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Popular Destinations and Their Average Costs for Shipping Dogs
Shipping a dog can be a complex process, requiring careful planning and consideration. One of the key factors to take into account is the cost involved in transporting your furry friend to its destination. In this article, we will explore popular destinations and their average costs for shipping dogs, helping you make an informed decision when it comes to moving your beloved pet.
Domestic Shipping Costs
When it comes to shipping dogs within the same country, there are several factors that influence the cost. The size of the dog, the distance traveled, and the mode of transportation all play a role in determining the final price.
For shorter distances, such as within the same state or neighboring states, ground transportation is often a more affordable option. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $200 to $500 for domestic ground shipping. This method usually involves placing your dog in a specially designed crate within a vehicle equipped with climate control systems.
If air travel is necessary for longer distances or interstate shipping, costs can vary significantly depending on factors such as flight duration and distance traveled. On average, domestic air shipping costs range from $500 to $1,200. It’s important to note that airlines may have specific restrictions and requirements when it comes to shipping animals.
International Shipping Costs
Shipping a dog internationally involves even more considerations and potential expenses. Different countries have varying regulations regarding pet transportation, including quarantine periods and documentation requirements.
The cost of international shipping depends on factors such as destination country, distance traveled, airline fees, veterinary services required for health checks and vaccinations, customs clearance charges, as well as additional services provided by pet relocation specialists.
On average, international shipping costs range from $1,500 to $4,000 or more. This wide range takes into account various variables such as destination country popularity (some countries may require additional paperwork or have stricter regulations), flight distance (long-haul flights are generally more expensive), and the size and breed of the dog (larger dogs may incur higher fees).
Factors Affecting Shipping Costs
Several factors can significantly impact the average cost to ship a dog, regardless of whether it is domestic or international transportation.
Firstly, the size and breed of your dog can influence shipping costs. Larger breeds may require larger crates or even custom-made enclosures, which can result in higher fees. Additionally, some airlines have weight restrictions that may affect pricing.
Secondly, the age and health condition of your pet can also impact costs. Older dogs or those with specific health conditions might need additional veterinary checks or accommodations during transportation.
Lastly, timing is an essential factor. Shipping during peak travel seasons or holidays may result in higher costs due to increased demand for pet transportation services.
When budgeting for shipping your dog, it’s important to consider additional expenses that may arise during the process. These may include health certificates required by airlines or customs officials, vaccination updates if necessary, as well as any boarding or quarantine fees that might be applicable depending on the destination country’s regulations.
It’s crucial to research thoroughly and consult with professionals who specialize in pet transportation to ensure you have a clear understanding of all potential costs involved before making any decisions.
In conclusion, shipping a dog involves various factors that influence the average cost. Whether you’re relocating domestically or internationally, considering the size and breed of your pet, destination country regulations, as well as timing and additional expenses will help you estimate how much it will cost to transport your furry friend safely and comfortably to its new home.
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20 Top Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations for You and Your Best Travel Buddy
Calling everyone who can't bear the thought of not being with your dog for more than 24 hours... here's the perfect guide to exploring the world with your furry companion.
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It was mid-2008 when Amy Burkert and her husband Rod found themselves adopting a stray German shepherd . The puppy was found near their home in Philadelphia, and after a few weeks of looking for his family to no avail, they decided to adopt him as their own and name him Buster. The issue? The couple, who at the time had a small dog named Ty, was planning a huge trip up to Canada about a month later and hadn't accounted for two dogs coming along.
Burkert searched online for dog-friendly hotels and dog parks along their route but didn't come up with much. The trip went well, but the experience taught her that other people probably were also looking for the same information.
In 2009, she launched GoPetFriendly.com , a comprehensive pet travel platform that quickly took off. Soon after, she and Rod, both who work remotely for their CPA firm, sold their place in Philly, hit the road in an RV, and haven't looked back since.
"In a few months, we will have been on the road for 11 years," Burkert says, adding that Ty and Buster have sadly passed, and they now have a new pup named Myles. "We love it, and by doing that with our dogs, we are walking the talk."
Since we're all attached to our dogs at the hip, here are some of Burkert's recommendations for how you can bring them along for a vacation.
How to Choose a Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination
Consider your itinerary.
There are many things to consider when traveling with your dog , from where you'll go to how you'll get there to fun activities to do along the way. While in the decision-making phase, Burkert recommends thinking about what you and your dog like to do together first.
"Do you like to go to the beach?" she asks. "What about hiking? Exploring cities? Or sitting at a coffee shop watching people walk by? It's important to think about how much your dog physically can and would want to do and what you'd want to do together."
And be prepared to make a few sacrifices for your four-legged companion. Dog-friendly vacation spots can come in various forms. Taking a road trip with your dog to New York City, for example, may not seem like a good spot because of the population density, but there are actually tons of great green spaces for your dog to play.
"That said, you might consider sacrificing your trip to the Guggenheim if you're with your dog," she says.
Think About Where You'll Stay
Your choice of accommodations is another important thing to keep in mind when planning your trip. While some locations have hotels that allow pets , other destinations with more natural surroundings might require flexible arrangements like renting a unique Airbnb or camping.
"A lot of people think that camping is a wonderful thing to do with a dog on vacation, but not if you're planning on leaving him or her in the camper all day," Burkert says. "That isn't much of a vacation for your pet. Instead, try to find a place that will work for you both."
As you decide the best vacation destination for your family (fur babies included), these Burkert-recommended places both domestic and international might just do the trick.
Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations on the East Coast
Among the places on the East Coast to take your dog on vacation, a place called Dog Mountain in the Eastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury ranks highly for Burkert.
"The people managing it have turned what was a dairy farm into an off-leash dog heaven," she says. "There is a pond, trails, even a dog chapel."
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
The town of Jim Thorpe , Pennsylvania, is home to the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway , which offers breathtaking trips through the Pocono Mountains. According to Burkert , the trip is a must for dog owners and is among the best dog-friendly vacation spots in the eastern U.S.
Bar Harbor, Maine
The 5,500-person town of Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island is a great place to bring your pet companion, especially if you're interested in hiking at Acadia National Park . This island is the best of both worlds with mountains and sandy beaches within the park, and pet-friendly patios for eating in town. Doggie visitors are encouraged and there are tons of trails both you and your pup will enjoy.
Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations on the West Coast
The 100,000-person town in central Oregon is so obsessed with dogs that they are allowed almost everywhere. Dog-friendly hiking trails are abundant at the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, and within the city limits, you'll find many outdoor food carts , food truck parks, and breweries (including the award-winning Deschutes Brewery ), all of which welcome dogs.
San Diego, California
Sunny San Diego is among one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots thanks to its many open areas that accommodate them. If your pup likes to play on the beach, there are plenty of dog beaches and off-leash dog parks in and around this SoCal city. Check out Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, or Morley Field Dog Park in San Diego's famed Balboa Park .
If you're a lover of the sea, take advantage of SD's coastal location and rent a boat or a yacht to let your dog feel the wind in her hair. If you're looking for an activity that will satisfy your pup's competitive nature, catch a Padres baseball game at Petco Park where they have a special viewing area called The Barkyard just for people and their pets.
Many people are surprised to learn that Grand Canyon National Park , located in Northern Arizona, is a vacation spot that allows dogs. As Burkert explains , the South Rim is your best bet if you're bringing your furry friend.
Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the Midwest
"I love going to Chicago with dogs ," says Burkert. She suggests checking out the trails along Lake Michigan and exploring Navy Pier, as just a few examples of things to do.
When you get hungry, grab a slice on the patio with your pup at Paradise Park or a pint at Empirical Brewery , which is also home to a colony of beloved brewery cats .
