Nestled between the small Oceanside city of Port Angeles and Aberdeen stands the logging community of Forks Washington.

Previously, tourism through Forks was geared toward the natural resources abundant in the area, and visitors came to camp, hike in the vast forested areas surrounding Forks, and fish the rivers and streams winding their way to the Pacific Ocean. At least that was the case until 2005 and the release of Twilight, the first in a series of four novels by Stephenie Meyer, set in Forks Washington. Striking a vibrant chord with young readers and old, the romantic and twisting story of Vampires, Werewolves and Bella Swan, the improbable girl caught in the middle, started drawing its first visitors to Forks shortly after the first printing of Twilight. Aiding the Twilight Saga fed tourism boost to Forks, was the recent release of the major motion picture “Twilight”, and the much anticipated release of the motion picture adaptation of the 2nd book in the series, “New Moon”, the flow of tourists and visitors to Forks has exploded to epic proportions over the past year.

Thanks to Stephenie Meyers’ vibrant description of Forks, La Push, Port Angeles and the rest of the Olympic Peninsula, fans of the love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen have been drawn to this logging community to witness for themselves the beauty, wonder and of course, the rain. Located just a few short miles from the Hoh Rainforest, Forks records one of the highest rainfall averages in the United States.

A visit to Forks will show fans how the small community has embraced the recognition of Forks in the mainstream due to the Twilight Saga. Visitors to this small town will find several merchants stocked with Twilight related items for the visiting Twi-Hards, including the only store dedicated to the Twilight Saga – Dazzled By Twilight [link to locations]. Hotels offer themed rooms to enhance the Twilight experience and restaurants offer custom menu selections to complete the full experience. Guided sightseeing tours are also available through the Dazzled By Twilight Tour Company to offer fans the most memorable Twilight experience possible.

Steeped deeply with tradition, La Push Washington is home to the Quileute Tribe, whose reservation surrounds the small town. Previously known for whale watching, surfing and spectacular fishing excursions, La Push has recently has hosted a new form of tourism with the Twilight fan base. The beaches that border La Push are visually stunning with views of sea stack outcroppings and the ever present James Island in the distance. The beaches, including First Beach, are rich with the wild nature of Pacific Northwest coastlines, where sand is replaced by rock and driftwood. La Push’s Oceanside Resort offers accommodations that are a perfect mix of lodge amenities and a brush with nature in their oceanfront cabins.

The Quileute Tribe’s 640 acre reservation lies at the mouth of the Quillayute River in La Push. Legend holds that Quileute Tribal members are decedents of wolves and their ancestry can be traced back to the ice age. Visitors to La Push are welcomed by this small community and an open invitation to the Wednesday night Drum Circle Potluck is extended to anyone wishing to experience and appreciate the tradition that is the Quileute Tribe. Bring a dish to share.

Twilight Saga fans will recognize the landmarks of La Push, such as the vast landscape of driftwood covered First Beach, where Bella first learned of the Quileute legends and the “Cold Ones” from Jacob Black. James Island stands in the distance and serves as a reminder of the cliff diving passages from “New Moon”. La Push is a must-see stop for any fan of the Twilight Saga, or for any fan of Native American Culture.