Planning where to go for your June vacation is simple, especially since the start of summer brings an abundance of exciting festivals and activities in cities across the U.S. Choose destinations ranging from quaint towns in California to vibrant boroughs in New York City. As to where to stay, book a spacious condo in the heart of the downtown area, or a charming beachfront vacation rental in the United States. Create your itinerary with this list of the top June destinations in the United States.
1. Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City offers fun in the sun with beaches set right along Lake Michigan and an amusement park and Ferris wheel on Navy Pier. Be sure to see the Chicago Blues Festival. This free musical event, hosted in Grant Park in mid-June features national, international, and local artists known for their talents in jazz, rock, and blues. After three days of musical entertainment, visit the city’s popular attractions such as the Magnificent Mile, Wrigley Stadium, and the Sears Tower.
2. New York City, New York
If bright lights and a big city are calling your name, then opt for a vacation rental in New York for your June vacation. Beyond the lavish Broadway musical shows, street vendors, and the attractions at Central Park, your family can also enjoy the fine cuisine presented during New York Restaurant Week in late June. For two weeks, the city’s restaurants and diners fix their prices for locals and tourists to sample cuisine such as New York style pizza, Italian fare, and all the old American favorites.
3. Temecula Valley, California
Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss settling in Temecula Valley for a June vacation, especially when given the opportunity to attend the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival in this southern California city. The festival features wine tasting, musical performances by jazz, rock, and country artists, and a craft fair with art exhibits. Let the kids visit the children’s area, complete with bounce houses and games, while the entire family can enjoy the morning and evening balloon launches.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
A vacation in Charleston provides you with access to beachfront vacation rentals and luxury homes in the historic district. When taking a break from relaxing in your rental, explore the city’s attractions such as Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. A vacation in June also puts you in the heart of the city’s 17-day Spoleto Performing Arts Festival. See more than 150 performances from dancers, opera singers, actors, and musicians during the festival while you and your family enjoy traditional Southern cuisine.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Known as the place where country music originated, Nashville is a prime vacation destination for those who are seeking a toe-tapping time. When traveling to the Music City in early to mid-June, you’ll find yourself immersed in the ultimate fan experience as the Country Music Association Music Festival takes over Music Row. Meet your favorite country artists for an autograph signing and soak in the music that radiates from each establishment on Music Row. Don’t leave the city without taking in a show at the Grand Ole Opry and touring the Country Music Hall of Fame.
6. Tupelo, Mississippi
Pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll when visiting Tupelo, Mississippi for your June vacation. Every June, Elvis Presley’s hometown hosts the Elvis Presley Festival to honor the king with performances by gospel, blues, and country musicians. Once you get your fill of southern cuisine and musical talents, tour the birthplace of the king or treat the kids to a day at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.
7. Washington, D.C.
If you love to pair fine cuisine with craft beers, then plan your June vacation to coincide with the Savor and Grand Marketplace beer and food pairing event in Washington, D.C. Thousands of foodies arrive for the event and sample malty and sweet beers with briskets and cakes. Tour the Great Hall of the National Building Museum during the festival before visiting Washington, D.C. tourist spots, such as the White House, the Newseum, and the United States Capitol.
8. Charlotte, North Carolina
The city of Charlotte is where to go for family activities, with science displays at the Discovery Place, a historical view of the New South at the Levine Museum, and a fast-tracked look at racing at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. However, foodies flock to this North Carolina city in June for the Taste of Charlotte. As one of the largest food festivals in the South, held in mid-June, the Taste of Charlotte offers live entertainment, food samples from locally-owned restaurants, specialty beers, and wine. There is also an activity center for the kids to enjoy while you sample the flavorful food.
9. Miami, Florida
Sink your toes into the sand with just one step from your beachfront Miami vacation rental when traveling to this hotspot in June. After days of fun in the sun, water adventures, and scenic boat rides, take advantage of the culture of the city by attending the Global Grit Film Fest, hosted each June in the city. This festival brings together writers, directors, actors, filmmakers, and composers to showcase their work. See up and coming actors and producers while viewing films not yet released to the public during this event.
10. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Beachfront vacation destinations are often popular during the month of June. Beyond cruising the waters on a jet ski or paddleboard, you can also get your fill of art and culture when traveling to Virginia Beach in June. Stroll along the boardwalk to take part in the four-day Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show, a festival that brings nearly 300,000 locals and tourists to the boardwalk each year. Browse through the work of nearly 300 artists that spans across 15 blocks of the boardwalk. The festival also offers live musical entertainment and food trucks to quench your hungry after a warm day in the sun.
11. Stone Mountain, Georgia
Spend your summer at the rock when vacationing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, surrounded by wooded trails, historical cliffs and carvings, and a Skyride cable car. When you’re not exploring nature on your June vacation, head to the Stone Mountain Park’s annual summer festival. This event, dubbed “Summer at the Rock,” includes family-friendly activities and events for the kids. Listen to country, gospel, and rock performances from local artists or sample the cuisine at the festival.
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