Grand Haven, Michigan
Grand Haven is a picturesque town on Michigan's West Coast loved by tourists and their dog companions alike, mainly for the number of greenspaces and beaches. Grand Haven City Beach is a great place to go with your pup on a warm summer day. The vacation town even boasts the Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa , a pet-friendly shopping spot where you can bring your pup to sniff around the store.
Indianapolis is filled with great places to take your dog on vacation, including breweries, outdoor restaurants, and open spaces like White River State Park . The city's growing number of outdoor dining spots that allow dogs makes Indy a no-brainer for foodies bringing along their fur babies.
Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the Southern U.S.
Asheville, north carolina.
The sprawling Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., allows dogs on its grounds and outdoor patios (but not inside buildings). Still, at more than 8,000 acres to explore, it's absolutely worth bringing along the pooch, especially on a beautiful day. Once you've gotten your steps in stomping around the mansion gardens, the nearby town of Asheville has a ton of pet-friendly activities for the two of you to take on, as well. Check out the street art in downtown Asheville, or sniff out some local goodies at one of the town's many bustling outdoor farmer's markets. After you've gotten your fix of city life, head out to explore the miles of trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and book a camping spot for your and your furry friend to soak in the sounds of nature.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is one of the most dog-friendly U.S. cities on our list, featuring many pets-allowed restaurants like Brown Dog Deli and Poogan's Porch , named after the friendly neighborhood dog who greeted guests until he passed in 1979.
If your dog wants to live like a princess for a day, Charleston Carriage Works offers historical tours of the city and allows dogs to come along for the ride in style. When you're ready to stretch your legs, check out Charleston's beaches at Sullivan's Island and Morris Island . If the weather isn't favorable, take your dog for a dip in the indoor dog pool at Wag-n-Splash .
Brohard Beach and Paw Park is among the top places to go in Sarasota if you have a pup in tow. The beach is especially accommodating for pet parents with its dog showers and fire hydrants for puppy bathroom breaks, according to Burkert.
International Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas
Before you head out on an international adventure with your favorite travel buddy, keep in mind that there can be potential health risks when taking your dog on long flights . It may make more sense to explore the spots where you can safely bring your dog along in the car on a road trip, or even via train travel , before booking a trip to one of these pet-friendly international cities. As always, it's best to talk with your veterinarian about whether it's safe for your dog to accompany you on long flights or to visit other countries. Your vet will help you understand the risks and what you need to know before your pup gets a new passport stamp.
While may not be many sprawling greenspaces in Venice, dogs are still welcome in the charming Italian city limits. Pups are allowed in many water boats and are able to stroll the street with you. Just be aware that sometimes the small alleyways can be crushingly busy, so it's best to go in the off-season in November–March so your pup's not overwhelmed with the crowds.
Japan celebrates six native dog breeds , called the Nihon Ken, which have been designated as national monuments. So as you can imagine, the country is incredibly dog-friendly . Dogs are allowed in hotels, stores, and some restaurants, and there are tons of dog parks for them to run in cities like Tokyo. Some of the best of the capital city include Yoyogi Park Dog Run , Honmoku Sancho Park , and Ueno Park .
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Recognized as one of North America's most dog-friendly cities, Vancouver is well-known as a great destination for dogs and their human counterparts looking for an adventure. While here, make a stop at any (or all!) of the great beaches or off-leash parks throughout the city, and don't miss a day playing at the world-renowned Stanley Park and Arboretum.
When you get hungry, take an afternoon stroll through the Mainstreet Station Farmer's Market on Wednesdays in the summer months. Or explore all that Granville Island public market has to offer, from food to art to some pretty cool historical architecture, any day of the week. Outside of the city limits, Vancouver also has a lot to offer nature lovers, including some of the best hiking you'll ever do in every season.
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The 10 Best Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations
By: Kristen Arendt Updated: April 5, 2023
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J ust about everyone deserves a vacation this year—you and your dog included. So why not book a dog-friendly vacation you can both enjoy? Whether you're planning a road trip with a dog or a flight to an exotic locale, you can make vacationing with a dog a stress-free and fun experience at one of these 10 best dog destinations for travel in the U.S.
We spoke to travel agents, hoteliers and other experts to get their top vacation picks for pets and their parents this year. The big takeaway? Whether you’re in the mood for a posh mountain resort or a beach escape, you’ve got plenty of dog destinations to choose from. These 10 top spots will make for a pawsitively memorable dog-friendly vacation.
When traveling, remember to review current CDC guidelines and double-check the rules of your dog destination before visiting, including leash requirements for any places that are dog-friendly.
1 Seattle, Washington
Where to Stay
Hotel FIVE StayPineapple
- 2200 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
- (206) 441-9785
This boutique hotel in the Belltown neighborhood boasts “dog obsessed” accommodations. Your pup will enjoy a comfy pineapple-themed dog bed along with their very own treat tins and dog bowl. The hotel offers plenty of people perks too, from colorful rooms and cozy robes to the complimentary (and stylish!) beach cruisers you can use to cycle around the city.
Where to Eat
Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse
- 460 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
- (206) 547-1417
Dog-friendly Seattle eatery Norm’s is a local favorite, serving up classic American fare like burgers and fries with a solid rotation of craft beer on tap. Plus, Norm’s welcomes your furry sidekick with open arms, from their dog-themed decor to their special dog menu . For a special treat, order up a bacon pupcake or, if you’re traveling with a pack, dish up the Hound Dog Cake which serves six.
Seattle Water Tours Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
- 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
During the summer months, you and your dog can hop aboard the M/V Fremont Avenue tour boat for a 45-minute trip around Lake Union. From the deck, you can spot shipyards, wharves, shoreline parks and floating homes as you learn about the local history. And yes, this is an ice cream cruise, with varieties for both you and your pup to enjoy as you cruise.
Take a walk to the Seattle Barkery
- 2225 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
- (206) 851-1549
During your stay, be sure to take your pup for a sightseeing walk along Puget Sound and through the alleys of Pike Place Market. Dogs aren’t allowed in the market buildings but you can still enjoy the local flair from the streets and sidewalks. Continue your walk through the grassy area of the Seattle Center and cross the Space Needle off your sightseeing list before visiting the Seattle Barkery to buy your pup their very own tasty treat—delivered to your dog via the Barkery’s one-of-a-kind treat chute!
2 Sedona, Arizona
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock
- 90 Ridge Trail Dr, Sedona, AZ 86351
- (928) 284-4040
For a dog-friendly vacation resort, book a room at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. The resort greets their canine guests with a special welcome package including a delicious treat, a pet bandana, collar tag and a toy. In addition to their full pet menu , which even includes non-alcoholic doggy wine or beer, you can also pamper your pooch with an a la carte pet energy therapy treatment performed by the Hilton’s in-house energy therapist.
- 231 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
- (928) 202-4082
In the mood for a hearty Italian menu with an out-of-this-world view? Head to the Hideaway House to enjoy pizza, pasta and more from their open-air patio. Serving unique takes on Italian classics, like a roasted peach and caramelized pancetta pizza, this top-rated restaurant welcomes every member of the family, pups included. Pet parents love that the wait staff greets dogs with a treat and water bowl.
A Day In The West Jeep Tours
- 2900 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
- (928) 282-4320
Strap on your seat belt and buckle in your pup for a day of sightseeing from the back of a Jeep. A Day in the West Jeep Tours offer a variety of dog-friendly tour options where you can bring your furry co-pilot along for the ride. The heart-pumping Diamondback Gulch Jeep Tour, for example, takes you on rugged terrain with views of seven canyons and iconic rock formations like Capitol Butte and Chimney Rock.
