Forks is a small city situated on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, close to Olympic National Park’s Pacific Ocean beaches and the Hoh River Rain Forest. It lies between Port Angeles and Aberdeen on Highway 101, and is the only major center of commerce between them.
The population was estimated at 3,120 in the 2000 United States Census. The city is named after the forks in the nearby rivers.
The city's economy was, for years, founded on the local timber industry, but with timber's recent decline, Forks has had to rely mainly on tourism. It is a popular destination for sport fishers, and for visitors to the National Park. The extraordinary success of the Twilight saga has brought in many more visitors, with a huge number of fans wanting to walk the streets described in the series.
La Push is a tiny community seven miles west of Forks, with a population of about 350 residents. It is known for its beautiful beaches, its surfing and whaling, as well as the Ocean Park Resort along James Beach. The name La Push derives from the French La Bouche, due to its location at the mouth of the River Quileute.
La Push is inhabited solely by the Quileute tribe, and it has been their home for thousands of years. The town, local resort and harbor are all managed by the Quileute tribe.
Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, with a population of 1.5 million people. It also has the hottest climate in the USA, being located in the Sonoran Desert.
The Olympic National Park is divided into coastline, rainforest and mountain regions. It was declared an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976, and received the title of World Heritage Site in 1981.
Port Angeles is a city in Clallam County, Washington US, with a population of 18,397. Due to its proximity to the Olympic Mountains, it gets less rain than the surrounding areas of Washington.
Seattle is the 15th largest city in the United States, with an estimated population of 3 million. It is the cultural and economic centre of the region, and is nicknamed the 'Emerald City'.
History of Seattle