Spring is officially over in June, and plenty of places in the United States are ramping up for summer. The weather is glorious across the country, with sunny long days on the horizon, a June vacation is a highlight for many travelers.
Best Places to Visit in June in the USA
1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Spring bloom is still in force in June in Gatlinburg and temperatures are an average of 84°F. Do you need more reasons to visit this picturesque mountain town on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains?
How does hiking in pristine wilderness followed by a refreshing dip in a local swimming hole such as The Sinks Waterfall and The Midnight Hole sound? Does seeing the view from an aerial cable car sound amazing? Can’t forget to mention the annual Dollywood BBQ & Bluegrass Festival which takes place over a few weeks in June!
2. New York City, New York
One of the best places to visit in June in the US is the Big Apple herself. In June, you’ll enjoy New York City without winter’s cold, damp weather from previous months and before summer’s crowds. The temperatures are just right in the mid-80s for exploring the city’s wonders on foot and enjoying Central Park.
Catch a world-class performance on Broadway, roam around iconic places like Times Square, marvel at the Empire State Building and surrounding skyscrapers and book a tour that includes a climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty. If you’re with a lover, these are all some of the most romantic things to do in NYC.
Learn about and sample top rum brands at the New York Rum Festival in mid June or hear the sounds of musicians from all around the world at the New York Sounds of Summer International Music Festival.
3. Long Beach Island, New Jersey
If New Jersey doesn’t come to mind when you think of long, sandy US beaches and swimming in the ocean in June, think again! In fact, Long Beach, which is situated on a barrier island, is one of the top beaches on the east coast.
The temperatures are around 75°C and the sun shines almost every day, making Long Beach one of the best places to visit in the USA in June. Amusement parks, restaurants, shops and historic landmarks are all around.
Check out the picturesque Barnegat Lighthouse, learn about local history at the New Jersey Maritime Museum, or do something extra daring and try paragliding at sunset. Be sure to check out the Hopsauce Festival which celebrates craft beer and hot sauce.
4. Duluth, Minnesota
In June, the lovely lilacs are still in bloom in Duluth but that’s not the only reason to visit! June sees temperatures reaching 75°F and the sun is out most days, which makes it a great time of year to head outdoors and explore this port city and the Great Lake’s North Shore and its many state parks.
Spend a day hiking and enjoy spectacular natural features such as Gooseberry Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in the state. The Great Lakes Aquarium is a fascinating place to visit and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum with its display of antique locomotives is a must for train lovers!
If you love Rhubarb, be sure to plan your trip around the CHUM Rhubarb Festival where you’ll enjoy everything rhubarb accompanied by live entertainment and fun events.
5. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
The days are hot and the nights are cold but June in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is magical. The park is widely known for having some of the best sunrises around, but the scenery is spectacular any time of day.
Outdoor lovers and backcountry explorers love this park for its 500 miles of gravel roads, 12 wilderness areas and beautiful hiking trails. As you explore the area, you’ll see ocotillo groves, badlands, palm oases and other unique natural features.
6. Boston, Massachusetts
New England just blooms in late spring and this is the best time to visit if you want comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. Boston is the largest city in New England and this fabulous weather creates a peak time for combining urban exploration with outdoor adventure.
The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail is the best way to see many of the historic and cultural sites without having to drive around looking for them. Learn about an important time in the city’s history at the Boston Tea Party Museum and admire incredible artworks at the Museum of Fine Arts.
In June, the Boston Pizza Festival takes place so arrive hungry and get ready to sample dozens of pizza styles.
7. Camden, Maine
Coastal scenery, scenic road trips, world-class restaurants, outdoor fun, and a relaxing atmosphere. What more could anyone want in a vacation destination in June? How about temperatures averaging 72°F, uncrowded attractions and beautiful wildflowers?
This is Camden and in June, the fabulous weather allows for many outdoor excursions. Admire the stunning scenery consisting of rocky coastline and a little harbor filled with boats.
Take a hike to the top of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park to get a bird’s-eye view, dine on fresh seafood in a waterfront eatery and explore the historic district where you’ll find the Camden Opera House and many art galleries and shops. Jazz in June is a popular event featuring free concerts.
8. Franconia, New Hampshire
Although you may not have heard of Franconia, you should consider it for your next June US getaway. The summer tourists haven’t arrived yet, but the temperatures are rising and the sun shines most days.
The town’s location in the White Mountains means you’ll enjoy stunning views all around. Hiking is the main activity for outdoor lovers and there are trails for every level from the easy Artist’s Bluff to the challenging Franconia Ridge.