Hike to the Bell Rock Vortex
- SR-179 between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek, AZ 86351
Bell Rock is one of the most popular Sedona vortex sites. The trail that loops around the base of this stunning rock formation is open to dogs, so you can enjoy this distinctly Sedona experience with your pup by your side. For this and other hikes in the area, be aware that hiking in the desert is a bit more challenging than a walk in the park. Your dog should be used to walking outdoors and over rocky terrain. Consider packing a pair of dog booties if your dog has tender paws.
3 Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Broadmoor Resort
- 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
- (800) 755-5011
If you want a sophisticated dog-friendly stay, book the Broadmoor, a historic hotel that has been associated with luxurious Rocky Mountain getaways since it was founded in 1981. You and your dog will love exploring the sprawling grounds and classy buildings of this “Grande Dame of the Rockies.” And your best friend in residence will be properly pampered as part of the Broadmoor’s Pitty Pat Club , which entitles pups to luxury pet beds and food dishes during their stay, along with a complimentary pet treat upon arrival.
Pub Dog Colorado
- 2207 Bott Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
- (719) 375-0771
Tasty food, great beer and a fenced off-leash dog area? Pub Dog Colorado has it all. You can even dine indoors with your dog, making this the only place in Colorado where your furry friend can join you inside. As you might expect, the pub also dishes up a variety of tasty meals for canines from their dog menu , including “puppy patties” (2 oz. beef patties) and “bark bowls” with brown rice, sweet potato and beef. You can even order a round of Bowser Beer Dog Beer, a non-alcoholic brew that your dog will find pawsitively delightful after a romp with their new friends in the off-leash park.
Garden of the Gods
- 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
- (719) 634-6666
If you and your dog love hiking, plan a day at Garden of the Gods to see the towering sandstone rock formations and the stunning backdrop of Pikes Peak. The dog-friendly park has 21 miles of well-maintained trails available for you and your leashed pup to explore, plus an off-leash area where your dog can stretch their legs. Be sure to take plenty of water, sun protection ( for you and your dog ) and your camera. You aren’t going to want to miss these photo ops.
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4 Lake Placid, New York
Saranac Waterfront Lodge
- 250 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
- (518) 619-4000
Fifteen minutes from downtown Lake Placid, the Saranac Waterfront Lodge is a picturesque hotel for people and pups looking for a full-service stay that connects them to nature. The lodge welcomes dogs up to 75 pounds, and provides a plush dog bed, complimentary dog treat on arrival, and a toy for your dog to take home as a souvenir. As a bonus, for every dog who books a stay, the lodge donates $40 to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society , a New York State registered no-kill shelter.
Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery
- 2507 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946
- (518) 523-8201
In the summer months, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at this old-fashioned ice cream shop, which also dishes up a special doggie treat—a small vanilla dish with a bone on top. The shop also sells Pawlickers peanut butter, which they serve with a side of dog biscuits. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat of your own, order the “wafflewhich” — two Belgian waffles filled with hot fudge and maple syrup and topped with Maple Creme soft serve.
- 49 Parkside Dr., Lake Placid, NY
- (518) 523-2445
Mirror Lake is a year-round destination for dogs and their parents alike. In the spring and summer months, you can canoe or kayak on the calm, clear waters (no motorized boats are allowed) or hit up the dog-friendly beach on the lake’s southwest shore. In the autumn, take a stroll on the 2.7-mile path around the lake and snap some pics of the fall colors. In the winter, bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and your dog’s favorite sweater for an over-the-snow outing.
5 Chicago, Illinois
Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel
- 1 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
- (312) 940-7997
A National Historic Landmark building located in Chicago’s theatre district, the Staypineapple has lots of charm. Your time at the hotel, as with StayPineapple’s other boutique hotels, is all about the pups—from the knowledgeable, dog-loving staff to the decked-out dog-friendly room. And with its location in the heart of downtown, this is an ideal starting point for exploring the city. It’s practically guaranteed your pup will enjoy the stay just as much as you.
- 65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
- (312) 940-9900
An upscale eatery with a dog-friendly patio, Barrio serves Mexican fare with an American twist (no deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style hot dogs on the menu here). For your pup, they offer an exclusive “Barkio” menu with tasty meat entrees that can be followed up by a doggy “Woof Cream” dessert. And you can feel good about buying your dog another round, as a portion of the proceeds is donated to PAWS Chicago animal shelter. Barrio’s sister restaurants, Bar Siena and Siena Tavern also offer dog menus and dog-friendly seating.
Mercury’s Canine Cruise
- 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
- (312) 332-1353
In the summer, explore Chicago’s waterways with Mercury’s canine-friendly cruises. Their cruise boats offer plenty of safe, dog-friendly seating on deck as well as dog bowls and even a newspaper-lined restroom, should your pup need it. Once onboard, all you have to do is sit back, relax and soak in the views as you’ll be treated to fascinating tales from Chicago’s history—complete with dog-related details. The company’s summer tours are expected to resume July 10.
Walk the Lakefront Trail
- Along the Chicago waterfront from W. Ardmore Ave. to 71st St.
Enjoy Chicago’s iconic Lake Michigan waterfront on foot on the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail. This multi-use path is popular with walkers, runners, bikers and, of course, puppers. The path also connects to several dog-friendly parks and play areas along the shore, including the Montrose Dog Beach and Lakeshore East Dog Park .
6 St. Augustine, Florida
Saint Augustine Beach House
- 10 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- (904) 217-3765
There’s a wide range of cozy beach houses and cute B&B’s in town, but the Saint Augustine Beach House is one of the best for dog parents. Dogs of all sizes are welcome in all the rooms, and the beach house even has a small dog run on the property. The complimentary dog rinsing stations, dog towels and furniture covers will come in handy after a day out digging in the sand at Vilano Beach, one of the top-rated dog-friendly beaches in the area.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
- 46 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- (904) 824-7765
A perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike, Harry’s gets top marks from visitors for top-notch fresh seafood and great ambiance. Their outdoor dog-friendly patio space is a scenic garden-like courtyard. And yes, the restaurant welcomes both people and pets, providing water and treats for your dog.
St. Augustine Eco Tours
- 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- (904) 377-7245
When you need a break from the beach, take your pup out for a boat ride. St. Augustine Eco Tours offer dog-friendly small nature tours and private expeditions. One of their most popular dog-friendly tours combines dolphin and bird watching with historic sights and an amazing boat ride. If you plan to bring your pup, call ahead to book your tour.
7 Dana Point, California
The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
- One Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
- (949) 240-2000
The Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel, a seaside resort with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, will add a little glam to your vacation. Pups will be treated to the “posh pooch experience” with a plush doggy bed, water bowl, in-room dining pet menu and Ritz-Carlton toys and treats. Watch the hotel calendar for unique dog-centered events like the annual Yappy Howl-O-Ween contest, Yappy Howlidays celebration, and a Yappy Hour charitable event that benefits Canine Companions for Independence .
Dogs are just as welcome at the Ritz Carlton’s restaurant 180blũ, where a spacious outdoor rooftop lounge offers expansive views of the ocean. Plus, they have a full doggie menu so your pup can chow down while you enjoy their Pan-Latin-inspired human fare and signature cocktails. A visit on a Thursday evening will give you and your dog the added treat of live music.
Outlets at San Clemente
- 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672
- (949) 535-2323
If your idea of a great time includes shopping for some major bargains, check out the Outlets at San Clemente. This open-air walking mall has pet stations, and you can pick up a free dog treat at customer service. Though your dog won’t be allowed in every store, window-shopping with your pet by your side can be just as rewarding.
8 Hilton Head, South Carolina
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
- 23 Ocean Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
- (843) 842-8000
This resort welcomes pups up to 50 pounds, and you can even book a special MVP (Most Valuable Pup) Package that includes treats, two gift bowls, a mat and their very own brand of dog “champagne”–Pawrignon. (Don't worry, you’ll get a bottle of Champagne to pop too.) During your stay, you can also enjoy the resort's full-service Ocean Tides Spa, three pools and two beach-side hot tubs for a rejuvenating weekend.
