INTRODUCING THE “BEST IN THE WORLD”

National Geographic Traveler magazine has released its “Best of the World” list, highlighting 21 must-see places to visit in 2017.

The destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories- Cities, Nature, or Culture. The full list can be found in the December/January 2017 issue of Traveler magazine, available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.

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“This special issue takes readers on a globe-spinning journey to 21 of the world’s best destinations,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “We think this year’s list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel. This list is all about exploration and discovery. It’s not just about where to go, but why to go now and how to make 2017 a year of enlightenment through travel.”

The 2017 Best of the World destinations are (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
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A hiker stands on the peak of Matorac in the Dinaric Alps of central Bosnia and Herzegovina, along a section of the Balkans’ 1,200-mile Via Dinarica trail.

The online hub includes an immersive visual experience with 360 videos along with helpful tips and facts for planning trips to each locale. Visitors will also find inspiring illustrations to download and share. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Friday, November 18, from 2-3:00 PM EST. Join the conversation with @NatGeoTravel and #BestTrips2017.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 16 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 20 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017