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Twin Peaks: How to take a self-guided tour of filming locations

If you’re a die-hard Twin Peaks fan with a day to explore Seattle, WA and its surrounds, a self-guided tour is easy to embark upon.

Having just undertaken such a tour ourselves, Stevivor is happy to detail our own experience to help you plan your own.

Things to keep in mind

  • If a self-guided tour isn’t your thing, several tour operators in the Seattle area offer guided tours. Easy done!
  • If you’re going to take the self-guided approach, be mindful that a majority of Twin Peaks filming locations are in the North Bend and Snoqualmie areas, roughly 30-35 minutes away from Seattle’s city centre.
  • Our trip, detailed below, took about 5-6 hours to complete. This was with stops for coffee and cherry pie at a couple places.
  • Bring a camera — you’ll need it. A selfie stick, while horribly unfashionable, might be useful too.

Our self-guided tour

Leaving Seattle’s city centre in a rented car, we found the following route the most efficient. We’ve also marked the locations on a Google Map — feel free to use it during your own travels.

  • Seattle (A) to Twede’s Cafe (B; Twin Peaks‘ Double R Diner)
  • Twede’s Cafe (B) to The Welcome to Twin Peaks sign location (C)
  • Welcome sign location (C) to Sparkwood & 21 (D; where Laura runs off in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
  • Sparkwood & 21 (D) to DirtFish (E; Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station and Old Packard Mill)
  • DirtFish (E) to Reinig Bridge (F; Twin Peaks‘ Ronette’s Bridge)
  • Reinig Bridge (F) to Busy Intersection (G; seen in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and a devestating moment in Season 3)
  • Busy Intersection (G) to Laura’s Log (H)
  • Laura’s Log (H) to Salish Lodge/Falls (I/J; the exterior of Twin Peaks‘ Great Northern Hotel and the Snoqualmie Falls)

Since you can only save 10 stops per Google map, the tour continues below.

  • Salish Lodge/Falls (A) to the Roadhouse/Bookhouse (B; otherwise known as Twin Peaks‘ Bang Bang Bar and home of Twin Peaks‘ Bookhouse Boys)
  • The Roadhouse/Bookhouse (B) to Seattle (C)

Other places of interest you may want to add to your trip

You don’t have to stick to our tour — there are other locations, like the former positions of the Fat Trout Trailer park and Big Ed’s Gas Farm, that may tickle your fancy.

Additionally, there are locations in Seattle that are work a look (provided you can gain legal access) as well. To help you plan extra stops, we’ve embedded a handy guide below:

Planning your own Twin Peaks tour is easy and rewarding — good luck to you if you take the plunge! Otherwise, if you’d like to live vicariously through Stevivor, check out our happy snaps and videos here.

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Steve Wright

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