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“"The Fabulous Thunderbird"”
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Thunderbird Lodge
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“"The Fabulous Thunderbird"”
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

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 tunnels, and the awesome Thunderbird yacht make this tour special. The Docents guide visitors throughout the property and provide ample history of the property and the people associated with it. The tour is available from the Incline Village Visitors Center and operated by the Thunderbird Preservation Society. If you like History, Extravagance, and Breath taking views, take this tour.

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Incline Village, NV
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239 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed 30 May 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 into the lake. There is no place like it especially on a Lake Tahoe "blue" day. Besides the Shakespeare Theater on Sand Harbor this should not be missed!

Visited May 2014
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Parry Sound, Canada
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Wow! What an interesting tour!”
Reviewed 18 September 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 in Incline Village. (it's not far) The views and scenery are spectacular. It is not a grand mansion but has all kinds of interesting buildings, among them an elephant garage, an opium den and a 600 foot long tunnel leading to the boat house. If you are claustrophobic they will take you on the outside to the boathouse. There were some people on our tour who took the option. Together with Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay these are two great places to visit while visiting Lake Tahoe.

Visited September 2013
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Chandler, Arizona
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“Beautiful Setting”
Reviewed 18 September 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.

Visited September 2013
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Stateline, Nevada
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“An open tour”
Reviewed 27 August 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 lodge. Not like some tours where you can't touch things, walk only on a certain path etc.

The lodge is spread out so there is a lot of walking and steps. You walk through a 600' tunnel to the boathouse where you get to see the 50' Thunderbird yacht.

This is really a basic lodge and there is not a lot of opulence like Hearst Castle. But it is a neat thing to do if you have some time in Tahoe.

Overall the tour was informative and we enjoyed it

Visited August 2013
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