Incredible Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

by Teresa Bitler and Christine Dayao

Incredible Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

by Teresa Bitler and Christine Dayao

The Skywalker saga that played out in the nine Star Wars films over the last four decades is full of computer-generated graphics, but that doesn't mean Force fans can't visit the settings of these blockbuster movies. From California to Croatia, here are our favorite real-life locations where a number of iconic scenes were shot.

The Skywalker saga that played out in the nine Star Wars films over the last four decades is full of computer-generated graphics, but that doesn't mean Force fans can't visit the settings of these blockbuster movies. From California to Croatia, here are our favorite real-life locations where a number of iconic scenes were shot.

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Italy's Lake Como / iStock / Maria Korneeva
Guatemala's Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal serve as Rebel base Yavin 4 in “A New Hope.” In lieu of watching the Millennium Falcon land, climb to the Rebel soldier’s vantage point on Temple IV. From there, enjoy the familiar view of Temples I, II, and III.

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The ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal serve as Rebel base Yavin 4 in “A New Hope.” In lieu of watching the Millennium Falcon land, climb to the Rebel soldier’s vantage point on Temple IV. From there, enjoy the familiar view of Temples I, II, and III.

Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como
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Lake Como, Italy

You don’t have to book passage on a starship to visit Padmé Amidala’s home planet of Naboo; you just need to buy a plane ticket to picturesque Lake Como. It’s here that Anakin Skywalker and Padmé share their first kiss and eventually marry in a secret ceremony. Many of the locations are private – Villa del Balbianello is a real-life wedding venue – but you can tour with a guide who was present during filming of “Attack of the Clones.”

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You don’t have to book passage on a starship to visit Padmé Amidala’s home planet of Naboo; you just need to buy a plane ticket to picturesque Lake Como. It’s here that Anakin Skywalker and Padmé share their first kiss and eventually marry in a secret ceremony. Many of the locations are private – Villa del Balbianello is a real-life wedding venue – but you can tour with a guide who was present during filming of “Attack of the Clones.”

 

Palace of Caserta in Italy
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Palace of Caserta, Italy

The Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy, once home to the Bourbon kings of Naples, doubles as the Naboo Royal Palace in “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” You can tour the historical apartments and gardens for €12 ($13-$14).

The Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy, once home to the Bourbon kings of Naples, doubles as the Naboo Royal Palace in “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” You can tour the historical apartments and gardens for €12 ($13-$14).

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park, California

You can find some of Tatooine a little closer to home than the North African desert. Several of the dusty landscapes were filmed in Death Valley National Park. The sand dunes just past Stovepipe Wells are the ones R2-D2 crosses after parting ways with C-3PO in “A New Hope,” and he eventually enters a small canyon at Artist's Palette. In “Return of the Jedi,” the droids make their way to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the park’s one-way, dirt road through Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

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You can find some of Tatooine a little closer to home than the North African desert. Several of the dusty landscapes were filmed in Death Valley National Park. The sand dunes just past Stovepipe Wells are the ones R2-D2 crosses after parting ways with C-3PO in “A New Hope,” and he eventually enters a small canyon at Artist's Palette. In “Return of the Jedi,” the droids make their way to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the park’s one-way, dirt road through Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Redwood National Park in California
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Redwood National and State Parks, California

The world’s tallest trees became the Forest Moon of Endor in “Return of the Jedi.” Although there’s some debate on the exact locations where scenes were filmed within Redwood National and State Parks (or if they were actually filmed on park land at all), you’ll recognize the landscape. It isn’t hard to image an Ewok rustling in the underbrush or a speeder bike dodging mammoth tree trunks here.

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The world’s tallest trees became the Forest Moon of Endor in “Return of the Jedi.” Although there’s some debate on the exact locations where scenes were filmed within Redwood National and State Parks (or if they were actually filmed on park land at all), you’ll recognize the landscape. It isn’t hard to image an Ewok rustling in the underbrush or a speeder bike dodging mammoth tree trunks here.

 

Puzzlewood, England
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Puzzlewood, United Kingdom

This mystical place of ancient trees, moss-covered rocks, secret caves, and eerie maze of paths and passages appears in “The Force Awakens.” If it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen it on screen before. Puzzlewood has appeared in “Dr. Who,” the movie “Jack the Giant Slayer,” and several BBC programs, including “Merlin.”

This mystical place of ancient trees, moss-covered rocks, secret caves, and eerie maze of paths and passages appears in “The Force Awakens.” If it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen it on screen before. Puzzlewood has appeared in “Dr. Who,” the movie “Jack the Giant Slayer,” and several BBC programs, including “Merlin.”

Hardangerjokulen, Norway
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Hardangerjokulen, Norway

One of the largest glaciers in Norway, Hardangerjokulen doubles as the ice planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Scenes were shot about four miles from Finse 1222 Hotel, where crew stayed during filming.
 
 

One of the largest glaciers in Norway, Hardangerjokulen doubles as the ice planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Scenes were shot about four miles from Finse 1222 Hotel, where crew stayed during filming.
 
 

Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city facing the Adriatic Sea serves as the backdrop of Canto Bight, the casino city seen in "The Last Jedi." It's here where Finn, Rose, and BB-8 try to locate a master codebreaker who can disable the First Order’s hyperspace tracker weapon.

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The city facing the Adriatic Sea serves as the backdrop of Canto Bight, the casino city seen in "The Last Jedi." It's here where Finn, Rose, and BB-8 try to locate a master codebreaker who can disable the First Order’s hyperspace tracker weapon.

Skellig Michael in Ireland
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Skellig Michael, Ireland

Fans first got a glimpse of the crag at the very end of "The Force Awakens" when Rey goes off to find the recluse Luke Skywalker. The destination played a major role as the island of Ahch-To in "The Last Jedi," serving as the training ground for Rey and the legendary Jedi Master. To visit, you must book a tour (departures are for between May and October) – just note that the 150-minute experience doesn't actually take guests to the island, but around the main island and its smaller surrounding ones. 

Fans first got a glimpse of the crag at the very end of "The Force Awakens" when Rey goes off to find the recluse Luke Skywalker. The destination played a major role as the island of Ahch-To in "The Last Jedi," serving as the training ground for Rey and the legendary Jedi Master. To visit, you must book a tour (departures are for between May and October) – just note that the 150-minute experience doesn't actually take guests to the island, but around the main island and its smaller surrounding ones. 

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