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“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!

Pet friendly in Forks

December 1st, 2012 by Lissy Andros

We get many people traveling to Forks with their pets.  Although it’s mostly dogs, we have had visitors come to the Visitor Information Center with a car full of cats.  There are many people whose hobby includes horses too so we can’t forget about them.   I’m sure other various creatures accompany visitors on their travels, but I guess they stay in the car.

When you live in and travel to a place that is surrounded by the Olympic National Park you learn pretty quickly that dogs are not welcome on most of the trails.  There are exceptions of course.  From the Olympic National Park’s Pet Policy: To protect park wildlife, to provide for you and your pet’s safety and to help all visitors enjoy the park, please observe the following rules:

Halle swims the Bogie!

Halle swims the Bogie!

Pets are permitted (leashed only, maximum 6′ length) in park campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots; they are also allowed on the following trails and ocean beaches:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)
  • Peabody Creek Trail
  • All Kalaloch Beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Rialto Beach, 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek only (day use only)
  • Pets are prohibited on any other trails, beaches, in the park’s designated wilderness, in public buildings or in boats on park rivers.

But don’t get discouraged!  If you want to take your best friend with you, and want them to have as much fun as you, Forks is for you!

There are many pet friendly places that do welcome your dog (and cat I suppose).  There are local lodging establishments that welcome furry four legged guests.  I spoke to visitors this week that were traveling with their 5 huskies, came to town with no reservations and got right in at Quileute Oceanside Resort, no problem!  And First Beach in La Push is a popular destination for locals and visitors to take their pups for a romp on the beach.  There are stores in town like True Value, that make sure they are amply stocked with dog biscuits, right at nose height.  Twilight Tours by Team Forks will let you bring your pup along on a Twilight tour.  Let me guess – your dog is team Jacob?

If you want a short excursion while you are in town, check out Olympic Natural Resources Center located just south of the Visitor Information Center.  They have numerous trails and a scenic overlook of Forks.  Bear and cougar have been spotted, but not often.  The ‘Trail of Senses Interpretive Hike’ at the Elk Creek Conservation Area on Calawah Way is just minutes from downtown.  The Olympic National Forest is very pet friendly and invites you to walk your dog on their trails.  Mt. Muller boasts outstanding views of the Sol Duc Valley, Lake Crescent, and the Olympic Mountain Ranges.  It is also home to the Littleton Horse Camp and a wonderful 13 mile loop trail with an excellent equestrian campground.  The ONF also offers the Bogachiel Rainforest Trail, just south of Forks.  The trail can get a bit muddy during the rainy season, but is a great way to see the rainforest without going all the way to the Hoh.  Although keeping your dog on leash at all times is best (“lots of wildlife in them thar hills”), they trust you will use your best judgment.

Clallam County invites you to enjoy their parks – Quillayute River, Lake Pleasant, Pillar Point, Salt Creek and others.  They do require that you keep your dog on a leash (8 foot maximum.)

One business we could really use in Forks that we don’t have is a 24 hour dog wash.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

And of course, last but not least – please bring your baby into the Forks Visitor Information Center so we can meet them.  We are pet friendly in Forks!

Sad day in Olympic National Park

June 20th, 2011 by contributor

An incident in the Olympic National Park yesterday serves to remind us all that wild animals are, well wild. And while it is great to get close for a better picture we all need to take care when camping and hiking and coming in to contact with animals. It could be a matter of life and death for the person and the animal.elk

Hoh Baby

June 4th, 2011 by contributor

elk calfSpring time in the Hoh Rain Forest means new life. Not only the sprouting of native plants but the birth of a new generation of wildlife. Forks resident and National Park employee Patt Doyle, got to witness these events close up last week.

When a calf elk was born just off the back steps of the Visitors Center she was able to behold the wobbly baby taking its first steps, later during a walk she observed baby ducks and a mother deer with twins!

On her drive home a chance sighting of a bull elk, its antlers in velvet, and she gets paid for this?

The good news is, we can all enjoy the beauty of the Hoh Rain Forest, and its mosses, ferns, trees and even the baby boom.

The Hoh Rain Forest is located approximately 31 miles south of Forks off Highway 101 Phone: (360) 374-6925 for more information.
And, Thank You Patt for sharing your great photos!

elk velvet

Visiting the Olympic Peninsula

March 5th, 2011 by contributor

We encourage visitors to come to the Olympic Peninsula to visit Twilight sites in Forks or the many beautiful locations close by. Here on the peninsula the ecosystems are diverse. There are a variety of locations, many in Olympic National Park, from wilderness beaches, to lakes, rainforests, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, etc.. We recommend spending no fewer than three days to see much of what there is to see.

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