Ready for a summer vacation with your family? There’s no doubt about it, June is prime travel season in the US and we’ve got some prime vacation spots for you to consider. If you are looking for the best places to travel in the US in June, check out these 11 perfect US vacation spots for your family.
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Southern California is a favorite destination for families who want to visit Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World and other theme parks in the area. June is also a great time to visit the beaches near Los Angeles, all along the Orange County coast, and near San Diego.
If you have young kids who enjoy the water, most harbor beaches have little to no waves. Check out a local favorite known as Baby Beach at Dana Point Marina in Orange County, California.
Want to take the kids for hike? Orange County offers some great kid-friendly trails. Choose easy nature walks with stops along the way or tackle trails several miles long. If you stick to early mornings and or evenings your family will enjoy a wonderful hike and avoid the heat of the day.
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
One of the best places to visit in the USA during June is Olympic National Park. This park is so diverse and perfect for your family’s summer vacation. It is filled with stunning beaches, tall waterfalls, beautiful mountains, and magnificently green rainforests.
One of the first things I recommend doing is driving up to Hurricane Ridge. The visitor center has such outstanding views of the Olympic Mountains that it is a perfect place to view the sunset. You honestly don’t even need to hike to get these fantastic views. But if you are up to hiking, Hurricane Hill is an excellent hike for the whole family.
The next stop should be the Hoh rainforest. This is one of the most popular areas in Olympic National Park. The beautiful lush and mossy rainforest will take your breath away. No matter what time of year it is, this area is excellent for the whole family. The trails are pretty straightforward and come with outstanding views.
The last stop is, of course, the Washington Coast. Washington beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The sea stacks, driftwood, and wildlife is something so unique to this area. You can spot Bald Eagles on your stroll. Some of the best beaches include Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach, Kalaloch Beach, and Second Beach.
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Boulder, Colorado is one of the best places to travel in the US in June. While there are many fun activities to do in the city, Boulder is one of the top US destinations for outdoor recreation. If staying active while you travel is important, then Boulder is a great place to do so.
One of the most popular hikes in the area is the Red Rocks Trail, which can be easily be accessed from the edge of Boulder. Hiking around Red Rocks won’t take long as it’s a short trail making it perfect for families. However, it does have connections to other trails, such as Mount Sanitas Trail and the Boulder Creek Greenway if you wish to extend your hiking.
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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
Just west of the town of Durango lies Mesa Verde National Park. This World Heritage Site has a fascinating history and contains the dwelling remains of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visiting Mesa Verde National Park is a great family-friendly activity for June and will be the highlight of your Colorado road trip!
The weather is perfect for hiking in the summer month of June which is great since the sites are best explored on foot. The park sees an average high of 79F, low of 48F and very little rainfall. At Mesa Verde National Park there are nearly 5000 archeological sites and about 600 dwellings. Petroglyph Point trail is one of the best hiking tracks at Mesa Verde National Park. It features rock paintings and carvings along its track.
However, at 2.6 miles it may not be the best trail for families with small children so Step House Loop can be explored in its place. At 1 mile in length, the Step House Loop leads to an ancient dwelling in which visitors can enter.
If hiking is not what you are after, you can still admire the dwellings from the lookout point. If you love history, a trip to Mesa Verde National Park is the perfect combination of history and hiking making it one of the best places to travel in the US in June if you love history.
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GLACIER COUNTRY, MT
Glacier Country, Montana is definitely one of the best places in to travel in US in June. This isn’t a single town, but instead a group of towns that help support the namesake US National Park.
Each year, 11 million tourists visit Montana, with 50% visiting in the summer. However, while the weather is starting to get warm in June, the peak crowds don’t quite descend until July.
The towns of Whitefish, Kalispell, Big Fork, and Somers all offer something a little bit different.
Whitefish is stylish and snazzy, with great hiking, family friendly breweries like Bonsai Brewing, and the historic train museum. Boat rides from the Lodge at Whitefish Lake start in June, but make sure to pack layers. It’s also home to the best restaurants in the area.
In June, Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is clear of the snow and debris from the winter, but not yet open for vehicle traffic! This means the bikes have the road to themselves, which is a much more pleasurable way to ride. Sign up for a ride with the only outfitter allowed to operate within the park, Glacier Guides.
Love cowboys and the Old West? Kalispell will charm you with its old-timey building facades. Look for the on-theme art installations on building rooftops, like the bank robber at Valley Bank!
Somers is a great place to use as a base for exploring Flathead Lake. Here, Sea Me Paddle offers guided kayaks and paddling with experienced guides to locate wildlife in the lake and birds like Bald Eagles up in the trees.
If you get hiked out, head to Big Fork to see world class––and sometimes, quite famous–– actors perform at the Big Fork Summer Playhouse.
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ANTELOPE CANYON, AZ
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed canyons in the world. Located outside of Sedona, the canyon is known for its beautiful colors and rare light beams shining to the canyon floor. The unique experience is only available via guided tours and a must-see when you visit Arizona.
It consists of two canyon sections – upper and lower canyon. The canyon features towering sandstone slots with vibrant red-orange colors carved out by erosion from water and wind.
The canyon is located on Navajo land and only accessible to the public via Navajo tour guides. Visitors walk along the canyon floor to see the unique wave-like rocks curving in all directions as you wind through the canyon path.
