California doesn’t lack places to immerse yourself in the world of “Star Wars,” so it’s no surprise that the stories from that galaxy far, far away are so popular in the state.
With Star Wars Day coming May 4, BetCalifornia.com, your source for California sports betting coverage, decided to look at the states most fanatic about the “Star Wars” franchise.
We utilized Google Trends to see the search volume in each of the U.S. states for the topic “Star Wars,” which covers all movies, shows and more of the franchise. For a solid sample size, we used searches over the past 5 years.
Most Star Wars Fanatic States
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California ranks sixth in the nation for being most fanatic about the franchise, with the San Diego and Los Angeles metro areas topping the state for the most searches.
Some of the recent additions to the “Star Wars” universe highlight those searches with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, the “Andor” series on the Disney Plus streaming service, the “Star Wars: Visions” animated series and Grogu, the little star of the “Mandalorian” series on Disney Plus.
If you live in or are planning to visit California, there are many places to get your “Star Wars” fix and Visit California lists 10 places in the Golden State.
You can be a Jedi pilot in Sacramento’s Aerospace Museum of California or Anaheim’s FlightDeck Flight Simulation Center. Some of the desert scenes in Episode IV were filmed at Dante’s View in Death Valley National Park. And you can look for Ewoks in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Those are just a few of the places on the list.
So, whether you are planning your trip to one of California’s amusement parks or just looking to meld your love for nature and “Star Wars” into one trip, the Sunshine State has you covered. May the force be with you.
Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.