Lonely Planet's best places to visit in 2017

How many have you visited?

Updated: 

Credits: Getty

One of the best regarded travel authorities has unveiled its list of must-see destinations for 2017 - and one of them is in Britain.

The Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2017 list features an ancient Inca site, a volcanic mountain... and North Wales.

See also: Easy ways to save money on your next holiday booking

See also: Top 10 long-haul flights with the biggest savings for 2017

The unveiling of the British region at number four on the top 10 has been credited in part to 2016's Year of Adventure campaign in Wales, which has helped show people what they can do in the area.

North Wales earned its place as a must-see destination for 2017 thanks to the region's reinvention, says the book: "Once upon a time the mountains and valleys of North Wales gave up a bounty of slate, copper and even gold.

"Now this landscape, ringed with hills and rich with mythology, is a playground for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers."

Bear Grylls, official adventure ambassador for Wales, commented: "The beautiful, rugged and wild terrain of North Wales lends itself to so many activities and adventures, and I was thrilled to find out it's been recognised in this way.

Credits: Getty ImagesSurf Snowdonia makes the region a must for water fans

"The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is based on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, an area very close to my heart and a place that's guaranteed to challenge even the most intrepid adventurers!"

The Lonely Planet says that what caught its eye is the way the former industrial landscape has been reinvented and re-purposed to create a series of truly world class attractions, from high speed zip lining and inland surfing to underground trampolining in a 176-year-old disused slate mine.

Credits: GettyGlyder Mountain range in North Wales, part of Snowdonia National Park

Here's the complete list of regions in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 top 10 - how many have you visited?

1. Choquequirao, Peru

Credits: Getty

Choquequirao in Peru has topped the list for adventurous holidaymakers

Choquequirao in Peru took the top spot, boasting a "growing traveller buzz to see it ASAP" and offering as close an experience as possible to "exploring Machu Picchu before the hoardes and mass commerce," Lonely Planet explained.

2. Taranaki, New Zealand

Credits: Getty

Taranaki is a stunning New Zealand region overlooked by a volcano

Halfway between Auckland and Wellington, Taranaki's oil and gas business bring enviable affluence.

New Plymouth is the regional hub, home to two art galleries, a provincial museum, and enough espresso joints to keep you humming, while behind the city, the moody volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki demands a visit.

3. The Azores, Portugal

Credits: Getty

Flores island in the Azores shows why this gorgeous spot is on the list

For in-the-know travellers, says Lonely Planet, the Azores have long represented a beckoning blip on the radar of possible destinations. Recognition from Unesco and other organisations has helped that blip to pulse more brightly over the years.

4. North Wales, UK

Credits: Getty

Llanddwyn Island on the Menai Straits in North Wales

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's Editorial Director, said: "We included North Wales in this year's list of top ten regions because it deserves to be recognised on the global stage. It's a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained."

5. South Australia

Credits: Getty

South Australia boasts beautiful scenery and Adelaide, an amazing city

Gracious, relaxed Adelaide is capital of the driest state on the driest inhabited continent, but it boasts fine landscapes, fine festivals, fine food, and fine wine. There's beachy Glenelg, and gentrified Port Adelaide. Inland, Adelaide's winking plains rise to the Adelaide Hills, just 12 minutes up the freeway.

6. Aysén, Chile

Credits: Alberto Loyo/ Shutterstock

The Hanging Glacier of Queulat National Park is a Chilean delight

Aysén is the least populated of Chile's 15 regions, and the overlooked corner of Northern Patagonia has everything, juggling hanging glaciers, brooding fjords, lush rainforests and guanaco-filled steppes.

7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Credits: Jean-Bernard Carillet

The Tuamotus in French Polynesia are a must for water lovers

The Tuamotus are dream South Seas snapshot of 77 atolls – narrow coral rings encircling turquoise lagoons – making up a stunning archipelago and flung over an immense stretch of indigo-blue ocean.

8. Coastal Georgia, USA

Credits: Getty

Taking the picturesque ferry to the Historic District waterfront of Savannah, Georgia

Georgia's coast isn't as vast as those of the neighboring states along the Eastern Seaboard, but it is wonderfully wild and unique.

Offering up an enchanting mix of waterscapes, ranging from ocean to rivers to swamps to estuaries, this region has a wealth of natural wonders to explore.

9. Perak, Malaysia

Credits: Getty

Perak in Malaysia is a rugged region that remains largely undiscovered

Clifftop temples, dam-flooded wilderness, a mining town now famous for chicken with beansprouts – Perak's highlights are as intriguing as they are varied, but somehow this rugged Malaysian region has never seized its share of the limelight.

10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland

Credits: Getty

The Skellig Ring is often seen as an extension to the Ring of Kerry, but Lonely Planet says it's much more

The Skellig Ring in Ireland, "perhaps Ireland's most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline". Many undertake it as a detour from the Ring of Kerry, but it's a wonderful destination in its own right.

TripAdvisor's Destinations on the Rise 2017

TripAdvisor's Destinations on the Rise 2017


provided by