June is one of the best months for a getaway. Not only is peak summer vacation still a bit in the future, but during June most people are itching for a short break, particularly if they weren’t able to travel over the long Memorial Day weekend.
You can find great deals on flights and hotels this month in areas throughout the U.S. and beyond. Just keep in mind that while it’s tempting to choose a destination based on low cost, bargain prices sometimes come with unwanted drawbacks like poor weather and large tourist crowds.
To ensure you make the best travel choice, check out the best places to vacation in June — and the worst.
Best: Leh and Ladakh Region, India
In June, most of India will be preparing for monsoon season, but the mountainous region of Ladakh will be sunny and clear. Warmer weather will have just broken this area of the Himalayas out of its winter slumber. Travelers can expect comfortable average temperatures of 62 degrees Fahrenheit, making this part of India ideal for booking a last-minute trip on the cheap.
The largest town in the Ladakh region, Leh is nearly 11,500 feet above sea level. The remote city opened to outsiders in the 1970s and is sometimes referred to as “Little Tibet.” The yak is still an important part of life in the Ladakh region, as it provides wool for clothing, milk for butter and surefooted strength for packing across ice and snow. You can schedule a yak ride during your visit to gain a new appreciation for the gentle beast.
Journey down from the mountains to the Sindhu Darshan Yatra, a festival that takes place June 23-26. The festival celebrates the Sindhu River — also referred to as the Indus River — where Jhulelal, the most revered God of the Hindu Sindhi people, is thought to have been born.
Best: Tucson, Arizona
A trip to Arizona in the summer might seem like a bad idea, but June is actually a great time to visit the Grand Canyon State. With an average temperature of 98 degrees, your vacation will certainly be warm, but the low humidity will help counter the heat, and you’ll enjoy off-season hotel rates and discounted summer prices on games of golf.
Visit one of the city’s picturesque golfing resorts where forests of saguaro cacti and rugged brown mountains offset the brilliant green of the course. The El Rio Golf Course features more traditional scenery, but dates back to the 1930s. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and other notables played at the course. Get outside early when temperatures are lowest for your game.
If you’re not interested in golf, go for a hike in Sabino Canyon. When midday temps heat up, take a dip in the hotel pool or visit a local water park. Better yet, head up to the cool pines on Mount Lemmon. The Sky Island Parkway — or Catalina Highway — is a 27-mile stretch of road that ascends up the mountain. You will experience five climate zones while traveling the roads — that’s the geographic equivalent of driving from Mexico to Canada.
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Best: Huangshan National Park, Anhui, China
Calling the mountain vistas in the Huangshan National Park of Anhui, China, dramatic is an understatement. Narrow bridges, cliff-hanging staircases and walkways perched along the edge of sheer drops roll out one-of-a-kind views for the adventurous at heart. The park is home to Mount Huangshan — or Yellow Mountain — which is often described as the “loveliest mountain of China.”
The adventure in Huangshan National Park starts with a cable car ride up a rugged valley. Disembark to enjoy lunch with dramatic views of unique pines that dot the terrain. Umbrella pine, Black Tiger pine and Dream flower pine all provide interesting foreground for dramatic photographs. June brings particularly verdant color to the mountains, as well as temperatures in the mid-60s that are pleasant for hiking.
Explore the mountains via sturdy concrete staircases that make traversing the craggy terrain possible. Head out to magical destinations like Beginning to Believe Peak, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea or Refreshing Terrace. Sunrise and sunset are particularly enchanting in the park.
Best: Ouray, Colorado
There’s no better time to experience Colorado’s mountain beauty than in June. Although every bend in the road brings dazzling vistas, the town of Ouray — known as the Switzerland of America — is truly something special.
Look for the start of Colorado’s stunning wildflower displays in late June. Lower elevations like Last Dollar Road bring oceans of brilliant sunflowers. Be sure to take a trip to Yankee Boy Basin, which fills with Columbine flowers, delphiniums and Queen Anne’s Lace this time of year.
