Have you been feeling The Force lately? Well, if the daily grind is weighing heavily on your shoulders like an Imperial Death Star, then you need a break…to go visit some of these fantastic places of significance to the legendary sci-fi franchise. Even if you’re not a fan, these places can be a fun-filled stop to soak up all the energy of all things Star Wars and re-live some the classic moments from the movies. So what are you waiting for? Pack your lightsaber, hop on the Millenium Falcon, and embark on an adventure to a galaxy far far away…

Mos Espa, Tunisia
This real movie set, which was built to become the fictitious port city of Mos Espa on the planet of Tatooine, still stands today and has become a must-visit site for all Star Wars fans. Located in the middle of the Tunisian desert, the well-preserved site gives you a glimpse of the Pod-racing arena, the Mos Espa streets with Watto's shop, the market, and Sebulba's Café. Be there at sunset to experience a truly magical moment. (Image via Flickr - CC BY 2.0 - Christian)
Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit, United Kingdom
The life-like wax versions of Star Wars characters really come to life in this immersive experience at Madame Tussauds in London. You can see the models of characters and places from Star Wars Episodes I-VI, including the swamps of Dagobah where Master Yoda awakens young Luke Skywalker to the Force, Jabba's Throne Room where Princess Leia is held captive, the very cool flight deck of the Millennium Falcon, and the desert world of Jakku that’s home to Rey and her loyal droid BB8. (Image via Flickr CC - Alf Igel)
Redwood National Park, California
There’s something quite out of this world about Redwood National Park. It’s giant trees truly belong on another planet. Well, we’re sure Ewoks would agree. These impressive redwoods north of San Francisco are better known to Star Wars fans as the lush planet of Endor, home of the Ewoks. Pick up a map at the visitor center, because this awe-inspiring national park has a whole host of hiking options that’ll have you fantasizing about all of those fantastic Return of the Jedi scenes. Like Han Solo and Chewbacca taking control of an AT-AT, or Princess Leia befriending Wicket, or even the magical celebration at the end of Episode VI where we see the Force ghosts of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda!
Star Tours at Disney Parks (Orlando, Anaheim as well as Tokyo and Paris)
Star Tours blasts off on a thrilling flight simulator for an exploration of the galaxy. You can find yourself fighting the First Order on Jakku, alongside the Millennium Falcon, or delving deep into the oceans of Naboo narrowly escaping the clutches of a monstrous fish. You’ll taken to the planet of Crait (seen in the new Last Jedi trailer) to witness an epic battle and meet characters like Kylo Ren, Master Yoda, and Poe Dameron, to name but a few. (Image via Flickr CC - Gordon Tarpley)
Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala
The ancient Mayan ruins at this historic site were featured in a masterfully shot scene, playing the site of a Rebel base on the jungle planet of Yavin 4 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the movie, the scene shows a Rebel watching the Millennium Falcon coming in to land above the jungle, with the site’s Temples I, II, and III in the background. You can reenact the same view by climbing Temple IV, and you’ll also get a majestic view that alone is worth the trek.
New York Jedi, New York City
As any true Jedi will tell you, the lightsaber is an elegant and civilized weapon that demands skill and concentration. But where does one attain such lethal wisdom? Don’t worry, you don’t need to maroon yourself on a swampy planet -- just catch the next starfighter to the Big Apple. New York Jedi, located in Midtown Manhattan, is a Jedi academy that combines lessons of dance, martial arts, sword-fighting, and Tibetan Buddhism to teach you how to harness the modern-day Force. Lessons are just $10 but is BYOL (bring your own lightsaber).
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Seen in the final moment of The Force Awakens and a whole lot more in The Last Jedi, this rocky island off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland, which plays the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet of Ahch-To, is both intriguing as it is desolate. In real life, the island was a monastic settlement in the 6th or 8th century, and its still-standing igloo-shaped stone huts served as living quarters to the self-exiled Luke Skywalker and his young protégé Rey in the movie. And even if you never get to cuddle a cute porg, you might catch a glimpse of the island’s seasonal colony of puffins!
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
The beautiful Laamu Atoll plays the part of the planet Scarif in Rogue One, home to a tropical base controlled by the Empire. The amazing turquoise waters and sandy beaches proved to be a deadly battleground in fight scenes between Stormtroopers and a ragtag group of Rebels led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. The picturesque islands of Gen and Berasdhoo were the main areas where filming took place.
Star Wars Land, Disneyland in Anaheim and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando
Slated as a large-scale immersive experience that will be almost like an entire planet brought to life as a “remote frontier outpost” full of smugglers, freedom fighters, and bounty hunters, Star Wars Land in Disney locations in California and Florida are looking forward to launching in 2019. The lands are to be set in the time period as the current trilogy, where the Resistance and the First Order battle it out across the galaxy. You can interact with characters, walk through and witness the daily lives of the planet’s inhabitants, and possibly see tons of unexpected action sequences along the way! Almost makes you want to jump to lightspeed into 2019, doesn’t it?
