Forks, a small lumber town on US 101, was little more than a speck on the Washington state map when Stephenie Meyer set her now famous vampire novel Twilight here in 2003. Meyer had never been to Forks when she created the ghoulish legacy with the first of what has become a series of insanely popular 'tweenage' books. Since that time, Forks has seen an outlandish rise in tourism, the bulk of the visitors being vampire fans who are more than a little surprised to see Forks as it really is – chillingly ordinary (and wet).
For those who haven't got a clue about Twilight (where have you been for the last 15 years?), Forks is actually a terrific spot to base yourself for forays into some of Olympic National Park's highlights: Hoh Rain Forest and the dramatic coastline around La Push.