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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.

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Thanks and happy traveling!

A very wet March in Forks!

April 9th, 2011 by contributor

population sign webForks just experienced a very wet March! The total rain for the month was 21.04 inches. The average rainfall for Forks in March is 13.01 inches, so it was wetter than normal here in Forks.

Here are a few comments from certain days in March by Jerry King, local weather recorder: “1 inch of snow; damaging wind, hail and rain; hail and snow flurries, rain and windy; cloudy and showers; partly cloudy; windy and rain; thunder and heavy wind and rain; cloudy with light showers most of the day; cloudy with a few spits of rain; cloudy and rain all day; windy and heavy rain.”

Of course this March was not the wettest March on record. That happened in 1997 when 29.42 inches fell. So the next time you feel bad about rain where you live, just think about Forks that gets on average 120 inches (10 feet) each year. Currently for 2011 (January – March), Forks has had 52.96 inches.

It’s Still Winter in Forks!

February 16th, 2011 by contributor

It’s still Winter here in Forks as can be seen by these scenes the morning of Thursday, February 17, 2011.

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2010 Forks Rain!

January 5th, 2011 by contributor

Total rainfall in Forks for 2010 calendar year was above the normal average with 136.36 inches (11 1/2 feet)! This amount of rain is graphically shown on the front of the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center as seen in this photo. Now the red arrow will start all over again at ground level for 2011.

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I’m Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving?

November 22nd, 2010 by contributor

snowYikes, it is white out! Could we be in store for a white Thanksgiving? For the second day flakes are flying in Forks and around the rest of the Olympic Peninsula.

Stormy Weather

October 22nd, 2010 by contributor

first beach“The Sea Was Angry That Day, My Friends, like an Old Man Trying to send Back Soup in a Deli.” A la George Costanza, the sea is getting whipped up for a big storm this weekend. Lots of rain and wind are expected. For those heading to the ocean beaches take special care when in the driftwood. There is nothing more spectacular than the force of mother nature!

Danger in the Woods!

September 21st, 2010 by contributor


There is danger lurking in the woods! Not from vampires or werewolves but squirrels, Douglas Squirrels to be exact. They have begun their gathering of fir cones for the winter and for anyone that ventures into the forest anytime soon there may be a shower of cones awaiting. Squirrels are working dawn till dusk dropping their winter meals for later storage. So watch out if you enter the forest you may be entering a “Cone-struction Zone”!

You know it’s really hot when….

July 7th, 2010 by contributor

jonahYou know it’s really hot when a chunk of the Forks Outfitter’s parking lot sticks to your tire. I made a quick stop at Outfitter’s after work last night. As I left the parking lot I heard ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, what the heck was that? Stopping and looking at my front tire I found a strip of pavement stuck to it. After some pulling I got it free. With 90 degree temperatures predicted again for today, there may be nothing left of Outfitter’s parking lot by the end of the day! A trip to the ocean, where temperatures should be a little cooler, may be in order.

Coastal Wildflowers

May 31st, 2010 by contributor


Although the weather may not feel like it spring will soon turn in to summer, sometimes it is hard to see the difference, but a sure sign that the season is changing is when the coastal wildflowers come in to bloom. The Fairy Lantern graces the coastal woodlands of the Olympic Peninsula. The cream colored flowers resemble small lanterns that appear to be threaded through the edge of each leaf. One can just about imagine the wee folk dancing about under the lighted blooms.

Doppler Radar Funded

December 20th, 2009 by contributor

doppler_radarWe’re about to get the same weather technology here on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula that just about everybody else takes for granted–Doppler radar! This is a big deal for mariners and outdoorsmen, who rely on accurate weather information for their survival. Up until now, the Olympic Mountains basically blocked the radar from Seattle, making it difficult to forecast our coastal weather.

According to this press release from Senator Maria Cantwell, our state has received full funding ($7 million on top of $2 million previously received) for this long-awaited project. The funding is part of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law by President Obama last week. The new radar system will be able to track storms over 100 miles off our coast, which should greatly improve the National Weather Service’s ability to forecast weather coming in off of the ocean. It sounds like the plan is to build it in Grays Harbor County and have it up and running by 2012. This is a major step forward in the areas of public safety and accurate weather forecasting in our area. Thanks to Senator Cantwell and everyone else who helped to make it happen.