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Relive the 'Star Wars' Saga at These Filming Locations and Space-Themed Destinations

Fans may be lamenting the end of the 'Star Wars' series, but they can still visit these film locations and space-themed destinations.
Parts of the original set used to depict Tatooine (Anakin and Luke Skywalkers' home planet) can be visited in Tunisia.
Parts of the original set used to depict Tatooine (Anakin and Luke Skywalker's home planet) can be visited in Tunisia. Getty/Evgenii Emelianov

December was a bittersweet time for Star Wars fans. On December 19, the final movie of the recent trilogy, Rise of Skywalker, concluded a story 42 years in the making. The excitement of the release of the movie was tempered by the knowledge that this was the end of an era, along with the loss of Carrie Fisher (a.k.a. Princess Leia) in 2016.

But that doesn't mean the end has truly come. There are rumors of a number of movies and TV shows related to the Star Wars universe that are forthcoming. If you can't wait until then, there's a possible alternative: plan a Star Wars–themed vacation. From actual filming locations (not including Episodes I to III by personal preference) to space-themed destinations sure to please even those who aren't die hard Star Wars fans, keep the saga going with these Star Wars–themed destinations around the world.

Wadi Rum Saudi Arabia
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Introduced in a subplot of Rogue One, Wadi Rum portrays Jedha, which is also featured in the newest Star Wars movie, Rise of Skywalker . Films such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian have been filmed in the desert—the latter does make sense since it looks very similar to Mars. You may not find stormtroopers in Wadi Rum, but you may come across inscriptions dating back 12,000 years, so it’s still worth a visit.
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