Discover the 11 Best National Parks to Visit in June

Written by Jeremiah Wright
Published: March 29, 2022
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June is among the best months to tour most national parks in the United States. Many people prefer to travel in June because this month conveys the best temperatures as summer kicks off. So, you may have to consider the least visited national parks if you want to avoid crowds.

Some national parks may also experience extremely high temperatures in June. It’s hard for most people to deal with this kind of weather, except for those who are naturally more tolerant of 100-degree and above temperatures. 

This article outlines the most amazing national parks to visit in June. We have deliberately left off some national parks with extremely high temperatures, considering those who prefer less scorching environments. 

These parks offer great weather, which allows you to have fun and enjoy yourself while avoiding the crowds experienced during summer.  

1.  Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is home to several ungulate species, including grizzly bears, pronghorns, and white-tailed deer.

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Yellowstone National Park
StateWyoming
Size2.2 Million acres
Animal to SeeGrizzly Bear
Attraction to SeeHot Springs and Gushing Geysers

Yellowstone National Park is among the most beautiful and diverse national parks in the United States. The park is famous for its geysers and geothermal features. June is the best month to visit Yellowstone since most places are warm and free of snow.

June is also the prime season for wildflowers at Yellowstone National Park. You will be able to enjoy the immense assortment of brilliant blooms throughout the park. Part of the reason you should visit the park in June is because of the wider availability of the dark-eyed Susans, geraniums, and lavenders. These flowers bring forth the most impressive scenery you’ll ever come across.

Summer is the best time to hike the trails at Yellowstone when the snow has already melted in the lower elevations. You can hike up Mt. Washburn through the gnarled rock faces and open meadows, where you will get the best panoramic views of the park.

Yellowstone is also home to several ungulate species, including grizzly bears, pronghorns, white-tailed deer, moose, badgers, otters, and bison among other animals. June makes it possible to view all these animals because the park is full of new life in the summertime, and the animals come out of their dens to enjoy the warm weather.

2.  Channel Island National Park

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Channel Island National Park is home to over 100 native species of animals

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Channel Island National Park
StateCalifornia
Size249,600 acres
Animal to SeeWildfox, Sea Lions
Attraction to SeeAnacapa Island

Located off the southern California coast, Channel Islands National Park is also a breathtaking place to visit in June. The Channel Islands is a great place to go hiking with your family and friends because there are so many trails and roads that go through the islands.

The park is home to over 100 native species of animals, including deer mice, island night lizards, island scrub jays, sealions, island foxes, and island fence lizards among others. Channel Island is often regarded as the North American Galapagos because of the different unique species of animals found there.

In addition, you will enjoy a great ferry experience at the Channel Islands, though it’s often fully booked. So it’s best to check out the park’s website when planning to visit this place to book your trip along with other activities in advance.

3.  Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a perfect place for those who love wildlife, hiking, scenic views, photography, and camping

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park
StateTennessee
Size522,427 acres
Animal to SeeBlack Bears
Attraction to SeeClingmans Dome

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been ranked the most visited place in the United States. June is the best time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains – at this time, the weather is warm, the flowers are still blooming, and the park is full of life. 

The Great Smoky Mountains is a perfect place for those who love wildlife, hiking, scenic drives, scenic views, photography, and camping. So, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest while at the park.

While exploring the Smoky Mountains, you will have an opportunity to see numerous animals, including white-tailed deer, elk, coyotes, black bears, and different species of salamanders. There are four spots in the park to see wildlife – Cades Cove, the Three Bears General Store, the Wildlife Encounter at Ober Gatlinburg, and the Roaring Fork Trail.

The Great Smoky Mountains is the best place to visit in summer because of the best hiking experience the park offers. Due to favorable weather in June, you will have more than 850 miles of trails to hike, from Abrams Falls Trail to Andrews Bald along the Forney Ridge Trail.

4.  Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park offers unique scenery of the snow-capped mountains, great beaches, and rugged coastlines

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
StateAlaska
Size3,223,384 acres
Animal to SeeBlack Bear
Attraction to SeeSnow-Capped Mountains

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is another great place that should be on your priority list in June. Located in Southern Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park offers unique scenery of the snow-capped mountains, great beaches, and rugged coastlines.

The abundance of animals, including moose, wolves, deer, mountain goats, marmots, bald eagles, and black bears, makes Glacier Bay more appealing. Besides, rest assured that June will be much more adventurous at the park as it brings minke whales, humpback whales, and killer whales

5.   Shenandoah National Park

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Shenandoah National park lies along the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Shenandoah National park
StateVirginia
Size199,173 acres
Animal to SeeWhite-Tailed Deer
Attraction to SeeBlue Ridge Mountains

Shenandoah National Park is among the unique parks that deserve to be on your June bucket list. The park lies along the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing a wide range of hiking opportunities.

Be sure to experience different wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, big brown bat, and black deer. You might come across different bird species such as ospreys and hummingbirds in the park since summer is when birds do most of their flying, singing, and hunting for prey in the open air.  

