Travel inspires change. It propels you toward new experiences, to seek comradery with strangers, and open your mind to other cultures, even within your home country. You never know what you’ll discover in unexpected places, and you can find countless untried things to see, taste, and do from East Coast beaches to the vast southwest. In an earlier travelers’ guide, we outlined 17 places you must visit in 2017, but if you’re unsure where to begin, we’ve taken a deeper dive into three top picks. As you make plans for the year ahead, consider keeping these destinations on your radar. They just might surprise you.

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What are your picks for best places to travel in the U.S. in 2017?