Where to Get Your Star Wars Fix

13 Destinations Every 'Star Wars' Fan Should Visit

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Where to Get Your Star Wars Fix
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Disney's Hollywood Studios | Orlando, Florida

Disney's Hollywood Studios always has Star Wars events and attractions — maybe the strangest is the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, with sweets and even savories that allude to a galaxy far, far away — but on Aug. 29 opens its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an all-new land, with an interactive "Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run" ride that will be followed by a high-tech "Rise of the Resistance" show. Tickets aren't cheap at $93, but there are ways to save on a Disney vacation. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open on May 31 at Disneyland. 

Hotel Pelirocco
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Hotel Pelirocco | Brighton, England

This boutique hotel in Brighton, a seaside resort town, features themed guest rooms. One of the most popular is Lord Vader's Quarters, starting at about $103 a night (with free breakfast if you book directly through the website). Star Wars memorabilia adorns the walls, and a bunk bed makes it a fun option for a parent-child trip.

Yoda Fountain
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Yoda Fountain | San Francisco

In the Presidio, near the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, look for the Yoda fountain at the Letterman Digital Arts Center, home of Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Industrial Light Magic. The buildings are closed to the public, but visitors can wander the park outside. Reviews on Yelp report that it's possible to enter the lobby to view life-size statues of Darth Vader and Boba Fett and costumes and props from the films during weekday business hours.

Hotel Sidi Driss

Hotel Sidi Driss | Matmata, Tunisi

The original set for Luke Skywalker's childhood home on Tatooine, in Matmata, Tunisia, was turned into a hotel in 1995. The accommodations at Hotel Sidi Driss are basic and the facility earns mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. But many fans willing to travel to Tatooine/Tunisia are eager to spend the night anyway, and prices start at about $12.

Death Valley, CA

Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park is the backdrop for many scenes from the original "Star Wars" (aka "A New Hope") and "Return of the Jedi." Visitors can take the Golden Canyon Hike, about two miles long, and see if they recognize the scenery. Guides and maps of notable spots are available online, and entrance is $30 per vehicle.

National Cathedral

National Cathedral | Washington, D.C.

The National Cathedral may seem an unlikely destination for Star Wars enthusiasts, but for those who find themselves in Washington, D.C., it's worth a visit: A grotesque on the northwest tower has been sculpted to look like Darth Vader. Bring binoculars, because it can be hard to see with the naked eye.

Redwood Forest
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Redwood Forests, California

A walk through any redwood forest will remind aficionados of Endor, but sadly many of the locations in "Return of the Jedi" are no longer accessible to the public. You can enjoy two — both used for the speeder bike chase scene: Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park in northern California.

Villa del Balbianello

Villa Del Balbianello | Lenno, Italy

Sitting on the edge of Lake Como in northern Italy, the Villa del Balbianello is a picturesque destination. The villa appeared in "Attack of the Clones" during the lake retreat scenes (and made cameos in the James Bond film "Casino Royale"). Guided tours of the villa are available; admission to the gardens only is cheaper.

Star Wars Miniland, Legoland
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Legoland, California

Legoland in California has a year-round Star Wars Miniland, in which more than 1.5 million bricks are used to create seven scenes from the various movies. Tickets start at $95 for adults; be sure to buy online in advance to save a few bucks.

Star Wars Meetups

Local Star Wars Group Events

Check for Meetup and Facebook groups to connect with nearby Star Wars fans for events and activities year-round. Fans convene annually on Star Wars Day, May 4, a date chosen for the irresistible pun "May the Fourth be with you."

20130720 06 U S Cellular Field
20130720 06 U S Cellular Field by David Wilson (CC BY)

Star Wars Nights at Baseball Stadiums

Many Major League Baseball teams host Star Wars events annually. The Baltimore Orioles actually put theirs on May 4 (playing off that "May the Fourth be with you" theme), offering such themed merch as Trey Mancini Jedi knight bobbleheads and BB-8 beanies. The Seattle Mariners follow May 31; the Houston Astros' annual Star Wars Night on June 7 features fireworks; the Minnesota Twins hold their fifth annual Star Wars Night on June 26 with offers of an Obi-Wan Kepleroni bobblehead. 

Awesome Chewie
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Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Parade | New Orleans

Start planning a Mardi Gras trip. In New Orleans, krewes organize and put on parades or balls during Carnival season. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, named for Star Wars' fuzziest hero and known for pranks, publicity stunts, and drunken antics, holds annual Mardi Gras parades and associated events.

Star Wars Celebration
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Star Wars Celebration | Chicago

The Star Wars Celebration, an annual global convention, takes place in April every year in Chicago. Cast, crew, original costumes, exclusive merchandise, and hordes of Star Wars enthusiasts gather for the event. Tickets for the next Celebration typically go on sale in June.