Boldly Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of 'Star Trek' With These Experiences
PHOTO: Valley of Fire State Park, the location of Captain Kirk's death. (photo courtesy of Nevada State Parks)
Yep, "Star Trek" is 50 years old — that's a half-century of the Enterprise, Tribbles, transporters and the Kirk/Spock bromance. And there are plenty of ways to follow in the footsteps of this iconic sci-fi franchise.
Trekkies who've already found themselves transported to the birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, can come full circle this summer by taking a tour at his final resting place. Geek Nation Tours will be leading a one day road trip from Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire State Park this August.
Located 50 miles north of Vegas, Nevada's first state park is a popular draw for tourists looking to get out of the city. Its otherworldly red rocks and petrified trees also made it the perfect location for the climatic end of “Star Trek: Generations,” when William Shatner's James T. Kirk was killed. The tour will be led by “Star Trek” guru Larry Nemecek, author of “Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion” and “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography,” who will lead fans to some of the movie's props that are still out there in the desert.
“Star Trek” makeup designer Michael Westmore, who was on location in the Valley of Fire when Kirk's death scene was filmed, will also be on hand to share his behind-the-scenes insights.
The tour is set for Tuesday, August 2nd, to coincide with Creation Entertainment's 15th Annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. This year's event has been supersized to five full days — taking place from Wednesday, August 3 to Sunday, August 7 — to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary franchise. The annual convention is the biggest “Trek”-themed event to hit Las Vegas since Star Trek: The Experience, which was the must-see attraction for true fans in the aughts.
This year, the Rio Suites Hotel will be jam-packed with more than 100 “Star Trek” celebrities, merchandise, artwork and, of course, hundreds of Trekkies who are ready to mingle. According to Adam Malin, Co-CEO of Creation Entertainment, the “Star Trek” Convention is "the ultimate space where like-minded folks can meet the franchise stars, argue trivia, look at the scientific and philosophical pop culture impact of the brand and of course make friendships that have lasted generations.”
It's not too late to get tickets to the convention, many are still available through an online auction.
In addition to the Valley of Fire trip and the convention, Geek Nation Tours is offering an epic fifteen- day tour Exploring Trek Sites in San Francisco, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Also guided by Larry Nemecek, the already sold out expedition will bring fans to some of the movies and TV shows' most famous filming locations in California before culminating at the “Trek” convention. Fans who missed out need to add this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to their Trekkie bucket list!
There are only 20 spots left for the Valley of Fire Tour so this one is sure to sell out, too. The tour is $280 with taxes and fees. Pick up and drop off at Rio Suites is included. Tickets can be purchased now at geeknationtours.com. With so many ways for “Star Trek” fans to celebrate this year's momentous anniversary, it would be hard not to boldly go where they can find a few fellow Trekkies.
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