Not sure where to go this summer? Read our run-down of the best places to visit in June to help you make up your mind. You'll be hard pushed to choose from festival-packed city breaks, unforgettable midsummer celebrations, and bucket list safaris. And that's just the half of it. Chances are, there'll also be a Rough Guide to help you make the most of your trip.
1. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Best for tropical chilling and world-class diving
While most of Asia is in the throes of monsoon season in June, the east coast of Malaysia remains dry and sunny. Expect calm sea conditions and average highs of around 30°C.
As such, if you're looking for the best tropical places to visit in June, Malaysia's Perhentian Islands might just float your boat.
Close to Thailand, off Malaysia's northeast coast, they're made up of Besar (large) and Kecil (small). Besar is the more developed of the two, while Kecil is more geared towards backpackers.
Both islands deliver white-sand beaches and turquoise water offering top snorkelling and diving opportunities. Visibility extends up to 20m.
What's more, a bounty of beach huts and wonderfully easy-going atmosphere tops it all off.
- Read up on things not to miss in Malaysia.
- Discover places to get off the tourist trail in Malaysia.
- For more Malaysian island food for thought, find out why Langkawi is Malaysia's ultimate island escape.
- Explore our customisable Malaysia itineraries. They cover everything from indulgent Malaysia, to wildlife adventures.
- Arm yourself with the in-depth The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, or the inspirational, picture-packed Insight Guide Malaysia.
- Best for active families: Ombak Dive Resort. Friendly, on the beach, with family rooms available.
- Best for indie travellers. The Barat. Beachfront chalets and dorms with on-site snorkelling and diving.
- Best for couples: Senja Bay Resort. Beach huts and chalets with stunning sunset views.
2. Budapest, Hungary
Best for foodies and culture vultures
This is especially true if you’re into food, with the Gourmet Festival taking place in Millenáris Park 2nd—4th June 2023.
Then, from 9th-11th June, Budapest’s City Park will host the Rosalia wine festival. Free events and concerts run alongside opportunities to buy fine Hungarian wine and nosh in beautiful surroundings.
Feasting aside, don’t miss Budapest’s top attractions. For example, take the Siklo (funicular railway) up to the Vár, or go to the Castle District to gawp at glorious Baroque architecture.
Meanwhile, over the Danube in Pest, meander the Jewish quarter to marvel at the magnificent Great Synagogue, the second largest in the world.
Travelling with kids and want some out-of-town freedom? Take to the Buda Hills to access the 3km Cogwheel Railway, and the Children’s Railway.
Built by Communist youth brigades after World War II, today this 11km-long narrow gauge remains run by teenagers (apart from the driver). It's a unique way to soak up stunning scenery, with places to stop-off for rewarding hikes and walks.
- Marvel at Budapest on a daytime sightseeing Danube cruise, or an evening dinner cruise with folk music.
- Find out why Budapest in the perfect summer break destination.
- Want to immerse yourself in the region? Our customisable Grand Eastern European Tour includes Vienna, Budapest and Bucharest. You'll also visit Sarajevo, Mostar and Dracula's castle in Romania.
- In the mood for romance? Our Fairytale Czech Republic and Hungary trip has your name all over it.
- Read The Rough Guide to Budapest.
- Love exploring on foot? Insight Guide Explore Budapest is packed with rewarding walking routes.
Make the most of your time in Budapest
- Best for five-star luxury: Aria Hotel. Stylish music-themed rooms, plus Turkish spa and glass-covered courtyard.
- Best for cool couples: Baltazár. Arty rooms ins a classy boutique joint in the castle district.
- Best for budget travellers: Maverick City Lodge. Smart dorms and private rooms in a top spot.
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3. Fes, Morocco
Best for markets, music and magnificent architecture
With a bounty of beautiful markets and majestic mosques, Fes is fabulous destination for foodies, history buffs and culture vultures alike.
As for why to visit in June, while July sees temperatures soar to the late 30s, June averages 30C. So, while it’s hot, hot, hot, it’s comfortable enough to explore the most complete medieval city of the Arab world.
Walled Fes El-Bali — the oldest area of Fes — is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a maze of mosques, medersas and fondouks, plus a mile-long labyrinth of souks, it warrants several days exploration.
And in exciting news for music lovers, the 2023 Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Festival de Musiques Sacrées du Monde) kicks off ten days of performances on 12th June.
- Discover the diversity of Moroccan cuisine at a sumptuous, four-course showcase.
- Uncover the imperial cities of Morocco — including Fes — on a customisable Rough Guides trip.
- Read up on the best markets in Morocco.
- For top country-wide tips and recommendations, read The Rough Guide to Morocco.
