10Best: June Travel Inspiration

  • Providence, R.I.

    With daytime temperatures in the mid 70s, Providence is downright beautiful in June. Besides enjoying ideal weather for enjoying Narragansett Bay, visiting Providence in June means you'll have the chance to experience WaterFire, a series of 80 bonfires flickering along the city's three downtown rivers. WaterFire transforms Waterplace Park into the ultimate spot for a romantic evening stroll.

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  • Vancouver, B.C.

    Warm weather is just the first of many great reasons to visit Vancouver in the summer. June kicks off the city's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and it's also prime whale watching season, when southern resident orcas can be seen feeding on salmon in Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Summer may be peak tourist season in Sweden, but warm weather, blue skies and the chance to see the natural phenomenon known as midnight sun make it the best time to plan a trip. In Stockholm, June sees most of the city's cafes and popular attractions enjoy longer hours. If you plan your trip at the right time, you can partake in the Midsummer Festival or the Taste of Stockholm food festival.

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  • Portland, Ore.

    June marks the start of a stretch of time when the rains clear and the sun shines in Portland, allowing city residents and visitors alike to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Despite higher prices due to the influx of summer tourists, it's the perfect month to tour the city's gardens, like the lovely Portland Japanese Garden, bike along the waterfront or do some shopping in the outdoor Portland Farmers Market.

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  • Honolulu

    Weather-wise, there isn't really a bad time to visit Honolulu, but June sits in the middle of the dry season, so your day at the beach is much less likely to get rained out. Smaller waves (relatively speaking) make June a good time to visit if you want to give surfing a try.

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  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

    The eyes of the world will be on Sao Paulo as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12 with an opening game between Brazil and Croatia in the Arena de Sao Paulo. It's a great opportunity to learn more about a city left off the usual South American tourist circuit.

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  • Boulder, Colo.

    For travelers pining for an outdoor adventure this summer, Boulder beckons with its warm (but not too warm) temperatures and largely rainless forecast. June also sees the area's wildflowers begin to bloom, which makes the miles of hiking and biking trails in and around the college town even more appealing.

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  • Nashville

    The arrival of summer in Nashville brings this music-centric city to life, and country music fans will find one big reason to visit this month in the form of the Country Music Festival (June 5-8). A huge lineup of indoor and outdoor concerts featuring some of the biggest names in the industry (Tim McGraw, the Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert to name a few) helps support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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  • Baltimore

    Travelers who explore with their stomachs as much as their feet will love Baltimore in June, as it's right in the middle of Maryland blue crab season. Warm (sometimes hot) weather makes summer a popular time for visiting baseball fans to see a came at Oriole Park at historic Camden Yards.

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  • Sedona, Ariz.

    When temperatures begin creeping into the triple digest in Phoenix, residents know to head to Sedona, where temperatures remain slightly cooler even in the middle of summer. It's still hot, but that just means you'll have fewer tourists to contend with while trying to capture the perfect shot of the area's majestic red rock formations. June also sees the Sedona Bluegrass Festival and Sedona Taste come to the city.

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