Best Places to Visit in June
School's out and summer is in full swing, which means one thing – it's time for a vacation. While some like to take their time and enjoy the season before they jet off, June is a surprisingly good time to book a getaway. In some destinations, crowds won't arrive until July, leaving room for discounts on flights and hotels. We took into account these factors as well as weather, seasonal events and a variety of location types (from city centers to serene beaches) to come up with the best places to visit in June. Have a favorite place to visit in June? Vote below to have a say in next year's ranking. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)
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If you don't mind not being able to access certain parts of this Montana park (such as the Going-to-the-Sun Road), you could save loads if you visit in June. During this time, Glacier National Park's lodging rates are much lower than the rest of the summer months, and you won't run the risk of getting overheated while hiking the Iceberg Lake Trail or the Highline Trail since high temps hover in the low 70s. For a more leisurely way of exploring the park, go boating on Lake McDonald.
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Paris' stunning architectural landscape is best experienced bathed in sun. The city is known for its gloom during the colder months, but daytime highs in the low 70s usher in a warmer and brighter disposition in June. These sunny days are ideal for seeing the city's iconic sights, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Plus, seasonal festivals and concerts start to pop up throughout the city. Keep in mind that summer is peak tourist season in Paris, so expect crowds and higher rates for accommodations.
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Maine's most populated city sees lower amounts of rainfall and some of its highest temperatures in June, making it a great time for wandering through the Old Port district, strolling along the Eastern Promenade Trail and visiting the Casco Bay Islands by ferry. This New England city is also an excellent place to try a Maine lobster roll, as well as locally made beers. If you prefer vino to beer, time your trip to coincide with Portland Wine Week in mid-June.
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Prince Edward Island#4 in Best Places to Visit in June
Prince Edward Island may be Canada's smallest province, but it is big on relaxation. Life seems to move a little more slowly here, making it a great place to unwind. Fans of the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" flock to the island to see the fictional character's home, while beachgoers visit to take advantage of PEI's dune-filled beaches. Arrive in June to enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the shore before more tourists come to the island later in summer.
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June is the beginning of Gatlinburg's high season, so visiting at this time might mean rubbing elbows with other tourists. But the promise of warm weather and endless outdoor activities make a summer vacation to this Tennessee city worth it. Gatlinburg's proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides visitors with easy access to hiking trails, waterfalls, caves and more. Plus, travelers can visit the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park via the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, which offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding Smokies.
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While often favored for its fall foliage, the Adirondacks region of New York also thrives in summer. Come June, daytime temperatures near 80 degrees and popular seasonal attractions, including John Brown Farm State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga, are open for business. What's more, winter resorts adjust to fit the season, offering plenty of summer activities like swimming, boating, fishing and biking. For a mix of outdoor recreation and laid-back entertainment (think: shopping, listening to live music and riding an old-fashioned carousel), head to Saranac Lake by Lake Placid.
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Machu Picchu#7 in Best Places to Visit in June
Clear skies and comfortable daytime temperatures in the 60s make June a great time to visit this former Incan city. Machu Picchu enters its high season in June (one of several winter months in the Southern Hemisphere), so you'll likely encounter other tourists during your visit. But the crowds haven't reached their peak yet this early in Peru's winter season. Plan on reaching this archaeological wonder by train, or hike the famous four-day Inca Trail if you're feeling adventurous. Remember to purchase your timed entry ticket months in advance to ensure availability.
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Niagara Falls can feel chilly outside of summer, making June – when daytime temperatures sit in the 70s – a terrific time to visit. There are many ways to see the falls from the New York and Ontario sides. You can get an up-close look (and a little wet) on a Maid of the Mist boat excursion, enjoy a bird's-eye view from the Niagara SkyWheel or gaze at the natural wonder from the ground during a Journey Behind the Falls walking tour. If the peak season crowds become too much to handle, escape to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory.
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Although Telluride is known for its superb ski slopes, it offers plenty to do when the weather warms up in June. Travelers will find endless ways to enjoy the outdoors in this Colorado town, from hiking scenic trails like Bridal Veil Falls to biking the San Juan Mountains' winding paths to off-roading at Ophir Pass. Plus, downtown Telluride is home to Town Park, a kid-friendly space with amenities like a swimming pool and a fishing pond. June also features a full events calendar, so festivalgoers can check out annual events like the Telluride Balloon Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
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To fully enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, visit during northeastern Australia's dry season, which starts in June. This month falls within the Southern Hemisphere's winter season but still offers warm weather, plus clear water ideal for diving and snorkeling. Base yourself in Cairns for easy access to some of the reef's best dive sites, as well as shops and restaurants. Or, stay on the Whitsunday Islands to go sailing and lounge on picturesque Whitehaven Beach when you're not exploring the reef. For a glimpse of the reef without getting wet, sign up for an air tour.
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Barbados beckons to June travelers keen on lounging on a beach without breaking the bank. June is the first month of this Caribbean island's rainy season; however, showers typically occur in the afternoon, giving vacationers ample time to soak up some sun. Plus, visitors will often find fewer tourists and lower flight and accommodation prices in June. With the money they save on their overall trip, travelers can enjoy fee-based activities like a tasting or cocktail workshop at the Mount Gay Visitor Center, the island's oldest continuously run rum distillery.
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Vacationers who want to travel outside the U.S. while sticking to a tight budget should consider visiting San Miguel de Allende in June. This central Mexican city's rainy season starts in June, but travelers who come at this time will discover affordable hotel prices and warm temperatures perfect for wandering around El Jardín. Save time for admiring San Miguel's stunning architecture, including the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel and the Instituto Allende. Then, explore shop- and restaurant-filled Fábrica La Aurora or venture about 20 miles southwest to the ruins of Cañada de La Virgen.
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Watching The Great Migration in Serengeti National Park is an unforgettable experience, and June is a great time to see it. Visit the Western Corridor area during this time to witness herds of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras make their way north in search of food, water and breeding grounds. Because June falls within Serengeti's dry season, you'll find less foliage obstructing your view, as well as fewer mosquitos. Daytime highs typically sit in the 70s, but mornings and evenings can get chilly, so remember to pack adequate attire.
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Plan a June trip to Myrtle Beach if you're looking to travel with your kids to a family-friendly locale once school is out. This South Carolina town offers many kid-oriented attractions, including Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach and the Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Plus, average highs sit in the 80s and 90s, so you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the beach. If you're traveling sans kids, take advantage of Myrtle Beach's numerous golf courses and nightlife-focused Broadway at the Beach.
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Visit this quaint New England destination during the shoulder season month of June for a laid-back beach vacation. By June, Cape Cod tourist spots like the Wellfleet Drive-In and the Pilgrim Monument have reopened, but the area's influx of summer travelers haven't yet arrived. This means you'll likely find better deals on hotel rooms, plus more elbow room at the beach. Another bonus: June's comfortable daytime temps in the 60s and 70s are ideal for biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail and wildlife viewing at Cape Cod National Seashore.
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