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Places to Visit for Star Wars Fans

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April 26, 2014 by Amanda

Star Wars. One of the most successful and best-loved film series of all time.

So how do film fans chase down their Star Wars fantasies?

A large portion of filming for all the Star Wars movies took place inside studios (mostly in the UK). But did you know that some of those memorable Star Wars landscapes are actually real places and not just computer-generated images?

Here are 5 REAL Star Wars landscapes that you can visit:

Tatooine

Real location: Tunisia

Did you know that there’s a real city in Tunisia called Tataouine? Because there totally is! You can also visit sites that doubled as Mos Espa (like Ksar Ouled Soltane), as well as places where desert, canyon, and Lars homestead scenes were filmed.

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Real location: Death Valley, California

They didn’t film ALL the Tatooine scenes in Africa, though. Some were shot in Death Valley, at places like the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (where R2D2 and C3PO crash their escape pod), Artists Palette & Golden Canyon (where R2D2 is captured by Jawas), and Dante’s View (for an establishing shot of Mos Eisley).

Naboo

Real location: Caserta, Italy

The Palace of Caserta in southern Italy is a UNESCO-recognized 18th-century palace. In the Star Wars films, it doubled as the Naboo Royal Palace.

Real location: Seville, Spain

The famous Plaza de España in Seville was used as the Naboo city of Theed. Nobody who would visit Seville would skip this Plaza, and you especially should see it if you’re a Star Wars fan.

Plaza de España

Yavin IV Rebel Base

Real location: Tikal, Guatemala

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Yavin IV (a moon of Yavin) is the main military base for Rebel Alliance’s. In real life, all the Yarvin scenes (which include a pretty cool battle) were actually filmed at the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.

Tikal

Hoth

Real location: Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway

The exterior scenes of icy Hoth (including the snowy battle scenes) were filmed atop the sixth-largest glacier in Norway. The glacier is only accessible in the winter, but that could be half the fun of visiting.

Hardangerjøkulen Glacier

Endor

Real location: Redwood National and State Parks, California

In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, we see Endor, home of the Ewoks. Endor is a forested moon, and these scenes were filmed in redwood groves in northern California.

365/365 ~ Stout Grove #redwood #trees #panorama #california #statepark #green

 

Which of these sites would YOU most like to visit?

 

 


10 comments »

  1. Michael says:

    The Tunisia sites would be pretty cool.
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  2. Santel says:

    They all are beautiful cities to check out. Even I am not a big fan of Star wars but if I have enough budget, I surely visit them.
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    • Amanda says:

      Yes, many of these destinations would be great to visit period, even if you don’t like Star Wars!

  3. Suki F says:

    I have only visited two of those places. I hope I can make it to the rest some time soon.

  4. Fabiana says:

    It has aways been a dream of mine to visit these places. I hope I can visit at least tikal in 2015.
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  5. M. D. Vaden says:

    The Endor scenes were not done at Redwood National and State Parks, but this page will help you with the correct filming location.

    Cheers, MDV / http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_star_wars.shtml

  6. Mostary says:

    WOW! I’m not a big fan of the series, but like the places you mentioned! They are now included to my ‘places to visit’ list! Thanks…. 🙂

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