Star Wars is a Hollywood institution, and the franchise has some of the most fanatical fans ever. Indeed, so many of us yearn to feel the Force flowing through us, and simply watching the Star War movies is not enough for us. We need to experience the Wars in so many other aspects of our lives. Whether it’s playing video games, reading the expanded universe, or attending conventions, Star Wars is a big part of our lives.
In fact, in a lot of ways, it can go deeper than this, and many of us may even wish to incorporate Star Wars into our vacations. One of the best ways of achieving this is to make sure you head to locations from the movies on your next trip abroad. So, in order to get the most out of this, here is a list of some of the best and most stunning Star Wars locations for you to consider visiting this year.
Island of Djerba, Tunisia
This Tunisian location is used for the planet of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. Different parts of the island have been used for filming ever since the first movie, and the gorgeous, sprawling, red and orange desert plays multiple parts in the films. The best way to travel here is by car, as this allows you to drive to some of the ancient and iconic sites used in the movies. And, you can take a short trip to mainland Tunisia, where you will find yet more locations from the movies.
Redwoods State Park, United States
This California-based national park was used as the primary location for filming the forest moon of Endor from Return of the Jedi. It’s one of the most gorgeous and breathtaking locations from the movies and had some epic hiking trails due to its location on the California-Oregon border. The best way to really absorb everything about this place is to hike it, and see if you can do a bit of Ewok spotting in the process!
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
This iconic and aesthetically awe-inspiring part of Guatemala was used as the location for Yavin 4, the Rebel base from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Covered by sprawling jungle and luscious rainforest, this is a truly mythical location that fans of the movies absolutely must visit. The ancient temples at Tikal take center stage in the movie, and this is definitely one of the more iconic settings from Star Wars that you can sample on your next vacation.
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Accessible only by boat, this is an island that has its own iconic part of Star Wars folklore. The island plays host to Luke Skywalker’s hideout in Episode VII and VIII and is one of Ireland’s most delightful locations. Eight miles off the coast of County Kerry, this is an island that is home to the world’s second-largest colony of cormorants. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you absolutely have to add Skellig Michael to your list of vacation hotspots this year.
These are some of the most stunning locations from the Star Wars movies, and they make the ideal choice for your next vacation trip. Heading to a place that is beautiful, and has lots to do is really important. You can relive your favorite scenes from the movies, and pay homage in the right way by making sure you visit these wonderful locations this year.