21 beautiful destinations for 2017

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National Geographic has just released its annual top 21 places to visit - and we want to see them all. Right NOW.

These handpicked destinations give plenty of food inspiration for anyone thinking about their holiday in 2017.

They fall in to one of three categories: nature, cities and culture. Morocco's bustling markets, Finland's unspoiled beauty and the untamed wilderness of Canada's national parks (pictured above) have all made the cut.

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National Geographic Traveler editor in chief George Stone said: "This special issue takes readers on a globe-spinning journey to 21 of the world's best destinations.

"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."

See the full list in our slideshow below