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The best places to visit in June

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The 5 best places to visit in June

Summer is in full swing and schools are letting out, making June peak family holiday season. Tackle a major hike on a group trip to the USA’s Yosemite National Park, or stick close to home with a summer staycation in nearby locales like the Peak District.

1. Rwanda

Green Rwanda is all about the views no matter when you visit. This small country in East Africa boasts an unrivalled set of national parks that are home to primates of all shapes and sizes. If you want to see Rwanda’s gorillas up close on a tracking adventure, however, June is the month to do it. With weather hovering around 26°C and clear skies, viewing conditions peak right around this time. Make sure to schedule some time for a long hike in Volcanoes National Park or Nyungwe Forest National Park before you go.

2. Bulgaria

An often-underlooked destination, Bulgaria is at its best in late spring and early summer before the true heat sets in. Start your trip in the capital, Sofia, where you can check out the iconic many-domed Alexander Nevzky Cathedral, look for hidden street art on the side streets and enjoy budget apartments in the city centre for less than £20/night. Take advantage of the warm weather by heading to Pirin National Park, a beautiful mishmash of lakes and mountains.

3. Peak District National Park

While there’s no denying the beauty of a summer hotspot like Greece, sometimes the best places for a relaxed break are closer to home. The Peak District is great for a mix of downtime and outdoor exploring, particularly if you’re trying to plan a group getaway for a range of holiday interests. Cozy up in a converted barn near one of the small towns, where you can head down for a pint after a long day spent wandering the trails or reading amongst the rolling green hills.

4. French Riviera

There are so many gorgeous spots for June sunbathing in France that its hard to choose just one — so we didn’t. The French Riviera, as the Mediterranean coastal region is known, includes dozens of buzzing seaside cities and sleepy beach towns. Our top picks? A stop in Nice has a good mix, with its wide beaches, warm water, and pastel-coloured, walkable Old Town full of cafes for a leisurely afternoon coffee. We also love Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a town between Nice and Monaco with a 14km coastal path.

5. Yosemite National Park, USA

It’s no secret that road trips are one of the most popular ways to explore the US, and the vast country’s many national parks are a highlight. Yosemite tops our list for a couple reasons. The park has a variety of trails for different skill levels, from the challenging and hair-raising Mist Trail up Half Dome to the easier, waterfall-rich Glen Aulin Trail. Campgrounds can be reserved both in the park (book well in advance!) as well as nearby. Yosemite makes a great addition to a longer trip across the US but can also be tacked onto a California road trip or as a 2-3 day excursion during a trip to LA or San Francisco.