FORKS, Wash. — The “Twilight” tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating in Forks, an old logging town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula that’s won new fame as the setting for a teen vampire fantasy.
Marcia Bingham of the Forks Chamber of Commerce says more than 16,000 people passed through the town’s visitor center in July alone, doubling June’s number, and in one month nearly equaling 2008’s total of 18,485 people.
She notes that in the “old days” the Visitor Center focused mainly on teaching people about logging and coordinating tours of local natural resources. These days it’s all about vampires and werewolves. Logging tours have been cut back from three a week to one.
And the numerous visitors come armed with questions. Among them: Is it safe to go camping with the vampire problems in the area?