Travel to Forks, Washington
My Trip to Forks, WA
Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' series spawned a supernatural location in our very own backyard, and though some might think Forks, Washington is laced with history and folklore; it was actually only founded in 1945.
Although made famous by vampires and wolves, the the small town of Forks is an affordable and relaxing area full of many things activities but with a small town feel that will leave you longing for a place among their 3500 residents.
Within the city you will find the sights of Forks High School, the hospital Bella was 'treated' at after Edward saved her from being pummeled by a van, including Dr. Cullen's parking spot. You can even take a picture with Bella's truck at the small Chamber of Commerce at the city limits. Before you leave the small town for a day of adventure, stop at the local diner for a nice hot breakfast and the best coffee in the country.
In every direction there is something to do surrounding Forks and the views are all breathtaking, making outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, kayaking and fishing.
To the south of Forks, about 30 miles, allow the road to lead you through the Hoh Rainforest, part of the Olympic National Park. The seemingly enchanted rain forest will carry your imagination away and for a moment you may believe you even see a wolf, as I did when I visited the area. (Of course my sister and I soon figured out it was a Husky dog.)
Another extension of the Olympic National Park is Rialto Beach which was my favorite part. You can spend hours searching the millions of unusual rocks lining the beach from the ocean or take pictures of the amazing views.
While in the area, a must for any Twi-hard is La Push Beach as described in the book as a hang out for younger members of the Quileute tribe, a local Indian village.
You can even visit nearby Port Angeles. The town Edward saved Bella from being attacked by a group of local drunks.
When you get back to Forks for the evening, be sure to stop at the local gift shops for souvenirs and trinkets to commemorate your visit. Very rarely does a person get the opportunity to walk through an actual town featured in a book and while you won't find vampires and wolves (at least they weren't out when we visited), you will find amazing beaches, green forests and friendly people.
While there, check out the Olson's cabin to rent for your stay. A quaint little cottage all to yourself if better than a stay in the hotel which don't usually provide a full size kitchen and front porch to enjoy your stay even better.
My Homage to Twilight
- End of the Twilight Era
A look back at Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn; from a true Twi-hard fan. We will miss you Edward, Bella and Jacob. Thank you for the memories Stephanie Meyer, and the experience.