Mos Espa, Tunisia
This real movie set, which was built to become the fictitious port city of Mos Espa on the planet of Tatooine, still stands today and has become a must-visit site for all Star Wars fans. Located in the middle of the Tunisian desert, the well-preserved site gives you a glimpse of the Pod-racing arena, the Mos Espa streets with Watto's shop, the market, and Sebulba's Café. Be there at sunset to experience a truly magical moment. (Image via Flickr - CC BY 2.0 - Christian)
Mos Espa, Tunisia
This real movie set, which was buil...
Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit, United Kingdom
The life-like wax versions of Star Wars characters really come to life in this immersive experience at Madame Tussauds in London. You can see the models of characters and places from Star Wars Episodes I-VI, including the swamps of Dagobah where Master Yoda awakens young Luke Skywalker to the Force, Jabba's Throne Room where Princess Leia is held captive, the very cool flight deck of the Millennium Falcon, and the desert world of Jakku that’s home to Rey and her loyal droid BB8. (Image via Flickr CC - Alf Igel)
Madame Tussauds Star
The life-like wax versions of Star ...
Redwood National Park, California
There’s something quite out of this world about Redwood National Park. It’s giant trees truly belong on another planet. Well, we’re sure Ewoks would agree. These impressive redwoods north of San Francisco are better known to Star Wars fans as the lush planet of Endor, home of the Ewoks. Pick up a map at the visitor center, because this awe-inspiring national park has a whole host of hiking options that’ll have you fantasizing about all of those fantastic Return of the Jedi scenes. Like Han Solo and Chewbacca taking control of an AT-AT, or Princess Leia befriending Wicket, or even the magical celebration at the end of Episode VI where we see the Force ghosts of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda!
Redwood National Park
There’s something quite out of th...
Star Tours at Disney Parks (Orlando, Anaheim as well as Tokyo and Paris)
Star Tours blasts off on a thrilling flight simulator for an exploration of the galaxy. You can find yourself fighting the First Order on Jakku, alongside the Millennium Falcon, or delving deep into the oceans of Naboo narrowly escaping the clutches of a monstrous fish. You’ll taken to the planet of Crait (seen in the new Last Jedi trailer) to witness an epic battle and meet characters like Kylo Ren, Master Yoda, and Poe Dameron, to name but a few. (Image via Flickr CC - Gordon Tarpley)
Star Tours at Disney
Star Tours blasts off on a thrillin...
Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala
The ancient Mayan ruins at this historic site were featured in a masterfully shot scene, playing the site of a Rebel base on the jungle planet of Yavin 4 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the movie, the scene shows a Rebel watching the Millennium Falcon coming in to land above the jungle, with the site’s Temples I, II, and III in the background. You can reenact the same view by climbing Temple IV, and you’ll also get a majestic view that alone is worth the trek.
Ruins of Tikal, Guate
The ancient Mayan ruins at this his...
New York Jedi, New York City
As any true Jedi will tell you, the lightsaber is an elegant and civilized weapon that demands skill and concentration. But where does one attain such lethal wisdom? Don’t worry, you don’t need to maroon yourself on a swampy planet -- just catch the next starfighter to the Big Apple. New York Jedi, located in Midtown Manhattan, is a Jedi academy that combines lessons of dance, martial arts, sword-fighting, and Tibetan Buddhism to teach you how to harness the modern-day Force. Lessons are just $10 but is BYOL (bring your own lightsaber).
New York Jedi, New Yo
As any true Jedi will tell you, the...
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Seen in the final moment of The Force Awakens and a whole lot more in The Last Jedi, this rocky island off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland, which plays the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet of Ahch-To, is both intriguing as it is desolate. In real life, the island was a monastic settlement in the 6th or 8th century, and its still-standing igloo-shaped stone huts served as living quarters to the self-exiled Luke Skywalker and his young protégé Rey in the movie. And even if you never get to cuddle a cute porg, you might catch a glimpse of the island’s seasonal colony of puffins!
Skellig Michael, Irel
Seen in the final moment of The For...
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
The beautiful Laamu Atoll plays the part of the planet Scarif in Rogue One, home to a tropical base controlled by the Empire. The amazing turquoise waters and sandy beaches proved to be a deadly battleground in fight scenes between Stormtroopers and a ragtag group of Rebels led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. The picturesque islands of Gen and Berasdhoo were the main areas where filming took place.
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
The beautiful Laamu Atoll plays the...
Star Wars Land, Disneyland in Anaheim and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando
Slated as a large-scale immersive experience that will be almost like an entire planet brought to life as a “remote frontier outpost” full of smugglers, freedom fighters, and bounty hunters, Star Wars Land in Disney locations in California and Florida are looking forward to launching in 2019. The lands are to be set in the time period as the current trilogy, where the Resistance and the First Order battle it out across the galaxy. You can interact with characters, walk through and witness the daily lives of the planet’s inhabitants, and possibly see tons of unexpected action sequences along the way! Almost makes you want to jump to lightspeed into 2019, doesn’t it?
Star Wars Land, Disne
Slated as a large-scale immersive e...

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