If you can’t wait for the final installment in the Star Wars saga, why not spend the next 8 months traveling to a galaxy far, far away? OK, so maybe you can’t actually travel to new galaxies, but you could go around our very own planet on a Star Wars tour to visit these real life Star Wars destinations and get yourself psyched for the new movie release. Visiting the filming locations gives you a unique and very intimate look into the Star Wars world, as well as a whole new appreciation for film-making and how beautiful and diverse our own world is. Let us be your Yoda and guide you to the best Star Wars filming destinations before The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this December.
Abu Dhabi Desert
If Rey is one of your favorite characters, you’ll love Abu Dhabi. When we first meet Rey in The Force Awakens, she’s on the desert planet Jakku, which is really the vast Abu Dhabi desert.
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
If you’re watching A New Hope and look closely, you can see the real-life Mayan ruins of Tikal National Park in the background. When the Millennium Falcon lands at a rebel base on the fourth moon of Yavin, you can see the thousand-year-old ruins towering over the jungle canopy.
Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy
This gorgeous villa is the setting for Padme and Annakin’s surreptitious wedding in Attack of the Clones. While the exterior of the building was digitally altered for the movie, fans will have no trouble discerning the spot where Padme and Annakin kiss for the first time as husband and wife. We still remember it.
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Skellig Michael is a UNESCO heritage site that happens to be very hard to reach. But, if you loved the epic finale of The Force Awakens or wanted to imagine what it would be like to live in Luke’s hideout, it’s worth the trek.
Hotel Sidi Driss or La Grande Dune in Tunisia
Tunisia was the filming location for the planet Tattooine, so be prepared for lots of nostalgia when visiting this area. If you want to feel like a young Luke Skywalker, head to the subterranean cave homes where they filmed the interior of his childhood home, now known as Hotel Sidi Driss. Or visit La Grande Dune where you can still visit the exterior shell of his house.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The famous salt flats of Bolivia were the backdrop for the amazing battle scene between the First Order and the Resistance in The Last Jedi.
Redwood National and State Parks, California
Endor, the home of the beloved ewoks, was filmed on a not so far-away planet, in the majestic Redwood forest. While the sight is sure to take your breath away, don’t expect any adorable little critters to join your adventure.
May the force be with you!