See Sam’s (played by Tom Hanks) floating bachelor pad in real life on Lake Union. The home is privately owned, so a tour from the water is your best bet for a glimpse (full disclosure: the interior shots were filmed on a soundstage). Try the Historical Lake Cruise offered by Argosy Cruises (*argosycruises.com) or a tour from Ride the Ducks (*ridetheducksofseattle.com).
On New Year’s Eve, a pensive Sam watches the fireworks display across the lake at Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way) from his balcony. In reality, the park hosts Fourth of July festivities, while the Space Needle (*400 Broad St; spaceneedle.com) is home to the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display, also visible from Gas Works.
Quick-witted friend Jay, played by Rob Reiner, stops in front of the Inn at the Market (*86 Pine St; innatthemarket.com) to assess the cuteness of Sam’s butt for prospective dating purposes. Inside Pike Place Market (*First Ave and Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org), Jay and Sam dine at Athenian Inn—now Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar (81517 Pike Pl; athenianseattle.com)—to discuss women and tiramisu, the en vogue dessert of the early ’90s.
The original location of local restaurateur Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge (*2001 Fourth Ave; dahlialounge.com), just a few blocks south of its current spot, serves as the backdrop for Sam’s date with overly enthusiastic interior designer Victoria, who ultimately proved no match for Meg Ryan’s Annie Reed.
Annie’s sleuthing brings her to Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW) in West Seattle, where she watches Sam and his son, Jonah, play on the beach from across the street at what is now Duke’s Seafood & Chowder (*2516 Alki Ave SW; dukesseafood.com). Rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals (wheelfunrentals.com) to cruise the pathway beside the sand.