Make the most of your time in Fes
- Best for special occasions: Riad Authentic Palace & Spa. Five-star splendour and service in the old town.
- Best for foodies: Riad Tahyra. A boutique beauty where chefs often invite guests into the kitchen.
- Best for families: Riad Laayoun. Relaxed, rather reasonable and very friendly.
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4. Naples, Italy — one of the best places to go in June
Best for feasting, festivals, ancient history and alluring islands
From its ancient caves and galleries of erotic art, to the steamy heights of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a red-hot destination. A diverse southern Italian gem that smoulders with history and modern rough-round-the-edges verve.
You also won't want to miss taking a trip to Mount Vesuvius, and visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Come June, though, your time is likely to be split between visiting Naples' unique historic sites, and filling your face with the world's finest pizza.
Seeing as the city lays claim to being the birthplace of pizza, it'll come as no surprise that participants in Naples' annual Pizza Fest take their work very seriously. As a result, you can expect to enjoy seriously good grub.
- Learn how to make your own Neapolitan pizza and read up on the best pizza joints in Naples.
- Explore the ruins of Pompeii and visit Mount Vesuvius on a full-day tour.
- Go underground to uncover the history of Naples on a unique subterranean tour.
- Not keen on well-trodden paths? Discover unusual things to do in Naples.
- Get yourself The Rough Guide to Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
Make the most of your time in Naples
- Best for splashing out in style: Grand Hotel Parker's. All-out la dolce vita luxury.
- Best for couples: Spanish Palace Rooms. A beautiful B&B in an 18th-century building.
- Best for families: Case Così Apartments. Modern, well-equipped apartments and suites.
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5. Dalarna, Sweden
Best for midsummer magic and enchanting scenery
While it’s fair to say that the Swedes know how to party at any time of the year, it’s a fact that no one does midsummer quite like them.
Celebrated annually across the weekend closest to 24th June, Sweden’s midsummer celebrations herald a huge exodus from towns and cities. At this time, pretty much everyone heads to the countryside and coasts to gather with family and friends.
Expect to feast on the likes of herring, potatoes and akvavit — a grain or potato-based liqueur seasoned with herbs. And after? The merriment extends late into the long, light night, with maypole dancing and drinking enjoyed to the tune of accordions and fiddles.
Darlarna itself is known for a handicraft heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages, and cute red cottages trimmed with white frames. The very picture of rural idyll.
- Discover Swedish folk culture at the Dalarna Museum.
- Find out everything you need to know about Sweden's unforgettable midsummer celebrations.
- Love food? Get the low-down on Swedish smorgasbords.
- Read The Rough Guide to Sweden.
Make the most of your time in Dalarna, Sweden
- Best for exploring the region: Sankt Olof Hotell & Krog, Malung. Cosy, and close to road and train connections.
- Best for couples: Ludvika Stadshotell. A stylish, friendly boutique hotel.
- Best for traditional Sweden: Dala Wärdshus. Lake views, timber lodges, and traditional activities on-site.
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6. Rwanda and Uganda, East Africa
Best for outstanding safari experiences
If you’re looking to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime wildlife-watching experiences this summer, consider heading to Rwanda and Uganda between June and September. These are the best months for sighting endangered mountain gorillas.
Most likely you’ll use Rwanda’s capital Kigali as base from which to explore the country's numerous national parks.
With a verdant crater lake at its heart, and named after the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif, Volcanoes National Park counts mountain gorillas among its residents. It's also home to over 200 species of birds, and rare golden monkeys.
Meanwhile, the low-lying plains of Akagera National Park — a mix of savannah, woodland, wetland and lakes — offer opportunities to see the Big Five. It also boasts almost 500 species of bird, plus hippos, antelopes, zebras, giraffes and baboons.
You’ll also want to head to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park over the border in Uganda to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitats.
After journeying through tropical jungles and valleys, the reserve's rare primate residents can be seen up close in the lush cloud forest. In a word: magic.
- Before heading off on safari, explore Kigali's art and culture on a sightseeing tour with lunch.
- If you're not one to do things by halves, book an epic three-day trip from Kigali to see gorillas in Uganda.
- For an alternate safari experience, see the wildlife of Akagera National Park from a hot air balloon.
- Discover reasons to see more of Rwanda than just the gorillas, and find out why you need to visit Uganda.
- Read up on Nyamirambo, Kigali's coolest neighbourhood.
- Fancy blending wildlife-watching with island chilling? Our tailor-made trips to see mountain gorillas in East Africa can be customised to include Tanzanian safaris and a Zanzibar beach stay.
Make the most of your time in Rwanda and Uganda
- Best for city centre smartness: 2000 Hotel. Kigali's highest hotel offers mountain views and a rooftop terrace.
