10 Seattle-area ‘Twin Peaks’ filming locations
The Palmer family house is relatively far away from North Bend in Everett’s Rucker Hill neighborhood. The home last sold in September 2014 for $500,000 after a Kickstarter campaign to turn it into a Twin Peaks museum and bed and breakfast failed. The present owner says she welcomes Twin Peaks fans, as long as people are nice about it.
The back side of this building was shot as the front of The Roadhouse bar. Formerly known as The Colonial Inn, it's now known as Fall City Roadhouse. You can even stay there if you're looking for an immersive Twin Peaks experience.
The iconic shot from the opening credits with the waterfall tumbling behind the hotel is actually the Salish Lodge and Spa, overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. The hotel even offers a Twin Peaks package, complete with cherry pie and damn fine coffee.
The sheriff's department used to be the gatehouse to Packard's Sawmill. Today it’s occupied by Dirtfish Rally School, in case you want to learn some cool driving tricks.
Used to transport lumber in and out of the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, the bridged where Ronette Pulaski was introduced closed for for rail not long after the filming of Fire Walk With Me. It’s now a pedestrian bridge, part of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, which makes it even easier to explore.
Another iconic shot from the opening credits, here's the spot where the “Welcome to Twin Peaks” sign stands with Mount Si in the background. Around the time of the The Return’s premiere, the sign was installed permanently.
11 Twin Peaks Locations You Can Visit in Real Life
Out of all the kooky characters and avant-garde art scenes, the best character in David Lynch’s ‘90s cult classic is place. Twin Peaks wouldn’t be the same show without the brooding, dreary mountain town of the show's title. If you really want to get into the spirit, visit the real Twin Peaks, have a damn fine cup of coffee, and find the place where “the owls are not what they seem.”
The opening credits of the show feature the iconic falls that seem remote, but in reality are easily accessible. Less than an hour's drive from downtown Seattle, Snoqualmie, Washington is a Twin Peaks wonderland and home to Snoqualmie Falls. The 270-foot waterfall is one of Washington state’s most-visited tourist attractions with more than 1.5 million visitors per year. If you go, go early so you can beat the crowds and get that iconic shot of the falls with The Great Northern Hotel in the background. Parking and admission are free. There are two observation platforms. The top area is an easy walk from the parking lot, but the lower area requires a hike. Be sure to bring a rain jacket and poncho and accept that you will get wet. The mist off the waterfall is incredibly powerful. Use a waterproof sport camera or at least take a waterproof phone case.
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The Great Northern Hotel
This spot may be the most exciting for fans to visit. The Great Northern Hotel, the lodge behind the falls, is a luxury hotel in real life. The Salish Lodge and Spa is the premiere hotel in Snoqualmie and even if you can’t stay overnight, you have to visit their gift shop for a treasure trove of Twin Peaks inspired goodies, such as local coffee, local cherry pie filling, owl knick knacks, and log pillows. Oh, and yes, you can stay in room 315, though the interiors for The Great Northern Hotel were filmed in upstate Washington at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington for the pilot and later recreated on a soundstage in L.A.
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Ben Horne’s Office
The Kiana Lodge inspired many rooms for The Great Northern Hotel. The hotel lobby scenes were filmed here for the pilot. And the hotel’s Moose Room was used for the Horne’s family dining room as well as Ben Horne’s office. After the pilot, replicas of the rooms were created on a soundstage in L.A.
The Double R Diner
Just a ten-minute drive from Snoqualmie, visit North Bend, Washington for Twin Peaks’ famous Double R Diner. In real life, it’s Twede’s Cafe, but once you walk in you’ll find Double R signs on the walls from the series, black and white checkered floors, and retro red bar stools. And, yes, you can order a damn fine cup of coffee (and hot!) with a slice of cherry pie. Remember to tell the waiter you take your coffee “black as midnight on a moonless night.”
