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Thunderbird Lodge

The Thunderbird Lodge is one of the best examples of a great residential estate on Lake Tahoe. Built in 1939, it was designed to blend harmoniously with its surroundings. Tours are available by reservation only. Visitors must be shuttled to the lodge from the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor’s Center. For more information please visit the website or call 1-800-GO-TAHOE.

The magical Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site is the centerpiece of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe. This historic home of George Whittell, Jr. is a museum and learning center for the charitable programs of the non-profit Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society.

Also at the property is the Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is home to America’s most recognizable—and possibly most valuable—wooden speedboat, the venerable Thunderbird Yacht. Since America’s Great Depression, Thunderbird has transported guests in opulent luxury between high-mountain estates and luxury resorts.

Self-guided tours are not available, reservations are required. Docent-guided tours throughout the property are about an hour and 15 minutes. Schedule of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe docent-guided tours arriving by land found online here  Land tours start at the Incline Village-Crystal Bay Visitors Center, 969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, Nevada, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe docent-guided tours arriving by water operate from mid-May through the end of September. The historic 40′ cruiser Tahoe departs from Round Hill Pines Beach Resort, Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. This is the only tour of the Thunderbird Tahoe Historic Site available on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the month of June. Ticket prices are $149.00 for adults and $65.00 for children ages 6 to 12.

For south shore water tour reservations, you may book online, call (775) 230-8907, or email bookings@cruisetahoe.com.

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