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Twilight Tour Of Forks, Washington – Home Of The Twilight Saga

Re-cap of my Twilight trip to Forks, WA in October 2009.

Before the movies, before Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, the world of Twilight existed solely in the little logging town of Forks, Washington. This is the setting that author Stephenie Meyer chose for her saga, and where so much of the richly detailed text takes place. This elusive town of only about 3.000 residents has always fascinated me since I started reading The Twilight Saga, so in the spirit of celebrating New Moon, I decided to take a trip down to Forks, Washington in the fall of 2009.

My journey began with the drive from Vancouver to Keystone, Washington where I boarded a ferry to Port Townsend. From there I drove to Port Angeles where I stopped to take a peak at “Bella Italia,” the restaurant that Edward takes Bella to on what’s considering to be their first date. The restaurant serves Bella’s dinner of choice, mushroom ravioli, and has had over 5000 orders for the dish. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer even made a visit to the restaurant that she unknowingly made popular within her first novel.

From Port Angeles I carried on towards Forks on highway 101. Surrounded on one side by a constant wall of sky-high treetops and the serene Lake Crescent on the other, the winding drive into Forks truly did set up the atmosphere Meyer describes in her novels. Mountains dense will foliage lay in the distance beyond the lake, and cloud cover loomed overhead suggesting imminent rainfall. For a moment, I felt like Bella riding into Forks for the first time entering the unknown. The unspoiled landscape seemed so far away from the bustle of Vancouver that I’m used to. It literally felt like being transplanted into a different world.

The Twilight Tour:

Upon arriving in Forks, I headed through the main part of town to the Forks Visitor’s Center, a log cabin type building with a replica of Bella’s red Chevrolet truck waiting outside. A lady working at the Visitor’s Center gave me a “Forks Twilight Map” highlighted with various Twilight locations, a list of stores selling trinkets and merchandise, as well as a list of great restaurants in town. The Visitor’s Center was a wealthy source of information including some interesting books detailing the real-life settings of Twilight in Forks. While the town does offer guided Twilight tours through a company called “Dazzled By Twilight,” I decided to take the map and explore the town myself.

The first stop on the map was the Swan house where Bella and her dad Charlie live. The Forks version of the Swan residence was a beautiful little grey and white house located at the end of a side-street. A “Home of the Swans” sign was surrounded by a small garden at the front of the house. I’m sure everyone has a different perception of what each setting in the book looks like, and of course there are the defined settings within the films, but I found this cozy white house to be the perfect setting for Bella’s new life in Forks.

A short distance away was the Forks Community Hospital, where Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Edward’s dad) works within the world of Twilight. The hospital was very similar to the one in the original Twilight film, and I could immediately picture accident-prone Bella’s numerous hospital visits. In the parking lot, one of the doctors had a sign posted above their parking space that read “Dr. Cullen Vampire Parking Only.” It was nice to see that the people of Forks have embraced Twilight into their community and are happy to partake in the spirit of the franchise.

My next stop was Forks High School, a long red brick building with white frames and flag posts surrounded by a lot of greenery. While the appearance was slightly different in the movie, it definitely matched Meyer’s descriptions in my mind. The “Home of the Spartans” sign resided front and center in the middle of the green in front of the school’s entrance. This was a great location to see in person as much of Bella’s story begins when she enrolls as a student at Forks High School where she meets her school friends and the Cullen vampires.

The Forks Police Station was the next stop on the map. This is where Bella’s dad Chief Charlie Swan works. Inside the station was a display cabinet set up with Twilight memorabilia including a Forks Police uniform. Outside of the station there were authentic Forks Police cars, the exact vehicle Charlie drives around in throughout the saga.

Right behind the police station was the Forks designated location of the Cullen house. This location is actually the Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast which claims to be the Cullen house in Forks. The gorgeous little inn was situated a little bit off the main road which reminded me of Meyer’s location – just out of town and off a winding road surrounded by dense foliage. A small path lead up some steps to the front porch where a message board read: “The Cullens are hiking in the rainforest. Our overnight guests will be cared for by the resident innkeepers as usual. Thanks, Esme.” There was also a passage from the novel in the front window detailing Bella’s perception of the Cullen residence. This was my favourite stop on the tour as it truly felt like the Cullen house had been brought to life complete with setting, atmosphere, and character.

Twilight Shopping In Forks:

On my second day in Forks, I decided to walk around the main streets and see what kind of merchandise and memorabilia was for sale. To put it lightly, there was no shortage of Twilight souvenirs. Many storefronts were decorated with intricate displays and boasted sales on Twilight paraphernalia. One of the main stores, “Dazzled By Twilight” is also run by the tour company. The couple that run the store and the tours had moved from Las Vegas to Forks and were embracing the Twilight lifestyle wholeheartedly. Their store was pretty big, full of everything from printed tees, hoodies, baseball jerseys and caps, to Twilight coffee mugs, shot glasses, jewelry boxes and replica jewelry. It was all a bit baffling to see so much Twilight in one store.