6.   Denali National Park

Denali National Park is best known for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, and river rafting

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Denali National Park
StateAlaska
Size4,740,911 acres
Animal to SeeGrizzly Bear
Attraction to SeeMount McKinley

Denali National Park & Preserve is another significant natural wild park located in Alaska you can visit in June. The park is best known for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic drives, photography, camping, scenic views, and river rafting. 

The park has about 35 hiking trails unless you decide to hike off-trail. Some of the trails you shouldn’t miss on your hiking list include the Tundra Loop Trail, McKinley Bar Trail, Horseshoe Lake Trail, Curry Ridge Trail, and Triple Lakes Trail if you’re looking for solitude. While on the trails, you might get an opportunity to see wolves, deer, and moose.

Since Alaska is close to the North Pole, it gets about 20 hours of sunlight in June. That means you will have a lot of hours to enjoy the scenic views during the daytime at Denali National Park without worrying about creeping darkness. 

7. Voyageurs National Park

Popular lakes at Voyageurs National Park include Sand Point, Kabetogama, Rainy, and Namakan

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Voyageurs National Park
StateNorthern Minnesota
Size218, 200 acres
Animal to SeeGray Wolves
Attraction to SeeEllsworth Rock Gardens

Voyageurs National Park, located along the Minnesota-Canadian border, is another amazing park that you can visit in June. Voyageurs is open year-round, and there’s no bad time to tour this park. However, summer is the best time to visit this park if you want to see more of the Voyageurs and avoid the crowds at Kabetogama Lake in winter and spring.

The park is home to the most iconic North Woods animals, such as bald eagles, loons, wolves, and moose. Voyageurs has over 300 islands on 30 lakes – all connected by narrow waterways. Some of the most popular lakes at Voyageurs include Sand Point, Kabetogama, Rainy, and Namakan. Many anglers are often found fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye in these waters.

Voyageurs provide short hiking trails near the Ash River Visitor Center. Hikers can enjoy a peaceful experience as they walk along the park road, through forests, wetlands, or around rock outcrops. They can see how the park’s landscape changes as they go up and down different parts of the park.

8. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a habitat for more than 22 species of reptiles

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Yosemite National Park
StateCalifornia
Size748,542 acres
Animal to SeeBobcats
Attraction to SeeGlacier Point

June is one of the best months to visit Yosemite National Park because at this time, much of the snow would have already melted and the flowers would be in their peak bloom. Most roads, including Toga Road, are open in summer for scenic drives. This means that you will be able to access Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows in June.

The only challenge with visiting Yosemite in June is the huge crowds. Most people tour the place from April to November. However, the crowds do not affect the hikers who go further on a trail where there are fewer people.

You may spot songbirds, marmots, bobcats, squirrels, rabbits, and different species of butterflies while exploring the park. Yosemite also provides habitat to more than 22 species of reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, and turtles.

9. Isle Royale National Park

In Isle Royale National Park, you can find beavers, garter snakes, minks, ermines, and many bird species

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Isle Royale National Park
StateMichigan
Size571,800 acres
Animal to SeeGarter Snake
Attraction to SeeRock Harbor Lighthouse

Isle Royale National Park is among the most fascinating places to visit in June. The park is less crowded in June and early fall. It’s one of the most beautiful places with an island and its associated islets full of moose, snowshoe hares, loons, beavers, garter snakes, minks, ermines, and many bird species. 

Isle Royale is worth visiting in June, but visitors should be aware of bugs, gnats, black flies, and mosquitoes that annoyingly bite. The water is full of tapeworms and must be boiled for at least 2 minutes before consumption. Otherwise, if you’re planning to camp at Isle Royale, the park will give you a sense of darkness that you will never find elsewhere.

10. Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park - Cliff Palace
There are lots of outdoor activities to explore in Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park
StateSouthwest Colorado
Size52,000 acres
Animal to SeeMountain Lion
Attraction to SeeCliff Palace

Mesa Verde National Park is another beautiful park in Colorado that you can tour during summer. June is a comfortable month to explore outdoor activities at Mesa Verde. So, if you love touring cliff dwellings, attending campfire programs, or just having dinner in the park, then you should consider visiting Mesa Verde National Park in June.

You will be able to see Mesa Verde’s desert wildlife if you go for scenic drives at dusk or dawn. Keep your eyes on black bears, porcupines, gray foxes, elks, marmots, coyotes, jackrabbits, and turkey vultures. You may even spot wild horses within the park. Remember not to disturb the wildlife for your safety and theirs. 

11. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in North Dakota

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

StateWestern North Dakota
Size70,446 acres
Animal to SeeHerds of Bison
Attractions to SeeMaltese Cross Cabin

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is best known for its variety of plants and species of animals. There is a concentration of hundreds of bison in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt. So, you are likely to see one if you tread lightly. 

You may also come across small grazers such as mule deer and prairie dogs in the park. It’s interesting to watch the views of the prairie dogs as they come out of their burrows and run around. Several kinds of snakes and lizards also live in the semi-arid climate of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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