Best places to visit in June in the ISA

20 best places to visit in June in the USA

With long days, big blue skies, and hours of endless sunshine, June really is one of the best months to explore the USA. This is the time of year when everything comes alive and most people are out and about looking for fun. From hip city breaks to gorgeous coastal towns here are the places to visit in June in the USA…

Chicago – makes a buzzing summer city break

 Chicago in the Summer

A perfect blend of historical buildings, fantastic food, jaw-dropping waterfronts, and world-renowned museums, the windy city is a beloved travel destination. The best time to experience the Windy City in late spring and early summer, especially during May, June, or September.

Early summers mark mild temperatures between the mid-50s to high 60s, sparse crowds with soft rains, and clear skies. Dine at famed restaurants, meander along the waterfronts, or while away the hours in the park, the city offers a plethora of things to do. 

Martha’s Vineyard – easily one of the best places to visit in June in the USA

 Martha's Vineyard Summer

An isolated island that’s bound to make you fall in love, Martha’s Vineyard offers the charming settings of New England off the Massachusetts coast. Martha’s Vineyard is a natural retreat with eye-catching architecture, classic lighthouses, sandy beaches, and quaint gingerbread houses.

The best time to visit Martha’s Vineyard is from May to September, when the temperatures remain around the low 70s and rarely above 90s. While early June won’t be beach season, but this also means fewer crowds and cheaper rates. On average, summers are cooler full of sunshine, and stunning sunsets. 

Mackinac Island, Michigan – an idyllic summer getaway with a historic charm

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island Michigan Summer

A delightful departure from the modern-day hustle and bustle, Mackinac Island offers a slow-paced atmosphere with Victorian charm. June through August is generally the best time to visit Mackinac Island with the warmest weather with an average high in the 70s and cool mornings.

Summer brings most of the daylight to the island with the cool breeze, great outdoor recreation activities, and gorgeous Lilac blooms throughout the city. Take a walk, ride a bike, sail in the refreshing lake or simply relax and unwind. Mackinac Island has plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy.

Portland, Oregon – for a fantastic city summer vacation

Welcoming, lively, laid-back, trendy words fall short when you sum up the beauty of Portland’s stunning scenery. Home to some of the trendiest spots, every month and season offers its allures in Portland. June to August is the perfect time to explore the city.

When the days are long, temperatures are optimal with an average high in the mid-70s and blissfully low humidity, and summer is when the City of Roses is in full bloom. June in the Pacific Northwest is flawless with International Rose Test Garden and savoring delicious berries. 

Bodega Bay – a friendly town to visit in June with gorgeous Pacific scenery

 Bodega Bay California

A popular Sonoma County getaway, Bodega Bay is a favorite destination for tourists & locals alike. Known for its art gallery, fresh seafood, quirky shops, and plenty of outdoor activities, Bodega Bay has a peaceful and laid-back vibe.

The Bay favors clear skies, rainless days, and average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to 90s during June to September. Summers in Bodega Bay are full of wildflower-laden coastal bluffs, endless water sports, and tasting local wines with spectacular weather along the coast. 

Nashville – lively summer fun with a kicking music scene

Nashville Music City

The historic home of country music with chic neighborhoods and mouth-watering cuisines, Nashville, has something for everyone year-round. The best time to visit Music City is from April through October. Summer weather kicks in June, where visitors can expect daily highs in the 80s, lows in the 60s.

Despite the humidity with a few inches of rainfall, summer tends to be the busiest season, with lots of cool events to check out. There are tons of museums, a thriving indie rock scene, divine food, and much more to this beautiful city being an artistic city.  

Laguna Beach – Orange County’s prettiest coastal town is a fantastic place to relax in June

 Laguna Beach summer

A dreamy beach town with crystalline waters, fine sands, and an excellent network of trails, Laguna Beach, is one of the most adored attractions. The mild climate, rolling hills and sandy shores makes for year-round accessibility to this lovely town.

The best time to visit Laguna Beach is early June through mid-September when the annual daytime temperature ranges in the mid-60s, waters are ideal for swimming and the town is lively with Summer Arts festival. Stumble upon the blooming wildflowers or watching the scenic canyons, Laguna Beach makes for a perfect seaside vacation in Southern California.

Camden, Maine – a beautiful coastal gem to explore in June

 Camden, Maine

A beautiful seaport town with a rugged coastline, scenic drives, gourmet foods, outdoor adventures, and friendly locals, Camden is a charming New England coastal town. Embodying Maine’s “Vacationland” reputation, the town has a harbor full of sailboats.