Twin Peaks Bridge
One of the more chilling scenes in the show is when missing girl, Ronette Pulaski, mysteriously turns up in a daze walking across a railroad bridge outside-of-town. Reinig Bridge can be found in Snoqualmie, but, since filming in the ‘90s, the railroad tracks have been removed and the paved bridge is now part of a jogging/cycle trail with beautiful views of the Snoqualmie River.
Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station
In real life, Harry Truman’s station is used as an office and shop for DirtFish, a premiere motorsport company and rally school where you can take driving classes with professional and stunt drivers. The building facade is still very much the same. And Lucy’s reception desk is still intact. You might even spot Truman’s retro Bronco parked outside.
“Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” You don’t have to venture through Ghostwood National Forest to find Owl Cave. Just head toward the Hollywood Hills. Bronson Canyon has been a Hollywood favorite for years with dozens of movies and TV shows filmed in the cave. Located in L.A.’s Griffith Park, it’s accessible via a short hike.
Beach Where Laura Was Found
This is a morbid location but fans do seek out the spot where Laura Palmer’s body was found. The scene was filmed at Kiana Lodge and the massive log is still on the pebble beach. These days the spot is popular for wedding photos.
The Roadhouse Bar
Next to Snoqualmie in Fall City, you’ll find the Fall City Roadhouse Bar. The exteriors were used as the town’s biker bar but in real life it’s a lot more family-friendly and cheery with new blue exterior paint. There’s no Bang Bang Bar neon sign but the combination inn and restaurant does have a Fall City Roadhouse neon blade. The interiors of the bar were shot in Seattle in a rustic Scandinavian building that is now the Raisbeck Performance Hall at Cornish College of the Arts.
While the exterior shots were filmed outside a tiny cabin in Snoqualmie Valley, the interior shots of the Twin Peaks secret society hideout were filmed at The Old Place in Cornell, California. The restaurant and bar has been open for more than 40 years and has a modern cowboy menu with items like cornmeal flapjacks, beef stew and iced tea with local sage.
Welcome to Twin Peaks
The iconic town sign isn’t there anymore but you can drive down the road where it was shot, frame by frame. Sign or no sign, Reinig Road has picturesque country landscapes with the foggy Cascades looming in the background. If you really want a photo of the sign, however, The Double R Diner has a mural painted on the back of the building.
Bonus: The Black Lodge
While there isn’t another dimension where the good and evil in you is challenged by facing your doppelganger spirit, there is a bar in Vancouver, Canada called The Black Lodge and this Twin Peaks-themed bar is a must-visit for diehard fans. Don’t miss the Red Room-inspired restroom.
Famous TV series “Twin Peaks” by David Lynch and Mark Frost has the 30th anniversary of premier in April 2020. It was the most popular American mystery horror television series of 90′ on ABC. We are fans of the works of David Lynch. So, during our visit to Washington State, we decided to visit the places where FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and local Sheriff Harry S. Truman run an investigation into the murder of beautiful Laura Palmer. The action takes place in the fictional town of Twin Peaks. So, check with us real-life Twin Peaks Locations you can visit today, which are in Snoqualmie and the neighboring communities of North Bend and Fall City.
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Twin Peaks premiered on April 8, 1990, on ABC. Twin Peaks was a murder mystery set in the archetypal small American town in Washington State. One day, the body of a young woman – Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is discovered near a riverbank wrapped in plastic. She has been brutally killed, and all of Twin Peaks’ inhabitants are shocked. So, FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) came to solve the murder mystery with the local sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean).
Furthermore, the TV series is full of surreal images, dancing dwarfs, rad room, a woman cradling a pet log, flickering electricity, and delicious cherry cake. Finally, light and dark, good and evil co-existence. As the plot unfolds, the dark sides of the seemingly innocent characters are revealed, as well as the double lives they have. Therefore, it might seem that all characters are freaks.
