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See for yourself!

January 17th, 2013 by Marcia Bingham

 

James Island webcam

 

The webcams which the Forks Chamber sponsors feature, among other places, First Beach and James Island in La Push.  At this time of year particularly, the views are spectacular.   I invite the public to go to the home page of  www.forkswa.com (the Chamber’s website) and scroll down the lefthand side of the site to Webcams, and feast your eyes on the two La Push sites.  It just doesn’t get more beautiful than these two popular places.  The Quileute Tribe welcomes visitors, as does the Forks Chamber of Commerce, and a visual of the northwest coast is a treat available to all no matter where you are.   

“Hello from Chicago”

January 7th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

“Hello from Chicago! 

I just wanted to drop a line and tell you ALL (especially Marcia and Lissy!!!) a very big THANK YOU! My niece and I visited Forks for the first time in September of 2012 for the Stephenie Meyer Day Weekend and we had an absolutely amazing time! It was so wonderful that even now in January I am still trying to process it all.  

I am so grateful to have met your fabulous team and have gotten so much information before and during our trip.  We were able to see and do so many things that I am speechless.  It was only possible due to your assistance, the information you provided and the constant contact your office had with me each time I sent an email or called with a question.  I always received a quick and courteous response for which I am extremely grateful.  This was the first big trip I have ever planned for myself and it went so well!  My niece and I had such an amazing time that we did not want to leave!  Not only did we visit the Timber Museum, experienced West End Thunder, the Quileute Reservation and sat in on a drum circle, but we also took the Hall of Mosses hike in the Hoh Rain Forest, drove up to the Makah Territory, visited the Makah Museum and hiked up to Cape Flattery where we were able to take really great pictures.  We visited First Beach and Rialto Beach numerous times on our trip and even got pictures at “Hole In the Wall”! We also were able to get a Twilight/Forks tour from Randy who I absolutely fell in love with! He is so down to earth, funny and he really knows his stuff.  All in all I could not have had a better experience! 

I check the First Beach Webcam daily as well as the Forks and Quileute websites and dream of returning to the area that has stolen my heart!  Not only is the area picturesque but the people of Forks, Washington are so helpful, courteous, amazing and friendly.  It was nice to be able to travel to such a beautiful area with so many wonderful sites to see, hiking trails to explore and now new friends to keep in touch with.   Charlene and her team did an amazing job with the entire Stephenie Meyer Day Weekend Festivities.  I was really impressed and had so much fun.  It is truly an even that every TwiHard should experience at least once in their lifetime! 

I am glad to say that I am already looking forward to going back in September of this year (jumping in my seat with excitement right now!)!!! As soon as we landed and my hubby picked me up from the airport I hugged him and my four sons.  I looked at them and said “Can I go back next year?!” LOL! I hope to take some of my friends with me who are also moms, Twilight fans and can use a little get away.  The year after that I plan on taking the trip with my husband! Yes, when I find something I like I tend to stick to it! I am extremely loyal to the things/people that I love.  And I definitely LOVE Forks! I hope to one year see the town in its Winter Glory!!! Thank you so much for everything! All of the information that Lissy provided to me before the trip was extremely useful and we had everything planned out well ahead of time.  When we got there Marcia gave us some additional tips/info and we put that too good use too and tasted some excellent food because of her suggestion.  Everyone was so warm and welcoming and did not consider me or my niece nuts at all! LOL! 

I hope to keep in touch throughout the year and keep you all updated as to my return because you know I will be coming in to say Hello and take more pictures with you all! In the meantime please feel free to let me know if any of your team will be in the Chicago area as I would love to show you around my hometown! Thanks again…a million times thank you!!!! 

Kathryn R.

Chicago, Illinois”

This was a very nice letter we received from Kathy in Chicago.  She was a delight and we can’t wait for her to visit again!  And thank YOU for such an amazing letter!  Lissy  and Kathryn are pictured below (at the Forks Visitor Information Center).

Lissy and Kathy

“How do I get to Forks, Washington once I arrive at Sea-Tac?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington once I arrive at Sea-Tac?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to take advantage of the commuter flights and bus service.  I recommend flying into Sea-Tac as early as possible, preferably before noon.  This gives you time to catch the flight or bus and arrive in Port Angeles, and still get to Forks by early evening.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest.

If you fly Kenmore Air from Sea-Tac to Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles, this is what you can expect:

When you purchase your ticket, make sure that you let them know you will need the shuttle service (no additional charge) to Boeing Field.   After you get your baggage, you will depart from Door 00 on the bottom floor and it is very easy to find.  You will take the shuttle bus from Sea-Tac to Boeing Field where you will depart for Port Angeles.  On a clear day, there is a spectacular view of downtown Seattle, including the Space Needle.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car at the airport or take Clallam Transit* to Forks.  Private flights to Forks Municipal Airport are another option.

If you take the Dungeness Line bus service from Sea-Tac to downtown Port Angeles, this is what you can expect:

You will depart from Door 00, the route takes you over the Kingston/Edmonds Ferry, and since it is a bus service, they don’t make you wait in line.  You will get to enjoy a ferry ride and the beautiful countryside.  And if you are afraid of flying on small planes, this is a great choice.  The 12:50pm route usually arrives in Port Angeles at 4:35pm.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit to Forks.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  *The bus does not go to the airport unless you request it prior to your arrival.

Bella Italia, Dungeness Line and Kenmore Air are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at info@forkswa.com

Thanks and happy traveling!

Sunset Serenity

June 11th, 2010 by contributor

peterson_sunset_3Is there anything more beautiful than a sunset at Rialto Beach? If these pictures are an indication I think not. Forks resident Christi Peterson took these photos on a recent outing to this spectacular local treasure. With the forecast calling for some sun this weekend there may be an opportunity for you to capture your own.peterson_sunset