The best time to visit Camden is between June and August. Most areas of Maine have pleasant weather in mid-late summer with averages above the 60s but below the 80s with a gorgeous display of pink and purple wildflowers. There’s a ‘secret season’ between April to June where the weather offers a relaxed pace and hotels are not as crowded. 

Santa Barbara – a popular and sunny place with sophisticated charm

Beautiful Santa Barbara Beach

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean-like climate throughout the year. With about 300 days of sunshine, remarkably consistent weather, and warm currents, Santa Barbara makes for a fun-filled day at the beach with pristine Pacific Ocean waters to suit your mood.

Temperatures might range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s during summers, while early June sees fewer crowds with the least chances of precipitation. 

Telluride – a quaint summer hideaway offering breathtaking views in June

 Telluride Colorado summer

A picturesque mountain town, best known for its world-class ski resort, Telluride is known for its alpine lakes, eclectic boutiques and old mining roads; Telluride is a small mountain hamlet. The best time to visit Telluride is from mid-June to August. If you prefer sunshine and wildflowers, summer is the perfect time to explore this soothing town.

With incredible azure skies, average highs in the mid-60s to 70s, June is the least humid month with relatively less humidity and longer days. Step out for a wild water adventure, enjoy the music festivals or take a gondola ride, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Portland, Maine – for a tranquil seaside retreat to visit in June

 Portland, Maine summer

Living up to its “Vacationland” nickname, the city of Portland embodies the charm of New England. From ornate mansions, lively downtown to sandy beaches and tiny islands, Portland continues to enchant visitors every year. The temperate climate of Portland makes for mild winters and breezy summers.

A great time to start planning your trip, June is when summer starts to roll around. The average high remains in the 70s, and the lows in the 50s summers are warm and mild with random cool spells. The best time to visit Portland is from June through August. Laze around the ocean beaches, hike, camp, or row your boat; each season in Maine is strikingly beautiful. 

Santa Cruz – for a stunning family June vacation

 Santa Cruz California - great places to visit in June USA

A Californian beach town synonymous with sun and summer fun, Santa Cruz is known for its serene beaches, deep blue waters, and pristine marine environment. The best time to visit Santa Cruz is during the summer months of June, July & August. With cozy weather, dry temperatures, and cool evenings, the average temperatures range from low 50s to high 70s during the day.

Early June is a great time to visit if you seek solitude, where you enjoy a relaxed pace with considerable hotel discounts. Hike the breathtaking trails, surf on the crashing waves, bike along with the lush flora, or explore the downtown; Santa Cruz has much more to offer. 

Cape Cod – a divine summer vacation spot with a special allure Cape Cod in the summer

Tucked away along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod is known for its unique, rustic architecture, windswept beaches, glorious dunes, and pretty lighthouses. The most popular time to visit the Cape is during the summers. Though everything is at its peak from June to August, the weather tends to cooler on the Cape.

A haven for those drawn to the sea, Cape’s remains warm with temperatures in at least 70s dropping into to 60s at night with hydrangeas in full bloom. The shoulder months of May and June usher peasant temperatures with fewer crowds and reasonable room rates. 

Rocky Mountains, Montana – big skies and wonderful summer mountain scenery

Rocky Mountains Montana

Rightly called the ‘Treasure State”, Montana is known for its diverse landscape, tranquil lakes, roaring rivers, dynamic national parks & lush prairies. It’s the breathtaking Rocky Mountains that make Montana a fantastic vacation destination. The Rocky Mountains in summer promises long hours of sunshine, warm weather and minimal rain.

From June to September, the snow is melted chiefly, hiking trails are accessible and the roads are lined with wildflower blooms. Also, June is when the state basks in the glory of the temperate sun with average highs between70s to 80s to let you enjoy whatever activity you choose. 

Long Beach Island – for a fun and warm beach summer break off New Jersey Coast

Long Beach Island USA

Commonly referred to as “LBI” by the locals, Long Beach Island is known for its white sandy beaches, family-friendly environment, local boutiques and sleek eateries. One of the best beaches along the east coast, Long Beach Island has 345 days of sunshine. As for the best time to visit the city, summer makes perfect weather for visitors who want to engage in myriad outdoor and water activities.

