Black Rhinos To Glamping: Lonely Planet’s Top 10 New Tourist Attractions

Lonely Planet Names 2017's Top New Openings
Michael Townsend

Travel Writer

Jan 09, 2017

Lonely Planet has released its annual New in Travel 2017 Collection and South Australia and Western Australia both feature in the top 10 places to visit.

So if you are already planning where to go on holiday this year, then check out the top attractions launching around the world this year. 

From a volcano viewing platform in Iceland, a national park in Rwanda that is reintroducing black rhinos and a glamping eco retreat in Western Australia, there are plenty of destinations to choose.

To see what attractions the travel media company has tipped as ones to watch for 2017 and get ahead of the curve, read on…  

Now in its third year, Lonely Planet’s New in Travel gives ambitious travellers the chance to get ahead of the curve and be among the first to experience what’s new and exciting in the year ahead.

Lonely Planet’s New in Travel 2017 Top 10

1. Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia – It’s not just current American politics that’s divided; Philly’s new museum will be an unmissable experience about a tumultuous period that shaped a nation: amrevmuseum.org

 Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

2. Lava, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland – This state-of-the-art centre will feature an earthquake simulator and a viewing platform overlooking the volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla: lavacenter.is

 Lava, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

3. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, South Australia – The soon-to-be-iconic trail will take you around some of this South Australian island’s most spectacular landscapes: kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov.au

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, South Australia

4. Musées Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Marrakesh, France and Morocco – Two museums are set to open in honour of the iconic fashion designer.

 Musées Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Marrakesh, France and Morocco

5. Akagera National Park, Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park is famous for its gorillas in the mist, but Akagera is the park making headlines for reintroducing black rhinos.

 Akagera National Park, Rwanda

6. American Writers Museum – The new museum in Chicago will offer a look into how US literature has documented and influenced American culture: americanwritersmuseum.org

 American Writers Museum

7. Cruise (all over the world) – The Viking Sun, a 141-day journey from Miami to London, will set sail and stop at 66 different locales, including Cuba and Bora Bora.

 Cruise (all over the world)

8.  – The glamping retreat will include dozens of luxury, family and backpacker tents.

 American Writers Museum

9. Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru – South America’s first sleeper train will travel one of the world’s highest rail routes, through the Peruvian Alps, Lake Titicaca and Cuzco: belmond.com.

Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

10. Design Society, Shēnzhèn, China –The Shékŏu area will welcome a brand new cultural hub, focusing on 20th and 21st century design in collaboration with London’s renowned V&A Museum (Exhibits in 2017 and 2018).

 Design Society, Shēnzhèn, China

You can check out more travel information on Lonely Planet’s Travel News, here.


By Michael Townsend

Travel Writer

Michael Townsend is The Carousel's regular travel writer. Born in England, moved to New-Zealand and now living in Australia, he loves covering travel and seeing all the world has to offer. He has been to Tahiti, Andorra, France and Indonesia, to name a few, and has recently covered Singapore. In particular, he is interested in adventure activities, site-seeing and food, covering them from the perspective of families looking to travel abroad and overseas, or young couples wanting a romantic getaway. When he is not travelling to far flung places, he is studying law at Sydney University.


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