Hotspot Of The Week Forks, Wash.

December 14, 2008|By Carla Correa

If you dislike gloomy, rainy days, a visit to Forks, Wash., and the Olympic Peninsula probably isn't for you. But if you're a fan of the recent movie Twilight or Stephenie Meyer's series of books, and you're dying (not literally, of course) to see the stomping grounds of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, put on a poncho, grab your galoshes and join the thousands of fellow "Twilighters" who have flocked to Forks in recent months.

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Tour the town: Mike Gurling at the Forks Chamber of Commerce told the Associated Press that tours of Forks' high school, police station and other Twilight sites are booked through next month, but he may add more. However, if you want to see the sites actually in the movie, you'll have to drive south to Portland, Ore., where it was filmed.

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Log time at the timber museum : Stop by the Forks Timber Museum and the Forks Loggers Memorial. Built in 1990 by Forks High School's carpentry class, the museum expounds on the history of logging and the tools of the trade. The memorial, near the museum, honors workers who dedicated their lives to the timber industry.

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Leave for LaPush : The Quileute Indian village of LaPush, home to the novels' Jacob Black, and its beaches lie about 15 miles west of Forks. The beach is popular among surfers and nature-lovers. And, yes, according to legend, the Quileute tribe descends from wolves.

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Walk in the wilderness : Trails run through nearby Olympic National Park, which encompasses more than 922,000 acres of temperate rain forest, beaches and mountains - ideal places for vampires to hunt and hide. Twilighters can camp or stay at Kalaloch Lodge, which is offering a two-night "Twilight Package" starting at $349. It includes a map of the novels' settings, dinner for two with a Twilight dessert and more.

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Head to Port Angeles : The city where Bella and her girlfriends go dress shopping is about an hour's drive away on scenic U.S. 101. Spend a day downtown visiting shops and art galleries.

More information: forkswa.com

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