8 Real-life Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Visit Now

From salt flats to giant redwoods, these iconic filming locations are even better seen in person.

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1. Reynisfjara, Iceland

Widely considered to be one of Iceland’s most beautiful black-sand beaches, Reynisfjara is home to enormous basalt stacks and roaring Atlantic waves.

Seen in: Rogue One

Its stunning landscape was seen in Rogue One, where it stood in for the planet of Eadu and saw the movie’s lead Jyn Erso fail in her attempts to save her heavily wounded father.

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2. La Grande Dune, Tunisia

White sand stretches for miles at the La Grande Dune of Tunisia, a country lying along the Mediterranean Sea and covering part of the Sahara Desert.

Seen in: A New Hope

These sandy plains have made appearances in multiple renderings of the harsh desert world Tatooine, including a scene which saw C-3PO and R2-D2 wandering around. One will also find the igloo exterior of Luke’s house, filmed about 300 kilometers from the dried salt lake of Chott El Jerid.

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3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

As the world’s largest salt flats, the extraordinary Salar de Uyuni is covered by a few meters of salt crust and is also a major breeding ground for several species of flamingoes.

Seen in: The Last Jedi

Most memorably seen in latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi, the salt flats witnessed the epic battle scene between the Resistance and the First Order.

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4. Canary Wharf Station, London, England

One of the busiest stations of the London Underground station, Canary Wharf lies on the Jubilee line between Canada Water and North Greenwich, serving its namesake business district.

Seen in: Rogue One

Instead of commuters, the futuristic-looking station is filled with armor-clad Stormtroopers in scenes from the Imperial planet of Scarif.

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5. Skellig Michael, Ireland

Also called the Great Skellig, the ruins of a seventh-century island monastery and its surroundings became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Seen in: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

The exciting climax of the Force Awakens was filmed at these ruins, which sit on the steep cliffs of the island Skellig Michael. More recently, this location was used in The Last Jedi, where Rey finds Luke Skywalker hiding away.

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6. Avenue 7 Novembre, Medenine, Tunisia

Once a vast complex, this real-life Tunisian street has now been turned into a bustling bazaar in the heart of the town. The iconic buildings with their vaulted ceilings, called ghorfas, were used by the Berbers to store their grain.

Seen in: The Phantom Menace

Featured prominently in The Phantom Menace, these ghorfas were used as the slave quarters of Mos Espa, also home to a young Anakin Skywalker.

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7. Redwood National and State Parks, California

Home to the tallest trees on Earth, this national park also protects vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 64 kilometers of rugged coastline.

Seen in: Return of the Jedi

These giant redwoods make an appearance in the forest moon scenes where the furry Ewoks roamed.

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8. Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Surrounded by lush rain forest and protected as a national park, the ancient city of Tikal is one of the most impressive sites of the Mayan
civilization. Its soaring pyramidal temples can be found in the heart of northern Guatemala.

Seen in: A New Hope

In A New Hope, these majestic Mayan ruins become the Rebel Alliance’s Massassi outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin.

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