Summer is officially here, and everyone is looking for the best places to visit in June. Whether you are looking to take a road trip through the USA with the family, plan an idyllic European holiday, honeymoon in Hawaii or have an exotic Asian adventure, you will discover that there are many wonderful places to visit in June to have a memorable getaway.
Hawaii is an island paradise and a fantastic holiday destination. June is an ideal time to plan a vacation to this tropical oasis as it is a popular destination for family holidays, honeymooners and for retirees with a penchant for golf. Hawaii is an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, with the most popular islands to visit being Oahu, where Honolulu is located, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii aka the “Big Island”, Molokai and Lanai. The weather is fantastic with daytime highs averaging in the mid 26°C/80°F’s and nighttime temperatures dipping into a comfortable and balmy 21°C/70°F’s. Rainfall is almost non-existent this time of year and there are many cultural events and celebrations kicking off throughout the island chain. Case in point is the “Molokai Ka Hula Piko” which is held on Molokai each June and celebrates the birth of hula dancing. You can take part in Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and visit sacred sites while enjoying traditional hula dance performances and delicious local Hawaiian food. The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival takes place 7-10 June at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort in Maui and is an epicurean celebration of gourmet food and wine, with a focus on regional cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Maui also plays host to the Maui Film Festival at Wailea 13-17 June 2018 with special movie screenings, international celebrities, filmmaker panels and special food and wine events including the “Taste of Wailea”. June 11th is King Kamehameha Day and is celebrated all throughout the islands in honor of King Kamehameha I, the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795. If you want to get off the beaten track and experience King Kamehameha Day like a “local” head to the Big Island, where thousands of people gather in North Kohala each year with food, music and share their authentic “aloha” spirit. Find the best hotel deals in Hawaii below.
Summer is one of the best times to visit Thailand, and Bangkok, the countries capital, is a dynamic and inviting city to spend some time in. The weather is bright and sunny with temperatures rising to 33°C/91°F and with very little rainfall. In a city as exciting as Bangkok, there is never a lack of things to do during your free time. Affordable public transportation makes it easy to traverse the city for very little money and entrance fees for most things are non-existent or much less than you find outside of Southeast Asia. A visit to historic Chinatown district along Yaowarat Road is a study of contrasts, where you can discover the ancient and the modern, the hectic and the serene, and everything else in between; all harmoniously co-existing. Discovering the street food is one of the first things you will want to do when you get there, and you will soon discover that this area is a heady mix of vibrant sights, sounds, and aromas. The Chao Phraya River is a also worth a visit, and you can rent a long tail boat and go to the floating market or take a dinner, sunset, or 1-2 night cruise on a traditional Teak Rice Barge with eOasia, a partner of HotelQuickly. Rooftop dining is another popular activity and there are countless restaurants, bars and terraces to choose from. Some of the most popular venues are the Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok and Octave located on the 45th floor of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. The highest rooftop bar is at Le Bua and was popularized by the infamous “Hangover“ movie filmed in Bangkok. Perched on the 65th floor it is the most iconic rooftop dining venue in the city and you can even order a “Hanovertini” at Sky Bar and then enjoy a gourmet dinner at their 2-Michelin star restaurant Mezzaluna.
Famous for its arid deserts, river canyons and the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is an awe-inspiring place to plan your next holiday in June. While the month can feature chilly days, the average high hovers around 26°C/79°F. Camping, fishing, and hiking are all popular things to do in Colorado and you don’t want to miss the Telluride Balloon Festival taking place 1-3 June in the town of Mountain Village. The Colorado BBQ Challenge is a highly anticipated event in June and the state’s longest-running barbeque competition. Taking place from 14-16 June over Father’s Day weekend in the Town of Frisco, it is a tasty and family-friendly food event that everyone can enjoy. If you consider yourself more of a gourmet foodie, head to fashionable Aspen, where the Food & Wine Classic is held from 15-17 June. You can get up close and personal with world-renowned chefs as they give cooking presentations and lectures, while enjoying the top-notch cuisine, wine, beer, and cocktails. One of the biggest events to take place in Colorado in June is the Greeley Stampede which begins on 23 June and runs until Independence Day (July 4th). This summer festival attracts nearly 250,000 guests and you can celebrate with eight rodeo events, six national country and rock music acts and watch Colorado’s largest demolition derby. Explore the best hotel deals in Colorado below.
Bordeaux is a historic and charming French city which boasts an impressive 18th-century architectural heritage. An alluring holiday destination, Bordeaux has inspired artists, poets, philosophers and writers and thousands of tourist’s flocks there each year to enjoy the sunshine, good wine and soak up the atmosphere. Bordeaux weather in June is pleasant temperatures between 14°C/57°F and 25°C/77°F. Do expect some rainfall in June as there is usually an average of sixteen rainy days in Bordeaux in June, so you may want to bring an umbrella with you. Be sure to stop by the Bordeaux Botanical Gardens where you can bask in the fragrant and beautiful summer blooms and blossoms. The Rendezvous aux Jardins garden festival takes place in the month of June and there are many parks and green spaces that you can visit along with the historic museums.
