Twin Peaks, Washington
The strange murder of local high-school homecoming queen Laura Palmer sends FBI agent Dale Cooper to this remote mountain town.
POINTS OF INTEREST: The lumber mill, the sheriff’s station, the Great Northern Hotel, Big Ed’s Gas Farm, and the Double-R Diner (come for the great waitress uniforms, stay for the pie and coffee).
LIVABILITY: Way too much creepy weirdness—of which a dancing dwarf (a.k.a The Man from Another Place) and a possibly psychic Log Lady are the most benign—to recommend anyone ever relocating there.
REAL-LIFE INSPIRATION: Much like he did in Twin Peaks, series co-creator David Lynch punctured the the facade of normalcy in small-town America.
SHOOTING LOCATION(S): Shots that included buildings were filmed in North Bend, Fall City, and Snoqualmie—villages in central Washington, coincidentally, not too far from Roslyn (where Northern Exposure was filmed). Woodland scenes were shot in Malibu, California.