10 Best June Vacations

Whether you want to sit on the sand and enjoy the sunshine, explore natural wonders or take in some big city fun, these 10 Best June vacations have something to offer for everyone.

San Diego, California

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San Diego vacation rental #500332vb

The sunny beaches of Southern California are a great place to visit in June. The temperatures are comfortable, and the crowds have not yet hit their peak. San Diego is the perfect family destination. Check out the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland.

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Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone vacation rental #459834vb

The crowds don’t hit this park in full force until later in the summer, but the days are warming up, nature is abundant and beautiful. You’ll want to explore famous sights like Old Faithful, and spend your days hiking and exploring.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Vancouver vacation rental #493515vb

This Canadian city sees plenty of rain, but in June things start to dry up and the sun shines a good portion of the time. Because you aren’t completely into the dry season, you will find attractions less crowded and prices a bit lower.

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The French Riviera, France

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French Riviera vacation rental #1213358a

The crowds will get thick here later in the summer, especially August, but in June you will find the French Riviera less busy. Join the rich and famous and rub elbows with stars in this jet-setter vacation favorite. This is a great time and place for a romantic trip for two.

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London, England

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London vacation rental #614471vb

The famed sights and sounds of London land this city on any list of the 10 Best June Vacations. With long, warm days to enjoy and plenty of festivals and events, there is never a dull moment this month in the shadow of Big Ben. Trooping the Colour is a must-see June event - this celebration of the Queen’s birthday is a true pageant of military pride.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta vacation rental #457489vb

June is a good time to enjoy a Mexican vacation at a lower price. With the peak season at an end but the low season not quite set in, you can expect nice weather and great travel deals. The famous beaches of Puerto Vallarta make a wonderful romantic getaway, but they are also a lot of fun for families.

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New York City, New York

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New York City vacation rental #193981

June is a great time to pay a visit to the Big Apple. The weather is warm but the real summer heat and humidity haven’t hit yet, so you can spend plenty of time outside walking through Times Square and Central Park. A romantic date may mean an outdoor summer concert or Shakespeare in the Park. There are many free performances available to June visitors in the city.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Niagara Falls vacation rental #3801392

The Canadian side of the famous Falls is a site to behold any time of year, but June is a great time to avoid the crowds that flock here later in the summer. Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist to get a better look at the Falls, or if you want a truly unforgettable experience, consider taking a helicopter ride over the water.

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Anchorage, Alaska

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Tern Lake; Anchorage vacation rental #451337vb

Alaska is under-appreciated as a destination, but there is no question it is one of the 10 best June vacations. Alaska in June offers stunning views and amazing wildlife through long summer days. The long winter is over, and in some parts of the state the sun doesn’t set at all on the solstice, making this a June vacation to remember.

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Dallas, Texas

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Dallas vacation rental #405391vb

June is one of the most affordable times to visit this Texas city, and there is a lot to do for all ages. You can stroll the Art District, feast on fine dining, or explore one of the many festivals. If you can’t wait for the real summer heat to set in, you’ll find it in Texas!

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Yosemite, California

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Yosemite vacation rental #634814vb
As a perfect affordable retreat with family or friends, Yosemite National Park is truly off-the-beaten path. Though best known for its waterfalls - Yosemite Falls is one of the world’s highest - this park boasts a wealth of lofty natural wonders. Another is Mount Lyell, the tallest summit in the Sierra Nevadas at 13,114 feet. Embrace the vistas at Tunnel View to capture great photos of El Capitan, Bridalveil and the Half Dome. Of California's 7,000 plant species, more than 20 percent live within Yosemite. Physically fit visitors will love hiking the park's many footpaths and natural trails in the temperate weather of June.

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Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix vacation rental #274212
In Phoenix, the weather is almost as hot as its attractions. The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park allows visitors to explore a pre-Columbian Hohokam civilization. Weather conditions and a lack of rain in June make for a perfect ride under the desert's starry night with Desert Storm Hummer Tours. Bring a blanket for the free concerts at Gilbert Spring events at Freestone Park amphitheater. Finally, dozens of local art galleries are open free to the public on the first Friday of each month, making Phoenix a top pick for cheap getaways in June.

