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Historic Tours Offer Unique Glimpse Into Tahoe's Past

Last updated: June 2023

thunderbirdTahoe Adventure Company just introduced a new kayak tour that has groups launching at Sand Harbor State Park and then paddling over to the region’s historic Thunderbird Lodge.  Arriving at the private beach landing, paddlers then take a walking tour of this 1930’s estate and learn the story of George Whittell, the eccentric man who built it, followed by a fantastic deli spread lunch on the shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll also find additional tours offered by Tahoe Adventure Company by visiting online.


History and outdoor buffs use their own two feet on a new, guided walking tour of Tahoe City. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society takes participants from the Gatekeeper’s Museum and along North Lake Tahoe Boulevard to Watson Cabin, which turns 100 this year, and speaks to the stories and legends that characterize this town.


Pack your lunch if you’re headed down the one-mile, steep trail to visit Lake Tahoe’s only castle. Vikingsholm Castle offers a sandy beach perfect for a picnic and a quick dip in the region’s clear, blue waters. Tours are available of this majestic home, built in 1929 and situated at the head of Emerald Bay. Also on the West Shore is Ehrman Mansion, the opulent summer home of a San Francisco businessman and built in 1903.


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