navigation menu icon

RECOMMENDED BUSINESSES

Location Scouting: Northern California Film Locations To Add to Your To-Do List

Location Scouting: Northern California Film Locations To Add to Your To-Do List

By California.com
March 02, 2020

As communities across the world and in California mitigate health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are shifting our content strategy and will not encourage any travel or social activities during this time.  We will, however, continue to shine a light on and celebrate the many beautiful aspects of our State with the intention of being a source of inspiration and joy during this difficult period. We will also be providing tips and resources specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic safety measures in the coming weeks. Thank you for reading, and stay safe!


When you think of film locations, you probably go straight to the man-made movie sets in Hollywood. But the fact is, many of the most popular movies and TV shows were filmed (at least in part) in Northern California. With iconic landmarks such as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, lush forests like Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park’s Fern Canyon, and thousands of unique towns to explore north of Los Angeles, you won’t want to limit your location scouting road trip to Southern California

Northern California Movie Locations

San Francisco is home to several popular film and TV locations such as Oracle Park, which is depicted in San Andreas and Fuller House.

1. Oracle Park, San Francisco

Appears in: Silicon Valley, San Andreas, Fuller House
Also visit: The Painted Ladies at 1709 Broderick Street (a.k.a. the Full House house) as well as Pier 43 and the Financial District, which both appeared in San Andreas.

Recomended businesses

Show me California.com
Recommended Businesses near

Discover the best of California. Our recommended businesses are top-quality and are committed to their communities.

Real Estate

Entertainment

Dining

Professional Services

more

2. Forest Hill MUNI Station, San Francisco

Appears in: Milk, Dirty Harry

3. Oakland Coliseum, Oakland

Appears in: Moneyball

4. Musée Mécanique, San Francisco

Appears in: The Princess Diaries
Also visit: Mia’s house at 724 Brazil Avenue and her high school (Anthony R. Grove High School) at 2601 Lyon Street.

Big Little Lies fans will immediately recognize the famous stretch of coastline that serves as the backdrop for the acclaimed HBO TV series.

5. Bixby Bridge, Monterey

Appears in: Big Little Lies
Also visit: Big Little Lies filming locations throughout Monterey and Big Sur, including Garrapata State Park, Carmel River State Beach, Del Monte Beach, Lovers Point Park, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

6. Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Appears in: Jurassic Park
Also visit: Jurassic Park filming locations throughout the state, including Patrick’s Point State Park and the forested areas north of Eureka.

7. Redwood National Park, Orick

Appears in: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 

8. The Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Appears in: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

One of the most iconic scenes from Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed in the East Bay town of Danville. Photo courtesy of The Travel.

9. Bridges Restaurant, Danville

Appears in: Mrs. Doubtfire
Also visit: The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley; KTVU Fox 2, located at 2 Jack London Square in Oakland; and the family home at 2640 Steiner Street in San Francisco.

10. Posey Tube, connecting Oakland and Alameda

Appears in: The Matrix: Reloaded
Also visit: The Financial District to scope out filming locations for Matrix 4.

Want to visit even more film locations? Check out the following movie places and TV locations: 

  • Steve Jobs film locations include San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
  • Some scenes from The Incredible Hulk were shot on Treasure Island and at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley
  • See Oakland’s Fentons Creamery from Up 
  • View Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Ferry Building as depicted in Inside Out
  • Pier 14, the Bay Bridge, Union Square, and Market Street appear in Terminator: Genisys.  

0 comments


author photo
Please enter text

You may also like

Entertain

The Best Thanksgiving Movies Filmed in the Golden State

The best way to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend is to chill with the family and watch the best Thanksgiving movies …...Read more

Entertain

The Ultimate Camping Playlist for Your Next Adventure

Whether you’re camping in your backyard or in the heart of a redwood forest, this awesome camping playlist will amplify …...Read more

Dine

Everything You Need to Know About Hosting Friendsgiving

Feasting, friends, and giving thanks—this is what Friendsgiving is all about. Here's how to host the ultimate Friendsgiving dinner....Read more

Events & Weddings

How to Plan Impressive Virtual Celebrations

Keep your friends near and dear by hosting a dashing virtual party. Check out this guide on how to plan …...Read more