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Visit These ‘Star Wars’ Destinations!

Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia

Plenty of people dream of traveling to other planets.

But “Star Wars” fans can actually visit locations where many of the films’ most famous scenes were shot.

Some aren’t even as remote as one might expect.

From dinner at Luke Skywalker’s childhood home to a romantic balcony where romance blossomed, here are some of the places where “Star Wars” comes to life.

La Grande Dune, outside Nefta, Tunisia

La Grande Dune, outside Nefta, Tunisia

The igloo exterior of Luke’s house was filmed about 300 kilometers away on the dried-up salt lake of Chott El Jerid.

The igloo is still there, reachable with a decent car at the GPS coordinates 33°50’34.42″N, 7°46’44.48″E.

The surrounding craters are man-made, to create the illusion that the underground house is next to it.

The igloo from the 1977 movie was dismantled, but again rebuilt for “Attack of the Clones,” and later restored by a fan.

Nearby is La Grande Dune, site of the Dune Sea.

About 30 minutes from the igloo is the set of Mos Espa, the spaceport town where Anakin was discovered as a young slave.

Redwood National and State Parks, California

Redwood National and State Parks, California

Endor, the forest moon home of the furry Ewoks, was filmed among California’s giant redwoods.

Most of the well-known scenes were shot on private land owned by a lumber company.

Since the cast and crew worked on “Return of the Jedi” in 1982, heavy logging has left most of the landscape unrecognizable.

But driving through the parks still gives a feel for the set, especially along the Avenue of the Giants highway.

In Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, plates were filmed for some chase scenes.

Hardanger Jokulen Glacier and Finse, Norway

Hardanger Jokulen Glacier and Finse, Norway

Exteriors of the ice world Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back” were shot in the tiny village of Finse, Norway.

The cast and crew stayed at the Finse 1222 Hotel, where snowstorm scenes were shot from the back door.

But the main battlefield scenes were shot on the nearby glacier.

In March and April, skies are normally clear and there’s still plenty of snow.

Guides in Finse can help with hikes to see the exact locations.

Villa del Balbianello, Lenno, Italy

Villa del Balbianello, Lenno, Italy

In “Attack of the Clones,” Anakin and Padme go into hiding at a lake retreat that in real life is a popular choice for destination weddings on Italy’s Lake Como.

At the tip of a wooded peninsula reachable only by boat, Villa del Balbianello was built in 1787 for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini.

James Bond came here for a bit in “Casino Royale.”

The Villa’s exteriors were digitally altered for the Star Wars movie, but it’s easy to find and recognize the balcony where Anakin and Padme kiss.

Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia

Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia

Perhaps the most famous “Star Wars” landmark in the world, this is where the interiors of Luke Skywalker’s childhood home on planet Tatooine were filmed.

Centuries ago, Berbers built the underground structure as a real home.

Eventually it became a hotel, which George Lucas used to film the first “Star Wars” film.

The set decorations came down when the crew left, but were rebuilt in 2000 for “Attack of the Clones.”

Since then, they’ve remained, so guests can eat at the table where young master Luke did.

Avenue 7 Novembre, Medenine, Tunisia

Avenue 7 Novembre, Medenine, Tunisia

When Anakin was a slave boy in “The Phantom Menace,” his quarters were filmed on this real-life Tunisian street.

The distinctive buildings with vaulted ceilings are ghorfas, used by Berbers to store their grain.

They were fortified and grouped into ksour.

These are among the best-preserved examples.

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