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    How to holiday like a Jedi in the USA

    26 December 2019

    It’s well known that Star Wars fans will do anything to show their love for the Jedi  and, with the release of The Rise of Skywalker, what better way to declare your dedication to the cause than a tour of the key locations used in the films? According to travel experts eshores , who have designed a package holiday for die hard Star Wars fans, there are three sites that should be at the top of list for all aficionados:

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Las Vegas appears in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

    As Seen In:

    Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

    Episode IV: A New Hope

    The first stop on your galactic tour has to be Sin City. The city of Las Vegas is a great stop to take in a show or try your hand at gambling in one of the world-famous casinos, but there’s also plenty on offer for Star Wars fans. Before heading out to one of the filming locations, head to the Venetian and enjoy the Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience: Secrets of the Empire.

    To get a taste of a real-life Star Wars set, you’ll need to jump in an X-wing and head out into the Death Valley National Park. The desolate, almost moon-like surface of Death Valley made it the perfect setting for the desert planet of Tatooine. Whilst in Death Valley you’ll feel like you’ve been transported onto the home planet of both Luke and Anakin Skywalker, as used in A New Hope. In the same film, it’s also used for the canyon where R2D2 was captured by the Jawas. This Desert landscape also appeared in Return of the Jedi as the setting for Jabba the Hutt’s Palace.

    Los Angeles, California

    Los Angeles, California

    As Seen In:

    Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

    Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

    Tinseltown forms the next stop on this tour, and where better to wrap things up than the home of Hollywood cinema? You’ll be able to take a quick stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the names of Star Wars legends such as Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).

    To the south of Los Angeles lie the Imperial Sand Dunes, used in Return of the Jedi as the place where Luke Skywalker attempted to free his friends from Jabba the Hutt. The main action is found in the City of Angels, where you can enjoy the sunshine and beaches, whilst soaking up everything the home of cinema has to offer. The world premiere of the latest film in the franchise, The Rise of Skywalker, has its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 16th, 2019. Some scenes from the movie were also shot in the city.

    Imperial sand dunes, LA

    San Francisco, California

    Roads near the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio, San Francisco, California, USA

    Roads near the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio, San Francisco, California, USA

    As Seen In:

    Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

    The final location on our list lands you in California’s San Francisco. It may be best known to many for the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Penitentiary, but it’s also played a key role in many of the Star Wars films. The home of Star Wars and the holy grail for many fans, Lucasfilm, is in the Presidio National Park. Fans flock to the gates to take in the iconic Yoda fountain and see the true home of Star Wars.

    Across the bay in Muir Woods, you can walk amongst the giant redwood trees that inspired the setting for Endor the native forest home of the adorable but deadly Ewoks, in Return of the Jedi. A six-hour drive up the coast and you’ll find the Redwood National and State Parks, which were used as the final filming location.

    Gavin Lapidus, co-founder of eShores, says about the holiday package “This new offer is a great way for customers to take in three iconic US cities with a unique twist for Star Wars fans”

    “Travellers can explore the different cultures and settings of the diverse locations and fulfil their dream of visiting a galaxy far, far away. But without the threat of the Empire looming over them”.

    Plan a trip

    eShores offer a unique Star Wars experience for nine nights, starting from £965. Head to their website to find out more and request a quote.