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Thunderbird Lodge

Address: NV
Phone Number: 775-832-8750
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a must do tour if you don't mind the cost. Very interesting stories about George Whittell (and his pet lion). The Thunderbird Lodge itself is also a cool place to check out.

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Baywood Park, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

There is a lot of history in Lake Tahoe and the Thunderbird Lodge is a part of the rich past. The owner was one of the original party animals. He was somewhat of a recluse and certainly odd in many ways. He inherited his money and vowed never to work and evidently, never did. He built Thunderbird Lodge as his... More 

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Modesto, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I'd heard about Thunderbird Lodge for years and finally visited it. In a word, fascinating. The history, the architecture, the insights onto the eclectic owner who accidentally became an environmental visionary through is preservation of thousands of acres, all make for an enjoyable 1/2 day expedition. The docents are very informative, and happy to answer questions. You have to take... More 

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Albuquerque
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This was the highlight of our recent trip to Nevada. It was an incredibly interesting peek into a lifestyle that the vast majority of us could not experience. Fabulous views and really wonderful docents added so much to the tour.

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Calgary, Canada
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230 reviews 230 reviews
43 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

While most people think that most millionaire businessmen are only out to develop land to make more money, many would be shocked to learn that one eccentric millionaire from the 1930's is single-handedly responsible for most of the undeveloped land being the way it is today on the 27 miles of Nevada Tahoe shoreline. The place is a beautiful lakeshore... More 

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The total lodge property is beautiful with interesting history and a terrific boat house, main lodge, and card room...to tour and see.... If you have a half day and want to take the tour it is well worth the time. It requires walking and might be difficult for disabled persons.

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Sugar Land
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I have traveled a lot of the world, and most of what I see is pretty similar to something I've seen before. But this was truly a unique experience. This house is like no others. A unique house for a Corky billionaire good no one ever heard of because he wanted to be a recluse. I know there is a... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you are into the history of Lake Tahoe and want to see how the rich and famous lived in times gone by don't miss this tour. Its not cheap $39pp but I thought worth it. Book in advance. Very entertaining guides and it would be worth it just to see the Thunderbird Yacht!

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San Carlos, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
3 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Who new that there was an accidental conservationist, zookeeper, playboy living on the east side of Lake Tahoe in the 40's? And that he's bought all the land on the east side of the lake so he'd have no neighbors? And that land would later be sold to the state for conservation? It's very much worth a couple of hours... More 

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Livermore, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I never knew this place existed until a co=worker told me about it and suggested the tour so I booked it when I was there last week. It was a great tour and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. You must purchase a tour ticket as there are no self guided tours, they are all led by... More 

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