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These 21 Destinations Have Been Named ‘Best Of The World’ For 2017

National Geographic Traveler says this is where you want to visit next year.

The team at National Geographic Traveler is pretty familiar with the world. The publication is one of the most widely read travel magazines in the world, sharing authoritative information on countless adventures around the globe, so when they tell you where to go (literally, not figuratively), you listen.

They’ve just released their annual ‘Best of the World’ list, featuring 21 must-see destinations for travellers in 2017, as chosen by the magazine’s editors. George Stone, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said that “this year’s list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel.”

The places on the list fall into one of three categories – Cities, Nature and Culture – and range from spots like Georgia in the USA and Seoul in South Korea, to Central India’s National Parks and the Guadeloupe Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Without further ado, here are the National Geographic Traveler ‘Best in World’ destinations for 2017 (in alphabetical order):

  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA
  • Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Canton Uri, Switzerland
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Central India’s National Parks
  • Chengdu, China
  • Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
  • Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
  • Finland
  • Georgia, USA
  • Guadeloupe Islands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Malta
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Via Dinarica, Western Balkans

You can learn more about each of these destinations at this interactive online hub, which features 360 videos and helpful advice for travelling to each place. Time to get planning?

(Lead image: Banff/National Geographic Traveler)

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