You can expect mostly beach days with warm temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees & the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean throughout the day. Whether you’re looking for a short break or a weekend family trip, this beautiful barrier island has lots of historical gems to keep you entertained. 

Big Sur – a beautiful gem offering great vibes in June

Big Sur California

A world-renowned road trip destination for every nature lover, Big Sur makes for a magical place with spectacular beauty & the longest undeveloped coastline in the USA. The 90-mile stretch sure takes a little longer, but the stunning scenery, rocky bluffs, towering redwoods, and rolling hills make it worth the drive.

Summer offers the best season when the weather is agreeable with little to no rain, cool nights, and the highs hang in the high 70s. The best time, in this case, is from early June to August. A break from the urban sprawl, from beaches to waterfalls, hiking and tide pools, Big Sur makes for a well-deserved vacation. 

Great Smoky National Park, Tennessee – the most scenic corner of eastern Tennessee and a stunning place to explore in June

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park,

No matter which season you come, you’ll be astounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky National Park. A colorful place to visit during every season, summers in the Smokies make for an ideal vacation with endless outdoor activities and concerts. With emerald greens, humid days, and pleasant evenings, summers see high temps in the 80s and 90s.

The park is open year-round, but the best time to visit is between June to August & fall. For a relaxed atmosphere, visit the park during the first two weeks of June. Hike the trails, go river rafting, take a refreshing dip or watch the synchronized fireflies. Summer brings plenty of recreation. 

Cape May – this dreamy coastal town is a wonderful summer vacation

Cape May New Jersey

A soothing stretch of the Jersey shore, Cape May is a designated Historic District with class-apart beaches. One of the best beaches on the Middle Atlantic Coast, Cape May comes alive during summers with plenty of activities. 

The best time to visit Cape May is from May to September when the temperatures range between the mid-70s and 80s with clear blue skies & warm waters. From beautiful beaches to music festivals, June offers a perfect day at refreshing the Atlantic coast with shallow waves. Spend a day out in the water, tour the lighthouse or catch a glimpse of dolphins & whales. This seaside destination should be on your bucket list. 

Grand Teton National Park – a pristine nature destination in the northern Rockies

 Grand Teton National Park

An ideal place for adventurous souls and nature seekers, Grand Teton National Park has something for everyone to enjoy. Known for its lofty peaks, flawless landscape, clear lakes, and extraordinary wildlife, the Tetons connects you to American history. The best time to visit the park is from mid-May to late September.

Typically, from mid-June through August, the average temperature hangs in the 70s, dropping to the 30s at night. Hikers can still expect snow as you reach the higher elevation. Hike along the trails, take a scenic drive, backpack, camp around the lake, or admire the regal peaks and wildflowers; whatever you do, the time at Tetons is full of fun. 

Lake Tahoe – one of the most popular spots in the summer

South Lake Tahoe USA

One of the purest water lakes on the earth, Lake Tahoe lets you immerse in a clean environment with a breath of crisp air. The stunning landscape with beautiful rolling mountains and alpine forests lends your way to the freshwater lake. The best time to visit the lake is between June to August.

The warm temperatures in the high 70s, long days and lively evenings make for a perfect summer destination. Hike the trails, paddle your boat, take a dip or enjoy the views from the water, a lifetime of adventure waits at this magical lake. 

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Gary is an award winning full time professional photographer and videographer with too much wanderlust for his own good. Fuelled by strong coffee, you’ll often find him wandering well off hiking trails in search of interesting photographic subjects or scenery to video. Self taught and with the use of pioneering digital techniques, he quickly built up a strong client base and has worked with many prestigious organisations, including GQ, BBC, London Fashion Week, Grazia, Sky, Metro, Vogue Italia. He specialising in evocative images of people, places and cinematic videography and his goal is to make the viewer look twice and engage. As well as a penchant for good design, the ketogenic diet and Hungarian Vizslas, he also has a huge affection for Chicago, Bucharest, Scandinavia, Croatia and absolutely everywhere in Italy. Find him on Instagram @garynansome and Twitter @garynansome

2 Comments

  • James Haller

    24 May, 2021 at 6:47 am

    We planned a trip to Rio de Janeiro, one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere, for our summer vacation. My father is a lover of natural beauty, and we decided to book flights to Rio de Janeiro because it is known for its natural settings, samba, carnival, bossa nova.

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  • Swapnil

    20 May, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Very wonderful places, thank you Gary for this beautiful blog. Your all blogs are very informative and helpful for travelers.

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