June is an excellent time weather-wise in much of the northern hemisphere. It’s also a challenge this year—an effect of the pandemic: There’s sky-high demand for iconic Mediterranean locales such as Italy, France, and Greece, leading to low availability and sticker-shock pricing for private, safe accommodations and experiences that reduce Covid-related logistics and hassles. This situation is made more challenging by the sheer number of families traveling in June this year, right after school or college lets out. (That’s because waiting until August to travel increases the risk of a student in the family testing positive on the last day of their trip, needing to self-isolate abroad, and missing their first week back at school or college as a result.)
So this list represents U.S. travelers’ best bets for June 2022 specifically, when it comes to a combo of good weather, reduction of Covid-related risks, and favorable conditions for local activities: With the right local expert arranging your trip, you can spend most of your time in the open air, keep socially distanced, and limit your activities to places with higher vaccination rates and lower rates of local spread, all of which greatly reduce your risk of testing positive just before returning to the U.S. Again, just be prepared for higher pricing than pre-pandemic in many parts of Italy, France, and Greece.
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Iceland has eliminated all Covid-related entry restrictions and, around the summer solstice (June 21), it offers 24 hours of sunshine and an explosion of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. It’s also a good time for animal lovers: There are day-old foals, lambs, and wild chicks, and eggs visible in ground nests.
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The Algarve, Portugal
The weather is beautiful in June, when mild temperatures make it ideal for hiking and biking along the coast, and the Atlantic is just warm enough to take a dip. The European crowds will not arrive for another month, so you can still find a great spot on the beach (without staking it out early in the morning) and nab reservations at the top restaurants.
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Canada’s Maritime Provinces, including Newfoundland
We’re thrilled that, on April 1, Canada will drop its Covid-test requirement for entry, which means one less thing to worry about pre-trip. June is typically an optimal month for iceberg watching—a popular pastime in Newfoundland. On a warm day, you can watch these majestic mountains of ice flow along the province’s northern and eastern coasts. It’s also the start of the summer season of food, festivals, and spectacular scenery in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
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San Sebastián, Spain
June is a great time in San Sebastián: The weather has cleared but it’s not yet warm enough for beach-goers, so the crowds are manageable. Enjoy the top pintxo bars while they are still filled with locals—most of whom will be replaced by tourists come July and August. And a lot of produce comes into season now, making the many Michelin-starred menus even more delectable than usual.
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England has just eliminated all Covid-related entry restrictions, and new nonstop flights there from the U.S. have been introduced. The busiest month in the British royal calendar is June. The season actually starts in late May with the Chelsea Flower Show and then, in mid-June, there’s the Trooping of the Colour, a big parade on horseback held in honor of the queen’s birthday. After that comes the ceremony at Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter, which is the biggest spectacle of all, with the knights in blue velvet cloaks and hats decorated with heron and ostrich feathers. The whole royal family turns out, and everyone is in their morning coats, medals, and top hats. It’s really a sight! The following day: the Royal Ascot races. All of these events are open to the public, but they tend to be mobbed. Our Trusted Travel Expert can arrange special entry (and other royal meetings), including an after-hours visit to the Chelsea Flower Show and access to the castle grounds for the Order of the Garter ceremony.
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June is sublime: Spring is in full bloom, the produce is at its peak, and the warm, sunny days (save for the occasional rain and mistral wind) and extra-long evenings mean you can usually enjoy all three meals outdoors. Many villages hold festivals at the end of the month, with costumed parades and traditional food and activities. June is also when Provence’s world-famous lavender blooms and the fields turn purple.
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The Mediterranean Island of Malta
Village feasts happen around the country just about every weekend from May through October, with parades, concerts, and fireworks. By mid-June, the ocean is warm enough for swimming, but the island isn’t as busy—and the weather not as hot—as later on in the summer.
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Cyclades Islands, Greece
In the second half of June (and into the first half of July), you get the best of both shoulder and peak seasons: It’s lively but not crowded, warm but not scorching, and hotel rates aren’t sky-high. You’ll also elude the worst of the meltemi—the daytime wind that can sandblast you off the beach from mid-July until late August—but be aware that the Cyclades are often a little breezy; bring a few long-sleeved tops for evenings, just in case.
