There are multiple reasons to look forward to June: Longer days are welcomed with chirping birds and budding trees, summer dresses are making a comeback in our wardrobe rotation, and summer travel is on the horizon. The million-dollar question now is about where to travel in June, before the summer rush kicks in. There is no better way to kick off the season in style than by booking a memorable trip.
And while some regions of the world are deep in rain season or entering their winter months, others come alive and thrive in June—you just have to pick one direction and go with the flow: Do you want to escape to a Mediterranean resort town, go wine tasting in California wine country, or even explore the wonders of Southern China? If you've held off on booking the perfect summer trip, now is the time. These are hands down the best places to travel in June.
San Sebastián, Spain
Visit: San Sebastián, the resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain's Basque Country, has the perfect blend of culture, food, natural beauty, and sunshine. Beat the crowds in June to experience stunning beaches and world-acclaimed restaurants. The vibrant pintxo bars serve up small tapas and local wines while nearby mountain hikes will keep you in top form.
Courtesy of Hotel Akelarre
Stay: The newly opened Hotel Akelarre is tucked into the hillside overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Impeccably designed and offering unparalleled ocean views, it's the perfect place to drop your bags before exploring this rich Spanish city. Best of all, the hotel's eponymous restaurant by Pedro Subijana has three Michelin stars, guaranteeing you'll be well fed throughout your stay.
Visit: You may never have heard of Guilin, China, but this is precisely why you should pay attention. The southern Chinese city, located a short hour-long flight from bustling Hong Kong, is known for its dramatic landscapes of limestone karst hills and winding rivers. Go rock climbing, sit under a 1400-year-old Big Banyan Tree, explore ancient towns, experience quaint traditions, and catch a performance of the legendary Impressions of Liu Sanjie water show, performed at night on the Li River.
Courtesy of Alila Yangshuo
Stay: The brand-new Alila Yangshuo is built in an ancient sugar mill to spectacular results. With unparalleled views of the steep, lush limestone hills, the resort is a wonderful blend of old and new culture and traditions. With a restaurant, bar, spa, and dedicated concierge to plan all your excursions, you'll have plenty to discover thanks to this magical under-the-radar paradise.
Visit: Venice comes alive in the spring, but you'll want to beat the summer crowds—which makes June the perfect time to explore this breathtaking romantic city. Lazy days spent drifting along the canals on gondolas are followed by pasta- and wine-fueled late-night dinners, guaranteeing a vacation to remember for decades.
Courtesy of Casa Flora Venezia
Stay: More a home than a traditional hotel, Casa Flora Venezia is a meticulously designed three-bedroom residence by a prominent local hotelier family. Get picked up at the airport by a classic wooden taxi boat, wake up to a locally sourced brunch by the hotel chef, and book a private dinner, cooking workshop, or wine tasting class. This is the perfect basecamp for a fun-fueled group vacation.
Visit: Make your way to beautiful Marrakech before the temperature soars, and experience the rich history and culture of the walled medieval city, mazelike alleys, and thriving souks. Walk through breathtaking palaces and gardens, sample local delicacies, or go shopping for an authentic Moroccan rug! You won't be disappointed.
Courtesy of Berber Lodge
Stay: To escape the city heat and chaos, check in at the Berber Lodge, nestled among a centenary olive grove about 20 minutes from bustling Marrakech. A central house with a library, bar, and dining room provides quiet and shade while an adjoining pergola bar and pool are the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. The guest rooms are built using traditional Berber techniques: earth bricks, palm tree beams, and rattan. This is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Marrakech.
Visit: Saint-Raphaël, located on the French Riviera, is Saint-Tropez's low-key sister city. Nestled on the rocky coves of the Mediterranean coast, it offers dramatic ocean views and the barefoot charm of Provence with the quiet pace of seaside life. Hike up the rugged nearby mountains, go for an invigorating dive in the sea, or enjoy a game of pétanque with a glass of local rosé. You'll be in vacation mode in no time.
Courtesy of Les Roches Rouges
Stay: Les Roches Rouges, a small boutique hotel opened last summer, is essentially what Cap d'Azur dreams are made of. Built into a rocky cliff, the '50s modernist property blends into the coastline, both in architecture and in colors. Experience the penultimate barefoot French summer, where time slows down and everything is best enjoyed with a healthy dose of sunshine and sea salt water. With a large natural seawater pool, a Mediterranean garden, three bars, two restaurants, and an open-air cinema, you'll have plenty to enjoy on this idyllic property.
Visit: For those wanting to vacation stateside, venture out to Calistoga, Napa Valley's quaintest city. From there, explore the local wineries and Michelin-starred restaurants, bike some of the multiple nearby trails, or wake up early for a hot-air balloon ride. The list of things to do in wine country is neverending.
Courtesy of Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa
Stay: Formerly Sunburst Calistoga, Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa was recently refurbished from a period 1940s roadside motel at the head of the Silverado Trail. The laid-back property is dedicated to unpretentious fun and community, with games-filled grounds (from vintage Scrabble to giant Jenga), a whimsical spa, and regular workshops with local artisans, winemakers, and brewmasters. Within minutes, it'll feel like a summer home away from home.
Visit: If you've always wanted to experience Copenhagen but aren't a fan of cold weather, now is your chance. The city comes alive in summer months when days are long and the temperature soars. The Danish capital, known for its discerning design acumen and collection of Michelin-starred restaurants, has plenty to offer, from the Royal Danish Ballet and rich history and architecture to biking-friendly streets and lush parks made for picnicking.
Courtesy of Hotel Sanders
Stay: Neighboring some of Copenhagen's royal castles and contemporary art galleries, Hotel Sanders is one of the latest luxury hotels to land on the Danish capital's design scene. Curated with the casual luxury that the Danes are known for, the interiors are cozy and impeccably designed. Consider this a very on-brand basecamp for your Danish design and culinary adventures.
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