We’re coming to the end of another year, and for many it’s time to start making plans and resolutions for the New Year. If you’re looking for a new holiday destination or thinking of completing your travelling bucket list, then take a look at this list of the best places to visit in 2017. You won’t want to miss any of the exciting things happening at these destinations.
Once a place associated with war and bloodshed, it’s hard to believe that this country was named the happiest in the world by the end of 2012. The years of Civil War and crime are now far behind them and have been replaced by rich biodiversity, strong culture and a special unity. Located on the doorstep of South America, visitors will have access to the tropical beaches and amazon rainforest. Pope Francis is due to visit Columbia in 2017, which will be the nation’s first papal visit in 30 years.
Known for its pink sand beaches and coral reefs, it’s no surprise that this string of islands attracts keen scuba divers, sun worshippers and honeymooners year on year. Next June however, Bermuda will play host to the 35th America’s cup, where the US will be looking to gain another victory in the sailing arena. The atmosphere for this upcoming event, presented by Louis Vuitton, is sure to be spectacular, making 2017 the perfect time to visit.
Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, is sure to give you an experience like no other. Vegas is of course most famous for its casinos, housed inside some of the worlds most extravagant hotels. First timers are encouraged to brush up on casino etiquette before entry, but if having a flutter isn’t your thing then you’ll be pleased to know Vegas has much more to offer, particularly in the form of live shows. The Park Theater, a 5,200-seat performance venue is opening its doors this month and next year will enjoy residencies from both Cher and Ricky Martin.
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation so the second largest country in the world is planning some very special events for its birthday celebrations. The Ignite 150 event will see a series of stunts performed all over Ottawa in 2017 and there will be free entry to all Canada’s national parks for the whole year. July 1st marks the official anniversary, which will be celebrated at the Shaw Centre with cuisine prepared by top chefs, live music and theatre. With the weak Canadian dollar making this a very affordable destination, there is no better time to visit Lonely Planet’s number 1 destination for 2017.
South Africa’s capital has so much to offer tourists, from the iconic Table Mountain to the local markets selling authentic South African cuisine. The District 6 Museum celebrates the multi-racial area sadly destroyed in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the staff, once residents of the area themselves, have emotionally touching stories to tell, providing visitors with a first hand insight. New for September 2017 will be the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which will be the world’s biggest museum of contemporary African art. One to put on your list if you’re intrigued by art and design.