Lonely Planet Writer

As the Twin Peaks revival gets a release date, the iconic filming locations await travellers

With a release date set for the Twin Peaks revival, fans of the 90’s cult classic are desperately waiting for dispatches from the surreal Washington town. But with the anticipation to stretch into May, fans can pass the time by exploring iconic settings from the show.

Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie, WA, USA.
Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie, WA, USA. Image by Stuart Westmorland / Getty Images

The series, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, 21 May, with an 18-episode season. With the show’s 2017 return, Western Washington landed on Lonely Planet’s 2017 Best in the US, citing the fact that “the region’s misty mountains and evergreen forests are set to welcome a new generation of pilgrims in 2017; David Lynch fans will be able to investigate filming locations in the small towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend”.

The locations can make for a truly immersive experience for fans, such as spending a night at the Great Northern Hotel, where Special Agent Dale Cooper stayed. The exterior used in the series is actually the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington. The hotel overlooks the incredible 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, about 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle. The hotel is a popular destination for fans of the show, and in recent years, hasn’t shied away from its Twin Peaks-related fame, even launching a Twin Peaks package back in 2015 that includes a map to filming locations.

And it’s not just the hotel that draws in fans; the towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend hold an annual Twin Peaks Festival to celebrate. If you want to start planning, this year’s will be held from 28 to 30 July, making it the perfect time to discuss theories on the latest season with fellow superfans. While details of the new series have been kept tightly under wraps, Twede’s cafe – best known to fans at the Double R Diner – seems set to return. At any time of the year, visitors can stop by for cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.

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