However, it was with the music by Angelo Badalamenti that Twin Peaks truly became Twin Peaks. Hence, it makes the story remain in memory for years. David Lynch and Mark Frost have completely revolutionized television. Everyone wanted to know who killed Laura Palmer. And that’s why after 27 years in 2017.was made Twin Peaks: The Return. Twin Peaks: The Return is a bizarre thriller, bolder, more baffling, more hallucinogenic.
Twin Peaks Locations
One of the reasons that made Twin Peaks an iconic TV series is the climatic locations. Many diehard fans of the original 1990s show have traveled to the Pacific Northwest to see the most iconic real-life Twin Peaks filming locations, and follow in the footsteps of creator David Lynch. So, if you’re in Seattle, take a one-day trip through the 90’s famous TV series locations: Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure series (check our article about the Roslyn – the Northern Exposure location).
Every real fan of Twin Peaks associates locations such as the Double-R Diner, Great Northern Hotel, and characteristic Snoqualmie Waterfalls. Almost all of the pictures were taken in Snoqualmie in Washington, where a large part of the scenes from this iconic TV series was shot. So, let’s check what these places look like after 30 years.
Welcome to Twin Peaks Sign
The sign ‘Welcome to Twin Peaks, Population: 51,201’, which Agent Cooper drives past in the pilot, actually stood on Reining Road in Snoqualmie, Washington. We checked this place, and there is no sign there anymore. But as a Twin Peaks fans, we appreciate the view. Furthermore, in the distance, you can see the famous peak of Mount Si. The four-mile-long (6.5 km) Mount Si trail vertically climbs 3,500 feet (1,070 m) to the summit ridge.
Address: Welcome sign at SE Renig Rd., .25 Mile West of 428th & Renig, North Bend, WA
Great Northern Hotel
The Great Northern Hotel hosted FBI Agent Dale Cooper on the TV series. It takes only about 30 minutes to get there from Seattle. We would love to stay there for a night, so if you can afford for staying there check the prices and book it, because it is an amazing place. Producers used shots of the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie as the exterior, which overlooks Snoqualmie Falls. While, the interiors of the Great Northern Hotel were actually shot at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington.
The Salish Lodge and Spa’s “Twin Peaks Experience” includes Damn Fine Coffee and Cherry Pie-inspired spa treatments, a Dale Cooper cocktail in The Attic, and Twin Peaks souvenirs in the Country Store. So it is worth to stop there during your trip.
Address: Salish Lodge and Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave., Snoqualmie, WA
The sound of water drowns out your thoughts. Drops of water hit your face and your camera lens. Due to, it’s hard to take a picture. Shivers pierce you at the thought of the mysterious death of Laurel Palmer when you are staying at the rim of the waterfall. The 270-foot waterfall is named after the Snoqualmie Tribe. It appears in the opening credits. Snoqualmie Falls is a memorable Twin Peaks location. If you don’t stay at Salish Lodge and Spa, you can visit the observation deck or park to view the falls.
In real life, the Ronette’s Bridge is the Reinig Bridge, which crosses the Snoqualmie River. In Twin Peaks is “Ronette’s bridge,” due to Ronette Pulaski, a classmate of Laura’s, staggered across the bridge after her attack.
It is located near southeast Reinig Road in Snoqualmie and was constructed in 1916. The Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company used it to transport wood. Now, the bridge forms part of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail for hikers and cyclists only.
Address: 396th Dr. and SE Renig Rd., Snoqualmie, WA
The sawmill seen in the opening credits is abandoned and a lot of it is gone but there still remains a single smokestack and some of the manufacturing houses. The Packard Sawmill is located on Sparkwood Road near Black Lake Falls. Consequently the mill played a critical role in most of the first season of Twin Peaks. Finally, the Packard Sawmill was partially destroyed by a fire. The fire was caused by a bomb set up by Leo Johnson.
Most of the mill exterior shots were captured in Snoqualmie.
