“a city with a story”
Travel to Forks, Washington to see the actual town where author Stephenie Meyer based her Twilight book series. Discover the magic of the rainiest town in the contiguous United States, just like Bella did! Explore the rain forest and beaches and just maybe, catch a glimpse of a vampire or werewolf! Plan to visit the sites described in the book. Make sure to stop by the Visitor Information Center to see “Bella’s Trucks” and get area information.
The lady that works at the Chamber of Commerce was really nice and informative. She was really excited for all the visitors that put this town on the map. However, not much looks like the book at all. The only other person that was really friendly, was a girl from native to Twilight, and that was the only store that sort of still sold Twilight memorabilia. The other two stores that's it, it seems homemade. The town is very small true, but it doesn't seem to be taken care of. I was actually a bit disappointed especially since we traveled out of our way to visit here.... plus there's better memoribilia at Hot Topic.... not cool.
Don't make Forks a destination. I'm really not sure why Stephanie Meyer would base her story on such a podunk town. But most likely if you are driving around the forest and/or to the coast, you'll probably have to pass through here anyway. You can see how they have tried to cash in on Twilight by applying it to everything in the town. "Bella's First Aid Kit" (pharmacy), Dazzled by Twilight (real estate company) Native to Twilight (native american/twilight shop..??), or you could buy a Bella burger, some twilight firewood, or eat off a Twilight inspired menu at the pizza place....
We really enjoyed our trip to Forks. Outside of the Chamber of Commerce was Bella's truck used in the movie. The staff there were really informative. Native to Twilight was a cool shop for Twilight memorabilia. It was great to visit the town that inspired the story. Big fans won't be disappointed. Worth the visit. Plus it's just a short drive down the road to LaPush and second beach which is another filming location. Beautiful area.
I didn't hate Forks, but there's really not much here other than a bunch of Twilight theme named businesses. The Welcome To Forks sign has been better days with several letters falling off. I think this is mostly a place for fisherman to stay when on fishing trips.
The people I talked to in the town were all pleasant. But the most exciting thing I saw while in Forks was a family of elk stop traffic on the 101 in the middle of town as they slowly made their way across the street. Ha!
If you read the books or watched the movies, a visit to Forks is a must. They have played up the Twilight thing and you can even see a few local places from the stories. Keep in mind the movies were not filmed in Forks so the actual sets are not here, but if you actually read the books and appreciated the descriptions you will feel the magic when here. The real magic of Forks is in its central location to many other sights and places including La Push and Kalaloch. If you are simply looking to take a nerdy picture on the sets of Twilight do some research first. This place is beautiful, and affordable!
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