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10 of the Best Places to Visit in June

June marks the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere. With longer days and warmer temperatures, there’s hardly a better time to travel the world. Our list of June travel destinations is your ticket to an awesome start to summer.

 

Sunny summer days in Europe and North Africa

Porto, Portugal

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Porto’s played a key role in shaping Portugal’s national character—starting with the country’s very name. This soulful city continues to inspire, and June is one of the best times to see what’s waiting for you along the Iberian coast.

 

Perfect for: Enjoying Iberian scenery and Port wine

Average June Weather: 58 – 74 degrees, nine days of rainfall

What to do                      

  • Climb up to the stained glass roof of the Livraria Lello, a world renowned bookstore
  • Watch the Rabelo boats sail the Duoro River from a café along Cais de Gaia
  • Sample port wines at one of Porto’s many wine cellars
  • Marvel at the Gothic façade and lavish neoclassical interior of São Francisco Church
  • Glide up Porto’s hills in an old-fashioned heritage tram

Fes, Morocco

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The oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, Fes has long been a breeding ground of for artisans and scholars. Refurbished riads, modern restaurants, and craft apprenticeships help keep the legacy alive.

 

Perfect for: Stocking up on handmade crafts

Average June Weather: 59 – 88 degrees, three days of rainfall

What to Do

  • Wind your way through the marketplaces, squares, and Islamic design of Fes el Bali Medina
  • Learn the history of Islamic scholarship at Attarin Medersa, a 14th century school turned museum
  • Watch (and smell) locals cut and dye leather at the Chaouwara Tanneries
  • Watch highly-skilled ceramic potters at work at Art Naji
  • Take an overnight camel or ATV excursion into the desert for an unobstructed views of the stars

 

Stockholm, Sweden

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June is midsummer in Sweden, making it a perfect time to experience a unique holiday and enjoy sunshine until 10pm.

 

Perfect for: Celebrating the summer solstice in style

Average June Weather: 52 – 69 degrees, nine days of rainfall

What to do

  • Don a flower crown and head to Skansen to celebrate midsommar with the locals
  • See a largely intact 17th century warship that sank in Stockholm’s harbor at the Vasa Museum
  • Wander through the Royal Palace and colorful houses of Stortorget square in old town
  • Examine some of the world’s best photography at Fotografiska
  • Shop in the chic Södermalm district, stopping for a coffee break (known as fika in Sweden)

 

Palermo, Italy

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With 2,700 years of history to its name, Palermo is more than just the birthplace of cannoli.

 

Perfect for: Exploring cathedrals, catacombs (and, yes, cannoli as well)

Average June Weather: 67 – 81 degrees, two days of rainfall

 

What to do

  • See the awe-inspiring murals at Palantine Chapel in the Royal Palace of Palermo
  • Catch an opera or ballet at the Teatro Massimo, an impressive art nouveau venue
  • Get a morbid thrill at the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, where Palermo’s nobility has been buried since the sixteenth century
  • Head north for a day of white sand and sunshine at Mondello Beach
  • Indulge in some cannoli, a cassata, or another delicious Italian pastry at a sidewalk café

 

Adventures in the Former Yugoslavia and Eastern Bloc

Zagreb, Croatia

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Between the Austro-Hungarian architecture and truly peculiar museums, Croatia’s capital isn’t short on character.

 

Perfect for: Experiencing a slice of Southern Slavic life

Average June Weather: 55 ­– 76 degrees, 14 days of rainfall

What to do

  • Check out the offbeat Museum of Broken Relationships, or head to the Museum of Naïve Art for a look at a distinctly Slavic style of painting
  • Try a pint at Pod Starim Krovovima, one of Zagreb’s favorite watering holes since the 1830’s
  • Ride the funicular to Upper Town to see St. Mark’s Church’s intricately tiled roof
  • Swim or bike around Lake Jarun, a popular summertime recreation area
  • Walk along the arcade of Mirogoj Cemetery, a multi-denominational burial ground and the final resting place of many Croatian luminaries

 

Berlin, Germany

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As the dividing line between east and west during the Cold War, Berlin is a city of sharp contrasts and stark beauty. Long a haven for artists, Berlin has truly come out of its shell since the wall fell, and there’s no better place to be when the sun goes down.

 

Perfect for: Bohemians and dancers

Average June Weather: 54 – 70 degrees, seven days of rainfall

What to do

  • Snap photos in front of the East Side Gallery’s colorful murals
  • Walk from Brandenburg Gate to check out the Reichstag building and Tiergarten park
  • Dance your cares away at Berghain, Watergate or one of the many other all-night dance clubs
  • Grab some local street food, like currywurst, in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood
  • Investigate the East German State’s espionage program at the Stasi-Museum

 

Warsaw, Poland

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Change seems to be the only constant in Warsaw. A city of rebirth and resilience, its timeworn streets are a testament to its eclectic past and the burgeoning restaurant and entertainment scenes enliven the present.

 

Perfect for: Architectural lovers

Average June Weather: 54 – 73 degrees, 12 days of rainfall

What to do

  • Admire the architectural styles of Old Town square, from Baroque and Gothic to Neoclassical
  • Relax in Lazeinki park, a museum-lined green space known for its Sunday Chopin concerts
  • See how Warsaw stayed lit during its Eastern Bloc days in the bright, bold Neon Museum
  • Walk down Krakowskie Przedmiescie, passing the cafes, castles and bars in the heart of town
  • Visit the opulent grounds of Willanów Palace, Warsaw’s answer to Versailles

 

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Filled with both Roman streets and Soviet landmarks, Sofia is full of intriguing juxtapositions.

 

Perfect for: Frugal travelers, historians and hiking lovers

Average June Weather: 56 – 77 degrees, 12 days of rainfall

What to do

  • Hike up Vitosha Mountain and enjoy a picnic with a view of the cityscape below
  • View vintage Soviet sculptures and propaganda films at the Museum of Socialist Art
  • Stroll down Vitosha Boulevard, a pedestrian thoroughfare full of shops, restaurants, and bars
  • Admire the decorative murals and gold-specked dome of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • See relics from Sofia’s days in the Roman Empire at the Ancient Serdica complex

 

Warm days in the western hemisphere

Kralendijk, Bonaire

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Bonaire’s location in the Leeward Antilles shelters it from the severe weather of hurricane season. That makes June the perfect time to experience the island’s natural wonders.

 

Perfect for: Nature lovers and fans of secluded island getaways

Average June Weather: 80 – 88 degrees, three days of rainfall

What to do:

  • Scuba or snorkel among the abundant types of coral and tropical fish at the National Marine Park
  • Imbibe unique local spirits like cactus liqueur at the Cadushy Distillery
  • Test your windsurfing skills at Lac Bay’s mangrove reserve
  • Birdwatch and take in the sights of nearby Curaçao on a hike at Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • Explore the markets, music, and seaside restaurants of downtown Kralendijk

 

Toronto, Canada

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Home to more than 140 spoken languages and dialects, diversity is one of Toronto’s defining characteristics. From its natural and man-made monuments to its cultural happenings, “the Six” has no shortage of things to see and do.

 

Perfect for: A multicultural getaway just north of the border

Average June Weather: 59 – 75 degrees, 11 days of rainfall

 

What to do

  • Spend an evening at one of the stylish Distillery District’s summer pop-up events and concerts
  • Get a high-altitude thrill on an “Edgewalk” around the CN Tower’s outdoor ring
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Canada’s favorite sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Day-trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, home to the larger Horseshoe Falls
  • Peruse the shops of St. Lawrence Market, a popular spot in Toronto’s Old Town neighborhood
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