Check Out Lonely Planet’s Top Travel Destinations for 2017

You probably won’t have to travel too far to reach their No. 1 country.

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Wanderlusters, rejoice! Lonely Planet has released the “Best in Travel 2017,” an annual yearbook featuring its editors’ picks for the top 10 countries, cities, regions, and best value destinations to visit next year.

Topping the list of best countries is our northern neighbor, Canada. Sure, Americans have been joking about moving there on November 9 throughout this election cycle, but the world’s second-largest country has a lot to offer travelers. According to the travel guide’s editors, Canada is teeming with polite, positive people ready to usher in visitors to help celebrate their nation’s 150th birthday. As part of the festivities, national parks will offer free admission throughout the year (highlights include Banff National Park in Alberta and Thousand Islands National Park in Ontario). The travel guide, which has been a go-to resource for more than 40 years, also notes that the weak Canadian dollar is pushing down prices, leaving visitors with extra pocket money to experience the country’s fusion food and underrated wine.

Speaking of wine, Brodeaux, France scored the number one slot on the Top 10 Cities list thanks to its new high-speed rail, which will connect the city with Europe’s train network. The train line, set to open in mid-2017, will make it possible for visitors to travel from Paris to Bordeaux in just two hours. Even better, the city recently opened Cité Du Vin, an $81 million high-tech museum dedicated to global wine culture. So travel, eat, drink, and be merry.

Read the full list of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries and cities below.

Top 10 Countries

  1. Canada
  2. Colombia
  3. Finland
  4. Dominica
  5. Nepal
  6. Bermuda
  7. Mongolia
  8. Oman
  9. Myanmar
  10. Ethiopia

Top 10 Cities

  1. Bordeau, France
  2. Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Los Angeles, California
  4. Merida, Mexico
  5. Ohrid, Macedonia
  6. Pistoia, Italy
  7. Seoul, South Korea
  8. Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Portland, Oregon

To read more about the destinations featured in Best in Travel 2017, visit Lonely Planet or buy the book ($15, amazon.com).