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Port Angeles & Sequim Bed and Breakfast
A Waterfront Inn on Washington's Olympic Peninsula

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Day 2: Hoh Rain Forest and Forks

Take a leisurely and scenic drive to the Hoh Rain Forest – known for its lush canopy and mossy carpet. Tour the sleepy, misty town of Forks, made famous as the backdrop for Stephenie Meyer’s novel series Twilight. Top off the day beachcombing along the Olympic Peninsula's Pacific Ocean shore.

Recommended day trip:
Drive to Hoh Rain Forest (two hours from Sea Cliff Gardens)
Explore Forks (45 minutes from the Hoh Rain Forest)
Go beachcombing (20 minutes from Forks)

Drive to Hoh Rain Forest - two hours from Sea Cliff Gardens
Hoh Rain Forest
photo (CC) 2007 by Konrad Roeder

Reasons to go:

  • A temperate rain forest, largely unchanged over the past 5,000 years, created by twelve feet of rain per year
  • Nature trails, such as “Hall of Mosses” and “Spruce Nature Trail,” for hiking and biking
  • A large herd of Roosevelt elk, about 400 strong
  • Fifty miles of meandering Hoh River, where the adventurous go rafting and kayaking, and others quietly relax

Tour Forks - Less than 1 hour from Hoh Rain Forest
Bella's Truck at Forks
photo by Mike Gurling

Reasons to go:

  • To see the town where Bella and Edward, of the novel series Twilight fame, lived and loved
  • River fishing for salmon and steelhead

Go Beachcombing - 20 minutes from Forks
Rialto Beach
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • For Twilight fans, First Beach, strewn with driftwood and known for surfable waves, is where Bella Swan first flirted with Jacob Black. From February through April, pods of gray whales pass through on their migration to Alaskan waters. Easy road-side access.
  • Rialto Beach, strewn with driftwood logs and wave-polished rocks, offers spectacular views of sunsets, surf, and approaching winter storms. Reachable by car.
  • Second Beach, reached by a short .6 mile hike, is a photographer’s delight. Curious sea-stacks and tide pools, dazzling sunsets, and giant wave-tossed logs. “Take a deep breath. The beauty of this place just may leave you short of breath.”
  • Third Beach requires a 1.2-mile trek down a forested trail, but hikers are rewarded with a mile-wide sweep of sand, driftwood, sea stacks and tide pools.