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Star Wars Sets You Can Visit in Real Life

Updated June 14, 2019 830 votes 153 voters 17.8k views18 items
Star Wars may have been set long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but you can actually visit some of the sets from the films in real life! Sure, much of it was shot on sound stages, and many of the practical sets were dismantled some decades ago, but there are a plenty of Star Wars filming locations still intact. In fact there's a thriving Star Wars tourism industry!
 
So what Star Wars sets can you visit? Do you love the snow and want to see the ice planet Hoth? If that's too cold for you, how about the forest moon Endor? The famed Sarlacc Pit? Start planning your Star Wars themed vacation and be sure to vote up the cool Star Wars sets you'd most like to visit below!
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    The Force Awakens - Luke's Location

    Photo: Arian Zwegers / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    Almost the entire runtime of The Force Awakens is dedicated to finding Luke's location. But you don't have to work quite that hard. The island, Skellig Michael is located just off the coast of southwest Ireland and home to a 17th century monastery. It's a beautiful place with stunning views, just 12 miles off the coast. But be respectfully while you visit not only is the monastery itself from the 17th century, the whole place itself is a World Heritage Site.
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    A New Hope - Luke's Homestead, Tatooine

    Photo: Hedrael / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Luke's homestead on Tatooine just so happens to be in Tunisia. The Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia is the exact place George Lucas used as Luke's childhood planet for A New Hope. After they wrapped, they took all the props down and restored it to more or less how they'd found it. They later went back to film there for Attack of the Clones, and this time they intentionally left everything, making it a Star Wars tourism spot. This might even be the best thing to come out of Attack of the Clones!
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    Return of the Jedi - Sarlacc Pit

    Photo: Brian Koprowski / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Remember in Return of the Jedi when Boba Fett, the most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy, is unceremoniously taken out by a giant sand pit with teeth? The great pit of Carkoon is actually the Yuma Desert's Buttercup Valley, located in Arizona. Though they didn't actually blow up the barge there, it doesn't stop hungry fans from looking.
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    A New Hope - The Fourth Moon of Yavin

    Photo: audreykristine / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    One of the moons in Star Wars is given more backstory than some whole planets in sci-fi films. The fourth moon of Yavin was built up by slaves to honor a Sith lord. It then became the main base for the rebellion, and it was also almost destroyed by the first Death Star.

    Visit it yourself by taking a trip to Tikal, Guatemala, one of the largest complexes of the Mayan civilization. Those towers peeking over the tree line are all ancient structures, built by the Mayans.
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