Parents and children flock happily to the US National Parks every summer for family vacations. But what about that cranky, out-of-sorts teenager? Adolescents can be real downers during a family vacation, what with texting, eye rolls, and “I just wanna be with my friends.” That’s why families with teens should strongly consider Olympic National Park. This is where the Twilight book and movie series takes place, after all – Forks is right in the National Park. In fact, several Twilight locations are specifically designated as such now, such as Edward Cullen’s and Bella Swan’s houses.
Dazzled by Twilight is a store and tour bus operated by Annette Root, and she’s as passionate a Twilight fan as they come (Team Edward, I believe, but I’m not sure). She hired a fantastic Twilight guide, Travis, to show my group around. Yes, the group was all women – coincidence? I think not. Twilight fans skew strongly female. Check out the video below: Since the Dazzled by Twilight Tour is sure to be every teenager’s highlight of an Olympic National Park family vacation, I don’t give too much away.
Twilight may be why your surly teenager suddenly wants to visit Olympic National Park, but Forks is not only the setting for the incredibly popular vampire romance series. A true story, passed down orally throughout the years, was retold by my group’s travel guide in the Forks Timber Museum – yes, a dose of reality for the family may just cure that sense of being overpowered by vampire lore. For someone like me, that’s just what the doctor ordered.