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New in Travel: Lonely Planet releases the top 35 new travel openings in 2017

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Lonely Planet today released New in Travel 2017, a list of 35 of the top new opening attractions that have just opened or are scheduled to open in 2017.

Eruption with lava and ash of the Eyjafjallajkull volcano in Iceland.
Eruption with lava and ash of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. Image by Eric Meola

Curated by the Lonely Planet News team, the list features many of the most interesting stories reported by Travel News in the previous year. Most of the top 10 list also appeared in Best of Travel 2017 earlier in the year, and now the list has been expanded to provide plenty of inspiration for travellers to refresh their wishlist.

Exciting new museum openings feature heavily on the list, focusing on everything from the history and culture of African Americans, to the life’s work of renowned designer Yves Saint Laurent, and from the intricate art of the Buddhist temples to rescued artworks from the streets of Paris.

A student works next to street art that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the 'Art 42' Urban Art museum in Paris on September 12, 2016. The first entrance free and permanent street art museum in France will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the 'Nuit Blanche' on October 1, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum.
A student works next to street art that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the ‘Art 42’ Urban Art museum in Paris on 12 September, 2016. The first free and permanent street art museum in France opened its doors to the public on the occasion of the ‘Nuit Blanche’ on 1 October, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum. Image by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

For the more sports-inclined, why not check out New Zealand’s immersive All Blacks experience or test yourself in Switzerland’s Thrill Walkway? Lovers of luxury can find themselves riding in style through one of the highest rail routes in the world in Peru, or taking a six-month holiday to cruise around the world.

Budget-conscious travellers can get their kicks by visiting the world’s largest Lego store or rubbing shoulders with the locals at St Petersburg’s New Holland Island. If you’re more of a fan of animals than people, there are amazing animal migrations taking place in the African Parks.

The world’s largest LEGO store has opened in London. Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
The world’s largest LEGO store has opened in London. Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The list has been broken up into the top 10, 11-20 and finally 21-35, after much debate between both the Travel News team and Lonely Planet’s experts. Finally, the Travel News team and some of Lonely Planet’s expert Destination Editors weighed in with their personal favourites from the list.

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