10 Best Places to Travel in June

From shoulder-season bargains to celebrations in the sun, kick off June with these destinations.

June means it’s officially summer somewhere—the Northern Hemisphere, to be exact. And vacation planning follows the happy-hour rule (if it’s 5 p.m. somewhere, sneak in a snifter), so use it as an excuse to take the year’s headline trip this month.

Here are 10 appealing places around the world to travel to this June, whether you want to immerse yourself in blossoms in the Midwest, gorge yourself on pineapples in a tropical hideaway, or take a hike in the Swiss Alps.

1. Mackinac Island, Michigan

June is great for blossom viewing beyond cherry season.

Lilacs have been planted on this island in Lake Huron for more than 200 years, although no one is sure how they ended up a staple of the forests. One theory is that a New Hampshire farmer brought them with him to remind him of home. Whatever first brought them here, thanks to the high pH level conferred on local soil by the underlying limestone, they’ve thrived and often reach heights of 40 feet. Today, there are more than 250 varieties on the almost four-square-mile island, all of them celebrated in a fiesta dating back to just after World War II; in 2024, it runs from June 7 to 16.

The 10-day event is Mackinac’s biggest bash; it crowns a Lilac Queen to preside over events while offering planting seminars on how to grow your own lilacs, live music, and a 10-kilometer run. The event peaks with the Lilac Festival Grand Parade on the afternoon of June 16, with horse-drawn wagons: This island remains proudly car-free.

Where to stay

Arriving at the Grand Hotel is more like stepping into the cover of a classic romance novel than checking in at a hotel. The 388-room grande dame of the island kicked off its 137th season early last month.

How to get to Mackinac Island

Getting to Mackinac is half the fun: There are no bridges, so every journey involves a boat unless one charters a puddle jumper from the local airstrip, but where’s the fun in that? Book a flight to either Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) or Chippewa County International Airport (CIU), and take one of the regular shuttles to the ferry docks from either.

Rocky shoreline near turquoise water

Eleuthera, a spindly island—110 miles long, but barely a mile wide—sits on the eastern rim of the Bahamas.

Photo by Szilard Toth/Shutterstock

2. Eleuthera, Bahamas

June is great for fruity fun.

Eleuthera was historically renowned for its pineapples, which thrived on the flat land here. Though the industry’s global gravity has shunted east, countless smallholdings here still tend to the crop, like Jackie Russell, who offers tours of her family’s farm, a 25-acre site producing the Sugarloaf, whose flesh is particularly soft and sweet.

In June, the island celebrates its prime produce via a two-day festival, this year on June 7 and 8, in Gregory Town. It includes many pineapple-based foods, from breakfasts to desserts, as well as fun competitions: a challenge to eat as much pineapple as you can, another to plait the pineapple pole. Last year, musical performances came from local artists like Fanshawn and Q-Pid.

Where to stay

Stay at this property, which reopened in November 2023 with additions that include new chefs helming its Freedom Restaurant & Sushi Bar. A stay in one of its 29 villas, suites, and bungalows gives guests access to its two private beaches.

How to get to Eleuthera

North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) has direct nonstop service to a handful of airports stateside this month: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Miami International Airport (MIA) on American Airlines, Delta’s daily shuttle from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and Southeast specialist Silver Airways, which operates from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Three people walking through a European plaza at sunset

Many alternative El Camino routes, like the Camino Ingles, still end in Santiago de Compostela.

Photo by Lucas Vallecillos

3. Galicia, Spain

June is great for a moment of reflection.

The northern corner of Spain tends to be wetter than the Spanish coast on the Mediterranean, with ample annual rainfall—up to 79 inches or so on the coasts each year. But come summertime, you can enjoy balmy, pleasant weather here, the ideal conditions for tackling its best-known attraction: the Camino de Santiago, or El Camino, the pilgrims’ trail that climaxes in Santiago de Compostela.

Many might assume that there’s only one official route, and certainly, the Camino Frances is the best known, connecting from the border with France for hundreds of miles. However, that isn’t the sole choice—and a good thing, too, as it can get very busy with hikers in peak season. Consider, instead, the Camino Ingles. It starts in A Coruña or Ferrol; opt for the latter to qualify for the official certificate (the Compostela) for the trek when you arrive at the cathedral, as that lengthens your trek to more than 100 kilometers (about 62 miles). You can also reverse the route: Take Camino Finisterre, and you’ll start at the cathedral before walking 60 miles or so to the coast, through pine groves and medieval villages—a gloriously quiet alternative, which finishes in the town of Fisterra on the western edge of Europe.

Where to stay

This luxury hotel, now part of the Autograph group, spent one century as a tannery and another as a nunnery, so it has a superb and unusual footprint, like the mural-wreathed chapel turned meeting room. Book a massage in the onetime convent gardens alfresco.

How to get to Galicia

There are no direct nonstop flights to Galicia’s Santiago-Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ) from the United States. Consider connecting via Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Amsterdam on low-cost carrier Vueling.

View of Salt Lake City skyline with mountains in the background

Salt Lake City has the spirit of a metropolitan giant and the heart of a small town.

