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From doing unsafe blindfolded challenges to visiting iconic locations from the film, Bird Box is definitely the talk of town. As travel fans, we prefer the latter. So, I’m writing this guide to Bird Box film locations to help you satisfy your inner movie geek. We promise they’re beautiful!
Netflix’s Bird Box is an apocalyptic film based on Josh Malerman’s novel, where a mysterious force wipes out the world’s population. Nobody knows how or what the force is. One thing is for sure: if you see it, you kill yourself. The film follows Malorie, played by Sandra Bullock, as she tries to survive and reach a safe haven with her two children. The journey involves undertaking a treacherous river ride for two days while blindfolded.
My husband and I gave in and finally watched it. The movie did a fine job scaring both of us by leaving us unable to sleep afterward and afraid of our windows. Thankfully, we have blackout curtains.
If you have not watch it yet, I recommend that you do. If you think traveling with kids is stressful, Malorie puts family travel in beast mode. I warn you that this article contains spoilers of plot points. Proceed with caution.
Bird Box is filmed in California.
Smith River in Crescent City, California
The iconic 2 day boat ride was filmed in Crescent City’s Smith River. The Smith River is California’s largest free-flowing river system. They do have the rapids here if you want to do whitewater rafting but also have tamer kayaking tours to include the kids.
Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California
After Malorie’s prenatal check-up, a patient had gone suicidal by banging her head on the window. This scene is reportedly shot in Providence St. Joseph Hospital.
Warner Center in Woodland Hills
Malorie and her sister Jess start witnessing chaos happening in the streets. This is the intersection where Malorie asks Jess to ignore the red light and just drive away.
Main Street in La Puente, California
When Malorie was driving home with her sister Jess, the phone rings. Malorie tries to find her Jess’ phone. Jess suddenly exclaims, “Oh my god, what the fuck is that?” and went mad while driving.
Which leads to…
Sierra Madre City Hall
The car crash happened at the intersection near Sierra Madre City Hall. When that wasn’t enough to kill Jess, Jess deliberately walks in front of a speeding truck to kill herself.
House in Monrovia, California
After several scenes of running with the mob, Malorie trips multiple times to the ground. Here she was assisted by Tom into the house, where she’d meet her other survivor allies. This will be their base hiding spot for the next 5 years.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
The forest scenes were shot here which is by the Smith River. Like most state parks, you can rent cabins and camp by the big trees here.
La Puente City Hall
This scene is when the survivors left the house and drove the Jeep. Only relying on GPS and proximity warnings to reach the supermarket. Nice product placement by Jeep. Just in case of a no-sight apocalypse, you need those premium features!
Looting time! Named after a real grocery store in Canoga Park.