National Geographic traveler magazine have released their picks for the best destinations of 2017, the destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories- Cities, Nature, or Culture.
“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.”
South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind features in the culture category with National Geographic website promoting the UNESCO World Heritage site as a ” sprawling 180-square-mile boneyard provides a subterranean window into human evolutionary history”.
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
- Georgia, USA
- Guadeloupe Islands
- Hamburg, Germany
- Kauai, Hawaii, USA
- Madrid, Spain
- Marrakech, Morocco
- Moscow, Russia
- Papua New Guinea
- Seoul, Korea
- Via Dinarica, Western Balkans
The online hub features additional details such as travel tips for each locale and 360 videos.