Lonely Planet's top cities and countries to visit in 2017

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The travel experts at Lonely Planet have reported on the top destinations and activities that travelers shouldn't miss in 2017. From watching the solar eclipse next August in Portland, Oregon, to sunbathing alongside African penguins in Cape Town, South Africa, each destination offers an array of experiences that are truly unforgettable.

Bordeaux, France

Wine connoisseurs visiting Bordeaux must visit the La
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Wine connoisseurs visiting Bordeaux must visit the La Cité du Vin, where the building itself is considered a contemporary piece of architecture depicting a wine decanter. While visiting the unique spot, tourists can learn about vine cultivation, the variety of grapes used to make wine, wine production and 21st-century wine trends.

Cape Town, South Africa

If you only thought you'd see a colony
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If you only thought you'd see a colony of penguins in cold, icy regions think again. At Boulder's beach near Simon's town, travelers get to sunbathe beside African penguins waddling along the sandy coves and experience breathtaking views.

Los Angeles, California

The city of angels, Los Angeles has been
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The city of angels, Los Angeles has been the go-to place for celebrity sightings, plastic surgery and the destination to kickstart Hollywood careers. Los Angeles has become a source of entertainment and in recent years a cultural destination for tourists. Whether enjoying a free concert at Santa Monica Pier, exploring the various galleries at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or traveling through space at the Griffith Observatory planetarium, there is plenty to do for any visitor.

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Merida, Mexico

If you're looking for live music, art shows,
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If you're looking for live music, art shows, dance performances and experiencing the up and coming culinary scene in Mexico, Merida is the place to visit. While roaming around this lively city take a tour of the vibrantly colored Colonial buildings lining the streets or view the Mayan ruins at the world-famous complex Chichén Itzá.

Ohrid, Macedonia

According to Lonely Planet, Ohrid has
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According to Lonely Planet, Ohrid has "transformed itself from Macedonia's religious center to its busiest holiday resort." The Ohrid Boardwalk and City Beach are the ideal location to view the most famous churches in the area, take a dip in the ocean or try out the various restaurants and bars.

Pistoia, Italy

Lonely Plant suggests things are set to change
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Lonely Plant suggests things are set to change in 2017 for this Italian city. It's predicted that Pistoia will become "Italy's Capital of Culture," due to its "impressive cultural credentials and devotion to grass-roots ideas and local entrepreneurship."

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, is dedicated to developing a
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Seoul, South Korea, is dedicated to developing a more green and user-friendly city. The city saw much success from a previous project called Cheonggyecheon, where the city renovated an elevated highway and replaced it with a central park and water way. In 2017 the Seoul Skygarden will start construction to replace another overpass. Trees, shrubs and flowers will be for planted to benefit the local species living in the area.

Lisbon, Portugal

The museum's in Lisbon are a must-see attraction
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The museum's in Lisbon are a must-see attraction when visiting Portugal. Depending on your personal artistic taste and preference Museu Calouste Gulbenkian features ancient Egyptian artifacts while Museu Colecc'ão Berardo, showcases pop art.

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Moscow, Russia

Sports fans are in for a treat because
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Sports fans are in for a treat because Moscow will be hosting football's 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Portland, Oregon

As the television show
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As the television show "Portlandia" said it best, "Portland; where young people go to retire." This city is becoming an upcoming hot spot for millennials. Known for great coffee, breweries, farmers markets, hiking, and biking, Portland is full of innovative and eco-friendly activities. If you're looking for a taste of all organic beer with local ingredients, Hopworks Urban Brewery is the essential first stop. For travelers looking to sightsee, visit Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which sits along the Willamette River. A great spot to embrace the scenery, go for a jog, and stay active. Lonely Planet suggests travelers visiting in August will have the best view from the West Coast of the solar eclipse.

Canada

Some of the must-see locations while traveling through
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Some of the must-see locations while traveling through the country are whale watching in the Bay of Fundy, hiking the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, and for the avid sports fan, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Colombia

Fun activities you cannot miss are kayaking and
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Fun activities you cannot miss are kayaking and snorkeling on the pacific coast of Colombia at Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría or learning more about the countries culture by visiting the ancient statues of San Agustin or the museums of Bogotà.

Finland

Finland is the place to be this upcoming
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Finland is the place to be this upcoming year with all the events they will be hosting. The World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships will be taking place this year. In July 2017, Finland's most famous festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival will be held. A four-week event featuring top-class opera performances. The atmosphere during the festival brings the city alive with midnight feasts and appreciation for outstanding music. While exploring, another interesting stop would be the innovative design shops that are in the central area in Esplandi and Punavuori.

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Dominica

A destination not to miss in Dominica is
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A destination not to miss in Dominica is the Emerald Pool that is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls. Walk through the rainforest and discover wildlife or take a tubing excursion down the river. Another great spot to explore is the Indian River, where visitors can take a calming boat trip along the water and get close up views of exotic wildlife like iguanas and hummingbirds.

Nepal

While visiting Nepal travelers cannot miss taking the
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While visiting Nepal travelers cannot miss taking the opportunity to go on an Elephant Safari at Chitwan National Park and get a once in a lifetime experience with some of mother nature's most beloved wildlife.

Bermuda

With beautiful beaches and warm weather, you can't
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With beautiful beaches and warm weather, you can't go wrong vacationing in Bermuda. A must-see spot for travelers is exploring the Warwick and Southampton Parishes on a deep diving excursion. In June 2017 Bermuda will be hosting the 35th America's Cup, where the best sailors from around the world will compete in the ultimate sailing competition.

Mongolia

The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia perfect for
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The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia perfect for riding horses and admiring the mountainous landscape. This area is particularly ideal for rock climbing, hiking, and skiing in the winter months.

Oman

One of the most exciting business ventures of
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One of the most exciting business ventures of 2017 for Oman is the $120-million project, Majarat Oman, a futuristic water theme park for families.

Myanmar

One of the top experiences in Myanmar is
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One of the top experiences in Myanmar is the Shwedagon Paya, described by Lonely Planet as "one of Buddhism's most sacred sites and believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former buddhas." This site is ideal for travelers looking to embark on a spiritual journey or want to learn more about the sacred temples and religions.

Ethiopia

If you're interested in trekking through highlands and
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If you're interested in trekking through highlands and exploring exotic animal species like Geladas primates, hiking the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia is an adventure not to miss.

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