Address: Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill 7001 396th Dr. SE Snoqualmie, WA
The Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department is currently home to Dirtfish Rally School.
Addess: Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill offices 7001 396th Dr. SE Snoqualmie, WA
Double R Diner
Would you like to try “damn fine cup o’ coffee” and a slice of “Twin Peaks cherry pie,” just as Norma Jennings or Shelly Johnson would serve them? So, visit Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, Washington. What’s called Twede’s Cafe now opened as Thompson’s Diner in 1941. It became the Mar-T Cafe a decade later. And in 1989, it was the sound-stage model for Double R scenes.
As a result, time has stopped here so that you can feel like on the show. Due to, you can eat a cherry cake and look at the door, hoping the Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Agent Cooper will appear.
Address: Twede’s café 137 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA
The Roadhouse Bar
Disobeying curfew, Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) sneaks off to the Roadhouse Bar. The exteriors can be found at the Fall City Roadhouse and Inn in Fall City, Washington, but its interiors were filmed at Raisbeck Performance Hall at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. We checked a menu; we had a delicious breakfast there. For sure, it is an excellent place for breakfast or lunch during your Twin Peaks trip.
Address: Colonial Inn 4200 Preston Fall City Rd. SE Fall City, WA
Where to Stay?
If you plan to stay in Seattle, check our ready Seattle itinerary, where we also present the most interesting and the best lodging options in Seattle.
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Below are some suggestions for the best accommodation in the area of Snoqualmie. You will find more options on hotels.com & airbnb.com
Salish Lodge & Spa is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, overlooking the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls.
This one-of-a-kind experience allows you to explore the show’s locations around the Lodge, cozy up in one of the 85 guest rooms while binge-watching the first season of Twin Peaks, relax with Damn Good Coffee and Cherry Pie in The Attic.
Hampton Inn & Suites Snoqualmie is located within 5 minutes of Snoqualmie Falls and 10 minutes of North Bend Premium Outlets. It has rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Snoqualmie. The hotel provides an indoor pool and a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property.
Snoqualmie Nest provides accommodations with a casino and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Finally, the guesthouse has mountain views, a sun terrace and a 24-hour front desk.
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah boasts enjoyable facilities such as an indoor pool and well-equipped fitness center. Guests can be productive in the 24-hour business center, then buy a snack from the 24-hour convenience store. Furthermore, the on-site Great American Grill service breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as provides room service.
Moon River Suites is a vacation home located in North Bend. It provides air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. Finally, the property is 5 minutes from Snoqualmie and free private parking is featured.
Get Ready For The Trip
We prepare ourselves thoroughly for each of our journeys: read books, guides, analyze maps. It is a great to know as much as possible about the place we plan to see. We like to know the history of a given location. As photography passionates, we want to have good photos, so we are looking for the best photo spots. Below are some book recommendations that you may like as well.
Photographing Washington is for us the best. We love all the series to each state. This book offers an excellent overview of photography opportunities for Washington State. As with other books in the series, the printing is perfect, and the binding is durable. There’s a lot more detail on places than you get in a general travel guide. It’s lots of photographic hints & tips.
If you enjoy hiking, consider Moon Pacific Northwest Hiking. A wide variety of hikes and trails are offered. Tou will find a route to suit every mood, season, and hiking style or ability. Inside are beautiful photographs too. You will find directions to the trailhead, permits required, trail maps, GPS coordinates, mileage and elevation gain, elevation profiles, and highlights of each trail.
We also likeHiking Washington: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures. It’s very informative and detailed. Before you hit a mountain trail, check our detailed post with the Day Hiking Packing List. You will find lots of useful hiking tips and a printable pdf packing checklist.
If you are planning a road trip, we recommend a paper map: Washington Road and Recreation Atlas. It’s very detailed and informative. Except for roads, you will find useful information about wilderness, forest service, state parks, BLM areas, Tribal lands, national parks and monuments, campgrounds, and more.
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