Have you been feeling the Force lately? Well, if the daily grind is weighing heavily on your shoulders like an Imperial Death Star, then you need a break…to go visit some of these fantastic places of significance to the legendary sci-fi franchise. Even if you’re not a hardcore fan, these places can be a fun-filled stop to enjoy some of the classic moments from the movies. So what are you waiting for? Pack your lightsaber, hop on the Millennium Falcon, and embark on an adventure to a galaxy far, far away in a thrilling quest through these destinations for Star Wars fans!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland & Disney World

The hottest destination for Star Wars fans is the recently opened Galaxy’s Edge land at both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Orlando. Each of these destinations boasts two full-scale rides, restaurants, shops, and more. You can even order a Stars Wars-themed drink and build your own lightsaber! This completely immersive experience will make you feel as if you have stepped right into the Star Wars universe, more specifically in the brand-new planet Batuu. But remember, young padawan: you will need a valid theme park ticket to enter the Galaxy’s Edge at each park.

Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds London

 

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Your favorite Star Wars characters come to life at the Star Wars Experience at the famed Madame Tussauds Museum in London. The lifelike wax statues fill two floors. There are also 11 finished sets that transport you right into your favorite scenes from the franchise. Favorite experiences include Luke Skywalker going to battle against his nemesis Darth Vader on the Death Star or a set with Hans Solo in the Mos Eisely cantina. Be sure to also check out Jabba’s Throne Room, with its massive Jabba the Hutt creation and Princess Leia bound in shackles! The museum opened in 2015 to much fanfare and has been thrilling Star Wars aficionados since then.

Star Wars Celebration

Every year, Star Wars fans get together to celebrate every bit of the franchise…and no place shows that better than the official Star Wars Celebration! Rotating cities throughout the world almost every year, this massive sci-fi convention is a dream come true to any fan. The 2022 celebration is set for Anaheim, California, on August 18-21. This gathering brings together fans, cast members, creators, and everyone associated with the long history of Star Wars. But nothing compares the feeling of touring the exhibit floor to rub elbows and connect with those who are just as passionate about Star Wars as you. Cosplay is not only allowed, but encouraged!

Rancho Obi-Wan, Sonoma County, CA

 

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More than 400,000 collectibles call the Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit home. Located in Petaluma, about one hour north of San Francisco, this 9,000-square-foot museum is a must-see attraction for fans of the franchise. The museum’s owner, Steve Sansweet, spent nearly 40 years collecting these artifacts, making it the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world. While it will cost you between $25 and $100 to visit the Rancho, you will find it well worth the investment when you check out the extensive collection of memorabilia and other items that chronicle the history of the Star Wars fandom. Be sure to devote at least a few hours to it, because the Force is definitely strong in this place!

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Redwood National Park, California

Once you step into the magical world of Redwood National Park, you will see why it was the perfect location to film those awe-inspiring scenes in Return of the Jedi. You will half expect to see an Ewok emerge from the giant trees as you meander through the lush forest land used as the backdrop for the moon of Endor in the films. Redwood National Park is located an easy drive north of San Francisco. Do not miss out on visiting the Cheatham Grove area, distinguished as the location where the Steadicam shots were caught on tape!

Skellig Michael, Ireland

This stunning natural setting (which recreates the fictional planet Ahch-To) is where Luke Skywalker had been living after the fall of the Empire, as the ending of The Force Awakens showed us in 2015. Fans of the movie will instantly recognize this gorgeous island located off of the coast of Ireland. The ruins were used as props in the films, adding to the mystique of this legendary destination. Keep in mind that the island is only open from May through September and is accessible by a boat ride. The UNESCO heritage site is an amazing place to visit even if you’re not a fan of all things Star Wars because of its sheer beauty, so it’s definitely something to consider if you were thinking on booking cheap flights in May to the evergreen pastures of Ireland!

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