Road Trip to the Olympic Peninsula!
Years ago my sister and I did this trip and it is one of my best memories! We started off in Portland, Oregon and drove our way up! A lot of the trip was focused on visiting hot spots for Twilight fans, but there are a lot of other really cool things to do in the area, especially if you love the great outdoors! The Olympic Peninsula is home to the Olympic National Forest and Hoh Rain Forest which makes for some gorgeous scenery and a great drive!
How to get there:
What to do in Forks:
Your first stop in Forks should be the visitors center! Just be sure to keep your eye out for it because if you blink you will miss it! This is a great place to stretch your legs, take a restroom break and get some information about the area. Pick up maps of the hiking trails, dining info and information about other activities to do! You can also see the map of places people have visited Forks from and add your pin to where you are from! (There are also Twilight cut outs for photo opps, Edward themed bathroom decor and maps to the “Cullen” and “Swan” residents- if you’re into that sort of thing)
Just past town there is a turn off that takes you to the Indian reservation on the coast and La Push beach. Turn left and drive over to the coast- it’s a 15-20 minute drive and totally worth it! You can also see the “Treaty Line” marker.
But seriously, the coast is beautiful here and there are some really great hiking trails around this area and down to the cost through the rain forest.
Where to stay in the Olympic Peninsula:
What I recommend is staying at the cabins at the Sol Duc hot springs! The cabins were pretty nice and you get to go in the springs for free. They also have a spa and several restaurants. There are no TVs in the rooms though, so bring your laptop and some movies if you need something to do at night! (and you will, because it’s very remote and there is nothing else to do!)
What else should we do?
If we had stayed longer we would have been able to do some amazing hiking! If you’re into this sort of thing you should definitely get a map and information on it the visitors center. The weather here can vary and changes drastically, even in the summer, so just be sure you know what you’re doing if you head up into the mountains for camping or hiking!