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May the Fourth Be with You in Death Valley, California

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 19, 2023

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In a destination where many scenes from the Star Wars franchise were filmed, Death Valley, California, consistently draws family travelers to its desert landscape every year. And, with set-jetting growing in popularity, Death Valley expects to see even more visitors in the coming years.


Death Valley features many location sites where the 1977 Star Wars movie filmed. Throughout Death Valley National Park, visitors can pretend as if they are in the film themselves when heading to Dante’s View, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Desolations Canyon, Artist’s Drive and Golden Canyon.



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Beyond the region’s use in the popular film franchise, Death Valley is also a stargazer’s paradise. It’s one of the only gold tier-designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States. In Death Valley, you can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye!


The hardest part about enjoying every aspect of Death Valley is its location; the area sits two hours from Las Vegas and more than four hours from Los Angeles. The nearest town is at least an hour’s drive away. That’s where The Oasis at Death Valley comes to save the day.



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Travelers can stay at AAA Four-Diamond The Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley, both part of a recent multimillion-dollar renovation at the Oasis at Death Valley. The property’s proximity to many of Death Valley’s gems makes it the perfect family basecamp to explore the region. Even more? The properties feature massive swimming pools, gardens, horseback riding activities, many restaurants and more.


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