15 ‘Twin Peaks’ Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

Many diehard fans of the original 1990s show have traveled to the Pacific Northwest to see the most iconic Twin Peaks locations. Follow in the footsteps of creator David Lynch, and you’ll be hot on the heels of Agent Cooper. One location, in particular, has become really popular with bikers (page 10).

1. ‘Welcome to Twin Peaks, Population: 51,201’

Welcome to Twin Peaks sign
The “Welcome to Twin Peaks” sign from the pilot episode | Mondo Digital via Youtube

What better place to start than the opening sequence of Twin Peaks? The sign, which Agent Cooper drives past in the pilot, actually stood on Reining Road in Snoqualmie, Washington. Paste reports that it isn’t there anymore. But Twin Peaks fans will appreciate the view.

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The fan blog, “In Twin Peaks,” reports the sign’s location is “one of the most authentic-feeling locations from the show — The Twin Peaks mood here is positively palpable.” The blogger adds, “It’s really no wonder that the mountain road was chosen as the entryway into the enigmatic town of Twin Peaks despite [Mount Si’s] lack of a real ‘twin.'”

Next: The Great Northern Hotel

2. Great Northern Hotel

The Great Northern Hotel of Twin Peaks
Salish Lodge and Spa served as the Great Northern Hotel | LimeWave via Youtube

You can’t make a Twin Peaks visit without the Great Northern Hotel, which hosted FBI Agent Dale Cooper on the show. Producers used shots of the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie as the exterior, which overlooks Snoqualmie Falls. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from Seattle.

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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.

Next: The Snoqualmie Falls

3. Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls from Twin Peaks
Salish Lodge overlooks Snoqualmie Falls | LimeWave via Youtube

Appearing 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.

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More than 1.5 million visitors visit each year. The 270-foot waterfall is named after the Snoqualmie Tribe. In the 1870s, loggers began floating logs over the falls and down the river to Everett and Puget Sound.

Next: Ronette’s bridge

4. ‘Ronette’s bridge’

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Reinig Bridge is known as Ronette’s Bridge to TP fans. | Shad Engkilterra via Youtube

Twin Peaks fans refer to this landmark as “Ronette’s bridge,” because Ronette Pulaski staggered across the bridge after her attack. In real life, the Reinig Bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River.

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According to “In Twin Peaks,” you can find the trestle bridge near southeast Reinig Road in Snoqualmie, Washington. It 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.

Next: Laura’s log

5. ‘Laura’s log’

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When Laura’s body was found | Mondo Digital via Youtube

When Pete Martell goes fishing in the Twin Peaks pilot, he spots Laura’s body. Wrapped in plastic, it rested near a piece of driftwood. The crew filmed this in front of the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington. Now, this wood is tethered in front of the lodge with a plaque calling it “Laura’s Log.”

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According to “In Twin Peaks,” the log (and the lodge) is on the Puget Sound. Dating back to the 1930s the Kiana Lodge was the filming location for interiors of the Great Northern Hotel. It also stood in for the Blue Pine Lodge, the residence of Pete, Catherine, and Josie. After the Twin Peaks pilot, the crew re-created the wood-paneled interior in a studio.

Next: The Twin Peaks cemetery

6. Twin Peaks cemetery

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James Hurley attends Laura’s funeral. | FlashGordon via Youtube

The scene where Laura’s parents bury their daughter was filmed at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery in Sierra Madre, California. You can pay your respects to Laura at this real-life cemetery, which began burying residents there in the 1880s.

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To achieve the perfect setting for the scene of Laura’s funeral, producers actually brought in a few fake graves.

Next: Twin Peaks High School

7. Twin Peaks High School

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James Hurley and Donna Hayward at Twin Peaks High School | Ytmnds mcroix via Youtube

At Twin Peaks High School, Laura Palmer tutors Audrey Horn and gets voted homecoming queen. Donna Hayward finds out about Laura’s death there, too. In reality, Mount Si High School served as Twin Peaks High School. It’s named for the mountain viewable from nearly everywhere in Snoqualmie.

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You can still visit the high school, but you won’t recognize the interior. In Twin Peaks says a renovation made the interior “virtually unrecognizable,” with the loss of the “red, zig-zag stripes in the hallways” most upsetting. Producers later reproduced the interior on set in Los Angeles.

Next: Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department

8. Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department

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The Sheriff’s Department | Marcelus Castle Rain via Youtube

If your favorite scenes are at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department, you’ll want to stop by the DirtFish Rally School. The lobby of this driving school in Snoqualmie served as the filming location for the Sheriff’s department.

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We’d vote for Agent Cooper’s habit of narrating his thoughts on a cassette recorder — to be transcribed at a later date by his unseen assistant Diane — as its most charming conceit. Film School Rejects reports many fans have speculated about Diane. Some even theorize she isn’t real.

Next: Big Ed’s Gas Farm

9. Big Ed’s Gas Farm

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Big Ed’s Gas Farm from the 2017 remake | Aidan Pang via Youtube

Twin Peaks fans like to visit Big Ed’s Gas Farm, where James Hurley talks with Ed about Laura’s death and leaves a note for Donna Hayward. The show used both Indoor Garden & Lighting in Preston, Washington, and Newcomb’s Ranch in La Cañada Flintridge, California for gas station scenes.