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
- 1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
- (843) 681-2772
If you’re hankering for seafood, it doesn’t get much fresher than at Hudson’s, a dog-friendly restaurant right on the water. Grab a seaside seat with your pup on their dock, order up some fresh-caught oysters, shrimp or soft shell crabs, and settle in to catch the sunset.
Visit Chaplin Park & Burkes Beach
- 11 Castnet Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
- (843) 342-4580
Pack some snacks and your pup’s favorite frisbee, because a trip to Chaplin Park and Burkes Beach will likely be an all-day outing. Chaplin Park has a fenced-in, off-leash dog playground where your pup can get those zoomies out. Back on leash, you can head to Burkes Beach for some fun in the surf.
9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
- (215) 925-2111
Located within Philly's most historic square mile, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is great for sightseeing or taking a pet-friendly walking tour. Steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this location couldn’t get much better. Plus, this dog-friendly hotel offers additional amenities like pet-sitting, grooming and walking services. You can even book a Bark Package to score your dog a special bandana designed by a local artist so they can be strut in style on your self-guided tour of the historic downtown.
- 205 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- (215) 732-6622
For great downtown dining, head to Rouge, one of the trendiest restaurants in the neighborhood. A popular spot in Rittenhouse Square, the bistro got a makeover in 2019 that revamped the space and the menu. Staff welcome pets with dog treats and fresh water at both of their dog-friendly outdoor dining spaces. Along with great people-watching from your street-side table, you can enjoy a signature cocktail or order up the popular Rouge Cheeseburger.
Wissahickon Valley Park
- Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
- (215) 247-0417
This 1,800-acre park boasts over 50 miles of trails where dogs are allowed on leash. For an easy stroll, head out along Wissahickon Creek in search of the park’s historic structures, including Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
- 50 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449
- (844) 588-7625
Is your dog a rock star? They’ll fit right in at the Hard Rock, which delivers top-notch in-room dog-friendly amenities, pet-friendly rooms and a dog-friendly restaurant. Though pets are not allowed in the casino, the full-service Hair of the Dog concierge offers daycare, overnight care, complete grooming services, companion walks and even pet massages.
FiRE + iCE Interactive Grill & Bar
- 4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
- (530) 542-6650
Be sure to stop by the pet-friendly patio of FiRE+iCE which welcomes dogs of all sizes and has complimentary water bowls. At this “interactive” grill, you can grab a bowl and pick your favorite meat ,veggies, sauces and toppings, then let the chefs get your custom creation sizzling on the large hot iron grill.
Regan Beach Dog Water Park
- 3199 Sacramento Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
- (530) 542-6056
In the summer, take your water-loving pup to the Regan Beach dog water park for a dip in Lake Tahoe. Pack their favorite floating toy and a towel. For dogs who aren’t jazzed about swimming, a lakeside stroll followed by a nap in the shade will be equally enjoyable.
If you’re ready for a vacation—and let’s be honest: who isn’t?—visiting one of these top-rated dog destinations with your pup could be just the ticket. Happy travels!
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Humans and dogs have been companions for seemingly forever. But pet ownership has accelerated in recent years. Between the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and mid-2021, 1 in 5 U.S. households acquired a dog or cat, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That’s roughly 23 million homes with a new furry friend. And it’s translated to more four-legged travelers, experts say.
“You do see a lot of people wanting to make sure their animal is involved in the vacation,” says Brandi Hunter Munden, vice president of public relations and communications at the American Kennel Club.
The good news: “Almost everywhere has really opened up to dogs, whether it’s outdoor dining or more hotels that accommodate dogs,” Hunter Munden says.
With that in mind, here are some pet-friendly places, activities and properties to consider for your next getaway.
1. Visit Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California
Dogs can explore the extensive grounds of Carmel Valley Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)
Why we chose it: High-end pet amenities
Located about 15 to 20 minutes inland from California’s Pacific coast, humans may be drawn to the resort’s views, golf courses, tennis courts and horses — not to mention the fact that it’s bookable with World of Hyatt points.
But Carmel Valley Ranch is something of a destination for dogs, too. The steep $175 pet fee comes with an array of amenities, including a dog bed and bowls for food and water. And dogs have (leashed) access to the property’s hundreds of acres, with miles of hiking trails. There’s even a canine room service menu featuring beef bone marrow, a “secret salmon bowl” and a “butcher box.”
2. Stay at Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Why we chose it: Practical touches for pets
Located in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, this property upholds Kimpton’s reputation of being particularly pet-friendly . There are no pet fees and no weight or size restrictions — and water bowls are delivered to your room.
The Marlowe Hotel’s concierge is available to recommend and set up grooming, pet-sitting and walking services. Plus, guests get access to dog-walking app Wag’s premium service during their stay, which provides a 10% discount, waived booking fees and the ability to chat with a vet.
But you may prefer to walk the dog yourself. The hotel is located near the Charles River’s walking path, featuring scenic views of the Boston skyline.
3. Check out Aloft Asheville Downtown in Asheville, North Carolina
Why we chose it: A chance to find your forever friend while traveling
While the Aloft in Asheville, North Carolina, is pet-friendly for guests bringing dogs, the property also helps those looking to adopt a new furry friend. The hotel partners with a local animal rescue on a pet adoption program. Guests can meet and bond with the hotel’s featured pup, which spends time in an enclosure just off the main lobby.
Meanwhile, the property is walking distance from many of Asheville’s famous breweries and restaurants — some of which have outdoor seating so you can bring your dog along.
4. Visit a national park and promote your dog to 'BARK Ranger'
Why we chose it: A self-guided outdoor adventure
There are hundreds of national parks across the country, and many of them are dog-friendly. If your dog is physically up to a hike or long walk, exploring together is a great option.
“Dogs love being outdoors,” Hunter Munden says. “It’s one of the best places to bring your dog.”
But check the rules of the park before you go. Some areas may be off-limits to dogs.
Look for parks that encourage pet visits with photo opportunities or mementos for dogs to become an official “BARK Ranger.” At Acadia National Park in Maine, for example, dogs that complete a set of activities and follow the program's principles (which make up the BARK acronym) can be formally sworn in, and they'll be eligible for a collar tag designating them as a BARK Ranger.
Another option is to visit some of the less wild places run by the National Park Service, like the monuments on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
5. Spend a day at Dog Beach in San Diego
Why we chose it: A leash-free trip to the beach
Dog Beach, just outside San Diego, is one of the first official leash-free dog beaches in the U.S., and it makes for an exciting excursion for pups. This destination could be a way to give your furry friend some fun and attention, plus room to roam. You might even see a few dogs surfing there.
Just remember to monitor your pup’s paws in the hot sand and bring fresh drinking water, Hunter Munden says.
6. Bring dogs along for a vineyard trip
Why we chose it: A relaxing environment for dogs and humans
There are plenty of winery-rich regions across the country, including California, Oregon, Washington, Virginia and Texas. Because wineries often have expansive outdoor space, they can be a great place to enjoy a stroll and a picnic with your pooch, assuming the winery allows pets.
Leashed dogs are allowed in outdoor spaces at Stinson Vineyards outside Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Cudahy)
Ultimately, Hunter Munden says a truly dog-friendly getaway is about more than simply bringing the dog along.
“You don’t really want to leave your dog holed up in a hotel or Airbnb. That’s no fun for them, and that can lead to destructive behavior,” she says. “You want to make sure if you bring them, you’re incorporating them.”