Head to nearby Sugar Hill and attend the popular Lupine Festival and celebrate the purple flowers that bloom in the area every spring. Explore Franconia Notch State Park which is home to Echo Lake and Franconia Notch which is a scenic mountain pass that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.
9. Assateague Island, Maryland / Virginia
With temperatures around 78°F, it may not be tropical in June, but Assateague Island makes for a fabulous escape with some nice weather. This lovely coastal retreat is known for its sandy beaches and wild horses that roam freely. It’s easily one of the best places to visit in the US in June.
It also has an annual Art’s Alive event that takes place every June and features many regional artists who display and sell their work.
Rent a kayak and head to Assateague State Park and paddle along the coast and through marshes where you’ll find many species of birds and visit the picturesque Assateague Lighthouse.
10. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
June is a wonderful time to visit Mount Rainier National Park because the wildflowers are in bloom, the weather is warmer and it’s not as crowded as it is in the summer and fall. The park encompasses the most prominent attraction, Mount Rainier.
The park is home to one of North America’s biggest alpine glacial systems and the biggest volcanic glacier system on Earth! Head here in June to hike along the Skyline Trail and reach the highest point where you’ll see incredible views, explore the Grove of the Patriarchs and its huge trees and head to Packwood Lake and take in more stunning views.
11. Thermopolis, Wyoming
Many may not think of this Wyoming town as one of the best places to visit in June in the US, actually many may not have ever even heard of the place!
Warm temperatures, sunny days, stunning scenery and rejuvenating hot springs are just some of the things Thermopolis is known for in June. Go on an epic white water rafting adventure on the Wind River followed by an evening exploring the downtown district with its restaurants, pubs and lively atmosphere.
In June, Thermopolis Brewfest is a top event featuring concerts, art shows and more.
12. Box Canyon State Park, Idaho
Although Box Canyon State Park doesn’t stand out amongst the surrounding farmland, once you’re immersed in this spectacular wilderness area, you realize that there’s more to this park than you ever imagined.
It’s also an amazing place to visit in the United States in June when the air is getting warmer and the summer crowds haven’t arrived yet.
Hike the 4.5-mile trail at nearby Wendell and check out the many waterfalls and swimming areas in the park. The Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve is also a must-see and it features one of the biggest hot springs in North America.
13. The Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondacks is a beautiful mountain region in America and top destination to visit in June. This is the time of year when the temperatures are just right, not too cold and not too hot.
It’s perfect weather for hiking up Bald Mountain and kayaking on Saranac Lake. Get a history lesson with a visit to the John Brown Farm State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga. The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival takes place in June and features local wine and craft beer producers, food trucks and craft vendors.
14. Telluride, Colorado
In Telluride, tourists come in winter to enjoy world-class skiing, but in June, crowds are non-existent. The weather is warm and sunny and the landscape takes on a whole new look. Its Rocky Mountain location means you’ll enjoy scenery everywhere you go.
Whether you’re hiking the alpine trails, checking out Bridal Veil Falls, biking in the San Juan Mountains, rafting down a raging river, or horseback riding in the scenic backcountry, there’s something for everyone.
The historic downtown district of Telluride is where you’ll find the Sheridan Opera House and the Telluride Historical Museum, where you can learn about local history.
15. Breckenridge, Colorado
It’s mostly known as a top ski destination but in June, beautiful Breckenridge transforms into an outdoor adventure lover’s dream! Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, boutique shopping, or brewery hopping, there’s something for everyone.
The weather is comfortable in the high 60s most days so you won’t find it too hot or too cold as you trek along the 6.4-mile McCullough Gulch Trail to White Falls. At the Epic Discovery at Breckenridge, you’ll enjoy bungee trampolines, ziplines, a scenic chair lift and a thrilling roller coaster.
16. McCall, Idaho
McCall is a small mountain resort town on the shores of Payette Lake in the Payette National Forest. The town is surrounded by wilderness areas where outdoor lovers can participate in a range of activities and June is one of the best times of year to visit!
Mild temperatures averaging 74°F and plenty of sunshine create perfect conditions for kayaking in Ponderosa State Park, cruising on McCall Lake and soaking in the Burgdorf Hot Springs.
17. Bodega Bay, California
Bodega Bay is a great place to visit in June if you have fine wine, delicious food and world-class music on your mind because this is when the North Coast Wine & Food Festival and the Railroad Square Music Festival take place in nearby Santa Rosa.
