My beloved San Francisco is a perennial favorite of tourists: it’s always in the top 10 list of most visited American cities. I cross paths with a lot of tourists in my work as a guide at a historic home museum. They come from all over Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States, and they all love San Francisco, even when they visit places I wouldn’t recommend (I have a bias against Fisherman’s Wharf, but I have to admit I have a seafood phobia).
In my book, Once Bitten, the city is as much a character in the novel as any of the human (and not-so-human characters). I take the reader on a whirlwind tour of San Francisco, visiting at least seven different neighborhoods, a couple of historic sites, and lots of fantastic bars, restaurants and nightclubs. In the last three categories I renamed all the places, but they are all real venues, although some of them exist now only in my memory (and on the Internet).
Apparently the residents of Forks, Washington are getting a lot of tourist traffic based on the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer. It’s ironic that Stephenie had not visited Forks when she wrote Twilight, she simply Googled to find the place in America with the most rain and Forks came up. If that is true, then I assume that there are no real places that one can visit on a Twilight tour of Forks, one has to just go for the moody ambience. Not true for lovers of Eric Taylor, vampire hunk of Once Bitten!