It’s most famous for being photogenic – people plan tours specifically to capture the perfect images of the canyons. However, it can be very tricky, depending on when you visit the site.
June is the best time to capture photos of the Antelope Canyon light beams. Timing is essential to see the sun rays in full beam, which only occurs midday between 11 am-1:30 pm.
Since you have an option of touring either section of the canyon, the best choice is the Upper Antelope Canyon. The overall shape of the canyon is more narrow to allow light to be more concentrated when illuminating the canyon. The phenomenon best occurs when you visit in June.
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These are some of the words that come to your mind when you see the colossal Niagara Falls. It is a group of three waterfalls – American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls that straddles the US and Canadian border.
There is no doubt that Niagara Falls in United States is a perfect destination to visit in June with family.
Begin your visit from the Niagara Falls State Park and walk through the park for scenic vistas of the falls and Niagara river.
The most popular and best way to get up-close view and explore the roar of the falls is the 30-minute Maid of the Mist boat ride. Wear your blue raincoats that come along with the ticket and head for the thrilling ride. Stand on the upper deck and get drenched by the mist while you gaze at the rainbow across the waterfalls.
If you thought you are done getting drenched, then think again. The Cave of the Winds is an experience that lets you stand at the bottom of the Bridal Veil falls in the yellow poncho and soak in the fun.
Niagara Falls won’t even disappoint you in the night. Watch the falls glittering in colorful hues and fireworks sparkling in the skies.
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FINGER LAKES, NY
Finger Lakes region of New York, a group of 11 narrow lakes in shapes of fingers, will leave you spell bound with its natural beauty. June is great time to visit Finger Lakes as it let’s you take advantage of plenty of outdoor pursuits.
The most popular and big lakes are Seneca and Cayuga, but that doesn’t make the other lakes notch below.
Watkins Glen State Park New York, to the south of Lake Seneca, is a perfect blend of breathtaking views and adventure, no doubt it had been chosen as the Best State Park in the US. The stream in the glen descends cliffs and gorges generating 19 waterfalls that are a delight to watch. The ideal way to enjoy them is by hiking the 2-mile long Gorge Trail along the stream.
If you are an adventure enthusiast and living close to the nature excites you, then camping at the Watkins Glen State Park campgrounds should not be missed. Pitch in your own tent, bring your RV, or book a cabin. The kids will love the whole experience especially the bonfire and roasting their marshmallows.
A short drive away from Watkins Glen is the longest Finger Lake, the Cayuga lake. With many State parks like Taughannock Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake State Park around the lake there is no end to the outdoor activities from hiking, swimming, kayaking, and fishing.
Finger lakes is also famous for its wineries. With over 100 wineries in the area, the wine trails let you experience the world class wine.
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Lincoln, New Hampshire is a quaint little resort town in the White Mountains. It is home to the famous Kancamagus Highway that winds through the high peaks, as well as Franconia Notch State Park, which is one of the most beautiful state parks in New England.
New Hampshire’s infamous black-fly season ends in June, and it’s warm enough for camping, hiking, and even swimming if you’re brave.
Families will definitely want to drive the 34.5-mile Kancamagus Highway, which travels between Lincoln and North Conway, New Hampshire. There are numerous trailheads, vistas, waterfalls, and attractions along the road, but not a single store or gas station, so be prepared!
Favorite stops include the Lincoln Woods Trail, Sabaday Falls, Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, and the Albany Covered Bridge. Be sure to bring your camera!
Stay at RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain in Lincoln so you can walk to the theater, mini-golf, and numerous restaurants, including White Mountain Bagel Co., which is the best place to grab breakfast and a coffee before your adventures.
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The bustling city of Roanoke is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It’s one of the largest metropolitan areas on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and is well known for its incredible outdoor recreation making it a great place to travel in the US in June.
June is the perfect time to visit Roanoke with your family. Warm temperatures mean that you can take advantage of hiking, swimming, and paddling, but if things get too warm, there are amazing museums, restaurants, and downtown shopping opportunities.
For outdoor recreation, check out historic Mill Mountain Park, where you can hike to the iconic Roanoke Star or visit the animals at the Mill Mountain Zoo.
If exploring indoors is more your thing, head to Center in the Square, a one-of-a-kind art and cultural center that features six family-friendly nonprofits in one downtown building. Highlights of Center in the Square include the Roanoke Pinball Museum, the Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum, the Roanoke Starcade, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
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Summertime at Snowshoe ski resort in West Virginia is just as exciting as winter. In June, West Virginia turns into a beautiful lush green forest landscape complete with blue hills in the distance.
The mountain hosts a wide range of events in June from a wine festival to the GNCC off-road race series. Nearly every weekend you can expect live music and a movie night under the stars.
Plus there are a number of family-friendly activities to take part in at Snowshoe: world-class mountain bike trails and instruction, horseback riding, swimming at the lake, ATV tours, zip-lining, rock climbing, and bungee jumping, golf at a top-rated course and more.
You can also extend your West Virginia trip to whitewater raft: just two hours away in Fayetteville are famous river companies and class V rapids. Accommodation is typically more affordable in the summer months and if you visit mid-week the mountain is very quiet – you might feel like you have it all to yourself which is why Snowshoe is one of the best places to travel in the US in June.
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