Bordeaux is world renowned for its wine, and there are six great wine-producing regions consisting of Bordeaux, Médoc, Graves et Sauternes, Entre-deux-Mères, Bourg et Blayze, and the Saint-Emilion région. You can always do a guided tour or visit the wine cellars and warehouses for tasting sessions on your own. The Bordeaux Wine Festival aka “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” takes place from 14-17 June 2018 and is the largest wine tourism event in France. For a few days, Bordeaux becomes the world capital of wine, with plenty of activities on offer. You may also want to admire some of the biggest sailing ships at the Tall Ships Regatta 2018. Bordeaux Fête le Vin will host the world’s largest and most beautiful ships for a regatta that will set sail from Liverpool, head to Dublin and then go on to Bordeaux. The boats will dock in the Port of the Moon on 14 June and will return to sea on 18 June, in a huge nautical parade that you don’t want to miss. Get the best hotel deals in Bordeaux below.
If you are looking for one of the coolest places to visit in June, then consider traveling to Boston, Massachusetts where they have some of the best events, festivals, and fun things to do. The average temperature in June is warm and pleasant with days averaging 24°C/ 75°F and reaching a mild low of around 14°C/ 57°F in the evenings. Boston is the epitome of a historical and contemporary travel destination that the entire family can enjoy. Jam-packed with architecture, culture, and entertainment, Boston is an idyllic place to visit in June. Food lovers may want to attend the “Taste of the Nation” food festival on 5 June where you can enjoy gourmet food made by sixty top local chefs along with wine, beer, cocktails, live entertainment, and an auction. There is also the Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival which is held on 2 June with tasty tidbits from twenty-five popular food trucks at Worcester Common. If classical music soothes your soul, head to the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street for free
“Concerts in the Courtyard” every Wednesdays and Friday evening in the month of June in Boston. A visit to Harvard is always a wonderful thing to do, and on June 21st they host the Summer Solstice Celebration which includes circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to all four Harvard museums. Explore hotels in Boston below.
There is no place quite like Italy in the summer and June in Venice is the stuff that dreams are made of. It is still early enough in the season that it is not overrun with tourists, and you will still be able to enjoy the beaches and not feel overcrowded in the city while visiting the museums and historic sites. You can expect warm temperatures, hot and sunny days with highs of 25°C/ 77°F, and lows of 16°C/61°F at night. June is a huge month for festivals around the world, and Venice is no exception. The Venice Biennale is one of the biggest of the year and begins on June 2nd which is also Republic Day. To ring in summer, Venice holds a Saturday night of free museum admissions, special events, and concerts that keep going well past midnight. It additionally showcases a major contemporary art exhibition that is widely recognized as the most prestigious cultural event of the year. Find the best hotels in Venice below.
June is when summer officially begins in China, and Beijing is one of the best places to visit this time of year. The summer heat begins to set in and the temperature can rise to over 30°C/86°F in most regions while the humidity amplifies the heat and makes it feel sultry and inviting. Generally speaking, you can expect warm days but there is still big temperature differences between day and night so you may want to make sure you have something warm to wear in the evenings and early morning as temperatures can drop to 19°C/66°F. Tourist season is in full swing, and you can take a tour with eOasia, a partner of HotelQuickly to the Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall should be at the top of your list of things to do while visiting Beijing. One of the most exciting music events, the Great Wall Music Festival takes place on 1 June and showcases some of the world’s finest party music at the Jungian section of the Great Wall of China .
June is also the time when you can attend the Dragon Boat Festival which is held on the 5th day of the month. It is one of the most important festivals of the lunar calendar and has been celebrated for more than 2000 years. You may also want to visit the exciting night markets, Explore Beijing Food Scene with a street food tour or even go trekking when you visit Beijing in June.
There are few cities in the world that universally loom large in our collective imaginations, and London, England is firmly established as one of them. London is a 21st-century city with long an illustrious history, and London is one best places visit in June. This is a lively and exciting time of year with temperatures averaging a daily high of 19°C/65°F with a low of 10°C/49°F. Tourists flock to the main points of interest which include, the iconic Big Ben clock tower, Westminster Abbey, as well as the London Eye observation wheel which provides panoramic views of the city. There are many events, festivals, sports, and free entertainment happening across the city and there is never a dull moment for anyone who visits London in June. The Queen celebrates her official birthday the second Saturday in June with a parade called “Trooping the Colour” and you can watch the “Changing of the Guard” ceremony which takes place on most days in June outside Buckingham Palace. Foodies will want to head over to the Taste of London which takes place 13-17 June and you can also go to the Open Garden Squares Weekend and Hampton Court Palace Festival during the same time. If you prefer something a bit risqué be sure to attend the London Burlesque Festival on June 5 and June 25-26th where talented artists show you exactly why London Burlesque is the best in town. Find the best London Hotel deals below.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”