Toronto is one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan economies. With a slate of cultural happenings, like an expanded location of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bentway Project, a mile-long recreational space beneath the Gardiner Expressway, chances are slim that the boom will slow in 2017. (Pictured: Nathan Phillips Square)
With so many anniversary festivals and celebrations around Canada this year, we're pretty sure Montreal and Toronto will continue to build on the 10 percent increase in visitors they each received in 2016.
From national parks to European-style cities to natural wonders to adventure getaways, Canada is turning heads and drawing visitors. Moreover, now's a good time to take advantage of visiting the country, as the exchange rate is strong. (Pictured: Sulfur Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta.)
Paso Robles in Central California is relatively "undiscovered" right now, but the area is preparing for an influx of tourists, what with it boasting more than 200 wineries.
In addition to the many, many wineries to visit throughout Paso Robles, there’s a booming restaurant scene that’s getting hipper by the minute.
As far as the tried and true must-sees, the interest in Iceland is not flagging, what with its natural wonders on full display and the quintessentially Scandinavian vibe in Reykjavik, where hip artists, musicians and chefs dictate the tone of the city. (Pictured: Dyrholaey black sand beach)
An increase in budget airlines offering minimal flight prices between Iceland and the US is added incentive for wallet-watchers. You may want to hang tight on planning, though. According to its data, Skyskanner says the most strategic time to book is week of October 23 through 29. (Pictured: Myvatn Nature Baths, North-Eastern Iceland)
Helsinki is having its moment, not least because 2017 is the nation’s 100th anniversary and parties abound, like choral concerts in national parks starting end of August.
Beyond the urban vibrancy of Helsinki, there's plenty to be excited about in Finnish Lapland, like an Arctic Treehouse Hotel and Northern Lights Village, a glass-domed architectural feat.
And for those who prefer lounging around on the beach, Caribbean destinations that are getting a lot of buzz include Saint Barthélemy, which is showing off the fruits of its years-long hotel-building boom, largely in the luxury realm.
Turks and Caicos is another luxurious splurge. Among the spate of new luxury accommodations, there are cabin accommodations that make for a feasible stay for families and groups. Nature-lovers will love the three nature reserves and the third-largest coral reefs.
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Isabela, a surf town in northwest Puerto Rico (always one of our favorite budget destinations), is welcoming a spate of hip new resturants, cocktail bars, and surf shops, thanks to entrepreneuring Americans.