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Travel to Forks, WA, Booms Because of Twilight

Buzz In: Where Do You Want to Travel Because of a Book?

There's been a serious tourism boom in a small town on the Washington State peninsula, Forks, because the popular young adult saga Twilight is set there. The "vampire tourism," as it's called, has given the "timber town where logging's decline left a graveyard of rusting timber mills and unemployment" a bit of a renaissance, thanks to the nearly 100 Twilight fans per day who come to see the real-life city where the spooky tale takes place. Tourists can pick up vampire-related souvenirs and even eat a "Bella Burger" at a local drive-in.

Although I'm not planning a trip to Forks anytime soon (though I've been camping in the Washington State rainforest and would highly recommend it), I have always had a funny urge to visit Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West. I've also heard about some folks putting together their own adventure abroad based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love. And does anyone else recall the fate that befell a group of Da Vinci Code fans at the hands of Adam Goldberg's character in 2 Days in Paris?

I'm curious: What places that you'd like to visit have you discovered through a book? Anyone headed to Forks?


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herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
Yeah, I've always wanted to go to New Orleans because of Anne Rice. Erm...I want to go back to Rome/Vatican because of Angels & Demons. And yes, Forks please xD
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I saw the monuments mention in Angels and Demons in Rome.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
CoralAmber - Carmel is beautiful, I've been there several times. It's less than an hour from my house.
yadiet yadiet 8 years
I would love to visit Forks. I just began to read New Moon, I read Twilight in 3 days! I become so hooked that I am able to invision everything in my head as the book plays out. Its great!!
DCStar DCStar 8 years
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I've been wanting to go to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca. ever since reading about it in Meg Cabot's Mediator series.
arienne arienne 8 years
I went to Scotland after reading Outlander by Diana Gabledon. It was an amazing trip! While we were there we visited (among many other places) a small town in Ireland where a romance novel I had read had been set, and the platform 9 and 3/4 at the train station in London.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have been to Hemingways house, its okay, lots of 6 toed cats. the anne rice new orleans thing? cheesy as all get out.
Lysa1237 Lysa1237 8 years
Yeah, after I read the Da vinci Code, I soooo wanted to go 2 europe and I did, in the end I didn't visit all the locations from the book (just the louvre) but I'm glad I needed that push to go, it was awesome, can't wait 2 go again.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
New Orlands- Ann Rice and New York- A Tree Grows in Brokland and Sex and the City.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
besamemucho - you should come to new orleans. it's great!
bluebird bluebird 8 years
A Tale of Two Cities made me want to visit Europe.
limelindsey limelindsey 8 years
I've been to Forks. The rainforest is beautiful but otherwise it's extremely boring. There is a large quantity of monkey puzzle trees, and a really good pizza place.....and that's really it. I haven't read Twilight, didn't realize it was in the PNW. I've always wanted to do a Jane Austen tour of England.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
jacrabbit84 - The Anne of Green Gables books made me want to visit Prince Edward Island too! My friend and I made a pact to go there many years ago. I think it would be so cool. I also wanted to see Platform 9 3/4 and other places in the Harry Potter books. Platform 9 3/4 IS REAL by the way - at least in a sense. Two of my friends recently went to London and sent me pictures of them posing with these carts half submerged in a wall like in the movie. I guess the train station set it up so it would be a photo spot for tourists.
iriegurl23 iriegurl23 8 years
After reading The Historian it really made me want to visit Eastern Europe. It is an amazing book that focuses on the historical events of the area (like The Da Vinci Code) while entangling fictional aspects as well. Beautifully written. And while I am not an enthusiast of the recent vampire phenom, for those of you who are, this book will interest you. Happy reading!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
After I read Lightning in the Sun, I wanted to travel to Cambodia.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm not into the vampire culture but i can say that i've seen a movie or read a book and have wanted to go somewhere. i'm all about finding the romanticism about places
Katiefrog Katiefrog 8 years
After reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil I have always wanted to go to Savannah, Georgia.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I've always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island because of the Anne of Green Gables books. Someday I'll go!
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
yeah i am not going to forks anytime soon. lol
verily verily 8 years
Stephen King makes me want to visit Maine. You know, when zombies, devil dogs, and evil cars aren't hanging there, that is...
jopperma jopperma 8 years
I'd love a Pride and Prejudice tour of the English countryside!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
lil, I'm glad you said that, because the HP books make me want to go to England too, even though most of the "sites" in that book are fictional. LOL
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I really want to visit platform 9 and 3/4 (Harry Potter, obviously) in London as well as Rome (The Da Vinci Code) and while visiting Middle Earth is out of the question, in the LOTR movies New Zealand looked just beautiful.
kgr3p18 kgr3p18 8 years
after reading mrs. dalloway i have always wanted to go to london and walk the path she does in the beginning of the book
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