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

Twin Peaks fans all over the world were excited to find out a revival was on its way for the series. That meant that all of their favorite Twin Peaks characters would be returning. Maybe you’re excited about the iconic David Lynch show coming back. Or perhaps you’d prefer to stick with the original cult-favorite seasons. But either way, you can’t go wrong taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest. There, you can check out some of the most iconic Twin Peaks locations, where David Lynch and company filmed the original 1990s show.

You’ll be hot on the heels of Agent Cooper — and finally figure out who killed Laura Palmer — if you check out these real-life Twin Peaks locations. You’ll even be able to enjoy a damn fine cup o’ coffee before you continue on your way.

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


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What better place to start than with the opening sequence of Twin Peaks? You probably remember seeing a sign that reads, “Welcome to Twin Peaks, Population 51,201.” That sign stood on Reining Road in Snoqualmie, Washington. (It’s a town which, as you’ll find out in the pages ahead, hosts many of the most iconic Twin Peaks locations.) Paste reports the Twin Peaks sign, which Agent Cooper drove past in the pilot, no longer stands beside the road. But true Twin Peaks fans will recognize the view.

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The fan blog In Twin Peaks reports the spot of the sign is “absolutely one of the most authentic feeling locations from the show — The Twin Peaks mood here is positively palpable.” The blogger adds, “When you’re on this road, or anywhere in the valley for that matter, the looming majesty of Mount Si is, beyond question, incredible to behold. It’s really no wonder that the mountain road was chosen as the entryway into the enigmatic town of Twin Peaks despite the peak’s lack of a real ‘twin.'”

Next: The Great Northern Hotel

2. Great Northern Hotel


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You can’t make a Twin Peaks pilgrimage without visiting the filming location for the Great Northern Hotel. The hotel served as the home base for FBI Agent Dale Cooper as he investigated what happened to Laura Palmer. Producers used shots of the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington, as the exterior for the Great Northern. This gorgeous Twin Peaks location actually overlooks the Snoqualmie Falls. For fans planning a trip, it’ll only take you about 30 minutes to get there from Seattle.

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The Salish Lodge and Spa welcomes David Lynch fans with the “Twin Peaks Experience.” You can make the resort your home base for visiting a variety of Twin Peaks locations. And on the resort’s premises, you can “relax with Damn Fine Coffee and Cherry Pie-inspired spa treatments, celebrate the arrival of the third season with The Dale Cooper cocktail in The Attic, and even take home your favorite Twin Peaks souvenirs from The Country Store.” Sounds like a pretty great vacation for a devoted Twin Peaks fan.

Next: The Snoqualmie Falls

3. Snoqualmie Falls


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The Snoqualmie Falls themselves qualify as one of the most memorable Twin Peaks locations. They actually appear in the show’s opening credits. And if you head to Snoqualmie to check out the Salish Lodge and Spa, you can’t miss them. And if you don’t stay at the lodge you can choose between an observation deck or a park for viewing (and Instagramming) the falls.

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More than 1.5 million visitors head to the Snoqualmie Falls each year. (We can guarantee at least a few of them go in search of Twin Peaks locations.) The 270-foot waterfall bears the name of the Snoqualmie Tribe, a subgroup of the Coast Salish. The falls served as a tourist destination even in the pioneer days. By the 1870s, logging operations had come to the area. And workers floated 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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Another iconic Twin Peaks location you’ll find in Snoqualmie? The landmark fans refer to as “Ronette’s bridge.” Ronette Pulaski staggered across the bridge in a fugue state after her attack. The bridge, in real life called the Reinig Bridge, crosses the Snoqualmie River. And it’s become a favorite destination for fans seeking out Twin Peaks locations to visit and photograph.

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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 lumber in and out of its facilities. The bridge actually wasn’t taken out of operation until shortly after Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was filmed in 1991. It originally crossed over Reinig Road. But it’s since been partially dismantled. However, this Twin Peaks location still stands. And it even forms part of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail for hikers and cyclists.

Next: Laura’s log

5. ‘Laura’s log’


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When Pete Martell heads out to go fishing in the Twin Peaks pilot, he spots Laura’s body. The killer has wrapped it in plastic, and it’s lying near a large piece of driftwood. The crew filmed that scene out front at the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington. Outside of the lodge, visitors and Twin Peaks fans can still see that giant piece of driftwood. It’s actually tethered in front of the lodge. And it bears a plaque christening it “Laura’s Log” to commemorate the gruesome scene.

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According to In Twin Peaks, the log (and the lodge) sits on the rocky banks of the Puget Sound. The lodge itself dates to the 1930s. Producers also used the Kiana Lodge as the filming location for interiors of the Great Northern Hotel (where Cooper stayed during his investigation). And the real-life hotel 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 of the lodge in a studio. But you can still check out the lodge if you attend an event — or a wedding — held on the premises.

