North Bend and Mount Si: Twin Peaks Country
Even if there had never been a Twin Peaks, North Bend and Mount Si would be fantastic destinations.
Si is possibly the most popular mountain hike in the state of Washington. It affords incredible views and has a well-maintained, easy-to-follow trail. Don’t let that fool you, though.
The walk is pretty challenging physically, and I’ve seen a lot of people start it without understanding what they’re getting into.
By all means, do the Si hike before you die if you are so inclined, just make sure you’re mentally prepared for it. Also, plan to hike early in the morning before the heat rises.
The fact that Twin Peaks was filmed in this town is just the dollop of ice cream atop the cherry pie (see what I did there?), but what a delicious dollop it is.
Twede’s Cafe is the Double R from the television show…you know, the one with damn good coffee. The interior is decorated exactly as it is in the series.
The cafe also happens to have some of the best burgers I’ve ever had, and a wide variety of them at that.
Perhaps the weird energy of the show rubbed off on the area, too, because I’ve seen some odd things there, including a man carrying a full-sized tuba up to the top of Mount Si and playing it there.
As noted in the Roslyn entry, you can hit up North Bend and Roslyn in one day. They’re only an hour apart from each other, and doing them both makes for a fun little road trip for television and entertainment buffs.