For the Dazzled By Twilight tour you meet at the tour headquarters and are picked up in a small black bus by two friendly people: your driver and tour guide. They play funny music to entertain you on the drive to each location as well as songs from both movie soundtracks. There is trivia and fun facts along the way.
Yes for $40 a ticket you could use the internet to somewhat quickly map out your own route to each location and save a lot of money. I think the tour is worth every penny though. By paying the $40 you no longer have to do any type of research on where the locations from the book are(don't forget nothing is filmed in Forks so you're seeing locations from the book not the movie), spend additional gas money, or really do any sort of thinking or planning. You just sit in a comfortable bus with your hyper and friendly tour guide entertaining you and helping you with photo ops as needed.
I didn't feel rushed on the tour at all and was never car sick(which i often am as a passenger) in the bus. You cover all the important locations such as Bella's home, the hospital, the police station, jacob's house, the welcome to forks sign, the highschool and other places of interest along with getting a whole lot of Forks local history.
The highlights of the tour are probably Jacob Black's house which most closely resembles the image you see in your head as you read the book as well the house used in the film. After visiting this house you're taken not to La Push Beach but to Rialto Beach. I'm not sure why the tour doesn't take you to La Push(it's a little bit further than Rialto) but Rialto is honestly just as great. Rialto Beach is breathtaking. You've got tall woods up a hill behind you and rough blue & white waves crashing on the pebbly beach in front of you not to mention tons of driftwood and gigantic evergreens washed a shore. It's really cool.
During the tour you stop at the Three Rivers Resort, near Jacob's house & Rilato Beach, for whatever snack and beverage you chose when you signed up for the tour. I did a cinnemon bun and hot chocolate and it totally hit he spot, the cinnemon bun was huge!(and warmed up). I loved the little resort and found it to be cozy and inviting.
After the tour was over my friend and I ended up driving back towards Rialto Beach but decided to head, on our own, to La Push. It was super simple to get there and looked similar to the images, again in the book and even somehwhat in the film, to what you'd imagined. There was even surfers out in the water, some kids on motor bikes and a bald eagle flew by us on the beach.
All in all the tour is engaging and lively and a heck of a lot easier than trying to set out on your own to find these locations. I would recommend anybody do the tour. I know there are two tours in town and I was so happy with the Dazzled By Twilight tour(as was my friend who is a diehard fan) I wouldn't even bother trying the other tour out.
The Twilight store was decorated amazingly with grass, a gezebo, trees, and a whole woodsy twilight feel everywhere you look. Once you step into the store you step into a whole nother world. Some of the clothes were double or triple the price of t-shirts identicle to those at Hot Topic or online elsewhere but there are still merch I've not seen elsewhere if you look. Plus I think it's just fun to get it, reguardless of price, in the store.
My friend and I did not realize we were to show up for the tour 15 minutes early and realized this reading our tickets at 10 minutes to walking out of our hotel. We quickly hoofed it to tour pick up area and went inside the store (there is one store for shopping before & after tours and another down the street thats open daily for anybody and that is the super decorated version). We were greeted by a less than friendly employee who passive agressively pointed out we were late. I thought she was rude and inconsiderate. Yes the instructions point out to arrive 15 minutes prior to the store start time but we were still there before it began (8am) and were the only two people on that early morning tour. Without us they'd be out $80. Maybe the tour wasn't worth the money and they did it anyway which I completely appreciate but the women behind the counter should learn manners and how to treat people with respect. She does not know customer service. After returning home from the weeklong trip in Washingtong & Oregon I found out this employee had called our homes alerting us that we were late for the tour(when we were on our way walking the morning of). She actually spoke with my friend's sister who said she was really rude and made a comment about hating it when people put their home phone numbers down for their reservations rather than a cell phone). I didn't even have a cell phone when I bought the tickets...
Also the "cullen house" is very un-cullen-esque. It's probably the worst spot on the tour. It's basically a very floraly bed & breakfast that looks suitable for much much older retired couples(i'm thinking 70 years of age + here) that voluntered to be the Cullen House. It does not resemble the home from the book or the movie in any way shape or form and it's quite hard to even imagine the Cullen's stepping foot inside this place. I'm sure it's lovely to the people who run it and guests who stay there but it was very inappropriate for the Cullen House on the tour. I wouldn't waste time getting out and looking in the windows or stepping in the porch cause there is nothin' to see there.
Anyway overall great fun tour...if you can manage to get up early go for the 8am tour. It's less crowded and really beautiful outside. Travis the tour guide was awesome and we can't say enough about his great attitude as well as the drive who's name escapes me.
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