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It’s not quite October, when the time traveling shenanigans of Back to the Future take place, but now’s as good a time as any to rewatch the classic adventure film, which turns 35 this year.

The movie—and its two sequels—are set in the fictional California town of Hill Valley, but it was shot entirely in Los Angeles County, and some of its filming locations (Griffith Park and the Gamble House, for instance) are recognizable LA landmarks in their own right.

Here’s a guide to some of the places seen in the film. As its legion of adoring fans well know, most are around and relatively intact in the future that is the present day.

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1. Burger King drive-thru

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535 N Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

In the movie’s opening minutes, Marty McFly hops on his skateboard and grabs onto the tailgate of a pickup truck pulling out of this Burbank Burger King (the venerable diner Lancers can be seen in the background).

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2. Courthouse Square

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100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Marty quickly arrives at Courthouse Square, the Universal City set where many of the downtown Hill Valley scenes were shot. A long-standing fixture on the Universal Studios backlot, it used to be called Mockingbird Square, because To Kill a Mockingbird was filmed there.

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3. Whittier High School

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12417 Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90601

Hill Valley’s high school was played by Whittier High School, Richard Nixon’s alma mater. The gymnasium where Marty’s “too darn loud” band auditions for Battle of the Bands is Burbank’s McCambridge Recreation Center.

4. McFly house

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9303 Roslyndale Ave
Arleta, CA 91331

The McFly residence (built in 1954) still stands on Roslyndale Avenue in Arleta. Roslyndale and several nearby streets stand in for Hill Valley’s somewhat rundown Lyon Estates suburb.

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5. Puente Hills Mall

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1600 S Azusa Ave
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Here’s where Marty meets up with Doc and, after a shootout over stolen plutonium, travels back in time to 1955 in the film’s now-iconic DeLorean. Upon arrival in the 1950s, he runs over one of the two pines on Mr. Peabody’s ranch, which somehow does not cause any horrible ripple effect. It just changes the mall’s name from Twin Pines to Lone Pine.

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6. Twin Pines Ranch

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19802 Placerita Canyon Rd
Newhall, CA 91321

The DeLorean lands back in 1955 and Marty crashes it into a garage located at Golden Oak Ranch, which belongs to Disney and was also a filming location for The Waltons and the original Parent Trap.

7. Lorraine’s house

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1727 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Here’s where Marty’s mother lives circa 1955, and where the film’s oedipal subplot gets started when Marty interrupts the beginning of his parents’ courtship. Remember, it’s not okay to peep on anyone through binoculars as they’re getting changed, and George should not have been rewarded for it.

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8. The Gamble House

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4 Westmoreland Pl
Pasadena, CA 91103

In the film, Doc Brown loses his family mansion building the time machine, and it’s too bad. He lives in Pasadena’s Gamble House, one of the most celebrated works of architecture on the West Coast.

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9. The Blacker House

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1777 Hillcrest Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106

Scenes inside Doc’s house were shot at the Blacker House, another Arts and Crafts mansion designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene (who also built the Gamble House).

10. George’s house

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1711 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Everyone in 1950s Hill Valley evidently lives in a stunning two-story Craftsman. Lucky them. George and Lorraine’s childhood homes can be found in real life on the very same street in South Pasadena.

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11. Enchantment Under the Sea dance (1955)

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6817 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Enchantment Under the Sea dance, where the film’s climactic scenes take place, was held in the basement of Hollywood United Methodist Church, just north of the Hollywood and Highland shopping center.

12. Griffith Park

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2715 N Vermont Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

To get back to 1985, Marty has to back up the DeLorean all the way to Griffith Park in order to get up to 88 mph by the time he hits Courthouse Square. The street lamp he parks in front of is across from the Greek Theatre parking lot.

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1. Burger King drive-thru

535 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
A Burger King restaurant fronted by a busy street Google Maps

In the movie’s opening minutes, Marty McFly hops on his skateboard and grabs onto the tailgate of a pickup truck pulling out of this Burbank Burger King (the venerable diner Lancers can be seen in the background).

535 N Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

2. Courthouse Square

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
A large brick courthouse building with balloons Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Marty quickly arrives at Courthouse Square, the Universal City set where many of the downtown Hill Valley scenes were shot. A long-standing fixture on the Universal Studios backlot, it used to be called Mockingbird Square, because To Kill a Mockingbird was filmed there.

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

3. Whittier High School

12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

Hill Valley’s high school was played by Whittier High School, Richard Nixon’s alma mater. The gymnasium where Marty’s “too darn loud” band auditions for Battle of the Bands is Burbank’s McCambridge Recreation Center.

12417 Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90601

4. McFly house

9303 Roslyndale Ave, Arleta, CA 91331
A house with an SUV in the driveway Google Maps

The McFly residence (built in 1954) still stands on Roslyndale Avenue in Arleta. Roslyndale and several nearby streets stand in for Hill Valley’s somewhat rundown Lyon Estates suburb.

9303 Roslyndale Ave
Arleta, CA 91331

5. Puente Hills Mall

1600 S Azusa Ave, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
A parking lot with large boxy buildings in the background Google Maps

Here’s where Marty meets up with Doc and, after a shootout over stolen plutonium, travels back in time to 1955 in the film’s now-iconic DeLorean. Upon arrival in the 1950s, he runs over one of the two pines on Mr. Peabody’s ranch, which somehow does not cause any horrible ripple effect. It just changes the mall’s name from Twin Pines to Lone Pine.

1600 S Azusa Ave
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

6. Twin Pines Ranch

19802 Placerita Canyon Rd, Newhall, CA 91321

The DeLorean lands back in 1955 and Marty crashes it into a garage located at Golden Oak Ranch, which belongs to Disney and was also a filming location for The Waltons and the original Parent Trap.

19802 Placerita Canyon Rd
Newhall, CA 91321

7. Lorraine’s house

1727 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Three old houses on a tree-lined street Google Maps

Here’s where Marty’s mother lives circa 1955, and where the film’s oedipal subplot gets started when Marty interrupts the beginning of his parents’ courtship. Remember, it’s not okay to peep on anyone through binoculars as they’re getting changed, and George should not have been rewarded for it.

1727 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

8. The Gamble House

4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103
A large house sitting in the middle of a rolling lawn. Shutterstock

In the film, Doc Brown loses his family mansion building the time machine, and it’s too bad. He lives in Pasadena’s Gamble House, one of the most celebrated works of architecture on the West Coast.

4 Westmoreland Pl
Pasadena, CA 91103

9. The Blacker House

1777 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Scenes inside Doc’s house were shot at the Blacker House, another Arts and Crafts mansion designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene (who also built the Gamble House).

1777 Hillcrest Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106

10. George’s house

1711 Bushnell Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
A large two-story house with a big front lawn Google Maps

Everyone in 1950s Hill Valley evidently lives in a stunning two-story Craftsman. Lucky them. George and Lorraine’s childhood homes can be found in real life on the very same street in South Pasadena.

1711 Bushnell Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

11. Enchantment Under the Sea dance (1955)

6817 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Enchantment Under the Sea dance, where the film’s climactic scenes take place, was held in the basement of Hollywood United Methodist Church, just north of the Hollywood and Highland shopping center.

6817 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

12. Griffith Park

2715 N Vermont Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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To get back to 1985, Marty has to back up the DeLorean all the way to Griffith Park in order to get up to 88 mph by the time he hits Courthouse Square. The street lamp he parks in front of is across from the Greek Theatre parking lot.

2715 N Vermont Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027