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Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica vacation rental #3002676
Santa Monica is the ultimate beach town. Relax on Santa Monica Beach, explore the Santa Monica Pier or enjoy music on the Pier on Thursday evenings courtesy of the Twilight Dance Series. Best of all, everything is free at the event. Cali culture knows no limit within Santa Monica's city limits - there are more than 75 museums and art galleries with an 8.3 square-mile area. If you're looking for a drink by the sea, take advantage of the dozens of happy hour specials offered at restaurants and bars around town. Relax and let your summer vacation begin.

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Oregon Coast

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Coastal Oregon vacation rental #454695vb
Take a beautiful drive down the Oregon Coast to Cummins Creek Wilderness Area in Yachats, the Yaquina Bay Light House in Newport and see sea lion caves on Highway 101. Along the way, you'll spot a picturesque stretch of seafood joints and sand dunes. Stop at Manzanita where you can enjoy its New Urbanism aesthetic as well as the nearby beach. Speaking of shorelines, Bandon's beaches have been described as "otherworldy," appearing more like a setting for “The Lord of the Rings" from a New Zealand landscape than America's Pacific Northwest.

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Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta vacation rental #3854905
If you can handle a little humidity, there are plenty of cheap tickets to Atlanta in June. Explore and tour The World of Coca-Cola and embark on a tour of the CNN Center, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at running a global news station. History buffs can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site in Sweet Auburn and explore decades of history through the city's architecture. This vibrant city offers an array of free things to do, including a visit to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Thursdays, live music performances at Centennial Olympic Park and a playground of adventure at Piedmont Park.

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Seattle, Washington

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Seattle vacation rental #264821
June marks the beginning of great weather in Seattle, and surprisingly, you can still find cost-effective ticket deals during this time. Pike Place Market is known for its seafood and produce stands, making it an interesting and delicious stop for all foodies. Kids have a heyday at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, a 92-acre oasis featuring more than 300 animals. For music, catch a lunchtime concert at City Hall every first and third Thursday. If you want to escape the city, take a trip to Bremerton and back; in June, this city hosts the All City Arts Walk for locals and tourists alike.

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Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz vacation rental #7062815
Natural Bridges State Beach has nature trails, a yearly monarch butterfly migration and beautiful landscapes. With 29 miles of sun-soaked shoreline running along the coast of Santa Cruz County, visitors can learn to surf, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Bring your lover to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a romantic sunset, or take the kids to the Roaring Camp Railroads or Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Sunshine, shoreline and family-friendly attractions make Santa Cruz an appealing June destination.

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Coastal Connecticut

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Coastal Connecticut vacation rental #7068796
Who knew Connecticut had so many hidden beaches and seaports? With rentals all over the state, visitors can find an oceanside apartment convenient for basking in the sun at Cove Island Park or Pleasure Beach in the mornings, then head over to Lake Compounce[ amusement park at night. Hartford is a good jumping-off point to Hammonasset Beach State Park or Rocky Neck State Beach, some of Connecticut's most popular state parks. A little further south, you can discover Cockaponset State Forest and Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area, whose beach is part of the second-largest forest in Connecticut and features activities such as hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding in the summer.

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston vacation rental #p3682380
June marks the end of the high season in Boston. Whether you're diving into killer cafes in the South End, relaxing in Boston Commons or taking a ferry out to the Boston Harbor Islands to swim or go on ranger-led activities, this historic city caters to all types of trip-goers: adventure seekers, history buffs and leisure lovers. To see Colonial sites at little or no cost, make your way to the Bunker Hill Monument, Paul Revere's House or the Granary Burying Ground. If you're looking for a little R & R, hang out by the harbor.

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Great Lakes, Michigan

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Petoskey vacation rental #451437vb
This area offers all types of water sports including fishing, sailing and motor boating. Check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes for the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and ranger-led nature walks on the Cottonwood Trail. The Mid-Michigan Children's Museum offers hands-on exhibits that kids will go ga-ga over. If smell is your most powerful sense, seeing the 20,000 tulips at the end of their bloom in Midland's Dow Gardens is the great way to soak in the best of summer.

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