12 Actual Twin Peaks Locations That You Must Explore

12 Actual Twin Peaks Locations That You Must Explore

Fans of the early 1990s series Twin Peaks were thrilled when Showtime announced an 18-episode reboot, the first of which premiered in May 2017. Set 25 years after the original, Twin Peaks: The Return features FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper investigating all new mysteries in the sleepy, Pacific Northwest town. If you enjoy the show, you will be pleased to know that you can actually visit some of the iconic locations where the original TV show was set! Here is a look at 12 of our favorites!

 

 

1. Twin Peaks Road Entrance
No trip would not be complete without a visit to the place where the opening sequence was shot! Reining Road in Snoqualmie is where you can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking Mount Si off in the distance. Sadly, the “Welcome to Twin Peaks, Population 51,201” has been taken down, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking in the most recognizable scene from the show!

 

 

2. The Bookhouse
Fans will remember the Bookhouse Boys, a secret society that included several of Twin Peak’s most prominent residents. The actual location used for filming their headquarters is The Old Place, a small, family-run restaurant in Cornell, California.


3. Ronette’s Bridge
Known in real life as Reinig Bridge, fans of the show remember this as the bridge that Ronette Pulaski walked across in a daze after escaping from the attacker who killed Laura Palmer. Located in Snoqualmie, fans enjoy taking photos while standing on the bridge. While the bridge, which was built in 1916, is no longer in use and has been partially dismantled, you are still welcome to walk on it.

 

 

4. Big Ed’s Gas Farm
Big Ed’s features a notable scene where James and Ed Hurley discuss Palmer’s murder. This fictional gas station was actually filmed at two locations: Indoor Garden and Lightening in Preston, Washington; and Newcomb’s Ranch, a restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge, California. In fact, attentive viewers of the show can identify the contrasting locations as the Washington location is always rainy while the California site is always dry.


5. Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls, which feeds the Everett and Puget Sound, is another location that can be seen in the opening credits. If you end up staying at the Salish Lodge and Spa, you can catch a great view of this 270-foot waterfall, which sees more than 1.5 million visitors per year. Even if you choose not to stay at the hotel, you can still enjoy the fall from an observation deck or the nearby park.

 

 

6. Twin Peaks High School
Mount Si High School is the actual building used for this location. Fans who visit when school is out might get a chance to look inside, but are likely to be disappointed as the interior no longer looks anything like it did in the early 1990s.


7. The Double R Diner
Fans of the show will recall Double R as the popular cafe where the staff served up Twin Peaks Cherry Pie and “a damn fine cup of coffee.” The actual location of the Double R is Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, Washington. A fire in 2000 destroyed the interior, rendering it unrecognizable when it was rebuilt. But when the reboot of Twin Peaks was launched, Twede’s Cafe was restored to the appearance that fans will be familiar with!

 

 

8. The Roadhouse Bar
The favorite bar of the Twin Peaks locals, this was the place where Donna Hayward sets off a notorious brawl. In reality, two locations were used. For the interior, the Fall City Roadhouse Inn in Fall City, Washington; and for the exterior, Cornish College of the Art’s Raisbeck Performance Hall in Seattle.


9. Invitation to Love House
Within the fictional world of Twin Peaks, Invitation to Love is a popular soap opera that is commonly seen on the character’s televisions. The actual location of the show-within-a-show is Ennis House, a Los Angeles-based, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed mansion built in 1924. The current owner of the house, billionaire Ron Burkle, opens it up to the public a few days a year for tours.

 

 

10. Horne’s Department Store
Several scenes took place in this department store, where Palmer and Pulaski had worked behind the perfume counter. The interior was actually filmed on set in Los Angeles, but the exterior is actually home to a furniture store in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Today the building looks unrecognizable as the furniture owner has added two additional floors and removed the awnings that were a feature of the original building.


11. Laura’s Log
This is the site where the show’s main plot point (Who killed Laura Palmer?) was introduced. Located in front of Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington, this large piece of driftwood is where Laura Palmer’s corpse was discovered wrapped in plastic. Fans today enjoy taking photos lying down in the spot where Palmer’s body was found.

 

 

12. The Great Northern Hotel
Located on 6501 Railroad Ave. SE., Snoqualmie, Washington, fans of the show will recognize this as the place where Special Agent Cooper set up shop as he investigated the peculiar death of Laura Palmer. Known in real life as the Salish Lodge and Spa, you can indulge yourself with Cherry Pie-inspired spa treatments or enjoy a great cup of coffee. The Attic is the hotel’s restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal. Of course, if you plan to spend a few days exploring the area, you can book a cozy room here!

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