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Updated January 1, 2017 10:01 AM By Beth J. Harpaz  The Associated Press

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Where should you travel in 2017? Maybe you want to witness the U.S. solar eclipse, take advantage of great exchange rates abroad or get in on the hoopla for big anniversaries in places like Alaska, Germany, Canada or Finland. Perhaps you’re looking for a Zika-free beach or a destination unscathed by terrorism.

We looked at events, trends and recommendations from travel agents, magazines, publishers and others, to compile this list of where to go in 2017.

On Aug. 21, a total eclipse of the sun lasting for more than 2 minutes will darken afternoon skies across a narrow strip of the United States stretching from South Carolina to Oregon. Nashville is one of the cities that will experience the phenomenon along with a number of national parks. Hotels in many eclipse destinations are sold out.

All eyes on Washington, D.C., for Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. An anti-Trump protest billed as a Women’s March is scheduled for Jan. 21. Another D.C. draw: the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Timed passes for the museum are essential.

Houston hosts the Super Bowl in February.

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In June, Bermuda hosts the America’s Cup sailing race. Just don’t think of Bermuda as the Caribbean. It’s nearly 1,000 miles north of Puerto Rico and too chilly for ocean swimming in January. On the plus side, Bermuda is Zika-free, and its famous Hamilton Princess hotel — aka the Pink Palace — is newly renovated.

In 2017, Alaska celebrates the 150th anniversary of its transfer from Russia to the United States, along with the centennial of Denali National Park. Alaska cruises, which provide an easy introduction to the 49th state, got a shout-out from Travel Leaders travel agents.

Canada celebrates 150 years since its colonies were united under the Canadian Confederation, and Montreal marks its 375th anniversary. Don’t forget the country’s national parks and wild places. Frommer’s singled out the British Columbia archipelago Haida Gwaii, recently visited by Prince William and Kate.

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