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In Twin Peaks explains the gas station that served as Big Ed’s in the pilot closed after the show aired in 1990. If you watch Twin Peaks carefully, you can spot some major contrasts between the rainy Washington location and the dry California location used for the rest of the show.

Next: The Road House

10. The Road House

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The Roadhouse | kavkazip via Youtube

The Road House is the setting for the Season 1 brawl set off by Donna Hayward. In reality, the exterior shots feature the Fall City Roadhouse and Inn in Fall City, Washington. The interior was created in the Raisbeck Performance Hall at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts.

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Alphabet City Blog reports the Fall City Roadhouse is popular with bikers. You can find the eatery “on a corner intersection between two highways.”

Next: The Double R Diner

11. Double R Diner

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The diner from Twin Peaks, Twede’s Cafe | The A.V. Club via Youtube

You can’t embark on a Twin Peaks tour without making a pilgrimage to Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, Washington. There, you can order a “damn fine cup o’ coffee” and a slice of “Twin Peaks cherry pie,” just as Norma Jennings or Shelly Johnson would serve them. 

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Slate reports, “The Double R Diner found an uncannily perfect setting in Twede’s Cafe — before it was Twede’s Cafe, and before Twede’s Cafe took a hiatus from being the Double R Diner.” Confused? 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.

Next: The Bookhouse

12. The Bookhouse

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Agent Cooper joins the Bookhouse Boys | Bartholomew Cooper via Youtube

Agent Cooper discovers all kinds of interesting things in Twin Peaks. But his discovery of the town’s secret society, “The Bookhouse Boys,” adds another stop to your tour of iconic Twin Peaks locations. Cooper visits the secret society’s headquarters, called the Bookhouse, with a few of its members. (That includes Big Ed Hurley and Sheriff Harry S. Truman.) The interior shots feature The Old Place, a restaurant and bar in Cornell, California.

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The Bookhouse Boys was a society established to combat the evil forces at play in Twin Peaks. According to the Twin Peaks Wiki, it dates to the 1940s. It began as the Citizen Brigade, with the goal of defending Twin Peaks before the U.S. entered World War II. They didn’t originally know about the existence of the extra-dimensional Black and White Lodges. But the Bookhouse Boys “have long known that there is a kind of evil surrounding the town which causes dark and unusual events to occur. They believe that this might be part of the ‘price’ the town has to pay for all the benefits that come from its comparative seclusion from the modern world.”

Next: Calhoun Memorial Hospital

13. Calhoun Memorial Hospital

Calhoun Memorial Hospital of Twin Peaks
The exterior of Calhoun Memorial Hospital | James Wilson via Youtube

The blog In Twin Peaks reports of all of the Twin Peaks locations used for filming, the exterior of the Calhoun Memorial Hospital has been one of the most elusive. The hospital, where the sheriff takes Leland to see his daughter’s body and takes Agent Cooper goes to see Ronette (and Laura’s body), took some digging to track down. But fans determined the crew filmed the hospital at a facility in Tukwila, outside of Seattle. The facility was called the Riverton Hospital at the time of filming. It later became the Highline Medical Center. And it’s now Cascade Behavioral Health.

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According to The Seattle Times, Cascade Behavioral Health serves as a freestanding psychiatric and addiction-medicine hospital. That seems fitting given Calhoun Memorial Hospital’s employment of Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, the eccentric psychiatrist who treated Laura without her parents’ knowledge.

Next: Horne’s Department Store

14. Horne’s Department Store

Horne's Department Store employed Laura
Laura Palmer worked at Horne’s Department Store in Twin Peaks | Jon Void via Youtube

Twin Peaks featured several scenes at Horne’s Department Store. The store, owned by Benjamin Horne, employed Laura Palmer and Ronette Pulaski at the perfume counter. And according to the Twin Peaks Wiki, it’s at Horne’s that Emory Battis recruits girls for One Eyed Jack’s. (That’s the casino and brothel located across the Canadian border, secretly owned by Horne.) In Twin Peaks reports a building located in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle served as the filming location for the exterior of the store.

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For years, the old furniture store in Pioneer Square looked exactly as it did on Twin Peaks. But more recently, the awnings were removed. And the entire building underwent a major renovation. The owners even added two more floors to the building. Exterior shots of Horne’s Department Store took place in downtown Seattle. But all of the interior scenes were filmed on sets built in Los Angeles.

Next: The setting of the show-within-a-show “Invitation to Love”

15. The setting of Invitation to Love

Twin Peaks' Invitation To Love scene
Invitation to Love soap opera | TwinPeaksArchive1 via Youtube

The soap opera seen playing on Twin Peaks character’s TVs had to be filmed, too. It turns out that show-within-a-show, called Invitation to Love, was filmed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in LA. The house was built in 1924 for retailer Charles Ennis and his wife, Mabel. Frank Lloyd Wright designed it, and his son, architect Lloyd Wright, built it.

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The Ennis House is currently owned by billionaire Ron Burkle. He opens it to the public a few days out of the year for tours. And interestingly enough, according to its official website, the house “is the last and largest of the elder Wright’s four Los Angeles-area ‘textile block’ houses.” These houses “feature patterned and perforated concrete blocks that give a unique textural appearance to both their exteriors and interiors.”