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Top 5 Movie Locations you can visit in The Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest, with its diverse landscapes and captivating scenery, has served as a backdrop for some of our favourite classics.

Discover Movie Locations in the Pacific Northwest. This rugged regions’ impressive sites unfold as you explore. There are loads of TV and film productions which feature its stunning landscapes as captivating backdrops, each of which you can visit as you drive your way through the Pacific Northwest.
Famous productions like Free Willy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, Into The Wild, and Kindergarten Cop were filmed here, along with some of our favourites we explore below.

1. Astoria & The Oregon Coastline; The Goonies

The Oregon Coast is famous for its jaw-dropping sea stacks, coastal adventures and its incredible beaches. There are 363 miles of dramatic coastline to explore. Before heading to the coast, you may want to explore the city and enjoy Portland’s distinctive hipster scene. With alternative dining spots all over the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Visit Astoria, where you can visit Oregon Film Museum, which is housed in the old County jail from The Goonies. The museum is across the road from the Flavel House Museum which also features in the film. Whilst visiting Astoria, you can also visit the Astoria Column for epic views.

What to do along the Oregon Coastline? There are loads of places to stop along your coastal tour. Ecola State Park is a great place to explore. Mountain hikes offer phenomenal views, and beach hikes show off the mighty sea stacks. Check out the tidepools and diverse birdlife at Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach, one of the most iconic sights along the Oregon Coastline, or explore an otherworldly landscape of shifting sands in the dunes near Florence. Additionally, for a calmer pace, visit Shore Acres State Park, where the waves put on quite the show as they crash against the rocks.

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Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest USA

Oregon Coast


2. Forks, Olympic National Park; Twilight

Take note of the ‘Vampire count’ signs and the small mythical nods as you drive to this small US town, hopefully on a grey and drizzly day. It is well known for being the setting of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ Series.

One of our favourite movie locations in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic National Park. Forks is a little town that you can pass through as you drive the Peninsula of Olympic National Park.

Whilst this isn’t a tourist town with tonnes of attractions, if you are indeed a die-hard fan of Twilight, it’s undoubtedly worth the slight detour. Popular locations here include the Hall of Mosses Trail, First Beach (referred to as La Push in the books) and Forks High School.

Olympic National Park is in the Northeast corner of Washington State and protects 922,651 acres of wildlife and breathtaking scenery. This national park is home to three entirely different ecosystems: temperate rainforests, the rugged coast and the glacier-topped mountains. Where else can you pay a visit to all three?

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Olympic National Park, Washington, Pacific Northwest USA - Beach

Olympic National Park, Washington


3. Seattle; Sleepless in Seattle

Another of our favourite Pacific Northwest movie locations is Seattle. Iconic locations such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle are featured in the 1993 film; Sleepless in Seattle. Get a feel for Seattles iconic boat houses and the bustling restaurants, such as Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar, in Pike Place Market.

What to see on your visit to Seattle? For spectacular city views, visit the observation deck at the Seattle Space Needle. Hopefully, the weather will be on your side as a clear day gives you views over the whole city and Mount Rainier. Chihuly Garden and Glass can be found just next door and you can get a combination ticket for both attractions. 

Take the Washington State ferry to Bainbridge Island for around $10 per person, another great way to view the city. 

Pike Place Market is full of vibrance and buzz; visiting first thing can be magical as the city awakens, or a little later in the afternoon will avoid the  hassle and bustle and give you a great chance to explore. For on-trend restaurants, stylish indie, vintage shops and craft breweries, visit Ballard, a quirky little neighbourhood along the waterfront!

Famous TV productions based in Seattle include Greys Anatomy, Twin Peaks and Frasier.  Why not treat yourself to some airplane reading with best selling novels such as The Art of Dancing in The Rain, Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Firefly Lane which are all based in Seattle, too!

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Pikes Place Market, Seattle waterfront, Washington, Northwest Explorer USA

Pikes Place Market, Seattle waterfront, Washington, Northwest Explorer USA


4. Mount Hood, Oregon; The Shining

Set in Timberline Lodge, the 1980 horror film ‘The Shining’ is based on Stephen King’s Novel. While it’s not an accurate depiction of the lodge or the beauty that surrounds it, it’s a little bit of fun. Just 90 minutes from Portland, Mount Hood is the highest point in Oregon.

Rest assured, Timberline Lodge is not haunted and is a gorgeous place to stay – they even have resident St. Bernards named Heidi and Bruno!

Oregon - Mount Hood,

Mount Hood, Oregon, Pacific Northwest


5. Crater Lake and Cascade Locks; Wild

This 2014 film, starring Reese Witherspoon, features a 1100-mile solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail. In this film we see the main character cross ‘The Bridge of the Gods’ in The Cascade Locks, connecting Washington and Oregon. This famous bridge was once a natural land bridge, but was rebuilt in 1926.

Crater Lake National Park features as another of our Movie locations in the Pacific Northwest and is another iconic backdrop that you can see in the film.

Where is Crater Lake? You will find Crater Lake in the southwestern part of Oregon, specifically in the Cascade Mountains. Crater Lake is a 4-hour drive from Sacramento and 6.5 hours from San Francisco.

What to do at Crater Lake? Skiers flock here to test their skills on the three-day loop around the Lake’s rim, but the slopes aren’t just fit for the pros. Take a ranger-led snowshoe trek beneath the sunny snow, or wrap up before a roaring fire with hot chocolate in the park lodge. As the ski season ends and the park warms up, it will reveal the clearest Lake in the world. With clear water and even clearer skies, you may be in for a night under the starry skies as you road trip through Oregon!

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Crater Lake, Oregon, Pacific Northwest USA

Crater Lake, Oregon


If there’s a bit of screen time you could get in before your road trip adventure, you know what to watch! Talk to one of our road trip experts today and lets get you out on the road!

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