Next: The Twin Peaks cemetery

6. Twin Peaks cemetery


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The Twin Peaks cemetery was filmed at the real-life Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery in, you guessed it, Sierra Madre, California. This most somber of Twin Peaks locations serves as the setting for the heartbreaking scene where Laura’s parents bury their daughter. You can visit to pay your respects to this central Twin Peaks character. Just make sure to remain respectful of the cemetery’s real residents. The town began burying residents in this cemetery in the 1880s.

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In Twin Peaks reports you can find the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery about a 10-minute drive from the Hayward house and the General Store (two other Twin Peaks locations you might want to check out on your pilgrimage). And to achieve the perfect setting for the scene of Laura’s funeral, producers actually brought in a few fake graves. So, the absence of Laura’s grave aside, you won’t find the cemetery exactly as it appears in the series.

Next: Big Ed’s Gas Farm

7. Big Ed’s Gas Farm


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Many Twin Peaks fans want to track down Big Ed’s Gas Farm, the gas station owned by Big Ed Hurley. Producers actually used two different locations for the gas station. They filmed at Indoor Garden and Lighting in Preston, Washington, and at Newcomb’s Ranch in La Cañada Flintridge, California. It’s at Ed’s gas station that James Hurley talks with Ed about the news of Laura’s death. Then, he leaves a note for Donna Hayward before riding off again on his motorcycle.

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According to In Twin Peaks, the gas station that served as Big Ed’s in the pilot closed shortly after the show first aired in 1990. “The gas pumps were taken out and the building underwent several drastic changes of business and architecture (one incarnation was a windsock store).” If you watch Twin Peaks carefully, you can spot some pretty significant contrasts between the rainy Washington location and the dry California location used for the gas station in the rest of the show.

Next: The Double R Diner

8. Double R Diner


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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 have served them. As Slate explains, “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.” Confusued? What’s today called Twede’s Cafe opened as Thompson’s Diner in 1941. It became the Mar-T Cafe a decade later. And in 1989, it served as the model for the sound stage set for Double R scenes.

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When Twin Peaks first aired, Mar-T Cafe saw an influx of traffic. But by the late 1990s — long after Twin Peaks had been canceled — the enthusiasm waned. The restaurant sold in 1998 to Kyle Twede. Then, Twede rebranded it. A fire in 2000 destroyed the interior. But when the place reopened in 2001, Twede’s Cafe looked nothing like the Double R. (Talk about a disappointment for fans who made the trek.) But as part of the production of the new season of Twin Peaks, the diner was restored. And it served as the shooting location for the Double R Diner. It now boasts what Slate characterizes as “the moody, campy diner of our fondest Lynchian memories.”

Next: The Road House

9. The Road House


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Another classic Twin Peaks establishment is The Road House. And you can’t check the best Twin Peaks locations off your list without a stop at the site of this watering hole. The Road House serves as the setting for the Season 1 brawl that Donna Hayward sets off, as well as other action. But the bar actually used two different filming locations. The exterior shots feature the Fall City Roadhouse and Inn in Fall City, Washington. And producers created the interior of the Road House interiors at the Raisbeck Performance Hall at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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Alphabet City Blog reports the Fall City Roadhouse has become popular with bikers in real life. You can find the restaurant “on a corner intersection between two highways.” Twin Peaks fans who make the trip probably won’t encounter much traffic. But the blog reports, “It’s not the little dirt road that it sometimes appears to be in the show — this is basically the center of Fall City, such as it is. (It’s a typical one horse town.)”

Next: Twin Peaks High School

10. Twin Peaks High School


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As in any TV show about a small town, the local high school plays an important role. At the Twin Peaks High School, Laura Palmer tutors Audrey Horn and gets voted homecoming queen. Also at the high school, Donna Hayward finds out about her best friend’s death — and secretly pines for James Hurley. Mount Si High School — named for the peak you can see from just about everywhere in Snoqualmie — served as the location for Twin Peaks High School.

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You can still visit the high school. And you might even be able to sneak a peek inside. But you probably won’t recognize the interior. In Twin Peaks reports a major renovation “rendered its interior virtually unrecognizable. The loss of the red, zig-zag stripes in the hallways was one of the most obvious and upsetting deletions.” But that shouldn’t surprise most Twin Peaks buffs. As with the other Washington locations featured in the pilot, producers later built reproduction sets on a sound stage in Los Angeles to film the rest of the series.

Next: Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department

11. Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department


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If your favorite scenes from the series take place at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department — or if you’d choose Lucy as your favorite Twin Peaks character — you’ll have to stop by the DirtFish Rally School. The lobby of this rally driving school in Snoqualmie served as the filming location for the Sheriff’s department. It might not be the most exciting of the Twin Peaks locations still standing. In fact, that lobby now houses a mini museum to rally driving. But if you squint, you’ll definitely recognize the building.

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Lucy isn’t the only interesting woman assisting the law enforcement officials on the series. All Twin Peaks fans appreciate the show’s odd touches and quirky humor. But 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 actually real.

Next: The Bookhouse

12. The Bookhouse


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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


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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


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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


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The soap opera seen playing on various Twin Peaks characters TVs had to be filmed somewhere, too. And it turns out that show-within-a-show, called Invitation to Love, was filmed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in Los Angeles, California. 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.”