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20 perfect pet-friendly vacation spots across America
Our pets become members of the family the moment we take them home. They keep us endlessly entertained with their adorable antics, cheer us up when we’re feeling down, and somehow manage to eat up our phone’s memory with cute photos. For all the joy your beloved companion brings you, don’t leave him or her in the kennel on your next vacation—take them along with you on a pet-friendly getaway!
We’ve compiled a list of locations around the United States that offer attractions and accommodations perfect for both humans and pets. Your furry BFF will thank you for this vacation from his or her grueling daily routine of walks, pats, and kibble. Pack up some treats and let us help you plan a pet-friendly vacation you’ll want to remember forever (and maybe add a few gigs of data to your phone before you leave).
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A historic city by the beach, consider Wilmington for a fun-filled and pet-friendly vacation . You and your canine BFF will enjoy a visit to Halyburton Park for its beautiful walking trails, complete with a playground for the kids. Just a short drive away is Freeman Park , a large and dog-friendly beach. The Java Dog Coffee House is a dog-friendly spot with an artsy atmosphere and delightful cafe fare. For lodging, the TownePlace Suites welcome dogs and are located just a short walk from Wrightsville Beach. For a quainter vibe, Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast is also dog-accommodating!
New Mexico’s oldest city in the heart of the southwest, Albuquerque is a dog-friendly getaway with tons of attractions for you and your beloved pup . Nature lovers will enjoy a hike on La Luz Trail , which offers incredible views of the Sandia Mountain Range. If you happen to be visiting in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime attraction both you and your dog will love. The Backstreet Grill offers Mexican fare with a dog-friendly patio, and for some of the best breakfast in town, bring your pup along to The Grove Cafe and Market . Rest comfortably in the centrally located and pet-friendly Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown .
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Fort Myers, FL
Warm, sunny Fort Myers may be just what you’re looking for while planning your pet-friendly getaway! Enjoy the sand and surf with your dog in tow at Bonita Beach Dog Park , or go for a scenic walk through trails, lakes, and gardens at Lakes Regional Park . Dine with a view at casual, dog-friendly Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe , or indulge at LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria . The boutique Hotel Indigo will comfortably accommodate you and your pet in historic and lively Fort Myers River District.
Hotel Indigo Ft Myers Dtwn River District, an IHG hotel
For an active and scenic pet-friendly vacation, bring your beloved companion to Asheville . Take in breathtaking mountain views with several look-out points on a drive up Blue Ridge Parkway (while Fido’s tongue flaps happily in the wind). There are plenty of tours that start right in Asheville . Visit the pet-friendly North Carolina Arboretum , a location famous for its beautiful and diverse gardens. For a delicious bite, Asheville Pizza and Brewing is a pet-friendly local favorite. The Cambria Hotel and Suites offer comfortable lodging for you and your pet right in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Blue Ridge Parkway
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Dog-friendly beaches and more await you and your barking best friend in South Lake Tahoe . Take your dog to Kiva Beach for a splash with views of the mountains across the lake, or hike Rubicon Trail to see its spectacular natural beauty. The Brewery at Lake Tahoe is a famous and dog-friendly spot for craft beer and classic American cuisine. Hotel Azure , located right across from the lakeshore, is a great option for pet-friendly lodging.
The lively city of Austin is a dog-friendly getaway with seemingly endless pet-friendly activities. Red Bud Isle Park is an easy-to-get-to off-leash island park where your dog can splash in the water while you take in the beautiful views on foot or by kayak! The Domain is a downtown shopping neighborhood that is almost completely dog-friendly, so worry not as you shop to your heart’s content. For a dining experience to remember, the historic Scholz Garten is a can’t miss—dogs are welcome in the outdoor biergarten. Last but not least, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is just one of several completely pet-friendly lodging options in a great, central location.
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Key West, FL
Key West is a pet-friendly trip idea for human and canine beach lovers alike. Let your pup go free at no-leash-required Key West Dog Beach . You can even bring him or her along to view the fascinating aquatic life at the expansive Key West Aquarium . Be sure to visit Island Dogs Bar for live music, local fare, and—as its name implies—dogs! A stay at the waterfront Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina will leave you and your dog relaxed and ready to take on the city together.
Opal Key Resort & Marina Key West
Huntington Beach, CA
Tons of dog-friendly beaches are available to you in beautiful Huntington Beach , including Huntington Dog Beach or the smaller Rosie’s Dog Beach . Several concerts and community events are held throughout the year at dog-friendly Huntington Central Park . Beach-themed Mexican restaurant Seafood Zone is a local favorite, or indulge in comfort food from around the globe at the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar ! Stay comfortably without breaking the bank at the pet-accommodating Hotel Huntington Beach .
Rosie's Dog Beach
Block Island, RI
Your dog will love sniffing the salty air in gorgeous Block Island , a pet-friendly vacation idea worth considering. Go for a scenic walk or bike ride with the pup at Mohegan Bluffs with stunning views of the sea and the island’s rocky cliffs and windmills. Block Island also offers dog-friendly beaches, including quiet and serene Mansion Beach . For some of the freshest seafood around, bring your family (both human and canine) to waterfront and dog-friendly Kimberly’s . There are several pet-friendly hotels and inns in Block Island; the Blue Dory Inn and the Darius Inn are two options for beach-themed and quaint lodging.
Edisto Island, SC
Edisto Island is a beautiful and unspoiled island off the coast of Charleston, and a perfect choice for a dog-friendly getaway. At dog-friendly Edisto Beach , you and your dog can splash around and soak up the sun together. Botany Bay Ecotours allows dogs to come along on guided tours through Edisto Island’s waterways, where guests almost always spot dolphins and other wildlife. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, SeaCow Eatery is a reasonably priced and dog-friendly dining option. Vacation rentals are great options for lodging on Edisto Island; three bedroom Beach Tan cottage or four bedroom Sea Breeze home are both pet-friendly.
Visitors looking to take a pet-friendly vacation to the seaport city of Seattle will be pleased with all of the opportunities for fun. The Washington Park Arboretum is a lovely spot for a stroll or even a canoe ride, and it’s also dog-friendly. In the heart of Seattle, Magnuson Park is an always bustling and beautiful outdoor park for you and your pet to enjoy. Try Norm’s Eatery & Ale House for delicious American fare; the restaurant even offers a separate menu for your pup! For a luxurious stay, the Kimpton Alexis Hotel is dog-friendly and was named one of Travel and Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World. For a more wallet-friendly option, La Quinta Inn and Suites is also pet-accommodating.
Washington Park Arboretum
Get the best of the mountains and the city on your next pet-friendly vacation in Flagstaff . Bring your pup along to Coconino National Forest to hike, camp, or simply take in the spectacular views of Arizona’s red rocks. Flagstaff is a popular spot for breweries, and what is better than drinking a beer with man’s best friend? Do just that at pet-friendly Hops on Birch or Dark Sky Brewing . For overnighters, Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff and La Quinta Inn and Suites are two good value options for pet-friendly accommodations.
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff
Lake Placid, NY
A village in the heart of the Adirondack Mountain range, Lake Placid is a pet-friendly getaway for nature lovers. Mirror Lake lives up to its name; its calm waters are pristine and has a dog-friendly beach on the shore. For a short but satisfying hike, bring your four-legged family member for a two-mile trek up Mount Jo . Dog-friendly Lisa G’s offers classic American cuisine, and Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood is also totally dog-accommodating. Consider spending the night at the pet-friendly Lake Placid Summit Hotel in a central location to all of Lake Placid’s attractions.
A visit to beautiful Napa wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s famed wineries, and Bouchaine Vineyards is a great choice for those hoping to bring the dog along for the fun. Alston Park is a large pet-friendly park with multiple no-leash areas for dogs to play together and walking trails for exploring Napa’s natural beauty up close and personal. Check out Angèle Restaurant and Bar to enjoy delightful French fare with your pet in tow. The Napa Winery Inn is a quaint, dog-friendly choice for lodging complete with an outdoor pool and views of the vineyards.