Across the street was “Jerry’s Lock and Key” which seemed to be a little tech shop but had hand-written signs in the window advertising great Twilight souvenirs. Twilight dream catchers, mouse pads, light switch frames, and printed photos were set up at the front of the store. I bought one of the hand-made key chains that featured pictures of various Twilight characters. The most interesting (and funny) souvenirs they had for sale were Twilight student i.d. cards for Forks High School and hospital i.d tags. I was a bit bemused by these items. I’m a Twilight nerd as much as the next person, but what actual use does one have for a Bella Swan i.d. card or a Carlisle Cullen hospital name tag? This may be taking Twilight fandom a bit far in my opinion, but then again, I traveled all the way to a logging town to see locations from a fictional story, so who am I to judge.

I visited some other neat shops that were less about the mainstream commercial products, and more about small trinkets or individually manufactured apparel. “The Chinook Pharmacy,” which claims to be “Bella’s Official First-Aid Station,” had lots of small souvenirs including pendants and sparkly t-shirts. I got a few postcards there as well as a replica of Bella’s charm bracelet given to her by best friend Jacob Black. The bracelet had the little wolf charm that Jacob carves for her, the diamond-like heart gemstone from Edward, as well as charms from the novel covers: the apple for Twilight, the feather for New Moon, and the chess piece for Breaking Dawn.

“Leppell’s Flower’s and Gifts” was a florist shop located near the high school which has become a small Twilight haven. The front windows were full of decorations as well as the owner’s own cat that was preening next to a sign that read “I Was Bitten in Forks, Washington.” This shop had everything from Team Edward and Jacob toques to baby clothes. I was told the owner also manufactured some of her own t-shirts that are sold in the store. As long as any official trademarked images used are altered by 10%, they can be incorporated into individual Twilight designs. I decided on a red t-shirt with a crystal ball on the front with the words “Wanna Bet?” printed underneath. This is a joke about Edward’s sister, Alice Cullen, who can foresee the future and often uses this to her advantage with comic effect in Meyer’s novels.

My final shopping stop was also an additional tour location – “Forks Outfitters” located near the end of town by the Thriftway. This is the Twilight location where Bella works for the Newton’s outdoor apparel and equipment shop. I stocked up on food in the Thriftway and made my one guilty/embarrassing purchase of some Forks sweatpants with the “Spartans” team-name and logo embossed down the leg. These will most likely be reserved for at-home lounging, I just couldn’t resist.

Twilight In La Push:

My final destination for my Twilight trip was La Push, the reservation just outside of Forks where Bella’s best friend Jacob Black lives. La Push is located about a fifteen minute drive from Forks down a tree-lined highway. As I made my way there, I was instantly reminded of all the times Bella makes this exact drive to visit Jacob in New Moon, and the times Edward often drove her to the treaty line in Eclipse.

Once in La Push, I walked down to First Beach where Bella goes with her high school friends and ends up hanging out with Jacob for the first time properly in Twilight. Jacob tells Bella about the “cold ones” which is how she first learns about vampires in Forks. First Beach was full of piles of driftwood, had numerous rocky outcroppings with distant trees, and crashing waves rolled up onto the sand. It was a beautiful sunny day, but cold and windy. I would recommend dressing warmly if you decide to visit the La Push beaches.

My last La Push excursion was a hike to Third Beach through the forest. Third Beach is located off the highway closer to the Forks border line. The hike took about forty minutes through wet ferns, sky-high trees, and muddy footpaths, but it was very much worth it. As the path sloped down towards the beach, sunlight flitted in through the tree tops and a completely unoccupied expanse of sand, driftwood, and ocean greeted me. It was like a scene straight out of New Moon, where Bella often comes down to the beach at La Push in search of solitude and a vast space to think. I cannot really describe the atmosphere of being there at that moment in time, but I will say that it truly brought Twilight to life.

I hope that this gave you a taste of Forks and La Push, and all-things Twilight that they have to offer. This small town only had one main street but it was a hive of activity and full of friendly and helpful people. The diner style restaurants and the local shops were a welcome break from the crowded streets of busy Vancouver. It was a great place to visit that definitely surprised me with its small-town charm, friendly atmosphere, and the general embrace that the people of Forks seem to have for this vampire franchise. Any Twilight fan, especially of the books and story that Stephenie Meyer created, would enjoy a trip to this town. It brought the stories to life for me and made me want to go back to page one of Twilight and start all over again.

[story and photos belong to me – Twilight Connection]

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August 2, 2010 - Posted by | Twilight | , , , , , , , , ,

25 Comments »

  1. […] [La historia  y las fotos me pertenecen a mí – Twilight conexión] […]

    Pingback by Diario Twilight: Mi visita a forks! | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for info, heading up to forks in morning with some friends and can’t wait to see it. 🙂

    Comment by Yolanda | October 18, 2010 | Reply

    • awesome, hope you have a great time. feel free to leave another comment and let me know what you thought of it!

      Comment by twilightconnection | October 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. great – we are planning a trip in dec from australia and have a few days in vancouver to muck about in so thought we would make the drive to Forks (have 2 days to do it in) but almost impossible to find info re road trip. how long did it take to drive via keystone to forks?? many thanks..