- Best for couples: Kigali Serena Hotel. Five-star service, plus a pool and gardens.
- Best for cool vibes and hot views: Eagle View Lodge. Unique style, great food and epic views over the city.
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7. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Best for wildlife-watching and coastal walks
At this time of the year, the internationally renowned Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is especially rewarding to walk. Covering some 186 miles, this is the UK’s only coastal National Park.
June is also a great time to visit Pembrokeshire to see spectacular wildlife. For example, Skomer Island is blessed with an abundance of iconic Atlantic puffins — an estimated 6000 breeding pairs, no less. You can see them up close from April until August.
Skomer and Skokholm Island are also home to the world’s biggest colony of Manx shearwaters, with an estimated 350,000 of them.
You'll want to watch out for grey seals, too, with Ramsey Island being one of the best places to see grey seals in Britain. Take a boat trip to watch them basking on the rocks as you circle Ramsey’s rugged caves and gorges. Ramsey is also ideal for spotting seabirds, peregrines and dolphins.
Meanwhile, granite Grassholm hosts the UK’s third-largest Atlantic gannet colony. Being a protected RSPB reserve, you can’t land, but boat trips offers excellent opportunities to see them. Females lay a solitary egg in April, and chicks hatch in late-May/early June.
- Get The Pocket Rough Guide to Pembrokeshire, or The Rough Guide to Wales.
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- Find out about places in Wales you’re probably never heard of.
- Best for coastal views: Roch Castle. A 12th-century stunner on a rocky outcrop overlooking St Brides Bay.
- Best for foodies: The Grove. An 18th-century country house surrounded by meadows.
- Best for families: Timber Hill Self Catering Cedar Lodges. Spacious, scenic and close to beaches.
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8. Yellowstone National Park, USA
Best for big landscapes and wildlife
June is one of the best months to spot wildlife here. At this time of year, gangly, long-limbed bighorn lambs and elk calf are taking their early steps. Grizzly bears are on the prowl, and wildflowers are sprinkled across the lower mountain slopes.
What really sets Yellowstone apart, however, is that it's one of the world’s largest volcanoes. That said, because the caldera is so huge — a whopping 34 by 45 miles — the park doesn't look like a volcano.
The park also contains over half of the world’s geysers. Thousands of fumaroles jet plumes of steam. Mud pots gurgle, and hot springs bubble.
- Want to see the beauty of Yellowstone with fewer crowds? Read our guide to undiscovered Yellowstone.
- Discover the truth about tourism in Yellowstone.
- For practical guidance, get The Rough Guide to the USA's National Parks.
- For inspiration, see the pictorial Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places in the USA — Yellowstone is one of them.
- Browse our US itineraries, and get in touch with our experts to curate your perfect US trip.
Make the most of your time in Yellowstone National Park
- Best for location: Kelly Inn West Yellowstone. Near the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and West Entrance.
- Best for comfort: Crosswinds Inn. Cosy, spacious, and close to West Entrance.
- Best for couples: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites. Also close to West Entrance with a pool, hot tub and sauna.
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9. Cusco, Peru
Best for awe-inspiring sun ceremonies
In June, with the sun at its furthest point from earth in the southern hemisphere, the sun-god Inti needed some seriously reverent devotion.
Since the mid-twentieth century, spectators have been able to watch a re-enactment of this dramatic ceremony on June 24th in Sacsayhuamán. Located a few kilometres from Cusco, Emperor Pachacuti began work on this fortress in the 1440s, although it took nearly a century to finish.
As for the ceremony, a dancing procession is followed by speeches in Quechua — the Incan language. You'll also get to witness the simulated sacrifice of a llama on a hill-top. Don't say we didn't warn you.
While it's not quite same as the original event, it's still a tremendous sight, and presents a great opportunity to party with Peruvians.
All that considered, culture vultures looking for the best places to visit in June would do well to consider Cusco, Peru.
- Book a full-day trekking tour of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.
- Read up on the best things to do in Peru.
- Arm yourself with our first-timers guide to Peru.
- Celebrate the Sun Ceremony in Peru in 2023 on our tailor-made trip to Peru. It begins on 19th June.
- For pre-trip inspiration, see Insight Guide Peru, while The Rough Guide to Peru is ideal for on-the-road advice.
Make the most of your time in Cusco, Peru
- Best for couples: Hotel Hacienda Cusco Centro Historico. A fab four-star in a great location.
- Best for old world charm: Hotel Monasterio San Pedro. Atmosphere and friendly service near the market.
- Best for friendly, family-run flair: Hosteria de Anita. A colourful guest house with garden courtyard.
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