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10 National Parks & Places to Visit on Your Next June Vacation

Glacier National Park in Montana.

Are you looking for the best places to travel in June? The month of June is the best time of year to take a much-needed getaway. Warm weather abounds, the summer solstice is around the corner, and summertime is gearing up to its peak season. June usually means the kids are out of school and you can take some time off to enjoy sunny days with loved ones.

This time of year also brings the peak season for certain region’s wildflower blooms, as well as peak dry seasons for ample exploration in parts of the globe that tend to be wetter throughout the year. Whether you are looking to take the family on a bucket list road trip or go on a nice scenic drive in your area, enjoy our list of the best places to travel in June!

The Top 10 Places to Travel in June

1. New York

New York might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of June vacations, but we are here to tell you that both New York City and New York state are in their prime during this time of the year.

With monthly temperatures averaging in the mid-70s in the day and the mid-60s at night, it is no wonder the city comes alive in the month of June. Live music at music festivals and cultural events are abundant, the sandy beaches are accessible, and you can play outside in the park in a glorified T-shirt.

2. Napa Valley, California

In June, you can catch northern California’s wine region with slightly smaller crowds and warm daytime weather, and still enjoy sampling some of the best wines in the world. Since harvest season is August through October, you may catch a break on high lodging prices while still being able to enjoy the wide array of summer festivals and prominent golf courses. June is part of the area’s rainy season so definitely pack some water-friendly clothing and footwear.

3. Glacier National Park, Montana

Located on Indigenous Ktunaxa land, Glacier National Park boasts over 700 miles of trails, luscious forests, alpine meadows, jagged mountaintops, and gorgeous glacier lakes. June is one of the best months to visit, because you may get to take a scenic drive on the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road.

4. Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore offers the perfect scene for beach days, hiking, sunset watching, surfing, wildlife sighting, biking, and cranberry foraging. Home to the Wampanoag peoples, the Cape Cod National Seashore presents sandy beaches, boating, lighthouses, and a rich ancestral history to discover.

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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With deep-rooted United States’ history, highly-rated museums, and an incredible dining scene for foodies, Pennsylvania’s capital city of Philadelphia is a wonderful place to visit in the month of June. Take a tour of the African American cultural sites, check some first-time Philly must-do’s off your list, and dine at some of the top-rated restaurants in the country.

6. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Nestled on the northern tip of Minnesota near the border of Canada, Voyageurs National Park is a stunning network of interconnected water highways. Bring your own watercraft, reserve one, or take a guided tour to really experience the land. Summer is the perfect time to camp at Voyageurs. It is even a possibility to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) if the conditions are right.

7. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Located in Washington State on Puyallup Native land, Mount Rainier is an active volcano and is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. There are wildflower meadows, ancient rainforests, and over 230,000 acres of precious ecosystems. There are over 270 miles of maintained hiking trails and 147 miles of roads to explore. The summer months are the ideal time to visit Mount Rainier National Park.

8. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

June is the peak season for wildflowers in “Colorful Colorado.” With the warm weather in the day and cool evenings, Rocky Mountain National Park is the ideal place to visit for a summer getaway. Outdoor recreations abound with endless opportunities for rafting, kayaking, hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildflowers.

9. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Equipped with the world’s largest known cave system, soaring hills, and gorgeous rivers, there is no wonder Mammoth Cave National Park earned the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take guided cave tours of the intricate underground cave network, or go on a kayaking trip down one of the many rivers in the park.

10. Great Basin National Park

A hidden gem tucked near the Utah-Nevada border, Great Basin National Park offers sage-covered foothills, Wheeler Peak, ancient bristlecone pines, and unparalleled stargazing. Explore deep cave networks, enjoy 60 miles of hiking trails, and learn about the Fremont Indians who first occupied this diverse land.

We hope this list of the best places to travel in June got you excited to plan your summertime vacation. Whether you are on the east coast, in the midwest, west coast, or southern states, there is something within an easy flight or day-drive for you to discover. For the extra adventurous we even created a list of some international destinations.

The Best Places to Travel Internationally in the Month of June

1. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

2. Peru: Trekking the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picchu

3. Take a boat ride on the Mediterranean Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia

4. Take a summertime trip to the Fiji Islands

5. Explore the French Riviera in Nice, France

6. Discover incredible ancient history in Athens, Greece

7. Enjoy cool weather and fewer people in Montreal, Canada

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