The Best Places to Visit in June for Weather & Travel

Here's where to chase the sun for fun and frolics with your partner.
Rainbow over Glasgow City Chambers and George Square, Scotland
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james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Nov 13, 2023
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There are so many incredible sights in the world to consider when selecting the best places to visit in June. The Northern Hemisphere, where most of Earth's land resides, transitions to warmer days and longer hours of sunlight. This is a time when you can explore the lush landscape of Scandinavia, Lapland and Alaska in daylight; wander historical landmarks and parks across famous destinations throughout Europe, Canada, and East Asia without crowds or monsoons; or get that Greek glow in the Mediterranean. Down south, cooler temperatures mean optimum conditions for adventurous activities like safari, especially in Central and Southern Africa. June is an especially good time to travel not just for great weather, but for relatively fair prices. Most school holidays outside the US start in July, so you'll take advantage of the perks before a family surge in the summer.

Whether you're looking to do something special with your spouse, be it a honeymoon or an anniversary trip, or you and the bach crew are seeking the latest city travel trend, we've rounded up the very best countries to vacation in June.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali coast with a figurative breakwater aerial view
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Beautiful Bali is now known as one of the most social media-friendly destinations on the planet. The weather in June is comfortably warm and sunny, as the rainy season would have ended two months prior. Whilst the rest of the world populates Northern destinations, the hotels are now less busy, so you can enjoy those all-inclusive resorts as they're meant to be enjoyed, in peace. With Indonesia being such an affordable country, most travelers to Bali can have the honeymoon of their dreams.

Things to Do: Don't let the social media opportunities go to waste, enlist an expert who will breeze you through Lempuyang Temple, Tukad Cepung Waterfall, and the Tegallalang rice terrace on an Instagram tour (note, the same person is guide, driver and photographer). Partake in a cooking class run by Balinese locals on Airbnb Experiences, or just relax…head to Nusa Dua for stunning beaches beside turquoise waters or Seminyak for nightlife.

Places to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Jumeirah Bali (with its luxury suites), Alila Villas Uluwatu and the Hanging Gardens of Bali are all ideal accommodation options for a romantic getaway. Bach parties, how about this luxury villa with staff on VRBO?


Moraine Lake with Alpen Glow on Ten Peaks Banff National Park Canada
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June is when things come alive north of the border. From the east to the west coast, the snow has thawed in the major cities, and national parks are verdant with plantlife and thus, wildlife. June is also great because you avoid the July and August family rush. Sit by Banff's deep blue waters and mountainous backdrop undisturbed, head to Montreal for a feast and a festival (ideally, combined), and park yourself at the sunny, dog-friendly, beaches of Vancouver. You might need a light jacket, but this, at least for Canadians, is the sweet spot.

Things to Do: You can't miss the famous Niagara Falls, an easy half-day trip from Toronto. While you're in the big city and feeling brave, why not tackle the CN Tower Edge Walk, 116 stories above ground? Banff is so gorgeous that finding a Flytographer is a breeze. Foodies will love the multicultural cities of Vancouver and Montreal: sign up for a food tour and discover the best Asian dishes and French delicacies the country has to offer.

Places to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto and Shangri-La Vancouver for honeymooners; The Moxy Banff for budget-conscious adventurers; and the W Montreal for bach parties.


Copenhagen, Denmark. Nyhavn, Kobenhavn's iconic canal, colorful sunrise water reflection
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Scandinavia's smallest country is by no means lacking, and June is the perfect time to come and see the country that inspired Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales (and enjoy a tour devoted to his version of Copenhagen). The daylight hours are long, and the temperatures mild, so you can hike the landscape and perhaps try camping or glamping on your romantic getaway. There are several music festivals held here in June, such as Distortion, Northside, and Rock Under the Bridge.

Things to Do: Make buttery pastries with a local via Airbnb Experiences, then take your sweet treats for a stroll across the famous Nyhavn area to admire the colorful houses. Dine at the best vegan restaurant in Scandinavia, Ark, awarded a green Michelin star. Or act like a couple of big kids on a trip to LEGOLAND; this is, after all, its birthplace.

Places to Stay: Boutique hotel, Nimb, is perfect for couples in Copenhagen, while Bonvoy members can stay at The Socialist. If visiting Aartus, we recommend Scandic The Mayor.


Port Isaac from the South West Coast Path
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June is the best time to get outside in England, so whether you're hitting up the cities like London or Manchester, exploring the English countryside at New Forest or Ascot, or hitting the beach at Margate in Kent or Cornwall, you'll do it under glorious sunshine. British kids don't break up for school until July, so on weekdays you can avoid crowds. (Editor's note: The writer of this article is a London native, so trust that this is one of the best places to travel in June in the world. He knows from experience.)

