June is the perfect month to set off on a getaway. After all, there’s nothing better than kicking off summer with a fabulous vacation. That’s why we decided to search for the top wanderlust-worthy vacation spots to visit this June—especially after a year of virtually no travel. But with the prospects of Europe possible this summer, and most certainly the availability of travel to Greece and Turkey, Summer 2021 will be off to a kicking start with a number of places to travel. Dare we say it, you deserve a vaxication.
From the beaches of Hawaii to sleepy shore towns in the Northeast—and even some international destinations in between—take a look at our favorite destinations to visit in the month of June below, along with travel tips and recommendations of where to stay:
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Napa Valley, California
Head to the Northern California wine region in June to take full advantage of warm daytime weather, cool nights, and slightly less crowds than you’d find during harvest season.
For a quintessential romantic getaway in the area, stay at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil, which is set on 33 picturesque acres of olive and oak trees and is home to the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. To make the most of Napa’s vast wineries, make sure to book your tasting appointments in advance. Or, explore multiple spots in one day with a curated trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train.
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It’s looking like it’s all systems go for international travel to Greece this summer, so why not make an occasion of it by island hopping. After all, you haven’t been able to go very far for over a year. Head to the Rooster on Antiparos for a quiet respite in one of 17 houses on the sustainably-minded—and secluded—island property.
Then, zip over to Ios and check out the Calilo for yet another remote island escape that remains pristine and unspoiled by crowds. The family-owned property boasts direct beach access, and for those who want extra privacy, most of the suites come complete with a plunge pool of their very own. Think of it as the perfect spot to contemplate the birthplace of so many Greek myths.
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If you don’t want to technically leave the country but do want to head somewhere that feels off the beaten path, the natural decision is Hawaii—and specifically the Na Pali Coast. Located on Kauai’s North Shore, the 17-mile sacred span of emerald razor ridged cliffs is a natural wonder and truly a sight to behold. You can access the soaring cliffscapes both by sea and air, and when conditions are right you can take raft tours to the hidden-sea caves and magical enclave beaches.
When you’re not taking in the sites and just want to relax and enjoy the greater island, post up at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, which is conveniently nearby the Poipu Bay Golf facility.
If you’re sick of the Hamptons, but still want to take a jaunt to a beach town, there is none better than Nantucket. Just 30 miles from Cape Cod, the idyllic escape is the picture of sleepy seaside charm with plenty of outdoor excursion or activities available. Explore protected lands and wildlife refuges by foot or a bike ride or visit some of the historical landmarks where abolitionists and suffragettes gathered to exchange ideas. If you are traveling with adults only, we suggest The Wauwinet for lodging.
Those who have been itching for la dolce vita may just get their wish as it seems more and more likely that Italy will open up to foreign visitors before June.
Should you want to whisk yourself away to a dreamy Italian vacation town, why not go for the much beloved Portofino. The 14-Room Splendido Mare recently reopened after a complete renovation. The newly refinished surroundings offer the best of the best when it comes to the cinematic beauty of the Italian Riviera, as well as a brand new restaurant and curated experiences. Take a traditional Ligurian fishing boat up the coast for a fresh seafood lunch or picnic or hike the Path of the Kiss to take in the spectacular views of the region.
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