A mere fee of $4 gets you into Box Canyon Park, home to Cascade Falls. Ascend the long staircase to the top of the falls for a spectacular view. In June, you can enjoy it without the pain of tourist crowds that become the norm later in the summer.
A craft brewery, lakes for fly fishing and hot springs are just a few of the many other reasons Ouray deserves a place on your June bucket list. Off-season pricing just seals the deal.
Best: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
June is an ideal time to visit Igauzu Falls, which can be seen from both Brazil and Argentina. With a name that means “big water,” you know you won’t be disappointed by this wondrous site. The falls stretch 1.7 miles and reach a height of nearly 270 feet in some places.
Iguazu Falls comprises 275 individual drops, possibly the most famous of which is la Garganta del Diablo or the Devil’s Throat. You can see it from both sides, but the Argentinean side features a walk that leads right to the brink of the rushing water.
The falls are most popular with tourists during July and January, so you’ll be sure to get a great view that isn’t blocked by other travelers’ cameras in June. Enjoy low hotel rates as you roll into the winter “dry” season where the chance of rain is 27 percent instead of 34 to 37 percent during rainier months.
Worst: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Temperatures reach a high of 104 degrees in Dubai in June, and humidity reaches a high of 58 percent, which makes it feel as hot as 137 degrees. Prolonged exposure or strenuous activity in such heat is extremely dangerous.
If you have your heart set on visiting Dubai in June, be sure to plan a mostly indoor vacation. Dubai is a luxury shopper’s paradise and features a number of grandiose malls, including Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest and most visited shopping mall, according to Forbes. The mall, of course, features many retail stores, but it also boasts one of the world’s largest aquariums.
Worst: The Everglades, Florida
A 1.5 million acre wetland preserve might seem like the perfect summer getaway, but June is far from ideal for visiting the Everglades.
It’s true that high temperatures are quelled by frequent thunderstorms in June; however, frequent thunderstorms — which can be as brief as a few minutes or as long as several hours — mean you won’t have much of an opportunity to take part in outdoor activities. Even worse, June isn’t just the start of the wet season — it’s also the start of the mosquito and hurricane seasons.
Save your Everglades vacation for the dry season, which takes place December through April. During this time, you’ll get to enjoy temperatures that reach between a high of 79 and 85 degrees.
Worst: Havana, Cuba
There are a number of approved reasons for visiting Cuba nowadays. If you qualify to visit the capital city on the island just south of Florida, be sure to plan your Cuba trip for a time other than June.
The summer, in general, is not a great time to visit Havana. Temperatures reach an average high of 89 or 90 degrees in the summer months, and rain is very likely. On average, it will rain 14 out of 30 days in June. Hurricane season also kicks off in June and continues until November.
A better time to see Havana’s Spanish colonial architecture contrasted with its modern art scene is between December and May. While it is peak tourist season, the weather is much more agreeable. Alternatively, you can brave the elements and visit in August to experience Carnival.
Worst: Death Valley National Park, California
With Tuscon, Ariz., on the “best” list, you might be inclined to think that other southwestern destinations are ideal as well. Make no mistake: Death Valley is not a good place to visit in June.
Death Valley holds the record for the highest recorded temperature on the planet: 134 degrees on July 10, 1913. In June of last year, Death Valley reached an average high temperature of 101.9 degrees, which greatly exceeded the average 95.5 degree average temperature that had been recorded over the previous 105 years.
If you’re itching to see this sizzling destination, opt instead to visit between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not only are there few tourists, but the valley’s tallest mountains are often capped in snow, which can be very picturesque.
Worst: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Crossing the southernmost city in the world off your bucket list is a great idea — just not in June. Like the other “worst” destinations on this list, Ushuaia has less-than-ideal weather during the month. Unlike the other destinations, however, Ushuaia’s weather is cold.
Ushuaia and the surrounding Tierra del Fuego region are in the height of winter just as summer begins in the U.S. Daily temperatures reach an average high of 40 degrees, which is too warm for skiing or taking part in similar snowy activities but too cold to spend extended periods exploring. What’s more, there’s only about seven hours of daylight each day, which would greatly limit your sightseeing time.