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10 places in U.S. (California's desert is No. 4) Lonely Planet says you should visit next year

Why do we love lists? For travelers, it’s always thrilling to see which destinations are generating the most buzz for the coming year.

Lonely Planet’s editors on Tuesday released their top 10 U.S. places you should visit in 2017. Asheville, N.C., takes the No.

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Where to see reindeer and Northern Lights while staying in an ice hotel

Some people say Santa lives in Lapland, but even if Mr. Ho-Ho-Ho doesn’t make an appearance during this Lapland Safari tour, there are plenty of reindeer and other memorable experiences.

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National park tips: Where the song of Gram Parsons is still sung

If you revere the music of singer-songwriter Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers, you’ll need to pay respects at Joshua Tree National Park’s Cap Rock.

It’s near the junction of Park Boulevard and Keys View Road.

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Fake U.S. embassy operated in Ghana for a decade, issued bogus visas

Before there were fake news stories, there was a fake U.S. embassy in Accra, the capital of Ghana. It opened three times a week, flew a U.S. flag, had a picture of President Obama on the wall and issued bogus visas for $6,000, according to a U.S. State Department report.

It operated for 10 years but was shut down last summer after an investigation by the real U.S. Embassy and Ghanaian police.

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Washington Monument to remain closed until 2019 for elevator repairs

If you want a bird’s-eye view of the nation’s capital from atop the Washington Monument, you’ll have to wait awhile.

Repairs to the elevator that takes tourists to the observation deck at 500 feet in elevation will keep the landmark closed until 2019, the National Park Service announced Friday.

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National park tips: This desert is getting a lot of love

It’ll take a little doing to find your way to solitude in Joshua Tree National Park these days.

Park attendance hit 2 million for the first time in 2015, a nearly 500,000 increase from the year before.  And the first nine months of 2016 were another 21% ahead of 2015.

Whether you have it to yourself or not, Hidden Valley is a haven worth seeking out. It has tent-camping, hiking, climbing and scrambling.

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