Seattle is known for being a place where quirky geniuses such as billionaire Bill Gates, glass artist Dale Chihuly and grunge rocker Kurt Cobain were able to start creative projects and grow them into world-changing movements in business, art and music. The character of the Seattle movie scene is similar. Not every film or TV show filmed in the Seattle area is an eccentric game-changer, but a number of them are. They include Cameron Crowe's 1989 romantic comedy, "Say Anything," the poetic TV comedy, "Northern Exposure," the cult TV hit "Twin Peaks," the blockbuster 1993 romantic comedy, "Sleepless in Seattle" and the 2008 wilderness drama, "Into the Wild."
The Space Needle is a favorite landmark and a centerpiece of several well-known movies. It took center stage in the 1963 Elvis Presley's hit "It Happened at the World's Fair," Warren Beatty's 1994 thriller "The Parallax View" and Mike Myers's 1999 comedy "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
One of the most asked-about Seattle film locations is the 2,700-square-foot (250.8-square-meter) houseboat featured in "Sleepless in Seattle." The boat still floats, but it's difficult to see since it's privately owned. The observation deck on top of the Space Needle has a map that pinpoints the area on Lake Union where the boat is docked. It is also included in a tour of Seattle landmarks offered by Ride the Ducks, a company that uses amphibious vehicles to take patrons on land and sea sight-seeing excursions.
Seattle doesn't have a lot of organized movie tour options, but the Mayor's Office of Film and Video publishes a detailed guide of film locations throughout Washington state. The free guide makes it easy to create a self-guided tour [source: ].