If you’re from the Northern Hemisphere like me, then you know that June means summer is officially here! This is a perfect month to plan a road trip or hop on a plane or train to one of your bucket list destinations.
June is one of the most popular travel months, though, which means prices and tourist numbers are higher almost everywhere, especially in the U.S. and Europe. So you’ll want to plan and budget wisely.
Here are the best destinations to visit in June!
This is the beginning of France’s peak season, so prices and crowds will still be lower than in July and August. You’ll even get some breezes and non-sweltering temperatures this month.
Paris will get more and more crowded the later in June you go, so start your trip in Paris, then head to the coasts or wine regions. In June, the beaches won’t be overcrowded yet, and the water will be a fantastic temperature for water activities.
June is also the best time to see the iconic sunflower and lavender fields in Southern France!
Alberta is home to Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway and the Columbia Icefield, the Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and Wood Buffalo National Park.
June is a nature lover’s paradise in Alberta because the weather is warm and sunny. And even though June is a peak travel month in Canada, Alberta’s outdoor destinations will help you avoid a lot of the crowds.
The Amalfi Coast
Few destinations are as iconic as the Amalfi Coast. You’ve got iconic Positano, Sorrento’s famous limoncello, the Path of the Gods hike, the island of Capri, and the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
June is the transition month between Italy’s shoulder and peak season, so tourist numbers and prices will rise throughout the month. But June has the perfect weather for the Amalfi Coast!
It’ll be warm enough to swim and lounge on the pebbly beaches. Ferries routes will be fully open between the coastal towns and islands. And it won’t be too hot for the inland hikes and sites.
In June, Sweden enjoys close to 20 hours of sunlight every day, so plan accordingly if you want to see the sunrise or sunset from certain viewpoints!
Midsummer Eve in late June is a bigger celebration for Swedes than Christmas. You’ll experience all-day, outdoor parties with almost non-stop eating and drinking.
June is also the best time to see all of Sweden’s idyllic landscapes – from the archipelagos, Stockholm and Gothenburg, the green isles of east coast Östergötland, and the white beaches and windmills on southern Öland.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is one of the most-visited National Park in the U.S., and for good reasons! Its towering granite cliffs, iconic waterfall, and redwood forests make it a dream nature-lovers destination.
June is the best month to visit Yosemite because the snow has melted to open up Tioga Pass, the heat hasn’t dried out the falls yet, and the wildflowers will be in full bloom as far as the eye can see.
The National Park will be crowded and busy this time of year, so book your accommodation at least a year in advance if you want to stay in the park. And to avoid some of the crowds when you’re here, visit the popular overlooks early in the morning and then explore lesser-known trails and drives in the afternoon.
June is the beginning of Portugal’s peak season, so the earlier in the month you visit, the lower the tourist numbers and prices will be. But Portugal is worth visiting in June because the water will finally be warm enough to truly enjoy the coasts and islands.
The wildflowers will still be in bloom, the temperatures will be warm and pleasant, and there’s a low chance of rain in June.
I’m from Tennessee, so I know this city well! The “Country Music Capital of the World” becomes even more musical in July with the Country Music Association’s annual four-day festival and the nearby Bonnaroo music festival.
It’ll be hot here in June, and tourist numbers and prices will increase throughout the month. So make reservations in advance, and arrive at popular places early in the morning to beat the crowds.
If you have a car, I recommend getting out of the city for a day and visiting the nearby town of Franklin and Arrington Vineyards.
If you’re lucky, St. Petersburg’s White Nights will occur in June. This is an annual summer festival celebrating the near-midnight sun phenomena. Because the city is so close to the Arctic Circle, during this time of year, the sky never gets complete dark at night.
But even if the White Nights don’t occur in June when you’re planning to go, the city celebrates this occurrence long before and after it happens with dancing in the streets, almost non-stop eating and drinking, and special opera and ballet performances.
June is also one of the few times a year when you won’t need a fur coat to stay warm in St. Petersburg. You’ll still want layers for the mornings and evenings, but the day temperatures will be pleasant.
June is the end of Switzerland’s shoulder season, so the prices and crowds won’t be at their peak yet. The weather will be warm and sunny, though you’ll still want layers for the mornings and evenings in the higher elevations.
All trails and scenic drives will be open and accessible, and the lakes will be warm enough for swimming. June is the perfect month to enjoy a cold Swiss beer while eating fondu on a restaurant terrace with a view!
Bonaire is one of the Caribbean ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) that are conveniently located outside of the hurricane zone. Because most people think June is a no-go month for the Caribbean, this island will have fewer crowds, low rates, and fantastic weather.
Each of the ABC islands caters to a different crowd. Bonaire is for divers and people who want a more low-key, off-the-beaten-path travel experience.
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