grouped and met our docent. Additional structures were built by a second owner of the lodge. The tour begins in... More

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

beautiful place and a great story. tour guides are great and they tell a great story about the owners.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is truly a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous. The Thunderbird Lodge was built for George Whittell. He was heir to a substantial fortune and built this estate as his Summer home. The property is amazing. The Lodge is impressive. But, the totality of the estate is truly awesome. The secret passages, exotic animal facilities, underground... More

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Incline Village, NV
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109 reviews 109 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

I live in Incline Village and always take visitors here. Last week my daughter in law, granddaughter and I did the tour, probably my 4th time. Each time I visit I learn something new! The history of George Wittel his lifestyle, love of Lake Tahoe and protecting development is fascinating and entertaining. The lodge and grounds are beautiful jutting out... More

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Parry Sound, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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311 reviews 311 reviews
54 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
59 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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