Photo by age fotostock

4. Salt Lake City, Utah

June is great for celebrating local talent.

From June 28 to 30, the Utah Arts Festival celebrates all the arts with literary readings, live music, dance performances, interactive installations, stand-up comedy shows, and poetry slams. The three-day, 70,000-person celebration features more than 150 performers and creatives, and more than three-quarters of those are Utah-based, as the festival aims to uplift locals.

This year’s full line-up is still under wraps, but last year’s roster included rapper Lyrics Born and rockers the Greeting Committee among musical acts and artworks from sculptor Eugene Perry, who works under the name Sharp Metals.

Where to stay

The 225-room hotel just emerged from a renovation in February that spruced the property with splashes of color that have more than a whiff of the mid-century.

How to get to Salt Lake City

Delta is always going to be a smart choice to reach this city, as Salt Lake is one of the carrier’s major hubs, with service to tons of cities, including Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Portland, Oregon.

A colorful sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains shrouded in a wintery haze.

The cinematic forests around this Appalachian anchor town even formed the backdrop to the Hunger Games.

Courtesy of Explore Asheville

5. Asheville, North Carolina

June is great for exploring the Appalachian outdoors.

Come to Asheville, North Carolina, in the summer to enjoy the outdoors here at its best, whether you kayak down the French Broad River, hike, or mountain bike. Idle over a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, too: The almost 500-mile scenic route began under the New Deal in the 1930s and was not completed until five decades later, winding through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.

As for culture, the more than 30 art galleries downtown are complemented by a mural trail as well as an “outdoor museum” dubbed the Asheville Urban Trail. The city is also earning plaudits as an unexpected foodie haven, thanks to chefs like elBulli–trained Katie Button, who runs Cúrate Bar de Tapas, and Troy Ball’s craft distillery, Asheville Distilling Company, which makes a hearty whiskey from local corn.

Where to stay

In Asheville’s River Arts District, The Radical, opened in 2023, offers 70 guest rooms and suites with details like concrete pillars and exposed brick walls, hearkening back a century to its past as a cereal factory. But with bold art incorporated in its design—featuring graffiti painted on the building and animal print pillows—this standout hotel fully embraces maximalism and heritage.

How to get to Asheville

The local airport has a wide range of direct nonstops, especially within the region, mostly on low-cost specialist Allegiant Air: Hop on an easy flight from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
(VPS), Tampa, and Sarasota in Florida, as well as from Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Person standing over large plates of street food

This June, try some of Bali’s delicious street foods.

Photo by Constantin Stanciu/Shutterstock

6. Bali, Indonesia

June is great for indulging in Indonesian cuisine.

The town of Ubud at Bali’s center is best known for its healing and spiritual associations. This month, though, there’s an entirely different reason to make a pilgrimage here: food.

This year, the three-day festival, running through June 2, is themed “Take it to the Streets,” emphasizing programming that celebrates street food culture across the island, whether at classic roadside stands or funky food trucks run by young entrepreneurs. Now almost a decade old, the festival offers masterclasses and conversations with top chefs and, of course, the chance to sample their cooking.

Where to stay

The five-star, 289-room property is a stand-alone complex, with seven restaurants and an 11-acre garden. Even better, it’s a short walk to some of the best surfing on the island. If you do stay here for the food festival, note you’ll need a driver to scoot the hour or so to Ubud.

How to get to Bali

It’s a long trek to Bali from North America, so plan accordingly: The comfiest way will likely be via the Middle East, which allows you to break your journey and stretch your legs at just the right time. Take Qatar Airways, for example, which flies from DuPage Airport in Chicago (DPA) and JFK and stops in Doha: The first leg is around 12 hours, followed by a 10-hour second leg. From the West Coast, consider connecting elsewhere in Asia, such as in Manila, served by Philippine Airlines from LAX, its shortest journey being just under 21 hours.

Reindeer grazing in a meadow during sunset

Sodankylä is about 75 miles into the Arctic Circle.

Photo by vvvita/Shutterstock

7. Sodankylä, Finland

June is great for unleashing your inner film nerd.

From May through August, the sun never sets here, with nearly 24 hours of unbroken daylight (in the wee hours, expect darkness to threaten but never quite take hold). From June 12 to 16, you can make the most of that nonstop daytime by buying a ticket to one of the screenings at the 24/7 Midnight Sun Film Festival, which shows movies all day, every day in the town of Sodankylä.

This year’s program is typically eclectic, ranging from a screening of Arturo Ripstein’s Luis Buñel–nodding The Black Widow to the charmingly screwball Ealing Studios comedy from the 1940s, Whisky Galore! The program’s rounded out by a few other offbeat events, including Film Speech Karaoke, where the audience chooses their favorite speech from a selection of old movies and performs it, much like karaoke, reading the lines from a screen. Don’t miss the silent film concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings: The highlight this year is Ingeborg Holm, a Swedish social drama that turned into a bona fide blockbuster after it was released in 1913.

Where to stay

Sure, it’s summertime, but you can’t come to the Lapland region without a nod to Christmas: The standouts at this property, part of the Santa’s Hotel group, are the 10 glass igloos on-site, which offer spectacular views out at the night sky and the surrounding wilderness.

