Tucked away towards the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula, the small town of Forks seems like an out-of-the-way place for your next Washington vacation. However, there's more to the town than meets the eye. From the natural beauty of the lakes, rivers, rainforest, and beach, to small-town sights for both curious visitors and fans of a certain book and film series set in the area, our vacation rentals in Forks offer plenty of nearby attractions worth your attention!
If you've heard of Forks before, odds are it's due in no small part to the world-renowned Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer's dark vampire romance is set in the town of Forks, and as such, the town has experienced a sizable bump in visitors ever since. For as little as $30, companies like Twilight Tours let you visit locations right from the series, like the treaty line between the werewolves and vampires, Dr. Cullen's house, and Forks High School - to name just a few. Of course, you'll be able to see several references to the series scattered throughout town, as local businesses and restaurants all get in on the fun.
If you're not a fan of the Twilight series, don't worry - there's still a lot for you to do aside from tours. Forks is dotted with several gift and art shops that make walking the street an absolute treat. The town also features several charming restaurants to try between walks near your vacation rental.
And don't forget about museums! The Timber Museum is cozy and quaint, letting visitors learn more about one of the town's main industries. The Rainforest Arts Center provides a fun spin on the usual small-town gallery, while John's Beachcombing Museum offers an eclectic experience that's utterly unique to Forks.
You don't have to go far from Forks to enjoy some natural wonders. The Calawah River, for example, runs just north of town. The rushing waters provide a gorgeous place for tubing while fishermen can enjoy one of Washington's premier locations for catching steelhead trout, which you can cook up for dinner in your rental kitchen. More freshwater fun awaits at Ozette Lake and Dickey Lake to the north!
Of course, no visit to the Forks area would be complete without taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Hoh Rainforest. Just 31 miles southeast, the towering trees and lush, mossy undergrowth are yours to explore on a variety of trails. Amateur and accomplished hikers alike can enjoy the national park, with quick, simple jaunts from the visitor's center to a 17-mile walk towards the shoulder of Mount Olympus.
One of the easiest recommendations for travelers staying in one of our lovely Forks vacation rentals is a quick visit to La Push. The tiny seaside town of just under 400 is only 15 miles away, and lets you enjoy the occasional small shop along with the rocky shores and lively tide pools of Rialto Beach.
Speaking of beaches, Second Beach lies just to the south, with smooth, sandy shores and mossy rocks lining the outskirts. The fittingly-named Third Beach, meanwhile, is surrounded by dense greenery, creating a lovely, isolated atmosphere with wave-tumbled pebbles and scattered driftwood. A drive south down 101 will bring you to beautiful Ruby Beach, where you'll find amazing photo opportunities.
If you're up for a longer day out, Port Angeles is 56 miles northeast, and offers a ferry landing to take you to far-flung destinations like the San Juan Islands and Victoria, BC!
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