With the premiere of the seventh Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens” premiering this week, there’s no better time than to go on your own ultimate location crawl. No need to wait for Comic Con; the force can be with you right now.
Vogue highlights a curation of some of the more beautiful locales that appeared throughout the series that even the Sci-Fi averse will want to check out.
Spoiler: None are located in a galaxy far, far away.
Head to Europe to Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy to check out this amazing 18th-century villa and its surrounding terraced gardens. It was used as the setting for Anakin Skywalker’s wedding to Padme Amidala in “Attack of the Clones.”
Nearby in Spain, marvel at the Plaza de Espana in Sevilla, built in the 1920s and located in Maria Luisa Park, among ponds, orange trees, flowers and intricately tiled fountains. It was used to film the exterior shots of the city of Theed on the planet Naboo in “The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.”
While trekking through Europe, don’t miss Grindelwald, Switzerland, a small village in the Bernese Alps that was a backdrop for “Revenge of the Sith”. The landscape acted as that of the fictional planet Alderaan, home of Princess Leia. It’s also great for skiing and cold weather pursuits.
Another location used in that same film — for post-production — can be found in Phucket, Thailand. Phang Nga Bay known for its incredible limestone rock formations, is in a national marine park where visitors can explore caves and shallow waters via canoe. The shots were used for the arrival at the Battle of Kashyyyk — home of the Wookies.
And upon return home to the U.S. visit several spots in California that featured prominently in the series: Death Valley which was depicted as the Tatooine desert in 1977’s “Episode IV” where Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time; and Redwood National and State Parks, the filming location for “Return of the Jedi”‘s Endor, home of the Ewoks. And if Star Wars scene re-enactments are not your thing, it is ideal for non-otherworldly pursuits such as fishing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.