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Canada tops Lonely Planet's list to visit in 2017, see who else made the top ten

Canada tops Lonely Planet's list to visit in 2017, see who else made the top ten
The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, a Gothic Revival landmark in the city's oldest quarter, was mostly completed in 1830. But its twin towers weren't done until the 1840s. And the interior we see now was done in the late 19th century, inspired by the blue and gold hues of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Canada — yes, you heard right: our neighbor to the north, which turns 150 next year — has been named the place to go in 2017 by Lonely Planet.

Some fun facts: It contains the garter snake capital of the world (Manitoba) and is the first country to build a UFO landing pad (in Alberta).

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Among the top 10 cities, Los Angeles placed No. 3 for being "even more accessible to locals and visitors alike." It beat out the only other U.S. city to make the list: Portland, Ore., at No. 10.

The guidebook company Tuesday announced its top 10 countries, cities and places you should go next year in its Best in Travel 2017 guide. Lonely Planet's experts point visitors to places that may be underrated and overlooked, a news release says.

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Here are Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2017:

1. Canada

Jardin Nelson restaurant in Old Montreal.
Jardin Nelson restaurant in Old Montreal. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

2. Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia, has a colonial city center with boutique hotels and restaurants in renovated old homes.
Cartagena, Colombia, has a colonial city center with boutique hotels and restaurants in renovated old homes. (Romulo Rejon / Getty Images/Flickr RF)

3. Finland, which will mark 100 years of independence in 2017

Helsinki Cathedral, Finland.
Helsinki Cathedral, Finland. (Susan Spana / Los Angeles Times)

4. Dominica

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Dominica island.
Dominica island. (Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times)

5. Nepal

The Buddhist monastery gate at the entrance of the small village of Tengboche, elevation 12,664 feet.
The Buddhist monastery gate at the entrance of the small village of Tengboche, elevation 12,664 feet. (Karin Laub / AP Photos)

6. Bermuda

7. Mongolia

8. Oman

9. Myanmar

10. Ethiopia 

The guide’s top 10 cities include:

1. Bordeaux, France

2. Cape Town, South Africa

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3. Los Angeles

4. Merida, Mexico

5. Ohrid, Macedonia

6. Pistoia, Italy

7. Seoul, South Korea

8. Lisbon, Portugal

9. Moscow

10. Portland, Ore.

If you're looking for destinations that are a good deal, Lonely Planet picks Nepal, Namibia and Porto, Portugal, as places where your dollars will go far.

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