When we went on our trip to the Olympic National Park we stayed in Forks, WA. It’s the biggest town on the Western side of the park and if you didn’t know it is most known for (at least as of late) for being the setting of Twilight. The logging town has seen better days and it is definitely trying to capitalize on the popular books and movies.
First off let me tell you this: I don’t like Twilight. I have not read the books but I saw the first movie and it was awful. I have heard they got a bit better, from a friend who had to watch them for her job at an entertainment magazine. But I’m not sold. But alas, it’s popular. And you can’t turn a corner in or around Forks and not be reminded that it’s set there. The movies weren’t filmed in the area, but the town has identified homes as those belonging to the main characters. And you can take a picture with Bella’s car (from the book version):
Other highlights: the grocery store has a souvenir section and Twilight themed deli sandwiches. There was a sign as you entered the Quileute Nation, where Jacob’s family lived, that said “No Vampires.”
So moral of the story, if you love Twilight, you’ll like Forks. If you like cheesy things, you’ll appreciate Forks. If you hate Twilight, maybe don’t go to Forks. We stayed in a nice hotel and ate a great breakfast at a local diner. It’s a great stopping point for the park if you aren’t staying inside at one of the lodges. It’s also close to a number of beaches, so it is worth a stop, just be prepared that you’ll be entering Twilight-land.
Have you been to Forks? What did you think?