Pounding nightlife, glittering canalsides and an ever-diversifying food scene all help this city's cool credentials. Oh, and did we mention it's the birthplace of ramen noodles?
If that's not enough, be sure to check out all the other reasons Osaka should be on your travel radar Dropdown content.
Narrowly pipped to the post by Osaka, Santiago Dropdown content's thriving arts scene and spectacular location earned it second place.
Oft overlooked in years gone by, seen as a mere base for exploring Chile Dropdown content's natural sights, the capital has now entirely reinvented itself.
And a new direct flight route from the UK means it's even easier for British travellers to come and enjoy the city's cultural offerings.
Rising visitor numbers and new flight routes suggest the city won't be a secret for much longer.
Whether it's for its delicious local wine, burgeoning food scene or local creatives, Porto is sure to be big news next year. Watch this space...
The little-touristed country of Georgia is your runner-up.
With its wild, mountainous landscapes and dramatic coastlines, it's little wonder that Georgia is opening up as an adventure travel destination to watch Dropdown content. The rugged Caucasus range offers great trekking, while the compact capital, Tbilisi, with its fantastic modern art museum, is also starting to get noticed.
Make the trip before the rest of the world does too.
Glasses clinked around the UK when the Lake District became Britain's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site Dropdown content in July. And now you've voted it your favourite back-on-the-radar destination for 2017.
Never truly off the radar, the sprawling Lake District sees millions of hikers, boaters and birders each year – but the accolade served as a gentle reminder of all the national park has to offer Dropdown content. So pull on those hiking boots and make the most of the Great British outdoors.
The enchanting Middle Eastern country of Jordan takes the runner-up spot.
The new Jordan Trail Dropdown content, which launched in 2017, beats a 400-mile path through some of the country's wildest parts, putting it firmly back on the map. Add to that the time-worn temples of Petra Dropdown content and the vast expanses of Wadi Rum Dropdown content and it's no wonder that Jordan is top of your travel lists once more.
If you're planning a trip, be sure to read our guide to the destination Dropdown content.
This year's solar eclipse Dropdown content, touted as one of the greatest in American history, was your favourite event of 2017.
Millions of people across the States Dropdown content, from west coast to east, turned out to gaze up at the eclipse, whose path extended across the entire country.
If you missed it, fear not: the next eclipse will be in 2024 and you can always make do with the stars Dropdown content until then...
Canada Dropdown content's 150th celebrations came a close second for your favourite event of the year. Festivities bubbled away for the entirety of 2017, at their most explosive on July 1, Canada's national day. The celebrations focused around the capital city, Ottawa Dropdown content, which saw towering robots pound the streets and a fine-dining restaurant suspended in the sky.
If you're inspired to take a trip next year, here are the most beautiful places to visit Dropdown content (also voted by you).
Ever a favourite with Rough Guides readers, Scotland Dropdown content came out top as the world's most welcoming country.
Sure, Scotland has some pretty epic scenery Dropdown content and some buzzing cities to boot, but it's the people that are the real drawcard here.
Whether you're propping up a bar in Edinburgh or trekking the hills of Glen Coe, you're sure to feel a warm Scottish welcome from whomever you meet.
Canadians are famously friendly and you voted them second only to Scotland for their ability to give a warm welcome.
It's really not surprising: Canadians have got plenty to smile about. The country's wide open spaces and winding coastal highways make for some of the planet's greatest road trips Dropdown content, while its cities are some of the most creative and forward thinking in the world. It's time to start planning that trip – you'll be received with open arms.
New Zealand took the top spot as your ultimate solo travel destination for 2017.
Friendly locals, cool cities, a huge range of budget accommodation and some truly awesome scenery make New Zealand every bit the backpacker's dream Dropdown content.
So, rent a vehicle and take to that open road – you're sure to make some friends along the way.
A backpacker's rite of passage, Vietnam Dropdown content is your runner-up for best solo travel destination.
Vietnam's rice paddies, paradisiacal beaches and frenetic cities are the perfect mix for the curious independent traveller.
If you're planning your first Vietnamese adventure, check out our top tips for backpacking the country Dropdown content and make some time to venture from the most touristed spots Dropdown content during your trip.
Leonardo da Vinci's famed Mona Lisa draws art lovers from the world over – but according to our readers, it doesn't quite live up to the hype.
You voted this 16th-century oil painting, which hangs in Paris Dropdown content' Musée du Louvre Dropdown content, 2017's most overrated attraction. Perhaps it's because of the jostling crowds – or perhaps you've just given up guessing the reasons behind Mona Lisa's mysterious smile. She must know something we don't.
Brussels Dropdown content' Manneken Pis is your runner-up for the most overrated attraction. The bronze statue, which dates back to the 17th century, depicts a small boy urinating into a fountain basin below.
The famous figure has a curious backstory, so perhaps it's size that's the issue here – Manneken Pis is little more than 60cm tall, so you can barely get a glimpse of him amidst the thronging crowds. If you're keen to take a peek, be sure to leave the selfie stick at home.
You voted the Northern Lights as the top item on your bucket list.
Adventurers travel the world over in pursuit of this elusive light display, from Iceland Dropdown content to Canada Dropdown content to the very northern reaches of Scotland Dropdown content. And it's easy to understand why.
Wherever you are in the world, after waiting in the bracing cold for hours, there's nothing quite like the thrill of seeing those first ribbons of light trickle across the sky.
Just behind the northern lights, Machu Picchu Dropdown content is second on your travel wishlist.
Most often reached via the Inca Trail Dropdown content, this 550-year-old citadel is a truly spectacular sight. The Inca ruins are nearly 8000ft above sea level, tucked within dense forestland and between soaring Andean peaks.
If you're planning a trip, remember the popular (and busy) Inca Trail is not the only route to the site – opt for an alternative trek Dropdown content to shake off the crowds.
Yes, you guessed it. Scotland Dropdown content, a perennial favourite of Rough Guides readers, is your number one destination for 2017.
Previously, you named it the most beautiful country in the world Dropdown content – but it's not all about appearances. This year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival celebrated its 70th year and Glasgow emerged as a foodie destination to watch Dropdown content.
Whether you're exploring the capital Dropdown content or discovering Scotland's little-visited corners Dropdown content, you're guaranteed a memorable trip.
Just pipped to the post by Scotland, Iceland Dropdown content is your runner up.
Tourist numbers to the country have soared over the past couple of years, and our readers are certainly feeling the love for this Nordic nation. Bubbling geysers, thundering waterfalls, glossy lakes – Iceland's scenery is truly out of this world, and its compact, colourful capital Dropdown content is the perfect base from which to explore it. If you've not made the trip yet, what are you waiting for?
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