Any Back to the Future fans out there? Visiting Back to the Future filming locations can be really fun for true fans. I have personally visited a few of them, and it’s always exciting! I thought I would do something fun and different today, in honor of our family’s Halloween costumes this year. (Yes… we did dress our baby girl like Doc Brown.)
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Honestly, I’m not a big movie person, but the Back to the Future trilogy has always been my favorite. I have so many fond memories of watching the movies with my sister and grandma as a kid. I’ve seen it more times than I could ever count, and I always said that my first baby was going to dress like Doc Brown for Halloween. We had a baby girl, but that didn’t stop us! My husband dressed up like Marty McFly, and I was his Jennifer Parker. Our cute little baby girl made the cutest Doc, and overall, our family costumes were a hit!
Keep reading for a list of Back to the Future filming locations and info on how to dress like Back to the Future characters. I included major filming locations for I, II, and III (but mostly I and II- III’s locations are a bit more remote). I included the locations’ addresses and information on whether or not there is private or public access, so be sure to take note of which places are drive-by only (or completely restricted).
Scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how to dress like the characters. Enjoy!
Back to the Future Filming Locations
1. Hill Valley Courthouse Square
The Hill Valley Courthouse is located at Universal Studios Hollywood, and you can see it if you take a studio tour (which is a lot of fun, by the way). You have to stay on the tram for the tour, but you’ll get a great view.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA
2. Hill Valley High School
Hill Valley High School is actually Whitter High School in Whittier, California. This is a public high school that is not open to the public.
12417 Philadelphia St
3. Twin Pines Mall (Lone Pines Mall)
Twin/Lone Pines Mall is Puente Hills Mall in Rowland Heights, California. This is where Marty first drives into 1955 from 1985. It’s open to the public (of course!).
1600 S Azusa Ave
Rowland Heights, CA
4. Doc Brown’s House
Doc’s house, seen in 1955, is the Arts & Crafts Gamble House in Pasadena, California. It is open to the public and open for tours. You can read more about visiting on their website.
4 Westmoreland Pl
5. Marty McFly’s House
The McFly home is a private residence in Arleta, California. It is not open to the public.
9303 Roslyndale Ave
6. Lyon Estates (1985)
Speaking of the McFly home, its 1985 neighborhood was filmed nearby in Pacoima, California. It’s a neighborhood, and you’re free to drive around.
Kagel Canyon St & Sandusky Ave
7. Lyon Estates (1955)
Most of the Back to the Future scenes were filmed in Southern California, but the 1955 shots of Lyon Estates (undeveloped) were filmed in Chino, (Northern) California. This is a private, gated area.
8. Lorraine Baines’ House (1955)
The Baines house from 1955 is a private residence in Pasadena, California. It is not open to the public.
1727 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA
9. George McFly’s House (1955)
George McFly’s 1955 house is also in Pasadena, California. It is not open to the public.
1711 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA
10. Jennifer Parker’s House (1985)
Jennifer’s house is in Monrovia, California (near Pasadena). It is not open to the public.
161 N Magnolia Ave
11. Biff Tannen’s House (1955)
Biff Tannen’s house is in Pasadena, California. It is not open to the public.
1809 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA
12. Tunnel (1955)
The tunnel scene from Back to the Future II was filmed in Griffith Park, near the observatory (spoiler alert: it’s a lot shorter than you would imagine!). You are free to drive through it.
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA
13. Marty and Jennifer’s House, Hilldale (2015)
Marty and Jennifer’s 2015 house in Hilldale was filmed in El Monte, California. It is not open to the public.
3793 Oakhurst St
El Monte, CA
14. Strickland’s House (1985)
Principal Strickland’s house in Back to the Future II was filmed in Whittier, California (not too far from Hill Valley High School. I mean… Whittier High School). It is not open to the public.
12511 Bailey St
15. McFly Farm (1885)
The McFly Farm from Back to the Future III is located in Oak Park, California and visiting it involves a little bit of hike.
China Flat, Santa Monica National Recreation Area
Oak Park, CA
How to Dress Like Back to the Future Characters
3. Doc’s Goggles: Goggles are totally optional, as he doesn’t wear them in every scene, but we liked the added touch. We used Minion goggles.
4. Toy DeLorean: This is also totally optional, but it was a fun touch. Here is a toy DeLorean for your baby to play with!
1. Marty’s Vest: If you’re dressing like Marty McFly, you really don’t want to skip the orange life preserver (I mean vest)!
2. Marty’s Jacket: Marty wears several layers, and the next is a denim jacket.
3. Marty’s Button-Up Shirt: Next, Marty wears a short-sleeved button-up shirt.
4. Marty Under Shirt: Marty’s last layer is a maroon-colored under shirt. (We chose to skip the suspenders, because they wouldn’t be visible, but you might want to go for it if you’ll be taking a few layers off!)
5. Marty’s Jeans: Marty’s pants were simple jeans.
7. Marty’s Watch: Marty wears a black watch.
1. Jennifer’s Pants: I went with these pink, floral leggings.
2. Jennifer’s Shirt: Jennifer’s shirt is quite baggy, so I wore one of my husband’s white button-up shirts.
3. Jennifer’s Vest: Jennifer layers her outfit with a denim vest.
4. Jennifer’s Belt: Jennifer wears a brown, braided belt.
5. Jennifer’s Socks/Leg Warmers: Jennifer wears light pink socks/leg warmers over her pants.
6. Jennifer’s Shoes: Jennifer wears white shoes, so I went with these simple canvas shoes.
I hope you enjoyed this fun post! It is different than what I usually do, but I enjoyed sharing info on a different type of adventure! Have you ever visited a movie filming location? Or dressed like your favorite movie characters! I’d love to hear about your creativity!