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The 10 Best Places To Go in June

A postcard-perfect trip to Tuscany, a history-fueled adventure to Machu Picchu, and so much more.
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June is the perfect month to set off on a getaway. After all, there's nothing better than kicking off summer with a fabulous vacation. That's why we decided to search for the top wanderlust-worthy vacation spots to visit this June.

We rounded up the dreamiest destinations no matter what kind of trip you're planning. Looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway during the busy summer wedding season? Try one of our recommended spots in Tuscany, Italy, or a embark on a romantic beach trip to Fiji. If you're searching for a combination of sea and mountain with a serious air of history, plan a trip to Croatia. Or, if you're dreaming of a romantic and wine-filled break, head to Napa Valley. And for the truly adventurous travelers? Consider escaping to Machu Picchu in Peru or the Gobi Desert in Mongolia for a one of a kind journey.

From the beaches of Fiji to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, take a look at our favorite destinations to visit in the month of June below, along with travel tips and recommendations of where to stay:

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Machu Picchu, Peru


A visit to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience, and June is one of the best months to go since it's during Peru's dry season. Start your journey in Lima, Peru's vibrant capital city, or Cusco, a scenic three hour train ride from Machu Picchu, before heading to the UNESCO Heritage Site.

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Once in Machu Picchu, plan on staying at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel directly next to the ancient Incan site. Belmond offers custom tours and treks with expert guides, so you can see the wonder of Machu Picchu on your own time. Or, for a unique tour experience, try booking an adventure through Mountain Lodges, like the 7-day Salkantay Trek, which include stops at notable archaeological sites while en route to Machu Picchu.

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Fiji


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Fiji is one of those magical places that is great to visit all year round, but June is one of the best months to do so thanks to the ideal weather and countless activity options. Plus, since June is technically still the low season, you'll finder cheaper hotel rates and smaller crowds too.

From the rich culture of local Fijians to the crystal clear water and incredible beaches, there are countless reasons why Fiji's 333 islands are the perfect vacation destination for honeymooners and adventure-ready travelers alike. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, stay at the Royal Davui Island Fiji Resort, an adults-only resort situated on the Beqa Lagoon. For an even more exclusive retreat, try Laucala Private Island Resort, a private island paradise set on 3,500 acres with gorgeous beaches, green mountains, and even an 18-hole golf course.

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Tuscany, Italy


Kick off the summer with a trip to the art, wine, and pasta-filled region of Tuscany in Italy. June is an ideal time to visit because of warm temperatures (that haven't yet reached sweltering summer heat) and smaller crowds, since tourists typically visit in July and August.

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Start your journey with a stay at Hotel Lungarno in Florence, with views overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. While in Florence, take advantage of the bustling art and culture scene—see Michelangelo’s David for yourself, and climb to the top of the Duomo for the most picturesque view of the city.

Round out your Italian adventure by heading out of Florence to experience the best of Tuscany in the countryside. Explore the hills and vineyards in Southern Tuscany with stops at charming medieval towns Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Pienza, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site—and, of course, plan to check out the numerous vineyards surrounding each spot in the countryside. End your trip in Maremma, a charming and under-the-radar costal town bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea in Italy. Stay at Locanda Rossa, an elegant farmhouse escape set on gorgeous acres of olive trees.

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Napa Valley, California


Head to the Northern California wine region in June to take full advantage of warm daytime weather, cool nights, and slightly less crowds than you'd find during harvest season, which is August through October.

For a quintessential romantic getaway in the area, stay at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil, which is set on 33 picturesque acres of olive and oak trees and is home to the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. Or try Meadowood Napa Valley, another wine-focused luxury resort with tennis, golf, and hiking activities available. To make the most of Napa's vast wineries, make sure to book your tasting appointments in advance. Can't miss vineyards include Inglenook, Domaine Carneros, and Opus One. Or, explore multiple spots in one day with a curated trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia


History buffs will love this medieval city set on the Dalmatian Coast. Explore the seaside city in June, before the peak summer crowds arrive in July and August.

In Dubrovnik, stay at the luxurious Villa Dubrovnik, perched directly on the rocky cliffs on the Adriatic Sea in a location that's still walking distance from the city center. The best way to explore Croatia is by boat—head to nearby Lokrum Island to experience the botanical gardens, or venture further to Korcula, one of the most charming islands in Croatia. The area surrounding Dubrovnik offers a host of activities for any type to traveler—from wine tasting at local vineyards to biking trips, there's something to please everyone from the adventurous travelers to romantic honeymooners.

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New York City


While there's no such thing as a bad time to visit New York, one could argue that the best time to visit is in June. Plan a trip during early summer when the weather is primed fordining al fresco, Central Park is buzzing with activity, and jaw-dropping sunsets can be enjoyed alongside rooftop cocktails. (For a true bird's eye view of the city, we recommend drinks at The Viceroy, which overlooks Central Park.)

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As for accommodations: The Surrey promises quintessential luxury uptown; downtown, The Bowery Hotel is a hip local favorite. The sheer variety of activities that the Big Apple has to offer is endless—but if you're in need of inspiration, check out our guide here.

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Corsica


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The idyllic Mediterranean island is warm and sunny all month long, with average temperatures in the high 70s—which means you can hike, laze on the beach, and explore local vineyards without breaking a sweat. If that sounds too good to be true, just wait until you take a deep breath: the intoxicating scent wafting throughout the area is a Corsica staple. It comes from Maquis, an aromatic shrub that blankets half of the island, and locals will tell you the scent is discernible from far out at sea.

As for accommodations, Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith, recommends the boutique hotel U Capu Biancu on Corsica’s south coast, which has an excellent cellar specializing in regional wine, sea-view suites and two private beaches.

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Amalfi Coast


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“In June, sunny days are paired with the aroma of orange blossoms and jasmine along the entire Amalfi Coast, and the Tyrrhenian Sea will be warm enough for a dip," says Lohan. July is generally considered the height of peak season in the region, so in June, you'll find slightly lower hotel rates and fewer crowds.

In the heart of Positano, book a room at the breathtaking Villa Franca (a member of Small Luxury Hotels), or for minimalist luxury, the whitewashed Casa Angelina in the cliffs of Praiano promises seclusion and sweeping views.

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Langkawi 


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“June is a great time to visit Langkawi as lighter crowds allow you to enjoy the serenity of the island while occasional rainfall at night creates comfortable temperatures during the day,” says Holladay.

The Malaysian archipelago, which consists of 99 islands, is known for its trademark aqua-hued sea and lush jungle. “You can enjoy open beaches, rainforest hikes, and cultural experiences including outdoor night markets and eco adventures,” Holladay adds.

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Gobi Desert, Mongolia


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Those in search of a decidedly unique travel experience should look no further than the desolate, breathtaking landscape of the Gobi.

“For the full Mongolian experience, stay in a ger (the traditional home of the nomads) and visit with a nomadic family to learn about their daily lives. The people are so beautiful, friendly and welcoming,” says Cline. “We also like to take our guests to the Flaming Cliffs, one of the largest fossil sites in the world, because it’s fun to imagine dinosaurs roaming this incredible landscape."

READ REVIEWS Three Camel Lodge

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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