To celebrate David Lynch’s birthday, here's your guide to the real-life Twin Peaks, Lynch's groundbreaking, mind-bending, life-altering cult hit. If you find yourself lost in a trans-dimensional vortex in the Pacific Northwest, don't miss these iconic Twin Peaks filming locations.
"Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chants out between two worlds, fire walk with me!" - Leland Palmer
The Double-R Diner (North Bend, WA)
"Where pies go when they die." - Special Agent Dale Cooper
Thompson Cafe was built in 1941 and was witness to the end of the Depression, WWII and the timber industry boom. The cafe underwent a change of hands in the ‘50s and became known as the Mar-T Cafe as well as a favorite stomping ground for locals and mountain travelers. In 1990, David Lynch was scouting filming locations for Twin Peaks and came upon the Mar-T and fell in love with the cafe and the Snoqualmie Valley altogether. Visitors should try the “Twin Peaks cherry pie” and their “damn fine cup o’coffee.”
*Here's loads more Twin Peaks-inspired eateries.
Big Ed’s Gas Station (Issaquah, WA)
"I'm living my life, Norma. I just don't like it much." - Big Ed
Big Ed’s Gas Farm, where Big Ed Hurley bided his time while pining for Norma Jennings. Today it's a nondescript garden shop.
The Road House (Fall City, WA)
"There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods...A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember and we've always been here to fight it." - Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Visit the headquarters for the Bookhouse Boys. As you may recall, the Bookhouse Boys were a secret fraternal society whose purpose was to combat the evil surrounding Twin Peaks. Their headquarters was the Bookhouse (a bar and pub) where they met to discuss vigilante justice and stuff.
The Great Northern (Snoqualmie, WA)
"Laura tutored my brother Johnny three times a week. Johnny's 27 and he's in the third grade. He's got emotional problems. Runs in the family." - Audrey Horne
The Salish Lodge & Spa is the location for the Ben Horne’s Great Northern Hotel, and it’s the quintessential Pacific Northwest retreat. Visit to see the lodge exterior as well as the Snoqualmie Falls outside (featured prominently in the show).
Twin Peaks High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
"Laura had secrets and around those secrets she built the fortress that, well that in my six months with her, I was not able to penetrate and for which I consider myself an abject failure." -Dr. Jacoby
This is the high school where Laura Palmer was elected homecoming queen; where Audrey Horn was tutored by Laura; where Shelly Johnson dropped out to marry Leo; and where Donna Hayward was secretly in love with James Hurley.
"For you see, the cave painting is not only an invitation... it's also a map! A map to the Black Lodge!" - Windom Earle
And if you’re really hardcore you could also venture down to California and explore the entrance to the Black Lodge.
Twin Peaks left many questions: Why were the owls not what they seemed? What happened to Bob? How does one find the Black Lodge? To balance the questions, there were of course constants in the Twin Peaks universe: Nothing beats a damn good cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie; homecoming queens have just as many “issues” as the rest of us; and we should trust questionable Tibetan detective techniques.