Twilight Road Trip: Visiting Forks and La Push


As reluctant as I am now to admit it, the Twilight Saga book series by Stephenie Meyer somewhat influenced our decision to relocate to the Pacific Northwest from the Midwest in 2015.

Scenes from the original 2008 Twilight movie featuring Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) showcasing the majestic beauty of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula left such an impression on me, I felt compelled to visit the cities of Forks and La Push as points of interest on a week-long adventure throughout the region this past May.

In the decade since Forks became known around the globe as the rainiest town in America, visitors have sought out the small town where angsty vampires and hormonal werewolves struggled to co-exist around their obsessive friendship with the sheriff’s daughter.

As you can see, I’m not alone in using the opportunity to travel under the guise of young adult fan fiction. This push pin visitor map in the Chamber of Commerce / Visitor Center is mind-boggling, right?

Not knowing exact demographics on the number of visitors or the impact on the local economy, I can only surmise the people of Forks have greatly benefited from Meyer’s choice of primary story location. In fact, you might expect the local tourism board to capitalize on this steady stream of national and international visitors.

Beyond Bella’s pickup truck (see the feature photo) and a small collection of magnets, bumper stickers, and t-shirts at the at the Chamber of Commerce and some branded gift shops running through the downtown business corridor, uber fans might be disappointed.

Start at the “official” Visiting Forks Twilight page and consider printing the point of interest map with key stops from the movie.

As an example, here’s the Swan house:

Swan House in Forks

And the Cullen house (interior shots maybe?):

Cullen House in Forks

And a wooden “treaty line” sign near the 110 turnoff to the coastal town of La Push:

Treaty Line

La Push doesn’t have much to do or see, but there are various hiking trails leading out to Second Beach (perhaps the highlight of the trip).

Downtown La Push

Overall, if you are making the mecca to Forks for the ultimate Twilight Saga experience, you will likely be disappointed.* If you are on a grand adventure through the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, by all means, stop and snap a few photographs and go on a few hikes to fully appreciate the natural splendor of the region.

Ready to plan your trip to Forks and La Push? This hotel search box will take you right to places to stay in Forks, Washington. Add YOUR push pin to the board and send us your pics!


About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.

1 Comment on "Twilight Road Trip: Visiting Forks and La Push"

  1. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for the article! The books are set in our town but the film makers went somewhere cheaper (Oregon) to make the movies. Fans are not disappointed when visiting Forks, with the exception of if it’s not raining. While you were here did you visit Forever Twilight in Forks Collection – our new gallery of actual props and costumes?

    Best regards,
    Lissy Andros
    Forks Chamber of Commerce

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