The Shining filming locations: here’s Johnny… in Oregon, California and Montana


Discover the filming locations of Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining in Oregon, California and Montana. The movie stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a blocked writer who takes a job in an isolated hotel hoping to find inspiration. He retreats there with his wife and son during the off-season but becomes gradually mad under the spell of the haunted Overlook Hotel.

Before you go looking for Jack, don’t forget:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

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Overlook Hotel

Interior: Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon, United States

The exterior of the Overlook Hotel where Jack takes his son and wife to work as an off-season caretaker is the Timberline Lodge in Kubrick's The Shining. It is a mountain lodge located in Mount Hood about 90 km / 60 mi from Portland.

Exterior: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Park, California, United States

Besides in the Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire (UK), some of the interior scenes were shot at the Ahwahnee Hotel which is located in Yosemite National Park in California. The majestuous but also menacing dining room where Jack dialogues with an hallucinatory barman in one of the scenes belongs to the Ahwahnee Hotel  perhaps the most important of The Shining filming locations.

Jack Torrance: Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in. [axes the door]

Driving scene

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana (United States)

The happy driving scene at the beginning of The Shining where the Torrance family heads to the Overlook Hotel was shot on the eastern shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park (Montana).

The calm before the horror. Happy tripping!

Delbert Grady: Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don't mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches, and tried to burn it down. But I "corrected" them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I "corrected" her.

The Maze

MGM Borehamwood Studios, Hertfordshire, England (United Kingdom)

Unfortunately neither the Timberline Lodge nor the Ahwahnee Hotel have a maze. The one you can see at the end of the movie when... ok no spoiler! was actually built in the old MGM studios in Hertfordshire.

Heeere's Johnny!

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  • J. Rousseau

    Just thought you should know your headings for interior and exterior shots is reversed; Timberline Lodge was used for the exterior.
    Note: if you are visiting Timberline Lodge, one of the axes used in the film is located behind the front desk.

  • Fred

    I see locations listed for Oregon and Montana, but nothing for California – maybe you meant the reference to “MGM Borehamwood Studios, Hertfordshire, England “?

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