Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit in 2017

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Where to go in 2017?

The folks at Lonely Planet have come up with a few places to prime the wanderlust pump.

The travel guidebook publisher has whittled the wide world down to the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. Leading the pack is our neighbor to the north: Canada. The sprawling nation is celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2017, and its relatively weak currency compared with the U.S. dollar means visitors can get a lot of bang for their buck.

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No. 2 is Colombia (don't miss the walled Old Town of Cartagena), followed by Finland, Dominica and Nepal, which could use an influx of tourist cash in the wake of the devastating earthquakes of 2015.

Bermuda, host of the next America's Cup sailing race, comes in at No. 6, trailed by Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia, where Lonely Planet peeps suggest a multiday hike through the African country's Simien Mountains National Park, home to troops of grass-eating gelada monkeys.

For more on the top countries, as well as the best cities and regions, go to www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel.

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