Napa Winery Inn
A pet-friendly getaway to Cleveland will have you exploring the city and its surrounding natural beauty with your beloved furry friend by your side. Edgewater Park is a dog-friendly beach on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, so feel free to ditch the leash for a while. Among the multiple pet-friendly dining options are Luxe Kitchen and Lounge , which serves American fare with an outdoor patio, and Banter Beer and Wine (be sure to try the poutine!). You and your pet will feel welcomed staying the night at the centrally located Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown .
In Milwaukee , your dog will feel like the king of the world cruising along the Milwaukee River on one of the city’s Boat Line Cruises , which are open to well-behaved pups of all sizes! Follow that adventure with a burger and french fries at Stack’d Burger Bar , or go for slightly more luxurious dining at Balzac —both are pet-friendly. For lodging, check out the Intercontinental Milwaukee , a hotel located right on the Milwaukee RiverWalk , a lively strip of shops, parks, and restaurants.
Winter Park, CO
Whether you’re going in the summer or the snowy season, Winter Park is one of the pet-friendliest destinations in Colorado. Vasquez Peak Wilderness Park has gorgeous views of the Arapaho National Forest, and offers 17 pristine miles of hiking trails for you and your dog to explore. If you’re feeling like sipping a cold beer after your trek, the Hideaway Park Brewery offers craft beers and is dog-friendly. Deno’s Mountain Bistro is another dining option offering rustic mountain vibes and delightful bites. Rest comfortably at pet-friendly Snow Mountain Ranch , a family resort where you can choose to stay in your own cabin or a lodge room.
Vasquez Peak Wilderness
Sanibel Island, FL
An ideal choice for a family and pet-friendly vacation, Sanibel Island is a small and gorgeous island just a short distance off the Fort Myers coast. Bring your dog to the Sanibel Island Farmers Market each Sunday to peruse over 40 vendors offering baked goods, fresh seafood, crafts, and most importantly, pet treats! At Pond Apple Park , take a stroll through beautiful waterfront trails and watch for local birds. For cuisine, The Island Cow is a pet-friendly favorite of locals offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Finally, Sanibel Island has several beautiful waterfront lodging options, including the Waterside Inn on the Beach or the Beachview Cottages —both dog-friendly!
If you’re visiting the Northwest and want to take your favorite animal companion along, consider Portland, Oregon for your pet-friendly getaway. Sellwood Riverfront Park is a beautiful no-leash-required area on the shores of the Willamette River, perfect for taking in some of Oregon’s stunning natural beauty. If you’re planning to be in Portland for the weekend be sure to stop by the Portland Saturday Market , the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in the nation with tons of food stands throughout. The Tin Shed Garden Cafe is dog-friendly and a favorite of locals for its brunch. For overnighters, the historic Heathman Hotel is a great option for those with pets in tow.
Portland Saturday Market
Birmingham is a stunning southern city at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Ruffner Mountain National Preserve offers 11 miles of pristine trails for hikers and nature lovers; you’ll forget that you are in downtown Birmingham! Grab a pint with the pup at Avondale Brewing Company , a pleasant space with tons of craft beers to try. The Westin Birmingham is one of several pet-friendly lodging options located inside The Marketplace , a popular dining and entertainment complex right in downtown Birmingham.
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Pet-friendly vacations: 34 tail-wagging travels for 2023
Published Date: January 5, 2023
- Block Island, Rhode Island
- Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
- Long Island, New York
- Lake Placid, New York
- Stowe, Vermont
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Chicago, Illinois
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Grand Haven, Michigan
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- St. Augustine, Florida
- Key West, Florida
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Austin, Texas
- Sedona, Arizona
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- San Francisco, California
- South Lake Tahoe, California
- Huntington Beach, California
- San Diego, California
- Napa, California
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Kanab, Utah
- Boise, Idaho
- Seattle, Washington
- Bend, Oregon
1. Block Island, Rhode Island
2. Nantucket, Massachusetts
3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
5. Long Island, New York
6. Lake Placid, New York
7. Stowe, Vermont
8. Bar Harbor, Maine
9. Chicago, Illinois
10. Madison, Wisconsin
11. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12. Grand Haven, Michigan
13. Cleveland, Ohio
14. Indianapolis, Indiana
15. St. Augustine, Florida
16. Key West, Florida
17. Asheville, North Carolina
18. Charleston, South Carolina
19. Hilton Head, South Carolina
20. Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
21. Birmingham, Alabama
22. Austin, Texas
23. Sedona, Arizona
24. Albuquerque, New Mexico
25. San Francisco, California
26. South Lake Tahoe, California
27. Huntington Beach, California
28. San Diego, California
29. Napa, California
30. Colorado Springs, Colorado
31. Kanab, Utah
32. Boise, Idaho
33. Seattle, Washington
34. Bend, Oregon
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The Most Dog-Friendly Vacations in the United States
By Matt Kirouac
For some travelers, a family vacation isn’t complete without the the family pet, making dog-friendly vacations the main priority. Whether traveling via road trip or plane, vacationing with furry family members can be fun for the whole gang, as long as precautions and preparations are taken . For some, the idea of leaving their dog home with a sitter or boarder can hinder the enjoyment of vacation, thus necessitating the need for a dog-friendly destination, complete with dog-friendly hotels (or Airbnbs ), dog-friendly restaurants , and maybe even a dog-friendly beach or two .
Not every vacation is perfect for your pooch, though. When mapping out dog-friendly vacations, there are important factors to consider, to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of your dog—and that of the rest of the family, of course. One of the main things is weather and season. Is the journey (be it by plane, train, or automobile) likely to be prone to cancellations? Will the forecast at your destination restrict your dog to indoor solitude? When planning a dog-friendly trip, that means including your pup in those plans and ensuring they’re able to partake in activities, be welcome in hotels, and be allowed to travel with you—because certain breeds may not be allowed to fly at all , many airlines limit the number of pups onboard, and some hotels either charge exorbitant pet fees, limit specific breeds or sizes, or prohibit them entirely. Fortunately, there are plenty of dog-friendly vacation spots across the U.S., offering a wide range in geography, travel style, and activities for the whole family—canines included. From a coastal national park community to a Midwestern woodland retreat, here are 11 of the most dog-friendly vacation spots in the country.
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Black Hills, South Dakota
Home to quintessential American destinations like Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota have “family fun” etched all over them. Rapid City is the urban hub, home to the historic pet-friendly Hotel Alex Johnson . It’s allegedly haunted, but as one of the more ornate dog-friendly abodes in town, with a pampered pooch package that includes a dog bed and biscuits, it’s worth the spooks. There are numerous dog-friendly patios in town, including Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews and diner-style Tally’s Silver Spoon , and local attraction Reptile Gardens allows pups inside to marvel at the snakes, frogs, and botanical gardens. In the Black Hills, dogs are allowed on many hiking trails, including the trek up Black Elk Peak, the highest point in South Dakota, and those around Sylvan Lake, conveniently culminating with an overnight in a dog-friendly cabin at Sylvan Lake Lodge . While dogs aren’t allowed inside Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Blackberry Trail across the road offers great views and a descent into the fragrant pine-filled forest, while Crazy Horse Memorial allows dogs outside and on leashes.