    Comment by julie | October 18, 2010 | Reply

    • the whole trip from vancouver to forks took from early morning to late afternoon so you can do it in a day to get there. the ferry from keystone to port angeles takes around 45 mins, and then the drive from port angeles to forks is another couple hours. my dad was driving so i can’t remember exactly but i will ask him and let you know next week!

      Comment by twilightconnection | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. it would be much better if we could buy a Jewelry box that is gem studded,;’

    Comment by Acne Treatment : | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. i bought my charm bracelets online and there are many products to choose from. some are very nice looking ~.~

    Comment by Chipboard Sheets · | November 13, 2010 | Reply

  6. display cabinets with transparent glass would be the best thing to keep your stuff “”-

    Comment by Pine Desk · | November 14, 2010 | Reply

  7. This was very helpful. We will be heading to Forks in August and I am freaking out with excitement. The only thing I am struggling with is trying to figure out an appropriate budget plan. With rooms, food and souveneirs… How is the food cost in Forks?

    Comment by Ginger | June 18, 2011 | Reply

    • sorry to be replying so late to you! i am in grad school now so my blog is on a bi of a hiatus until i have more time to post over the winter. hope youe trip to forks was great if you went in august 🙂 it isn’t very expensive in my opinion and it’s easy to have a somewhat cheap and enjoyable quick visit there. i’d love to go back and hike some more of the trails in la push. let me know how your experience was and thanks for reading my blog!

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 27, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by Bruno | September 12, 2011 | Reply

    • thank you very much for the support! i am in grad school right now but will try to post more over the coming months and will definitely have more time in december 🙂 thanks for reading and sharing with your friends! there will be more posts coming in the future because this is what i love to do!

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 27, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by Ambrose | September 13, 2011 | Reply

    • thank you for the support, i’m glad my blog could help you in some way! let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know about/are interested in 🙂

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 27, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by Broderick | September 15, 2011 | Reply

    • thank you for the support and i’m glad you found my blog valuable in some way. i will be updating more later in the year! 🙂

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  11. Hello, this account was really helpful. I am from Germany and Ill be in Vancouver next summer. Of course Im planning on visiting Forks 😀
    I am still trying to figure out the best way to get there. Is it cheaper to go like u did? Instead of taking the ferry to Victoria and then another one to Port Angeles? I know thats a lot of questions 😉 I am hoping u can help me!

    Comment by Lisa (@BigB2004) | September 27, 2011 | Reply

    • hi lisa, i believe the costs aren’t much different. i drove from vancouver to keystone where i took a ferry over to the states, then drove to port angeles and then on to forks. the cost there is of course petrol. this journey took half a day (aka 6am-11 or 12noon if i remember correctly).

      the other option is to travel from vancouver to victoria via bc ferries services. then you have to drive or take a bus from the victoria ferry terminal into the downtown core of victoria. from there you can take a ferry to port angeles. for those prices you’d need to check out bc ferries sites and google ‘ferries from victoria to port angeles.’ i’m sure this info is fairly accessible.

      i’m happy to answer any other questions you have just let me know and thanks for the support 🙂

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 27, 2011 | Reply

      • hi, thank u so much for your reply. Im thinking of going to same way you did, cause taking two ferries and then renting a car in Port Angeles seems like a lot of hassle. renting a car in Vancouver is probably easier. Is there any trouble at the border if you are neither an American nor Canadian citizen?
        Also I wanted to ask you if you know if there are like Twilight tours in Vancouver that offer a 2day trip to Forks? So i could just go with a group?
        Thank you so much for your help!

        Comment by Lisa (@BigB2004) | September 30, 2011

  12. I love to pics of the trip to forks.. I am going this summer and can not wait to see the place for myself. I am in love with twilight.

    Comment by kathy almond | March 7, 2012 | Reply

  13. since u happen to live in vancouver, do you happen to kno the exact address of “jacob Black’s” house they used in the movie, im trying to find it but having no luck soo far, im going to be heading to forks, wa for 2 – 3 weeks in october of this year (2012) and if i can find it i might consider getting a passport and going into canada to get a look at the place myself, any info would be appricated thankyou much =) btw, im probally a bigger fan of twilight than u, and i happen to be a guy o0o

    Comment by Rob | March 27, 2012 | Reply

  14. 12.since u happen to live in vancouver, do you happen to kno the exact address of “jacob Black’s” house they used in the movie, im trying to find it but having no luck soo far, im going to be heading to forks, wa for 2 – 3 weeks in october of this year (2012) and if i can find it i might consider getting a passport and going into canada to get a look at the place myself, any info would be appricated thankyou much =) btw, im probally a bigger fan of twilight than u, and i happen to be a guy o0o

    Comment by Rob | March 27, 2012 | Reply

  15. nvm i found it =)

    Comment by Rob | March 27, 2012 | Reply

  16. gotta love google maps =)

    Comment by Rob | March 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Rob! Glad you found it… it can be a little tricky to find, Quarry rd. is a bit hidden to the side!

      Comment by twilightconnection | March 28, 2012 | Reply


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