Your Travel Guide to Destinations That Are Straight Out of Star Wars
Star Wars has captured the imagination of audiences across the world for decades, and the crew at CrowdRiff are no different. On this annual internet holiday, we wanted to share our love for Star Wars by taking you on a trip around some of North America’s most otherworldly destinations.
Buckle up, and May the 4th be with you…
Tatooine vs. Death Valley National Park, California
Tatooine is the desert planet where Luke Skywalker grew up, and is arguably one of the most iconic locations in Star Wars.
So, what real-world location could possibly rival its rocky terrain, towering mesas, and endless sand dunes? Death Valley National Park in California of course! With a name that mirrors the dry, barren, desert landscape, Death Valley’s expansive salt flats, colorful canyons, and unique geological formations give Skywalker’s home a run for its money.
Check out this beautiful sunrise – perhaps not too dissimilar from one that Skywalker himself could have witnessed 😎
Naboo vs. Charleston, South Carolina
In complete contrast to Tatooine, we have Naboo; home to peaceful humans and Gungans, with its swampy lakes, ornate architecture, and rolling plains.
Although we can’t promise any intelligent amphibians in a North American destination, we can promise adorned mansions, green gardens, and tranquil swamplands in Charleston, SC.
Take a look at this view from the lowlands and see if you can spot any humanoid frogs! 🐸
Hoth vs. Anchorage, Alaska
Stepping away from the fair weather of the last two locations, we have the harsh, frozen landscapes of Hoth – where the Rebel Alliance fought the Empire in The Empire Strikes Back.
Although not the scene of an epic battle, the snowy peaks in Anchorage in Alaska will definitely bring a chill to your bones! With its icy landscape, dog sledding, and outdoor adventures, Anchorage is certainly a more family friendly vacation spot. Just take a look at these cuties. 🐕
Endor vs. Redwood National and State Parks, California
The forest moon of Endor is known for its towering trees, lush undergrowth, and the adorable, Furby-esque Ewok species.
While Endor may be a fictional world, travelers can experience a similar landscape at the Redwood National and State Parks in California.
Home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world, the Redwood forests are an awe-inspiring environment perfect for hiking, camping, and nature photography. And though you won’t find any Ewoks here, there are plenty of similarly fuzzy wildlife species to marvel at (including a few you won’t want to let on your speeder).
Check out this incredible cathedral tree that is surely home to a few fury friends. 🐱
Coruscant vs. New York City, New York
The bustling city-planet of Coruscant is the seat of the Galactic Republic and home to a dizzying array of alien species and cultures.
If it’s a loud, colorful, busy city you’re looking for, New York City is the obvious answer. With its towering skyscrapers, diverse population, and rich cultural scene, visitors can immerse themselves in a city that’s exploding with energy. For a real Coruscant experience, head over to the UN in Midtown, where political intrigue awaits you.
For a view from the clouds, take a look at this Reel ☁️
Mustafar vs. Kilauea, Hawaii
Home to the Sith, the volcanic planet of Mustafar sees some of the most epic battles in Star Wars. You’ll find the same fiery, lava-laden landscape (minus the warfare) at Kilauea, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.
At Kilauea, you’ll witness the power and beauty of an active volcano up close, including lava flows, steam vents, and geothermal pools. If lava isn’t your thing, you’re sure to find equally beautiful attractions in the sun and sand of the Big Island.
Take a look at the lava flow yourself here! 🔥
Lothal vs. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The agricultural planet of Lothal is known for its wide open fields, farming communities, and rural lifestyle. You’ll find that same bucolic feel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home to America’s oldest Amish settlement.
This area is known for its pastoral scenery and fascinating history. Visitors can learn about Amish culture at museums, working farms, and historical homes, then take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside while on a horse-drawn buggy ride. And don’t forget to stop by an Amish bakery for a shoofly pie! 🥧
Geonosis vs. White Sands National Park, New Mexico
The first battle of the Clone Wars took place amongst the vast, rocky plains and towering spires of Geonosis.
White Sands National Park in New Mexico is a fitting parallel, with its vast sand dunes that shimmer like billions of Clones’ helmets in the sunlight. Visitors to White Sands can explore the park on foot, by bike, or even by sledding down the dunes.
Cloud City vs. Cloud Gate, Chicago
You’ll remember Cloud City as the floating metropolis where Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, and as the home to the dashing, duplicitous Lando Calrissian. Get that same city feel without leaving the ground at Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean,” in Chicago.
This iconic landmark’s polished metal surface and otherworldly appearance might make you feel like you’re on an alien planet. Join the onlookers snapping selfies of their reflection in The Bean, then take a loop around Millennium Park to see the Chicago skyline on one side and the huge coast of Lake Michigan on the other.
Alderaan vs. Boulder, Colorado
Alderaan was known for its beautiful mountains, stunning natural scenery, and peaceful culture before it was destroyed by the Empire. That same peace, quiet, and mountain backdrop comes alive in Boulder, Colorado.
Once known as “The Hippie Capital of the World,” Boulder is still awash in tie dye, peace signs and dancing bears. Stroll along Pearl Street to take in the sights, then head to the outskirts of the city to marvel at the Flatirons rising high above you.🏔
Star Wars has created some of the most iconic and imaginative locations in science fiction, but there are endless planet Earth destinations that bear a striking resemblance to these fictional worlds. Turn your love of Star Wars into your most creative trip yet and experience the beauty and wonder of this planet from a whole new point of view.