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“Great for history buffs and HGTV lovers”
Review of Thunderbird Lodge

Thunderbird Lodge
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We've been to Tahoe dozens of times, but we hadn't done this tour until our recent trip, when we decided to some touristy things. The house and grounds are very cool to explore, and the history of the owner and the area were really interesting. The tour price is a bit steep, which is the only reason I didn't give it a 5.0 rating, but we'd still recommend it to others.

3  Thank travelingWise
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

The views are spectacular and the place interesting. Rally enjoyed the tunnel and seeing the multimillion dollar yacht. Now I understand why the eastern shoreline is so unspoiled compared to the rest. Definitely worth the admission.

2  Thank Jan536
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

The unusual homestead and the eccentric history are worth the price of admission (about $39/person for adults). The voluntary docents may not be totally keen on all the history, but the stories are entertaining. The property, on the Lake Tahoe shoreline, is truly stunning. The famous Thunderbird boat is in the boathouse. You'll love the stories about the tunnel, the elephant house and the lion security system!

3  Thank Scoot2
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

This house is very unique - something you only see on documentaries or those "most beautiful houses of America" shows.
Right on the water, house has great design and hidden spots, cute garden and great view. Tours are limited to small groups, so it's not too crowded.
Not open in the winter, so you're limited on what time of year you visit.

2  Thank fireflieslie
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

I never heard of this place until my conference at Lake Tahoe. Our group toured the Thunderbird lodge and we were all blown away by the visit. Far from what we expected, the lodge is a huge and elaborate property with rich history and wild tales about the owner. A maze of tunnels and historical rooms throughout. This is in addition to the spectacular view.

1  Thank ericoa1
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