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The peak of summer sees crowds almost as huge as the Grand Canyon itself, which is up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide; go in June and you’ll have much more breathing room, as well as access to the far less visited North Rim (which is open only from mid-May to mid-October). The right local fixer can arrange helicopter flights over the canyon, mule rides down to where the rocks are 1.8 billion years old, float trips along the Colorado River, and behind-the-scenes tours of sites not accessible to ordinary travelers.
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The first two weeks of June in Southeast Alaska—the region also known as the Inside Passage—typically offer drier days and better wildlife spotting on the beaches at low tide. This is also a prime time to spot transient orcas, migrating humpback whales, and hauled-out harbor seals. Winds coming off the snow-covered mountain peaks make the air crisp, and the forests showcase an abundance of colorful and diverse wildflowers.
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European Canal Barge Cruises
In June, the weather is best (not too hot, not too cool), and the crowds haven’t yet arrived, making this a perfect month to get to know a small slice of the Continent intimately and thoroughly. The Champagne region is especially glorious for June cruises: Sip and savor the best bubbly both onboard and ashore, feast on seasonal gourmet cuisine paired with locally-sourced spirits, and stroll or cycle the miles of manicured towpaths, all under the first blushes of France’s sweet summer sun.
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In June the wildflowers are in bloom and everything is still green. The light is ideal for photography, the days are long, and the nights are lovely. It is also a perfect time for balloon flights over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.
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Italy’s Dolomites Region
The craggy peaks and verdant valleys of the Dolomites, a.k.a. the Italian Alps, provide some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. In June you are guaranteed sunny days and warm evenings, with not too much humidity. Enjoy hiking and biking into the UNESCO-designated landscape, and afterward sample the local culinary delicacies over lunch at a mountain rifugio or from a picnic basket.
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June is the calm before—and after—the tourist storms that hit this island during the Christmas/New Year period and in July, August, and early September. It also has the most reliably pleasant weather (daytime temps in the 80s and gentle breezes to keep the sun from feeling too hot) and decent prices (high-season hotel rates don’t kick in until July).
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Koh Phangan, Thailand
While the rest of Thailand is entering the rainy season in June, the island of Koh Phangan is still sunny and dry, making it ideal for snorkeling, diving, and lounging on the beach. As it’s high season on Koh Phangan, you won’t see deep discounts for your stay there, but if you’re pairing the beach time with a larger journey around Thailand you can take advantage of the “green season” specials in the rest of the country.
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India’s Himalaya Mountains: Trekking and Tigers
June is an excellent time for hikers, as many Himalayan trekking routes are open, and the mountains (up to about 14,000 feet, at least) are covered with rhododendron blooms and other wildflowers. And while it’s very hot in the central plains, it’s also the best time for visiting that region’s wildlife parks—especially the tiger reserves.
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Rwanda and Uganda: Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla sightings are equally good all year long (though never guaranteed). However, the best time for gorilla tracking is June, when it’s cool and there is less precipitation (but remember, this is still the rainforest, and storms can hit any day).
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Borneo’s dry season (if you can have one in the rainforest) runs from May through September, and by June the fruiting season is in full swing; this is the ideal time to see orangutans and other animals swinging through the trees.
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Closed to U.S. Travelers as of March 15, 2022
In June the higher mountainsides are dressed in the pinks, whites, reds, purples, and oranges of Himalayan rhododendron flowers. Iris, orchids, primula, and other flowers are blooming, spring plantings are poking their leaves up out of fields, and migratory birds are heading north across the mountains. Many travelers have gone home, so roads are not teeming with buses and other tourist vehicles (which is very important in a country with only one east-west road). Moreover, with fewer visitors, Bhutanese locals have time to sit and chat or cook special meals instead of the typical tourist buffets. Yes, you may have some clouds or perhaps a shower, but the more peaceful countryside makes the trade-off well worthwhile.
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This sub-tropical island, located in the waters just south of Kyushu, is ideal for intrepid travelers: Its mountains and vast forest of ancient cedar trees are crisscrossed by a network of hiking trails, from easy walks to challenging ascents. June signals the end of the rainy season, so you’ll find stunning waterfalls along the trails; it’s also when endangered loggerhead sea turtles return to Yakushima’s beaches to nest.
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Other Good Options This Month
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North America and Caribbean
Central and South America
Asia and Pacific
Africa and Middle East
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