The Goonies (1985)

The town of Astoria, Oregon is something of a film lover’s paradise. The coastal city has served as the backdrop to many famous films, including “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Short Circuit” and more. Perhaps most famous of all, however, is “The Goonies.” While not quite all of the production occurred in Oregon, such as studio scenes and the final beach scenes, the film is primarily known for being shot in and around Astoria. The enduring popularity of the film attracts visitors from around the world to visit the locations.

The opening scene was filmed at the former Clatsop County Jail, which was an actual working jail from 1914 to 1976. The building has since been converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which offers self-guided tours and celebrates Oregon’s film history, with an emphasis on Astoria, where the building itself is located.

LOCATION: 732 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Here is the interior of the jail cell where Jake Fratelli, played by Robert Davi, stages his escape. There’s a replica of the note the guard reads hanging at the back of the cell.

The first cell is filled with various merchandise and memorabilia related to the film.

The last jail cell contains Data’s costume from the film.

Here is the exterior of the building, which is seen as Jake escapes into a getaway vehicle with the Fratellis. The same building was used in the films “Short Circuit” and “Come See the Paradise.”

A replica of the escape vehicle is parked out front. It is not the actual Jeep used in the film.

While the Oregon Film Museum is admittedly small and focuses primarily on “The Goonies,” if you’re a fan of the film, we encourage a visit.

Mouth, played by Corey Feldman, lives at this house. The exterior is only seen for a brief moment as the Jeep flees from police.

LOCATION: 32 Skyline Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The house is mostly seen from interior views, with the police chase seen out the window behind Mouth. The chase continues down Valley Street.

LOCATION: Skyline Ave / Valley St, Astoria, OR 97103

The jeep continues down this path and onto the beach. This is the entrance to Cannon Beach, which is located about 40 minutes south of Astoria.

LOCATION: Near 1164 Ecola Ct, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

The jeep proceeds into an off road vehicle rally taking place on the beach, where it successfully eludes police. The famous rock in the background is Haystack Rock, also commonly referred to as the Goonies Rock.

LOCATION: Haystack Rock, US-101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Haystack Rock is impressive to see in person and worth taking the detour from Astoria if you have the time.

The most famous of all locations from the film is of course the house of Mikey and Brand, played by Sean Astin and Josh Brolin respectively. The house sits up an inclined driveway and attracts many visitors, standing among the most popular filming locations in the United States. The house gained headlines in 2015 when the former owner became irritated by excessive visitors, many of whom left litter and proved disruptive to their privacy. Eventually the homeowner took extreme measures, posting signs that visitors were not allowed up the driveway and even went as far as covering the home in a blue tarp, to discourage visitation or photography. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. The house has since been sold to new owners, who are much more fan friendly and accommodating to all of the tourism the house attracts.

LOCATION: 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The driveway leads to several homes. At the time of this writing, here is how the foot of the drive appears. There is a sign saying “Yes” to visitors, but also asking “No cars” and pedestrian traffic only. If you do visit, please be respectful of the residents and do not drive your vehicle up, leave any litter behind or engage in any disruptive behavior. There is a donation box in front of Mikey’s house and we encourage leaving something in return for their hospitality.

Seemingly less enthusiastic about all the visitors are the owners of the house of Data, played by Ke Huy Quan. The home is fenced off with no trespassing signs. Thankfully the home is still easily visible from the top of the drive. As long as you are respectful, get your photos and move along without trying to cross the fence, you will not likely encounter any issues. Both homes are located just a couple blocks away from another famous filming location, the school from “Kindergarten Cop,” which is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 304 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Just across the street from the Oregon Film Museum is the museum where Mr. Walsh works.

LOCATION: 441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Fratelli hideout was located at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, not far from Haystack Rock. The area is located on Ecola Park Rd, near the Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Point. The Lighthouse Lounge was constructed for the film and no longer exists at the location.

LOCATION: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (GPS coordinates: 45.919673, -123.974976)

The park, which offers beautiful views, is a frequent filming location, having also appeared in such movies as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Twilight,” “Point Break” and more.

There’s even a sign there marking it as the filming location of “The Goonies,” as well as a mention of “Kindergarten Cop.” It’s a long and winding road through the woods to reach this area, but it is a location well worth visiting.

Astoria has become a mecca for filming location enthusiasts and with the multitude of famous locations on display around the area, we consider it among the top destinations in the US to visit for movie lovers.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

For the 1992 sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” the entire, original cast and crew returned, as well as a location from the first film.  In the early scenes, the McCalister house is once again on display.  The famous home can be found in Winnetka, Illinois. A fence has since been built around the property.

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LOCATION: 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093

The bulk of the film, however, takes place in New York City this time around.  Upon arrival, Kevin takes in many of the city’s landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall. The landmark concert hall has appeared in countless productions, such as “The Godfather,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Annie,” “Rocky III,” “Radio Days” and many more.

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LOCATION: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Later Kevin makes his way over to Central Park, where he first encounters the Pigeon Lady, a scary and mysterious woman covered in birds, who essentially serves the same role as Old Many Marley in the original film.  Kevin is initially frightened when he sees her feeding birds in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, though the two eventually strike up a friendship.

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LOCATION: Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York, NY 10019

Very close to Gapstow Bridge is another major location in the film, the Plaza Hotel.  “Guests of the new ‘Celebrity Ding, Dang, Dong’ stay at the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, New York’s most exciting hotel experience.”  It is a real, well-known hotel in Manhattan, perched right above Central Park.  Here is a view of the hotel from the park.

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LOCATION: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Later in the film, Kevin returns to Central Park at Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, where he flees from the Sticky Bandits.  The terrace is another famous New York landmark seen in countless films.

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LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)

A reverse view of the fountain.  Here Kevin hides in the back of a carriage, narrowly escaping the bandits.

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A couple other, notable locations from the film were actually sets.  Uncle Rob’s house, where Kevin once again wreaks havoc on the Sticky Bandits with homemade traps, was a set located on Brownstone Street on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood.  The street suffered a fire in 2008 and portions had to be rebuilt.

While made to resemble Central Park, the scene where the Pigeon Lady throws bird seeds all over the bandits, saving Kevin from harm’s way in the process, was also a set.

Near the end of the film, Kevin is finally reunited with his mother in front of Rockefeller Center.

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LOCATION: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Some props from this film, as well as the first part, can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Home Alone (1990)

If there’s one location that should someday be converted into a tourist attraction, it would probably be the house from Home Alone.  A truly iconic film spot, it seems an exercise in futility to try to manage a private life at the residence, yet to this day, it does indeed remain private.  The house can be found in the quiet neighborhood of Winnetka, IL, a bit north of Chicago. A fence has since been built around the property.

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LOCATION: 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093

They left the garage door open, just like in the film. The garage has since been demolished.

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The church from the film can be found over in Wilmette, IL.  This is the Trinity United Methodist Church, which was used as the exterior location for the film.  The interior of the church was actually an entirely separate location; the Grace Episcopal Church (924 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301).

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LOCATION: 1024 Lake Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

Some props from the film and it’s sequel can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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