How to get to Sodankylä

The local airport is Rovaniemi (RVN) which is about an hour or so from the capital, Helsinki. Finnair has an extensive network connecting HEL to the US, via its membership of Oneworld: there are direct non-stop flights there this month from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), JFK, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), LAX, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From Rovaniemi, it’s about a 1.5-hour drive north to Sodankylä.

Red, futuristic building jutting out into water

David Walsh’s MONA was built to house his personal art collection.

Photo by ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock

8. Hobart, Tasmania

June is great for quirky arty escapades.

Multimillionaire art collector David Walsh turbocharged tourism to his native Tasmania when he opened MONA, a 10,000-square-foot, custom-built museum. As a follow-up, Walsh helped fund the eccentric but appealing festival, Dark Mofo, showcasing the arts scene and the superb produce that characterizes the island.

The festival proper is taking a break for 2024, but several signature events remain, including the foodie-spotlighting Winter Feast and the Nude Solstice Swim at sunrise on June 21 (don’t forget it’s midwinter, so brace yourself). A few other shindigs will step in as a stopgap: Night Shift, the late-night dance party on June 21 and 22, as well as two events at MONA itself. The latest exhibition, “Namedropping”, opens on June 15, preceded by a gala bash to celebrate it, where tickets will be available for purchase for the first time—the $400-per-person price underwrites education programs by Material Institute.

Where to stay

This three-year-old waterfront hotel is one of several new upscale accommodations to arrive in the once low-key capital of the island: The 152 rooms are arranged around several buildings bolted together, including an art deco one from the 1940s and a Neo-Georgian 1840s structure.

How to get to Tasmania

Tasmania is a short hop from Melbourne on the mainland, so that’s the best international gateway for touchdown: United connects it to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and LAX direct nonstop, and Qantas also operates on the LAX route.

Two people looking at a colorful piece of art in a gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery–Qaumajuq holds the largest public collection of Inuit art in the world, with more than 27,000 pieces.

Photo by Salvador Maniquiz/Shutterstock

9. Winnipeg, Canada

June is great for Indigenous immersion.

Indigenous culture is core to the culture of Winnipeg, which has the highest per capita percentage of Indigenous residents anywhere in the country, as well as the largest urban population of the same community. It celebrates that heritage every June via Indigenous Day Live.

It’s run by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the first national Indigenous broadcaster. While this year’s events are still in the planning stages, the network will include day-long special programming for audiences across the country. Last year’s lineup included a walk through the city that explored the shared histories of the settlers and the Indigenous community, and drumming and hoop dancing performances for children.

Don’t miss the Winnipeg Art Gallery–Qaumajuq, either: Its shows this spring include “Omalluq,” focused on the namesake female artist from Kinngait who was a pioneering carver, and “Riopelle,” a celebration of the centenary of the birth of artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, who gained worldwide fame while living and working in Paris.

Where to stay

The 116-room boutique hotel downtown sits right where the two rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red, convene—hence the hotel’s name—and is the easiest perch from which to explore most of the events of this festival.

How to get to Winnipeg

There are direct, nonstop flights to Winnipeg from many U.S. hubs, including WestJet service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), United flights from Denver International Airport (DIA), and Delta service from Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

Sun shining over the horizon in Gstaad, Switzerland

Come June, Gstaad’s winter wonderland turns into a landscape of green hiking trails.

Photo by oetiker/Unsplash

10. Gstaad, Switzerland

June is great for hiking among the hills that Heidi called home.

Sure, this tiny, tiny town in the Swiss Alps is packed with celebrities when the slopes are snowy: Madonna and Princess Diana have been spotted there. But it’s worth considering a visit out of season—and not just because climate change has made lower-altitude resorts like this one vulnerable to snow droughts (for the 2023 season, the first flurries arrived in early January).

Come here when it’s warm, and those slopes transform into green hiking trails, like the Rinderberg Panorama. Come earlier to avoid the crowds, and don’t forget to pack a bathing suit for a chance to swim in the astonishingly clear waters. Glacier 3000, the high-speed cable car, whisks travelers to the peak of the namesake glacier (which should still be snow-capped in June). Just pack some cashmere for this wintry interlude.

Where to stay

The family-owned hotel helped establish this town as a jet-set getaway when it opened more than 100 years ago; it remains ground zero for glamor in 2024.

How to get there

The best international hub for Gstaad is Zurich, served by Swiss from MIA, ORD, LAX, and JFK nonstop. From there, it’s a picturesque three-hour train ride on one of Switzerland’s famously slick trains. Try to snag one of the vintage rolling stock, where the interiors are proudly Poirot-era.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly mentioned that Indigenous Day Live’s 2024 programming would include workshops and musical performances.

British-born, New York–based Mark Ellwood has lived out of a suitcase for most of his life. He is editor-at-large for luxury bible Robb Report and columnist for Bloomberg Luxury. Recent stories have led him to hang out with China’s trendsetters in Chengdu and learn fireside raps from cowboy poets in Wyoming.
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