Oasis near Matmata, Sahara Desert, Tunisia.
Oasis near Matmata, Sahara Desert, Tunisia.  Dea / G. Barone—De Agostini/Getty Images

Star Wars Planets and Places You Can Actually Visit

Birds on Skellig Michael island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming, July 28, 2014 in Skellig island, Ireland.
Birds on Skellig Michael island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming, July 28, 2014 in Skellig island, Ireland. Charles McQuillan—GC Images/Getty Images

Skellig Michael, Ireland

The force awakened on Skellig Michael, the teeny-tiny island off the coast of Ireland where part of Episode VII was shot here in 2014. From the water, the island looks like a mountain gutting out of the Atlantic, with a spiraling staircase trailing down from the top.

The Temple I, Tikal (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979), Guatemala. Mayan Civilization, 8th-9th century.
The Temple I, Tikal (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979), Guatemala. Mayan Civilization, 8th-9th century. Dea / A Vergani—De Agostini/Getty Images

Tikal, Guatemala

Star Wars is all about the future, but in Episode IV, A New Hope, ancient Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala, were used —as a landing site for Han Solo's spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon.

A picture taken on May 2, 2014 shows, amidst desert sand, a film set where numerous Star Wars scenes were filmed in Ong Jmel, in southern Tunisia.
A picture taken on May 2, 2014 shows, amidst desert sand, a film set where numerous Star Wars scenes were filmed in Ong Jmel, in southern Tunisia. Fethi Belaid— AFP/Getty Images

La Grande Dune, Nefta, Tunisia

Nefta's sparse, sandy desert in the African nation of Tunisia was used for multiple scenes in the Star Wars saga, as the Dune Sea and the Krayt Dragon Ridge. Nearby is the Chott el Djerid, a dry salt lake whose salt flats were used to shoot the exterior shots of the Lars family home.

Ko Tapu rock of James Bond Island in Phang Nga National Park on January 09, 2015 in Ao Phang Nga National Park, Thailand.
Ko Tapu rock of James Bond Island in Phang Nga National Park on January 09, 2015 in Ao Phang Nga National Park, Thailand. Isa Foltin—Getty Images

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

The eerily beautiful Phang Nga Bay in Southern Thailand served as the Wookiee homeland of Kashyyk in Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. The lush greens and endless blue water make a perfect setting for a planet that only sees one season.

Norway. Svalbard Islands. Spitsbergen Island. Glacier.
Norway. Svalbard Islands. Spitsbergen Island. Glacier.AGF/UIG via Getty Images

Hardangerjokulen Glacier & Finse, Norway

Where better to re-create a remote, ice-covered planet than Scandinavia? Finse, Norway, was an obvious choice to serve as the snowy Hoth, the onetime HQ of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Echo Base, in Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back.

The Grand staircase, architect Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773), Royal Palace of Caserta (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1997), Campania. Italy, 18th century.
The Grand staircase, architect Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773), Royal Palace of Caserta (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1997), Campania. Italy, 18th century.Dea / Archivo J. Lange—De Agostini/Getty Images

Caserta, Italy

The historical Palace of Caserta, originally built for the Bourbon kings of Naples, is the largest royal residence in the entire world – so it was appropriate for it to act as the interior for the Royal Palace of Naboo, the one-time home to Queen Amidala, in Episode I, The Phantom Menace.

View at the waterfront of Lenno at Lake Como.
View at the waterfront of Lenno at Lake Como. Olaf Protze—LightRocket via Getty Images

Lake Como, Italy

Perhaps you can find some seriously great pasta on Naboo – Italy's stood in for the planet in Episode II, Attack of the Clones, and Lake Como was featured as the island of Varykino, a retreat house for Padme's family, the Naberries.

Belgium, Flanders, West Flanders, Brugge, Sunbeam lighting a patch of underbrush in forest
Belgium, Flanders, West Flanders, Brugge, Sunbeam lighting a patch of underbrush in forestMathijsDelva—Getty Images/RooM RF

Whippendell Wood, Watford, UK

Viewers saw Whippendell Wood, located outside Watford, England, as the Sacred Forest on Naboo where Jar Jar Binks meets Obi-Wan Kenobi in Phantom Menace.

Old-growth coast redwood forest, Sequoia sempervirens, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA
Old-growth coast redwood forest, Sequoia sempervirens, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USAWild Horizon—UIG via Getty Images

Redwood National and State Parks, California

California's famous Redwood National and State Parks served as the setting for Endor, a forest-covered moon that is the native home of the Ewoks in Episode VI, Return of the Jedi.

A section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on May 24, 2014 between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California.
A section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on May 24, 2014 between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. Charles Ommanney—Getty Images

Yuma Desert, USA

Scenes at the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, made famous as the site of Jabba the Hutt's execution in Return of the Jedi, were shot at the Yuma Desert, which spreads throughout southern Arizona and California as well as Mexico.

Badland formations, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America.
Badland formations, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America. Dea / C. Dani I. Jeske—De Agostini/Getty Images

Death Valley, California

On the eastern edge of California is Death Valley, which gets its name for its hot and dry climate – the most severe of its kind in America. It featured prominently in A New Hope (where Obi-Wan meets Luke) as well as Return of the Jedi (where C-3PO and R2-D2 make their way to Jabba's palace).

Oasis near Matmata, Sahara Desert, Tunisia.
Oasis near Matmata, Sahara Desert, Tunisia. Dea / G. Barone—De Agostini/Getty Images

Matmata, Tunisia

The small Tunisian city of Matmata is seen in A New Hope as the Tatooine home of Luke Skywalker, and again in Attack of the Clones. And get this: You can actually stay at Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen's house while visiting! In real life, it's the Hotel Sidi Driss.

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