Summer is finally here! Which means it’s the perfect time to take at least a couple of days off work. Need some inspiration as to where to go? Here are ten of the best places to visit in June.
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It might be monsoon season across most of Asia, but Malaysia and Indonesia both escape the unpleasant weather in June. Both countries have a number of great places to explore, but our vote goes for Malaysian Borneo. If you enjoy trekking, challenge yourself to climb to the summit Mt Kinabalu. Alternatively, head to the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, to meet some of the islands cutest inhabitants – the centre is home to around 80 rescued organgutans. If you’re more at home in the water, the island of Sipadan offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. The national park is easily accessed from the town of Semporna on the east coast.
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For a very different nautical experience, why not head to Iceland for a spot of whale watching? Travel to Husavik, just south of the Arctic Circle on Iceland’s north coast. There, under the midnight sun, you can see some of the most incredible creatures on earth. The area is renowned for its minke whales, however you may also get to see humpbacks, orcas, and even the enormous blue whales on a half-day trip. Expect to also see white-beaked dolphins and porpoises.
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If you’re looking for a high adrenaline trip, the Grand Canyon has some adventurous offerings at this time of year. Rather than peering down from above, why not see the canyon from the very bottom? Packages vary from day trips right up to two week adventures along the Colorado River. The canyon is 277 miles long, with over 160 sets of rapids, so it’s not necessarily an option for the faint-hearted, but it’s likely to be one of the most memorable holidays you ever take. And you can always chill out in Vegas afterwards.
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Arguably one of the most picturesque countries in the world, there’s never a bad time to visit Peru, but June is possibly the best month because it’s the Amazon’s dry season, and so a great time to explore the rainforest. Make the most of the clear skies and trek the Inca Trail, or just visit Machu Picchu for the day, getting up extra early so you can see sunrise over the ruins. June is the month of the Festival of the Sun, an important ceremony which takes place in the Incan capital Cusco. On June 24th every year there is a re-enactment of the Incan ceremony to the sun God Inti in Sacsayhua, a ruined fortress close to Cusco. With a dancing procession and a simulated hill-top llama sacrifice, it’s a chance to learn about the country’s history, and party with the locals.
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If you’d rather holiday closer to home, why not consider Devon? With acres of sandy beaches, idyllic fishing villages, rugged moors and coastal walks, it’s the perfect spot for a classic beach holiday. If you’re looking for some activity, Dartmoor is a great place for hiking, and there is surfing on the north coast and sailing along the south coast. Cycling fans can take advantage of the new network of cycle paths. Make the most of the county’s cosy pubs, and beautiful seaside towns before the summer crowds hit.
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If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to Sweden, then June is the time to do so. Midsommar (or midsummer) is celebrated across Sweden on the weekend nearest the 24th of June. The pagan festival is a celebration of the summer solstice, and is celebrated with maypoles, dancing, meatballs, pickled herring, and lots and lots of aquavit. The best way to celebrate the festival is with a local family – it’s traditionally a family celebration for all the generations.
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Possibly the most beautiful city in the world, Hungary’s capital is a city divided in two. On the one side of the river Danube is historic Buda. On the other side is the more modern Pest. Both are picture perfect and full of things to see and do. Take a dip in the Turkish baths, or stroll along the city’s beautiful riverside. June is a particularly good time to visit because there are a number of festivals in the city. Enjoy the arts? Explore the Summer Festival and Danube Carnival – with music and drama events and folk dancing across the city.
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Over the past decade Croatia has gone from a little-known Eastern European country, to one of the hottest holiday destinations in Europe. And there are lots of reasons why. For a spot of culture, consider a weekend break to Dubrovnik. Or for a touch of luxury, why not explore the coast on a yacht? Alternatively, if you’d rather dance the summer nights away, check out one of the many music festivals popping up around the country, including Hideout on the Island of Pag from June 26th.
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If you’re thinking of venturing out of Europe, June is a great month to see Canada. Give yourself two weeks to explore the Eastern cities – Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto are all within driving distance of each other. And no trip to that part of the country would be complete without a visit to Niagara Falls. The three waterfalls are situated on the border of Canada’s Ontario, and America’s New York. You can see the Falls from both the Canadian and the American side, but the views from the Ontario side are noticeably better. There are also more attractions. Head to the Queen Victoria Park to view the falls in the evening. Fireworks are displayed every night during the summer.
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Finally, if your travel choices are governed by your taste buds, why not consider a weekend in Copenhagen. Eating is practically a national pastime. Make the most of the gourmet, low-key street food. Find a seat in a city square and sample the local craft beverages. And don’t forget to visit the Little Mermaid while you’re there!