The Twilight Saga was pretty tricksy with its filming and most of the so-called Washington locations are actually an entire state away. If you have a calling to make a pilgrimage to the real life places where Bella and Edward's love blossomed, there are two main areas to check out: Oregon, US and Vancouver, Canada.
I have split this guide into two sections, and first we will focus on the areas around the Washington/Oregon area before flying North to the home of the infamous snow-battles.
So, get ready to plan a road trip to remember and sink your teeth into the closest thing you will ever get to the books in real life.
What Happens There In The Movies? The Carver Café is the chilled out, low-key diner/restaurant in Forks, basically, it's "The Lodge" that we all know and love from the books.
Where Is It In Real Life? Damascus, Oregon. This little place has been a restaurant since it opened its doors in the '50s and was owned a husband and wife team. The husband injured himself while working as a logger and the café served as a new income stream for the local couple. As a bonus feature, if you want to visit, this little all-American food haven also has some pretty decent reviews and staff are happy to seat you at Bella's table if requested.
Full Address: Carver Café 16471 SE Hwy 224, Damascus, OR 97015
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
What Happens There In The Movies? This stunning natural park is where some of the treetop scenes with Bella and Edward were filmed. It's also where the deer hunting prologue to Twilight was shot.
Where Is It In Real Life? Silver Falls State Park is near Silverton, about 20 miles east-southeast of Salem.
Full Address: Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, OR 97385
What Happens There In The Movies? Vernonia is basically Forks, Washington in the Twilight universe, and much of the movie that takes place in the fictional town was filmed here. Some notable landmarks are the Federal Credit Union building and Bella's house. Bella isn't quite as centrally located in real life though — her house is about 20 miles out of town.
Where Is It In Real Life? Vernonia, Columbia County, OR
Full Address: If you want to visit Bella's house head to Saint Helens, at 184 South 6th Street.
Kalama and Madison High Schools
What Happens There In The Movies? The Twilight crew go to school there, duh! Kalama school was used for exterior shots and is the scene of events such as when Edward first shows his superhuman strength in the parking lot. Madison was used for the interior shots such as the numerous cafeteria scenes.
Where Is It In Real Life? Kalama High School is (predictably) in Kalama, Washington. Madison High School is in Portland, Oregon.
- Kalama High School, 548 China Garden Rd, Kalama, WA 98625
- Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220
The Oregon City Mill
What Happens There In The Movies? This is where James's coven attack and kill a security guard.
Where Is It In Real Life? The now defunct mill is about 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon on the Willamette River. There is talk of reopening the Blue Heron Company paper mill here, but for now the area is looking decidedly downtrodden.
Full Address: 419 Main St; Oregon City, OR, 97045
What Happens There In The Movies? Any eagle-eyed Twilight fan could tell you that this is the beach where Jacob tells Bella the Quileute legends involving their wolf origins.
Full Address: 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd, Astoria, OR 97103
Olde Towne District, Saint Helens, Oregon
What Happens There In The Movies? There are quite a few quaint St. Helens locations that were used in Twilight which are as follows:
- The "Petite Jolie" dress shop, where Angela & Jessica pick out their prom dresses, is the Angel Hair Salon at 251 South 1st Street in real life
- The "Thunderbird and Whale" book store, where Bella stocks up on vampire research material to learn about what she's dealing with, is a private office building at 260 South 2nd Street in real life. Unfortunately, you can only view it from the outside, but the inside would be unrecognizable anyhow.
- The "Bloated Toad" Italian Restaurant, where Edward takes Bella out for dinner and bares his soul now lays empty. You can find it at 333 South 1st Street.
Where Is It In Real Life? See above.
Full Address: See above for known locations.
Gone But Not Forgotten
The View Point Inn
What Happens There In The Movies? This is where the prom is held in Twilight. Certainly better than the grubby old marquee I was shoved in when I was leaving school.
Where Is It In Real Life? The View Point Inn is 22 miles away from downtown Portland, Oregon. Sporting panoramic views of Columbia River Gorge and the bright lights of Oregon and Vancouver, this beauty spot would be perfect for a date...if it wasn't for the fact that it burned down in 2011. Sadly, there are no plans to rebuild the historic building.
Full Address: 40301 E Larch Mountain Rd, Corbett, OR 97019
So romantic...if you're into that sort of thing.
If all of these locations really got you going, check out some awesome Twilight trivia to surf the nostalgic vibes for a while longer.