Dogs are just as welcome to bask in Colorado mountain towns as humans, but rather than visit a comparatively busier—and more expensive—town like Aspen or Vail, the pastoral paradise of Snowmass offers upscale amenities, cozy ambience, and pet-friendly fare in a more modest setting. The Limelight Hotel offers spacious dog-friendly rooms in a part of town that’s close enough to main Snowmass Village, without being in the thick of the crowds. The hotel offers free water bowls, treats, and pet mats upon check-in, and most nearby trails are dog-friendly, including the Brush Creek Trail, a paved route that starts at the Snowmass Mall. For more elevation, dogs are allowed on certain gondolas from the Snowmass Ski Area, leading to more tranquil hikes and lakeside picnic opportunities up-mountain. In need of more treats and toys? Stock up at GuapoDog Pet Supply in the Snowmass Mall, and dine outside at Venga Venga , a dog-friendly Mexican cantina serving up everything from bacon guacamole to steak fajitas.
Rolling into Tucson with pup in tow, the best place to hunker down is Hotel McCoy , an artist-inspired retrofitted motel that greets guests with a rainbow mural proclaiming “Tucson Is Magic.” The colorful, inclusive desert oasis features an outdoor pet area towards the front of the property, and welcomes up to two dogs at no extra charge. Located on the west side of town, the accommodations also put you close to the majestic Saguaro National Park , where dogs are welcome on roadways, picnic areas, and paved trails, like the Desert Discovery Trail. Dogs can also visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens and the Pima Air & Space Museum , along with breweries, bars, and restaurants like Borderlands Brewing Co. and the patio at Boca Tacos y Tequila , a Top Chef -driven hot spot slinging mole de pollo tacos, ancho butter-rubbed octopus, and banh mi quesadillas. The MSA Annex , an outdoor mercado on the west side spotlighting POC- and women-owned businesses, offers ample dog-friendly seating and takeout spots for places like plant-based Beaut Burger , sushi-slinging Kukai , and Westbound cocktail bar for al fresco margaritas.
Asheville, North Carolina
Filled with mountains, trails, and brewery patios, Asheville is like Disney World for outdoorsy dogs. The city is so accommodating that dogs are allowed just about everywhere, from the grounds around Biltmore Estate to the riverside trails at Chimney Rock State Park. Restaurants like Twisted Laurel are so dog-friendly that they offer a dedicated menu for dogs, while Woof Gang Bakery is a mecca for treats and trinkets. Famed for its breweries, Asheville beer spots that allow patio pups include Wicked Weed Brewing , Wedge Brewing Co. , and the sprawling lawn at New Belgium Brewery , while places like Urban Orchard and Burial Beer Co. also allow dogs indoors. For lodging, the Aloft hotel doesn’t just allow dogs, they feature an adoptable dog program, wherein rescued pups clad in “Adopt Me” vests greet guests in the lobby.
It’s the dog days of summer all year long in Pensacola, an underrated pup-friendly Florida city in the panhandle, home to myriad pet shops, dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and outdoor recreation for miles. Dogs are welcome on trails, park roads, and multi-use paths at Gulf Islands National Seashore , along with Big Lagoon State Park and Pensacola Scenic Bay Bluffs Preserve , while Bayview Park is a good spot for dogs to frolic in the sand and splash in the water. To get even further out on the water, introduce your pups to dolphins on a dog-friendly tour with Jolly Sailing & Dolphin Cruise . Dog-friendly restaurants are all over town, from the famed Flora-Bama Yacht Club to Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach. The Oar House is another fun spot offering fresh seafood and tiki cocktails on Bahia Mar Marina. Dog-friendly abodes run the gamut from Pensacola Beach RV Resort , an affordable campground where customers can BYO RV or rent a trailer suite, to the retro-chic Surf & Sand Hotel , a bayside property where dogs are welcome in first-floor rooms.
Teeming with parks, patios, breweries, and hip hotels, Portland is as much a playground for dogs as it is eccentric humans. Off-leash dog parks include Delta Park, Gabriel Park, and Brentwood Park, and dog-friendly trails can be found all over, like Tryon Creek State Natural Area , offering eight miles worth of shaded pathways a stone’s throw from downtown. Bars, breweries, and restaurants throughout the city welcome pups, including vegetarian comfort nook Bye & Bye , the pretty picnic table-filled patio at Victoria Bar , all-day Elevator Cafe , and White Owl Social Club , where dogs are welcome inside through a dedicated side entrance, or on the patio with beer pong and a fire pit. Then there’s the aptly dubbed Lucky Labrador Brewing Company , which is so dog-friendly that they host Dogtoberfest every September. Dog-friendly hotels are just as prolific, with options like the hip Ace Hotel , which doesn’t have any fees or breed restrictions, and the Dossier , with pet beds, bowls, and treats at check-in, plus pet-centric books that owners are free to borrow.
Texas Hill Country
With its wide open spaces, vast farmland, rolling hills, meandering trails, and breweries the size of the Mall of America, Texas Hill Country is a lush haven for dog-friendly vacationers. Located just outside of Austin (an exceedingly dog-welcoming city in and of itself), Hill Country is home to “Barking Springs” dog park by Barton Springs and pup-friendly patios like Beerburg Brewing. The area boasts leisurely hikes at Pedernales Falls State Park and dog-friendly canoe rentals at South Llano River State Park , plus a sea of wineries, distilleries, and breweries where dogs are welcome on enormous patios, like Chisholm Trail Winery , Treaty Oak Distilling with its folksy music stage and on-site barbecue restaurant, and Jester King Brewery , an enormous brewery and farm-fresh kitchen that’s so entrenched in nature it has hiking trails through the woods. In Fredericksburg, Dogologie Haus is an inn that puts pups first, offering dog beds, bowls, treats, indoor crates, and an outdoor kennel. Back in Austin, Lone Star Court is a Hill Country-inspired hotel that offers a “Pawsitively Pet Package,” including welcome treats, snack credits, late checkout, and retro-inspired accommodations.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Artists aren’t the only ones mystified by the splendors of Santa Fe , one of the most historic, captivating cities in the nation. Dogs are sure to be just as dazzled by its magnetic beauty, with ample outdoorsy locales to explore, restaurant patios to peruse, and lodging that’s just as comfy for humans and pups. As dog-friendly as Santa Fe, the thing to be mindful of is elevation—at about 7,000 feet, it’s also the highest capital city in the country, meaning you and your dog will need to acclimate to the altitude, especially on hikes and trails. This also means winter days can be quite cold, but the almost-endless sunshine should make up for it. Some areas to explore include the downtown Plaza, an area so pet-friendly that it’s adjacent to the ornate Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Although the inside cathedral isn’t open to dogs, the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel nearby is, offering pet treats upon check-in, along with dog-friendly restaurants La Fiesta Lounge and La Plazuela. Other accommodating restaurants include burger-slinging Shake Foundation with its sprawling patio, and Cafecito , a trail-adjacent eatery where your dog can guilt you into sharing bites of your empanada. Numerous dog-friendly hiking trails in and around the city include Atalaya Mountain in Santa Fe National Forest, the leisurely Santa Fe Rail Trail that traipses off into the serene desert, and the paved River Trail that meanders along the small Santa Fe River for miles, with parks, benches, and picnic tables along the way. In the famed Canyon Road gallery district, many outdoor galleries, like Canyon Road Contemporary Art , allow dogs.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wildly underrated as a vacation destination, there’s much more to do and see in Oklahoma City than Twister screenings. A low-key cultural mecca, it’s got industrial-chic digs like the 21c Museum Hotel , an art museum-hotel hybrid with lofty dog-friendly rooms (pet fees have been waived for the rest of 2022), and The National , a new downtown high-rise hotel that allows two dogs per guest. Pups are welcome at restaurants throughout the city, like Picasso Cafe , an artsy and vegan-friendly restaurant that offers a “Bone Appétit” menu for dogs, including chicken risotto and ground beef stew. The quirky Pump Bar down the street has a huge pet-friendly patio, Angry Scotsman Brewing allows dogs both indoors and on its enormous skyline-viewing patio, and Aurora is a stylish brunch spot in the Plaza District where dogs are welcome on the cute back patio while you chow down on salted caramel cinnamon rolls and pulled pork hash. Beyond patios, there are plenty of places to explore in Oklahoma City, from downtown’s whimsical Scissortail Park ( which just doubled in size with the opening of a lower half ) to Lake Hefner, a massive park that features a nine-mile paved trail around the perimeter.