Things to Do: Retreat to the quaint countryside and go horse-riding at Coworth Park, before a couples massage at the luxury eco-spa. Back in London, swoon the spouse with lunch at Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay or La Dame de Pic. And don't miss afternoon tea at The Parlour and The Promenade. Bachelorette parties can let loose at Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome, while West End fans are spoiled for choice with musicals ranging Mamma Mia and Back to the Future. Afterward, pop into one of Mr Fogg's delicious collection of Victorian-era cocktail bars. Bachelors with a passion for football? Head north for a Manchester United stadium tour and match.

Places to Stay: The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is hailed as the most beautiful one in Europe. Out-of-city romantic escapes include The Montagu Arms in New Forest and The Glass House, a wellness retreat in Essex.


Villefranche-sur-mer village in France
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The city of love is always a safe bet for couples to spend a special occasion, and June's when to come for honeymoon temperatures. It's always busy in Paris, tourists even love the rain here, so don't expect solitude. Do, however, expect lots of wining and dining, designer labels, boutique hotels, world-famous museums, and that little thing called The Eiffel Tower. June's also an excellent time to explore the wine regions in Bordeaux, and strip down for the beaches along the French Riviera.

Things to Do: Treat yourselves to the Michelin-starred meal of your lives, at Epicure in Le Bristol, Paris. Watch the cabaret at the Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse. Or how about an escape to the wine country? Champagne is ideal for, um, champagne fans, and at the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa you'll have all the fizz you need. If you can pull yourself away from it all, take a tour of the local champagne houses. Our favorite is Champagne Billecart-Salmon.

Places to Stay: Summer views over Paris are best enjoyed at Kimpton St Honoré Paris or the boutique Hotel Rochechouart in Montmartre. In Nice, don't miss Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée.


View through an open window with shutters of the whitewashed village of Oia
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An idyllic escape for romance, Greece is a balanced blend of fascinating ancient ruins, sunkissed islands, and fresh Mediterranean bounty. June is an excellent month to visit. Swimming temperatures are favorable in the Aegean (though still a bit cold), so you can already soak up all the beach has to offer. Peak season is just around the corner, which you'd want to avoid not just because of crowds, but because of humidity. Greece is traditionally one of the more affordable European countries, but note that the most popular islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Skopelos, Zakynthos and parts of Crete) are much pricier.

Things to Do: Check off the Acropolis, Parthenon & Acropolis Museum with a guided tour on Viator. Party with the rich and gorgeous in Mykonos at beach clubs like Scorpios. Of course, Santorini is at the top of every lover's bucket list, so come see the sunset at Ola. To take out all the logistics of island hopping, consider an adults-only Virgin Voyage of the Greek Islands, which starts back up in May 2024.

Places to Stay: We love the impeccable lookout points at Verina Astra in Sifnos or the luxurious and romantic suites at world-renowned wellness resort, The Rooster, on the island of Antiparos. Bonvoy loyalists should also check out Blue Palace Elounda in Eastern Crete or those on the island will want to book a stay at the nearby St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas. Located in the prehistoric Mirabello Bay, the views, the layout and the service are simply scrumptious.


The Monastery or Ad Deir at beautiful sunset in Petra ruin and ancient city, Jordan, Arab
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The Middle Eastern country is packed with tourist draws, including six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous of which is Petra. Hospitable, stable, and all-round exhilarating, Jordan is a solid choice for first-timers to the Middle East. At the time of publishing, there are no travel advisories. The heat in June can reach around 90 degrees, but this is dry air and there's little chance of rainfall. Since the peak season is spring (March-May), you'll avoid high prices and crowds.

Things to Do: The number one attraction is Petra, so block off a full day for a tour. Tip: Pack hiking shoes. If you're staying in Amman, visit The Citadel ruins and the 2,000-year-old Roman Theater. The city has a high concentration of luxury hotels, many of which have beautiful spas with hammam treatments and Dead Sea rituals.

Places to Stay: Petra Marriott Hotel and Movenpick Resort Petra are best for exploring the world wonder. City stays include W Amman or the InterContinental Jordan Amman.


Iona Abbey on Iona, off Mull, Scotland, UK
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Normally, a visit to Scotland requires rain boots, but in June the enchanting islands can be explored under clear skies. This is when wildlife-watching is at its best and the daylight hours are long. Outdoorsy couples might want to challenge themselves with a climb up Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, while city lovers will enjoy the legendary castles and friendly pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Gents, if you're hoping to sport a kilt like a true Scotsman (i.e. commando), June's the most comfortable time to do so.

Things to Do: Edinburgh Castle is a breathtaking site, as is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express. Speaking of trains, couples coming in from London will want to board the Caledonian Sleeper, an overnight ride up to Scotland's most popular destinations including Aberdeen, Inverness, and Edinburgh. Waking up with your love, breakfast in bed, as the hills roll by is pure Scottish romance.

