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North by Northwest 
Film Locations

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North by Northwest (1959)
Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason & Jessie Royce Landis
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

New York, USA

Plaza Hotel, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Although the exterior and lobby of the Plaza Hotel in New York are seen briefly near the opening of the film, the scene in which 'Cary Grant' is kidnapped from the famous Oak Bar was actually shot on a sound stage in Hollywood. Presumably this was done because the film required more space in which to maneuver the VistaVision camera. In reality both the lobby corridor outside the Oak Bar and the doorway leading into the bar itself are much narrower than what was built for the film. The production schedule reveals that this sequence was the first part of the film to be shot when the production resumed in Hollywood after all of the location filming was completed. (taken from IMDB.com)

5th Avenue & Central Park South
New York City, NY 10019

Plaza Hotel - New York

Hotel Lobby 

The Oak Room and Bar

Driving directions from LaGuardia Airport:
Take Grand Central Pkwy west to I-278 (Brooklyn-Queens Expy) west.
Exit to SR 25A and bear right onto Queens Plaza N.
Continue on Queensboro Bridge and exit to 2nd Ave south.
Continue off the exit onto 60th St, and turn left on on 5th Ave.

Driving directions from John F. Kennedy International Airport:
Take I-678 (Van Wyck Expy) north to SR 25 west.
Bear left onto Queens Plaza N, 
take the Queensboro Bridge and exit to 2nd Ave south.
Continue off the exit onto 60th St, and turn left on 5th Ave. 

Driving directions from Newark:
Follow signs to take US1/US 9 north to I-95 (New Jersey Tpke) north (toll road).
Take I-495 to the Lincoln Tunnel and exit to West Side Hwy/40th St.
Turn right on W 40th St, then turn left on Avenue of the Americas.
Turn right on W 59th St and follow it to 5th Ave.

(Note: Directions taken from The Plaza’s web site as of 2/04)

Long Island, New York, USA

Old Westbury Gardens (Phipps Estate), Old Westbury, New York, USA
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Phone: 516-333-0048
Fax:  516-333-6807

Thornhill is taken to the Townsend’s house when he is kidnapped.

Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

United Nations
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York City, New York, USA

United Nations Headquarters, NY, USA

Alfred Hitchcock couldn't get permission to film inside the UN, so footage was made of the interior of the building using a hidden camera, and the rooms were later recreated on a soundstage. (taken from IMDB.com)

Directions:  The United Nations Headquarters in New York is located on First Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street.
The Visitors' Entrance is located on First Avenue at 46th Street.

For more information on tours go to: www.un.org/tours

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Grand Central Station
110 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
E. 42nd Street Park Avenue







LaSalle Street Station, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA
5700 South Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60638

Omni Ambassador East Hotel
1301 N. State Parkway, Near North Side, 
Chicago, Illinois, 60610
(312)787-7200 phone
(312)787-4760 fax

Omni Ambassador Hotel, Chicago Illinois

Driving directions from O’Hare International Airport: 
(taken from the Omni website)
I-90 East (toward downtown Chicago) joins with I-94; Exit at North Ave.; Turn Left (East); North Ave. to State Pkwy; Right on State; Four blocks to Goethe St., Turn Left; Hotel is located immediately on the left.


Southern Pacific Railroad Tunnel
between Santa Susana and Chatsworth, California, USA 

Los Angeles, California, USA

Bakersfield, California, USA

Wasco, California, USA
The site is located north of Bakersfield, outside the towns of Wasco and Delano, near the intersection of Corcoran Road and Garces Highway (155).  The actual film location is just east of that intersection.

From Interstate 5, exit at Highway 46 and travel East to Corcoran Road. Turn left to travel north on Corcoran Road.  When you reach Garces Highway, turn right (east).  The Kern National Wildlife Refuge will be on your left.
From Highway 99, take the Garces Highway(155) exit West from Delano.  Stay on Garces Highway and you will reach the site just before the road ends at Corcoran Road. 

Intersection of Corcoran Road and Garces Highway

Garces Highway, the street of the crop dusting scene


 Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota, USA

Mt. Rushmore National Monument

Although some scenes were shot at this location, the final chase scene was not shot on Mt. Rushmore; Alfred Hitchcock couldn't gain permission to shoot an attempted murder on a national monument. The scene was shot in the studio on a replica of Mt.Rushmore. Everything is shot carefully, so as to avoid associating the faces of the monument with the violence. (parts taken from IMDB.com)

Directions (taken from the park website):
Plane: Rapid City Airport: 35 miles to the memorial from Rapid City Regional Airport.
Car: Visitors traveling on I-90 should exit at Rapid City and follow Highway 16 southwest to Keystone and then Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Visitors coming from the south should follow Highway 385 north to Highway 244, which is the road leading to the memorial.

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