Twin Peaks opens with the discovery of Laura Palmer’s body — wrapped in plastic — as it washes up beside a gigantic log. A piece of that log, dubbed Laura’s Log by fans, is positioned in a place of pride at 7880 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA as part of a local Railway Museum.
The actual location of the discovery isn’t near the rest of these Twin Peaks filming locations; in fact, it’s clear across the other side of Seattle, near the Kiana Lodge (14976 Sandy Hook Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370). The Kiana Lodge was also used for the internal shots of the Great Northern Hotel.
The Great Northern Hotel & Falls
The iconic falls seen in the opening titles of Twin Peaks are known to locals as the Snoqualmie Falls, picturesque and haunting like the show.
Located at 6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA, the Snoqualmie Falls are framed by the Salish Lodge, the building used for external shots of Ben Horne’s Great Northern Hotel. Salish Lodge features a delightful restaurant and an opportunity for more souvenirs, including t-shirts and a Great Northern keyring.
Salish Lodge is positioned by the top viewing platforms for the Snoqualmie Falls, though you can take a 15 minute walk — very downhill there, very uphill back — to a lower viewing platform. While you can drive to the second viewing platform, we recommend walking — you’ll be treated to amazing views this way.
If you head to the falls, be mindful that you’re unable to fly drones for pictures and video without the express written permission of Puget Sound Energy.
The Roadhouse and Bookhouse
Once abandoned, the Fall City Roadhouse is a bustling establishment, full of locals looking for a feed. The building serves as Twin Peaks‘ Roadhouse (otherwise known as the Bang Bang Bar) for external shots.
If you’re looking for the Roadhouse’s internal views, they’re back in Seattle at the Reisbeck Performance Hall (2015 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98121). Be aware — you’re only able to go into the building with a valid ticket to one of its productions.
Back in Fall City, and directly behind the Roadhouse, is the shack known to fans as the Bookhouse, home to Twin Peaks’ Bookhouse Boys. Both locations are definitely worth a snap.
Stevivor’s tour took about five to six hours to complete — with stops for coffee and pie along the way. A 30 minute drive from Seattle’s downtown area, it’s relatively easy to organise the outing. For assistance planning your own self-guilded Twin Peaks tour, head here.
Twin Peaks: The Return’s final two-hour episode is available for streaming at 1.00pm AEST, Monday, 4 September, exclusive to Stan in Australia.
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