Places to Stay: The Glasshouse by Marriott's Autograph Collection is boutique luxury. Cromlix in Kinbuck is the best city escape.

South Africa

Two leopards on tree watching tourists in jeep, back view
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If a safari is a dream vacation, then consider South Africa in June. This is the best time to see animals, as vegetation is low during the dry season. This in turn makes for a much more comfortable traveler experience, as you're not stuck in a jeep, basking under heat and humidity for hours. The risk of malaria is also low at this time of year. Most people come to South Africa in the summer (December to March), but that's not for safari. You'll therefore take advantage of better prices when it comes to flights and accommodation.

Things to Do: You came to South Africa in June to safari, and safari you shall. See the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo) at a private game reserve with this five-star TripAdvisor tour. Then go in search of the marine big five (whales, great white sharks, African penguins, Cape fur seals, and dolphins), with a cruise tour around Dyer Island. Both include transfers from your Cape Town hotel.

Places to Stay: Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers and The Westin Cape Town are good bases for safaris from Cape Town. 54 on Bath is one of the best hotels in Johannesburg. Singita is arguably one of the top names for a luxury safari getaway in South Africa and couples who want extra guidance should book through Go2Africa.

South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace in autumn,Seoul, South Korea
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Take a bucket list trip to South Korea in June. The weather is beautifully sunny, not yet humid, at this time of year, so you'll explore national parks, historic palaces, hanok villages, and manicured gardens in style. Watch K-pop dance troops perform on the streets of Seoul, or even better, get tickets to an actual K-pop concert; fill up on bibimbap, tteokbokki, and bulgogi; take the infamous train to Busan; or frolic on the beaches of Jeju Island. There's so much to do in South Korea, no wonder the world's going K-razy for K.

Things to Do: There are many incredible museums in Seoul, but how about discovering Gyeongbokgung Palace the fun way, with a rented hanbok and Flytographer photo shoot? Folks wearing the traditional garms get free access to many city attractions. Fans of the Netflix series Street Food will want to make a beeline for Gwangjang Market, where several featured chefs work. Cho Yonsoon's knife-cut noodles with kimchi dumplings attract tourists in hoards, so arrive early. For a sit-down meal, try Geumdwaeji Sikdang, a Michelin-guided Korean BBQ restaurant made famous by members of BTS. In Busan, get some cardio in with a trip up the 168 Stairs to scenic views over the city.

Places to Stay: There are two big luxury players local to South Korea: Lotte Hotels & Resorts and Shilla Hotels & Resorts. Couples in search of luxury and romance, along with central locations and prime views, should consider booking with these brands as it'll give you the ample local hospitality experience. Under the Lotte umbrella, L7 Hongdae is a solid base stay in Seoul. Another option is the Grand Hyatt Seoul, which puts you right in the heart of the action and gives you the option to flex those points. In Busan, Airbnb has modern and exceptionally valued stays, like this beach-side apartment at $42 per night. You'll feel like a local.

United States of America

Winding empty road through arid desert landscape
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Travelers looking to stay within America have options galore. June is an especially good time to visit Alaska and discover its mighty wildlife. The continental US is also teeming with gorgeous national parks where the month's temperature makes them ideal to explore, such as Acadia National Park in Maine and, across the country, Redwood National Park in California. The humidity hasn't quite set in big cities like New York, Chicago and Boston, so now's time to wander on foot (or take a road trip between them all). Between mountain towns and beach locales, there's something that will speak to you–with pleasant climates. However, many kids start their summer breaks in June, so consider yourself warned: prices inch up higher than usual.

Things to Do: As well as wildlife spotting in national parks, Alaska's Wildlife Conservation Center offers a chance to discover more. If a vacation to you is relaxing by a new pool every day, it's worth getting a ResortPass and putting those swims to good use. June is an ideal time to also road trip across the US, exploring scenic roads with your SO or traveling across the less-scenic interstate highways that easily take you from one destination to the next. Bach parties might want to spend June testing out the brews in the two Portlands: Portland Maine and Portland Oregon have enough breweries and brewery tours to stretch any bach itinerary out.

Places to Stay: The US is so vast that it's hard to narrow down just a handful of places to stay. For that, we have location-specific guides to help you arrange your accommodations. A few well-recommended properties in big cities include the The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (NYC), Times Square EDITION (NYC), W Minneapolis - The Foshay (Minneapolis), Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas, Texas), InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (Chicago), Kimpton Marlowe Hotel (Chicago), The Beverly Hills Hotel (Los Angeles), The Pendy West Hollywood (Los Angeles), Perry Lane Hotel (Savannah), Eden Roc Miami Beach (Miami), The Faena Miami Beach (Miami), and The Bellagio (Las Vegas).

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