Forks & "Twilight"
It’s a mystery!
How has the dark and rainy town of Forks developed a reputation as an internationally-known tourist destination?
It’s because of the Twilighters!
They’re heading to this rugged area of the Olympic Peninsula on the Pacific Coast to visit all of the places mentioned in Stephenie Meyers’ “Twilight” Books. These popular stories and movies about a teen-age romance between a mortal and a vampire are attracting fans from around the world.
You can travel by car from Seattle -- about a half-day trip west. Go aboard a Washington State ferry at Pier 54 to cruise to Bainbridge Island; drive past the town of Poulsbo; across the Hood Canal Bridge; through Port Angeles; and skirt scenic Lake Crescent as you head for the Twilight Center at Forks.
Bus service is available from Seattle as far as Port Angeles aboard the Olympic Bus Line "Dungeness".
Then transfer to Callam Transit Bus #14 at the Port Angeles Transit Center to reach Forks. There is good bus service on Weekdays, but not on Sunday.
Once you arrive, make your first stop the Forks Visitor Center and pick up a location map to find the high school, hospital, police station and locations where the characters live.
Forks businesses have really gotten into the spirit of things with twilight gift shops and cafes where you can order Bella Burgers!
For more Twilight locations drive west of Forks to visit Rialto Beach and First Beach near the Quileute Indian village of LaPush. Walk along nearby forested trails to reach the battle scenes location at Second and Third Beaches. If you go for a walk on the beach, be sure to check a tide-table!
You'll want to be prepared for rainy and often cold weather, so dress accordingly.
Of course, you don’t have to be a Twilighter to enjoy this unique coastal area. I feature many of the scenic attractions in my travel DVD.