Visit the Real Forks, Home of ‘Twilight’!

Fri, 13/11/2009 - 02:15 | by touchedbytwilight

Talk about a Twi-hard’s dream vacation spot! Although Stephenie Meyer created Twilight totally from her own imagination, the town of Forks, where Bella and Edward live, meet and fall in love, is a very real, very lovely and friendly place. If you’re thinking of visiting Forks, check out OK!’s guide to the city, made with the help of the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

Forks is nestled right at one of the gateways to Olympia National Park, home to one of the only temperate rain forests in the world. The beauty of nature — whether it’s hiking through the forest on any of the 600 miles of trails, heading to a local fishing spot or checking out the Pacific beaches — is obvious to anyone surfing the city’s homepage at Potential visitors can also find places to stay, where to grab a bite or get the basics on their Twilight points of interest.

To really get the inside scoop of how to best enjoy Forks and all of its many charms, OK! had the pleasure of chatting with Mike Gurling, the manager of the Forks Visitor Center. He explains that before the movie even hit the big screen, the original Twilight books started the deluge of fans arriving in town.

“It all began really in July of 2006 when Stephenie Meyer came here and did a book reading and a book signing for New Moon. There were several hundred people that came that day,” recalls Gurling. “That was really the kickoff point, and it’s just been gradually building ever since that time.”

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