By Jessica Nunes

The first activity in our COVID-19 activities series is located at the top corner of the Pacific Northwest; specifically, Forks, Wash. Surrounded by the Olympic National Park and only 14 miles from the ocean, you will find many restaurants, shops and historical sites throughout the little town, and lots of things to do around the area, including hiking, shopping and exploring.

If you are a Twilight fan, stop by the visitor information center, where you can get a detailed map of the areas that inspired the book and even see Bella’s car.

La Push Beach is currently closed, but you can still visit Rialto Beach or Third Beach, which are great areas to catch some waves or hang out with friends.

The Hoh Rain Forest is among one of the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northwest. The visitor center is located nineteen miles inland from Hwy. 101, and from there, you can explore many different trails, including The Hoh River Trail (17.3 mi.), The Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 mi.) and The Spruce Nature Trail (1.4 mi.).

Lake Crescent is a glacier lake that offers many amenities, including boating, swimming, kayaking and fishing. The lake is also surrounded by many hiking trails and turn-offs along the highway. Additionally, waterfalls in the surrounding area include Marymere Falls and Sol Duc Falls, both offering astounding, picturesque views.

On the way to Forks, there are many little seaside towns you can stop by and visit, including Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Port Ludlow.

All in all, Forks is a place where you can just unwind with family and friends and be surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Go check it out! You won’t be disappointed.