Thunderbird Lodge/Whittell Mansion Tour
Escape into the world that only a privileged few have dreamed of and enjoy George Whittell's legendary story about his Castle in the Sky!
Peek into the 1930's lifestyle of the rich and famous as you tour the historic Thunderbird Lodge Estate. Your tour begins when you board the shuttle bus at the Incline Visitors Center. Informative, docent-led tours are provided as you walk the winding pathways in search of the secret tunnels and learn about this unique estate. Please wear comfortable clothing, especially walking shoes, and be prepared to stand or walk on uneven surfaces. A portion of the tour fee is a charitable contribution.
Sorry, children under 6 years not permitted. No commercial photography or videography allowed without prior consent.
Tour times: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm.
September 19th through October 21st – Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
PLEASE ARRIVE 30 minutes PRIOR to your tour time at Incline Visitors Center located at 969 Tahoe Boulevard (Hwy 28), Incline Village, NV, 89451. At the Center, you will board a shuttle bus that will take you to and from the legendary Thunderbird Lodge. No parking is available at the Lodge.
FOR SAME DAY TOUR TICKETS, GIFT CERTIFICATES, more INFORMATION, please CALL 800-468-2463, option 1.
WINE & CHEESE TOURS - offered every Friday at 2:30 p.m. from June 10 through October 19. Chef prepared appetizers, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are available while you tour the estate for a little longer with our docent. Meet the estate's curator, and enjoy the stunning panoramic Lake Tahoe views. Castle tour included. Adults only (must be 21+ years to participate). $100/pp. A portion of the tour fee is a charitable contribution.
There is a 48-hour NON-refundable cancellation policy for all tours.
Refund requests made 48 hours PRIOR to tours
are subject to a 10% restocking fee per ticket.
Note: Hwy 28 will have 20-30 minute construction delays from May 1 through November 1; please plan your travel time accordingly.
Tours start from the Incline Village Visitor Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. Driving directions. You must arrive 1/2 hour prior to your tour time at the Visitor Center in Incline Village. For more information visit http://southtahoe.activitytickets.com/activity/326.
Another option also available to reach the Thunderbird by water, from South Shore: (775) 230-8907 or www.cruisetahoe.com/public-cruises
Explore historic Thunderbird Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe’s magical Castle-in-the-Sky and the world famous Thunderbird Yacht. Docent-guided tours take visitors on an hour and 15-minute walk through the stone mansion and grounds to reveal the mystery and legacy of the enigmatic George Whittell, Jr.
Legend springs to life as you discover the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, the servant's quarters with original kitchen, as well as the 600' underground tunnel leading to the cavernous Boathouse. In the Boathouse resides the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, built for Whittell in 1939 and powered by twin Allison V12 1150hp engines from vintage WWII fighter aircraft.
Walk along the serpentine Dragon's Tail path to the enchanting Card House with its celebrated poker stories. Your tour offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, the nearby mountain ranges, elegant gardens, lagoons, waterfalls, and fountains. Discover the magic of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe ~ the history, the architecture, and the men and women of Lake Tahoe’s gilded age.
Reservations are required for all tours. Self-guided tours are not available. Smoking is not permitted in the buildings, on the grounds, or aboard shuttle busses and watercraft. Children must be at least six years old. Comfortable walking shoes are required and a warm jacket is recommended.