For many travelers, June is considered the best month of the year to take a vacation. It represents that grander version of “twilight” when those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are hovering between spring and summer. Kids have just finished the school year, so you won’t have to do much convincing to get them to take a vacation. Plus, many families hold off on summer trips until July, meaning that in many locations you won’t yet have to deal with the summer crowds at many popular destinations. From festivals to sparsely populated beaches, here are some of the best places to travel in June.
Some years, the difference between the beginning of May and the beginning of June in Mackinac Island can be a change in the average temperature of nearly 40 degrees. In June, temperatures stick to the high 60s to low 70s. If you visit this Michigan gem beginning June 7th, you’ll catch the start of the 10-day Lilac Festival, one of the best flower festivals in North America. Regardless of when you visit Mackinac Island, you’ll be able to enjoy the “old-world” feel of the town, from the architecture to the horse-drawn carriages.
It’s no surprise to find a Bali destination on a “best places to visit” list. Nusa Dua is a great spot to visit in June because you’ll find the least amount of rain and most comfortable temperatures this month. Nusa Dua is one of the southernmost destinations in Bali, and visitors will find plenty to do, from world-class golf courses to amazing beaches where you can, dive, surf, jet ski, or simply hang out next to the gorgeous waters of the Indian Ocean.
If you’re not a fan of the blazing temperatures that accompany many vacation spots in the middle of summer, Loire Valley in France makes a great destination in June. The hot summer temperatures haven’t yet arrived, and neither have the bulk of the tourists. You’ll find plenty of gorgeous flowers blooming throughout the many gardens in the area, and if architecture is your thing, you’ll find plenty of castles and estates to visit, as many offer tours.
Sorrento is pretty busy with tourists come July, making June an excellent month to visit this seaside town. If you’ve always wanted to explore Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Sorrento makes a great starting point. You’ll find plenty of museums and archaeological sites to explore, and you’ll find no problem discovering amazing food, cocktails, and shopping.