The nice weather makes us want to get out and explore, so we asked The journey awaits you writers where they like to go in June. We already have a list of amazing European cities to visit in June, so we’ve kept this one in the US, except for Florida which likes to escape the heat in Canada. In no particular order, here are our travel experts’ favorite places to visit in June.
1. Lake Tahoe
“The Lake Tahoe area has a ton of things to do once the snow on the ski slopes melts. There are miles of hiking and biking trails to explore, water sports opportunities on the lake, great restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, farmers markets, shopping in and around Heavenly Village Shops, solitude to enjoy, and much more. On the Nevada side, hotels offer gambling and Vegas-style shows.
But my favorite reason to come to Lake Tahoe in June is to ride America’s Greatest Bike Ride. The 72-mile route makes a complete circuit around Lake Tahoe, giving you spectacular views of the lake and snow-capped mountains from dozens of locations. Secluded cabins, bustling villages and pine trees line the course. You can see the entire lake area from the California and Nevada sides.
Lake Tahoe has year-round activities, but June is my favorite time to visit.” -Stan Thomas
2. Kitterie, Maine
“This beautiful little community, just north of the New Hampshire border, is the perfect pocket of late spring/early summer adventure. Shoppers will love Kittery’s vast selection of outlet stores, but if you turn away from the highway, you’ll find a vibrant seaside community steeped in history. After all, Kittery is famous for being the oldest town in Maine.
Here you will find a monument to John Paul Jones and have the opportunity to explore life as a soldier in the 1600s at Fort McClary State Historic Site. In the meantime, gourmets will love Lil’ coffee (which has phenomenal blueberry muffins and many other temptations), Tacos from Loco Coco, Lovebird Donutsand the Tributary Brewing Co.
Before school ends at the end of the month, the beaches are pretty quiet and great places for the proverbial long walk. The sky is dark pink and the lighthouse is located in the sea among the rocks. —Vanessa Chiasson
3. North Shore, Minnesota
“Meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls, the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse, and the ever-changing beauty of Lake Superior are just examples of why Minnesota’s North Shore is a great choice for a June getaway. Minnesotans affectionately refer to the Duluth area on the Canadian border as “the North Shore.”
Lake Superior, in all its majesty and fluctuating moods, is the crown jewel of this region. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area and the third largest by volume.
An outdoor paradise that peaks in summer, the North Shore is a great place to get up and moving, with canoeing, kayaking, biking and over 300 miles of continuous hiking trails. Need a little R&R instead? It’s also a great place for a nice dinner of locally caught walleye, a glass of wine and the peace and quiet of nature around you.” —Joan Sherman
4. Quebec City/Charlevoix, Canada
“Quebec City and its neighboring region of Charlevoix appeal to different tastes in each season. Me? I’m looking for an escape from the Florida summer heat in southeastern Canada. Along with the climatic relief, Quebec City makes for a cultural getaway that feels as French as it gets without leaving North America. The closed old town enchants with its narrow, uneven side streets; ancient churches and citadel; year-round cultural festivals; and edge of the St. Lawrence River. And don’t get me started on the food!
However, the town can get crowded in the summer, as busloads of tourists overflow. So once I’ve had my fill of the colonial-metro vibe, I’m ready to head out into the countryside. After the mandatory stops at Montmorency Falls (check out the new boardwalk) and the farms and vineyards of Île d’Orléans, charming Baie-Saint-Paul awaits. The city by the water is an ideal starting point to explore Grands Jardins National Park, discover the wealth of agritourism in the region or take a train ride along the river. —Chelle Koster Walton
5. Yellowstone National Park
“June is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone National Park. In June, the park is fully open and the weather is nice. With low temperatures of 70° during the day and 40° at night, the park is the perfect place to spend time outdoors. Animal sightings are plentiful and can often be seen right by the roadside.
June also means you can take part in many of the park’s activities thanks to the warm weather. These activities include rafting, sightseeing, hiking and more! Finally, warmer days mean less steam produced by geothermal features, so you can more easily see their beautiful colors! — Michelle Snell
“Boston in June, when the average high temperature is 77 degrees, is a wonderful time to visit. The city has gone through cold spring and is heading into wet summer, but June is perfect.
Head to one of the amazing outdoor sites like Trillium Brewery rooftop terrace in the Fort Point neighborhood or chic and casual alfresco dining in the heart of the shopping district at Stephanie is on Newbury.
Even if you’re not a Red Sox fan, you should visit Fenway Park, a legendary baseball venue. You can catch a home game from the Green Monster seats or explore the ballpark on a tour.
A unique experience in Boston is a Swan boat ride around the Public Garden lagoon. The 15-minute ride is a fun way to enjoy June flowers and lush greenery from a unique vantage point over the water.
Boston is my city and I never tire of showing it off. —Sandi Barrett
7. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
“The Great Basin National Park had been on my travel bucket list for years when I finally planned a road trip to the park in far eastern Nevada in June 2020. At the time, I was looking for a remote experience with light crowds, and found that and more in Great Basin. Although I knew the park would offer rugged mountains and scenic views, I was simply blown away by the beautiful alpine lakes and dizzying heights of Wheeler Peak.
June turned out to be the perfect time to visit for a number of reasons. Temperatures were warm and sunny during the day, but the snow was still clinging in patches to the sides of the mountains, providing pretty reflections in the sparkling lakes. And the spectacular Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive had just opened after being partially closed during the winter months.
June is also a great month to enjoy another thing that Great Basin is famous for – its stellar night skies. Great Basin is an international dark sky park and astronomy conferences are held on certain nights during parts of June, July and August. —Cindy Barks