Forks and Port Angeles Washington: Places to Visit on your Twilight Vacation
Forks is a beautifully scenic town on the coast of Washington State, located a couple hours outside of Seattle.
The population is 3,532 according to the 2010 census, and was officially incorporated in August of 1945. It received its name from the nearby tribes that inhabited the areas along the riverbanks.
The city's economy was originally fueled by the timber industry, but in recent years, the timber exploration has declined causing the town to rely on nearby cities for jobs and services.
The abundance of salmon and rainbow trout in the nearby rivers makes this town is a popular place for sport fishing.
As if that wasn't enough, the city is within walking distance of the Olympic National Forest, and boasts beautiful, natural scenery.
The rain and moisture all year round causes trees, grass and plants to grow in wild abundance, and you can find moss on almost every tree and rock surface.
It makes an amazing location for beginner to advanced nature and landscape photographers alike.
In 2005 Stephenie Meyer wrote a novel called the Twilight Series, and based the location of the books in Forks, WA.
The books spawned a development into movies and since to-date there have been 3 movies released and 2 more will be released soon.
This series became hugely popular, causing a boom in this small towns popularity.
As a result, the city of Forks has seen a 600% increase in tourism since the books' publication.
If you're a Twilight fan like me, the main reason you are visiting Forks is to all the locations and places the books reference.
Listed below are the places that I visited that are a "must-see" for Twilight fanatics.
- Forks Museum and Visitor Center
This is a great place to start your Twilight journey.
You will get a map and visitor's guide, showing the location of the buildings in town that are mentioned in the books.
Such as the Swan's house, Forks high school, and the place Dr. Cullen is supposed to work.
Behind the visitor's center is an Olympic National Park trail, and for about 15 minutes you can hike and walk while taking photos and enjoying the scenery.
I was impressed that it still had a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere for being such a busy tourist location.
- Forks Chamber of Commerce
This building is just next door to the Visitor Center and has a replica of Bella's truck that was used in the movie.
It also has a truck replica that is based on the description in the book, it varies in color and style to the one in the movie, but is more accurate in detail according to Stephenie Meyer.
- The Swan's house
The home of the Swan's is located near the same area as described in the book, but it varies in construction from the house in the movie.
There is a family that actually lives in the house all year, but they allow tourists to take stop and take pictures.
- The Cullen's house
Down the road from the Swan's home is the Miller Tree Inn, which is also called The Cullen's house.
It's a two-story white home with a wrap around porch and big glass windows. It's similar to the movie's design, just not quite as elaborate or contemporary.
- Fork's High school
Driving back towards the main road you will pass the Fork's High school. They recently reconstructed the entrance to accommodate a similar design like in the movie, and to offer a bigger sized sign out front, that you can stop and take pictures, proving you visited the high school.
- Dazzled by Twilight
This store has 2 locations, one in Forks and one in Port Angeles. It's located downtown on the main strip, and is the biggest Twilight fan store in the area. You can buy all kinds of gifts, clothing and movie memorabilia.
- LaPush Beach
Driving down to LaPush beach takes about 40 minutes from Forks, but it's a great place to see on your vacation. Although I didn't get a chance to see it since it was very cold and rainy, I still recommend this spot for any die hard Twilight fan. The beach is said to be just like the movie, with large trees and branches lining the shore, and beautiful clear water.
Port Angeles is much bigger than Forks, and has more lodging, activities, and restaurant options.
If you are planning to visit the area, this is a perfect town to stay in, since it's centrally located.
- Bella Italia
This is the place Bella was taken on her first date with Edward. It's the Italian restaurant featured in the movie where they went on their first date, and found out that Edward could read minds.
The menu even has a dish called "Bella's Mushroom Ravioli" and is one of the most popular items on the menu.
- Port Angeles Movie Theater
I love watching movies in a small theater that isn't packed with people, and this place will regularly feature one of the Twilight movies on any given night.
This is the theater Bella went to with Jacob Black, when he first showed signs of becoming part of the wolf pack, and with Jessica when she started imagining seeing Edward.
Forks and Port Angeles are the Twilight fan's capital and are wonderful cities to visit while indulging your obsession.