This quaint little place on the Pacific Coast sees June temperatures soar to the mid-70s. Hike the Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail, stroll along deserted beaches, check out the galleries and unique shops of the downtown district and dine on fresh seafood.
Bodega Head is where you can admire stunning views. You might even catch sight of some whales frolicking offshore!
18. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Oregon isn’t just one of the best places to visit in the US in June, but one of the best places to visit in the world! Crater Lake was created by a volcanic eruption over 7,000 years ago and today, the lake is the deepest in the country and a top destination for scenery and outdoor adventure.
In June, the temperatures are starting to warm up with an average high of 70°F. The attractions are open for the season and the summer crowds haven’t arrived yet so you’ll have that sparkling blue lake set to the beautiful Cascade Mountains mostly to yourself.
Take a mini road trip along the scenic Rim Road, embark on a cruise around Crater Lake and hike along beautiful trails including Cleetwood Cove and Sun Notch.
19. Put-in-Bay, Ohio
For a low-key, relaxing holiday without the fuss of larger, more crowded destinations, Put-in-Bay is a great choice for your next June getaway. Although peak summer tourists haven’t arrived yet, summer temperatures have.
This resort town situated on South Bass Island in Lake Erie is known for its incredible scenery and attractions including the International Peace Memorial and Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum.
Go kayaking on the lake, explore natural wonders in South Bass Island State Park and Oak Point State Park and take a tour of the world’s biggest geode, also known as Crystal Cave. Be sure to check out the concerts and events at LakeFest and don your best pirate look for the Annual Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest.
20. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake Geneva is a beautiful destination for a June getaway. Fewer crowds and warm temperatures in the low 80s are top draws but the scenery is always a main attraction with historic mansions lining a sparkling lake and contrasting with pristine natural beauty.
Hang out at the lovely beaches of Big Foot Beach State Park and kayak or paddleboard on the clear waters. Take a hike around the lake, get a history lesson at the Geneva Lake Museum and beat the heat with an outing to the Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park.
21. Black Hills, South Dakota
Black Hills is a mountain range known for its jagged peaks, canyons, sparkling blue lakes, caves, pine forest and Mount Rushmore. June is an amazing time to visit because it’s right before the summer rush and the temperatures are warming up to an average of 74°C.
A top attraction in the area is the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop and late spring is the best time of year for nature viewing! The park is home to antelope, elk, bighorn sheep and bison.
The Black Hills Renaissance Festival is a popular event in June as is the West Boulevard Summer Festival which features fine local art and entertainment.
22. Shasta Lake, California
Because it’s a little off-the-beaten-path, Shasta Lake is the perfect place to head to when you want to get away from it all and in June, you have the bonus of fewer people and beautiful weather with an average temperature of 80°F.
This lake may be man-made but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy stunning natural beauty along its 360 miles of shoreline. Spend your days boating, waterskiing, or fishing, escape the midday heat with a tour of the underground Shasta Caverns and admire the architectural wonders of the Shasta Dam.
23. West Okoboji, Iowa
Besides temperatures reaching 80°F, a range of fantastic accommodations to choose from, amazing scenery and many attractions, there’s another reason why West Okoboji is a top place to visit in June; low prices!
If you love the water, you’ll love hanging out at the lake where you can go swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddleboarding and kayaking. Explore the hiking trails of Pikes Point State Park and immerse in nature at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area.
24. Santa Barbara, California
Sunshine and mild temperatures draw people to Santa Barbara in June. The temperatures are just right for hiking or hanging out at the beautiful sandy beaches.
This seaside city below the Santa Ynez Mountains features colonial architecture and many shops and restaurants. El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park is an outdoor museum that showcases notable events in Santa Barbara’s history.
In and around Santa Barbara, there are over 200 wineries and in June the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival is a top event. This is where you’ll have the chance to meet local winemakers and chefs and sample their creations.
Another popular June event is the Summer Solstice Celebration which features artworks and performances and is the biggest event of its type in the region.
25. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Come June, Fort Lauderdale isn’t yet in full summer swing but it’s still a lively place where visitors can lounge in the sun on long sandy beaches all day and party it up late into the night.
With temperatures between 76°F and 89°F, you’ll have fantastic weather for exploring this vibrant city.
Stroll down Las Olas Boulevard and check out the restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shops and galleries. Go for a gondola ride down the city’s canals and go hiking in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
In June, the SFLHops Beer Festival takes place, so be sure to check it out and snag some samples and enjoy some great entertainment.
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