As one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world, the United States boasts a nearly endless number of travel destinations. These range from the natural wonders of Yellowstone and the glowing glamor of LA to the impressive skyscrapers of New York City and the pristine beaches of Florida.
As spring comes to a close, June is the perfect time to visit many of America’s top destinations. Ranging from summertime festivals to vibrant cultural events, here are a few of the top spots in America to visit this June.
They call it the “Windy City” for a reason; those visiting Chicago in the winter, early spring or autumn months will likely be confronted with frigid weather and uncomfortably cold temperatures. In June, however, the city is generally warm enough to explore in shorts and a T-shirt.
With such favorable weather, it’s no wonder that that Chicago has chosen the month of June for its nationally-renowned blues festival. The city’s rich history and culture surrounding the genre makes it an ideal spot for the Chicago Blues Festival, which draws some of the biggest names in the industry on an annual basis. Each year, the Chicago Blues Festival takes place outdoors in iconic Millennium park, and is currently the largest free blues festival in the world.
New York City is a prime US destination any time of the year. Those travelling in June, however, will enjoy the city’s favorable temperatures just before the city’s busiest touring season begins. While seeing the Statue of Liberty, attending a Broadway play, and taking in iconic Times Square should all make your travel itinerary, those who find themselves in the Big Apple during June will especially enjoy Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade. The event brings thousands of guests dressed in elaborate costumes for a full-day of celebration involving food, fine art, craft beer, and the celebration of one of the most popular mythical creatures.
Just off Lake Michigan’s western shore, Milwaukee is known largely for its brewery tours and top-quality cheese, but the city has plenty more to offer. With the Dells (which is regarded as the waterpark capital of the world), the Apostle Islands, the Harley-Davidson Museum, and the A-list Milwaukee Art Museum all nearby, the region has something to offer just about anyone.
Unmistakably, the best time to visit Milwaukee is late June, when the city’s Summerfest event is kicking off. During a period of two weeks, concerts take place from noon until midnight and features dozens of the most in-demand big-name-acts. With as many as 830,000 people in attendance, Summerfest holds the title of the biggest music festival in the world.
Home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco attracts tourists on a year-round basis. Each year, tourists delight in the history of Alcatraz Island, the culture of Fisherman’s Wharf, and the absolute charm of the area’s beaches.
Those visiting in June, however, will have the opportunity to witness the city’s famous Pride Festival. As one of the oldest and biggest LGBTQ Pride events in the entire US, the event boasts over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors in addition to over 20 community-run stages and venues. The event first took place as a response to the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York and has slowly grown into the nation’s largest gathering of the LGBTQ allies and community.