We are approaching the end of 2016. It is now time to look back at the year’s journey and plan new stops for the one awaiting you in 2017. Lonely Planet, one of the most trusted names in the travel industry, has released its annual lists of ‘Best in travel’ for 2017. From countries to cities to experiences, Lonely Planet has some great recommendations for those planning their future vacations. (ALSO SEE Places to avoid in India in 2017) Here are Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2017!

Bordeaux, France


A city on the rise, Bordeaux is France’s potential biggie when it comes to tourism. Popular for its wine-growing region and old mansions, Bordeaux has emerged as a vibrant and exciting city for travelers. Formerly called Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Bordeaux now has a vibrant lifestyle that attracts people from all across the globe. Cathedrals like Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André and museums like Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux are brilliant monuments worth visiting. The neoclassical architecture of historic buildings here is not to be missed.

Cape Town, South Africa


One of the most spectacular water front cities of the world, Cape Town has emerged as a delight for tourists over the past few years. Located on South Africa’s southwest coast, Cape Town stands on a peninsula beneath the flat-top table Mountain. Be it the cultural heritage of the region or the culinary experience it offers, Cape Town has something in store for all kinds of travelers. The wine estates and museums like RObben island which was once the prison that held Nelson Mandela are not to be missed. The cable car that takes you to the mountain top provides breathtaking views of this amazing city.

Los Angeles, U.S.A


Hollywood is not all that Los Angeles has to offer. While the film tours that this city in southern California offers are quite cool, its vibrant cultural scene and the beaches are also great tourist attractions. With the new metro expansion, it is easier to move around in the city from Downtown to Santa Monica to everywhere in between. Los Angeles is a bright and beautiful city that welcomes all kinds of tourists.

Merida, Mexico


Located on the Yucata?n Peninsula in Mexico, Merida is for those who live and love culture. Its rich Mayan and colonial heritage is its biggest attraction. Be it the fortress-like Mérida Cathedral or the white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, Merida is home to some of the finest colonial-era churches. Recently named the American capital of culture for the year, Merida is expected to put its best foot forward in 2017 with an array of fantastic live events. It is already popular for its live art and music shows, great gastronomy tours and thrilling dance performances. And what is perhaps the greatest point in favor of Merida is that it is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico!

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Ohrid, Macedonia


Another spectacle located right on the shores of the deep blue waters of Lake Ohrid is the Macedonian city of Ohrid. A boat ride gives you the pleasure of breathtaking views of this city. The little old town is home to some magnificent medieval churches, traditional houses with terracota roofs, and beautiful old monasteries. The beaches are pleasantly scenic and clean and the city’s skyline dominated by Samoil’s Fortress is a delightful sight.

Pistoia, Italy

Pistoia - Italy

If art and architecture is your thing, then Pistoia should be your new Mecca in Italy. Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2017, Pistoia is located in the Tuscany region around 30 km north of Florence. The thriving dynamic culture of this quaint city is bound to draw travelers in the coming year. The medieval building complexes like Piazza del Duomo are not to be missed here.

Seoul, South Korea


One of the most reputed cities in the world, Seoul is the capital of South Korea. It is one of the few metropolitan cities that offer a great mix of modern technology and traditional architecture. From skyscrapers and high-tech subways to Buddhist temples and crowded street markets, Seoul has it all. Once you meet the vibrant soul of Seoul, it gets quite addictive. The innovative architectural designs of buildings like the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the thriving pop culture here are some of the reasons will will love this city. Attractions like the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple are worth checking out.

Lisbon, Portugal


One of the most underrated but stunning destinations in the world, Lisbon in Portugal is a must-visit for anyone who is into art, culture, food, beaches or simply astonishing views. A delight for backpackers, Lisbon has become even more tempting for those who like to travel on a budget on account of the weakness of the Euro. The cuisine here is lip-smacking and the museums give you a slice of history and art. Do not miss the Egyptian artefacts at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and the pop art at Museu Colecc?a?o Berardo.

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Moscow, Russia


Moscow has always been one of the most popular cities on the planet. Located on the Moskva River in western Russia, Moscow is renowned for landmarks like Kremlin and the Red Square. Attractions like Lenin’s Mausoleum and the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral have drwan visitors year after year. But now with Moscow being all set to host football matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is expected to add more tempting jewels to its crown to make it attractive for visitors.

Portland, Oregon


Located against the spectacular Mount Hood, Oregon’s capital Portland is the last city on Lonely Planet’s list of recommended cities for 2017. Portland is renowned amongst travelers for its quaint bicycle paths, picturesque bridges, and friendly cafes and microbreweries that define its culture. The theatre, art and music scene here make it a vibrant city to visit for everyone from backpackers to family vacationers. It is also one of the coolest places on earth to view the solar eclipse of 21 August, 2017.

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