Oconto County, Wisconsin
A few hours north of Milwaukee lies a swath of foliage-filled forests, rolling hills, ranches, cozy log cabins, and pristine ponds strewn with swans. The quiet enclave of Oconto County, anchored by towns like Mountain and Lakewood, is the ultimate Midwestern retreat—for humans and dogs alike. For all-natural serenity and quaint Americana charm, the region offers comfy confines all year long, with nearly 1,000 miles worth of trails for hikers, horses, ATVs, and yes, dogs. Nicolet National Forest contains many of said miles, including the flat, shaded Nicolet State Trail between Mountain and Lakewood, and the 4-mile loop around Black Lake. The community of Mountain is a particularly bucolic place to cozy up, especially when staying in a dog-friendly cabin at Spur of the Moment Ranch . The homey, family-run ranch offers horse carriage rides, campfires, and ATV and snowmobile trail access, along with plenty of space where dogs can frolic off-leash. For a home-away-from-home vibe, stock up on pet treats and things to cook—including the all-important cheese curds—from Mike’s Supermarket in Townsend, or dine at dog-friendly Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill , with a huge patio, live music, and a true-blue Wisconsin fish fry on Fridays.
Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine
National parks are among the most spectacular destinations to vacation with pups. Compared to big cities, they’re typically less crowded and expensive, ensuring a more stress-free experience for dogs in unfamiliar environments (and less fees for you), with plenty of room to prance around. Many national parks, however, restrict dogs to a few specific trails, if any, or certain areas only during quieter times of year. But Acadia National Park is one of the most dog-friendly parks in the country, with 100 miles of hiking trails open to dogs, as long as they’re leashed at all times. The flat Jordan Pond Path, a 3-mile loop around a shimmering lake, is a particular standout, as is the out-and-back Ocean Path Trail that begins at Sand Beach, where dogs are allowed during the off-season (mid-September to June). There’s also a Bark Ranger program that teaches owners about the Rules of B.A.R.K. (Bag your pet’s waste, Always leash your pet, Respect wildlife, Know where to go) and rewards dogs with special Bark Ranger collar tags. In the gateway town of Bar Harbor, you’ll find dog-friendly eateries, like Beal’s Lobster Pier , Peekytoe Provisions , and Side Street Cafe for all your lobster roll and haddock Reuben needs, while pet-friendly lodging runs the gamut from the casual, like Belle Isle Motel with its six acres of field space for your pup to explore, to the luxe, like Balance Rock Inn , where they’re welcome around the outdoor common grounds.
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49 Places To See On A Pet Friendly American Road Trip
- By Amy at GoPetFriendly.com
- May 8, 2023
The American road trip … it’s iconic! And there’s no better way to see some of the most special places across the country. But what if you want to include your pet in the fun? Here are 49 breathtaking sights you’ll love exploring together on a pet friendly American road trip!
Road trip vacations are as American as apple pie. And yet, planning to see the “best” the United States has to offer can be overwhelming. Your trip could focus on cultural sites, national parks, state capitols, scenic landmarks, or sports venues.
But if you’re looking for a truly special experience, why not plan the best pet friendly American road trip? Visit the top pet friendly attraction in each state, and collect precious memories with your best friend along the way!
A Pet Friendly American Road Trip
The most difficult part of planning an epic road trip is choosing the stops. From beaches to mountain tops, bustling cities to secluded retreats, you want to see the very best places across the country.
We traveled full-time with our dogs for twelve years, spending time in all of the lower 48 states. And we’re happy to share what we’ve learned!
Whether you’re planning to see the whole country in one trip, or checking out one region at a time, the itinerary we’ve laid out for your pet friendly American road trip will give you a good feel for what each state is about. And very stop is guaranteed to be fun for you and your pet! Click on the name of each location for more details and photos.
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The Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip
This itinerary covers nearly 15,000 miles and would take at least a couple of months to complete. If you can do it all at once, it’s absolutely the trip of a lifetime!
If you’re looking for shorter trips, choose one or two regions and do a deeper dive in each area. Any combination will make a fantastic pet friendly vacation.
We start this pet friendly American road trip in the northwestern United States. From Washington’s green isles to the heights of Beartooth Highway, this region has something for everyone!
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Washington – The San Juan Islands
In the far northwest corner of the contiguous United States, off the coast of Washington, lies a confetti of emerald jewels in the Salish Sea. Known as the San Juan Islands, the landscape is a patchwork of pine forests, stoney beaches, verdant pastures and fields, and sparkling lakes.
Each of the islands has its own charm, and no matter which you visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Oregon – Portland’s Parks and Gardens
With eclectic neighborhoods, great eateries, and one of the most extensive urban park systems in the country, Portland, Oregon is a pet friendly playground!
Boasting 10,000 acres of natural areas and parks scattered around the city, there’s a treasure around every corner. And if your pup enjoys being social, don’t miss some of the 20+ off-leash areas!
Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene
Among the rugged peaks of northern Idaho, where pine trees far outnumber people, lies one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Unfolding over 26 miles with more than 135 miles of shoreline, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a sparkling blue jewel.
From scenic boat tours to miles of pet friendly trails, there are as many ways to enjoy Lake Coeur d’Alene as your imagination allows.
Wyoming – Bighorn National Forest – Medicine Wheel
You’ll find some of Wyoming’s most diverse terrain in the Bighorn Mountains. It would be easy to spend weeks hiking the 1,500 miles of pet friendly trails and enjoying the three scenic drives. But for us, nothing speaks to the timelessness and beauty of the Bighorns like a visit to Medicine Wheel.
Montana – Beartooth Highway
For 68 miles, between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, the Beartooth Highway winds through some of the most awe inspiring terrain in the United States. This road, one of the highest in the lower 48 states, passes 20 peaks that rise over 12,000 feet.
You’ll experience pristine mountain landscapes, lush forests, and alpine tundra – all within a few miles. And there are numerous places to park the car and hit a pet friendly trail with your furry travel buddy!
The southwest section of this pet friendly American road trip starts with a romp on Carmel’s spectacular dog beach. The next two stops at Red Rock Canyon and the Grand Canyon offer fantastic pet friendly hiking. And we top it off with a trip up Telluride’s gondola. You and your active pets are going to love this adventure!
California – Carmel’s Dog Beach
Carmel’s crowning glory is its magnificent beach. This mile-long stretch of sand begins just steps from downtown and runs to just below the 9th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course. And it’s all pet friendly!
Dogs are welcome to romp off-leash on the beach. Or visit Carmel River State Beach, just down the road, where leashed pets will find plenty to explore.
Nevada – Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
It’s only 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, but Red Rock Canyon feels like a completely different world! From the 13-mile scenic loop road to the 30+ miles of pet friendly trails and picnic areas with great views, you’ll have a fantastic day here with your pet!
Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park
Traveling to any national park is a wonderful experience, but seeing the Grand Canyon with your pet will make your vacation unforgettable!
The pet friendly South Rim Trail runs for 14 miles and is paved for easy walking. Make sure to allow plenty of time to take in the panoramic views!
Colorado – Telluride Gondola to Mountain Village
Tucked high in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the village of Telluride is ideal for a Rocky Mountain adventure with your pet. Offering spectacular scenery, miles of hiking trails, a pet friendly gondola, and a nice selection of eateries and lodging that welcome pets, it might be the highlight of your pet friendly American road trip!
Utah – Dixie National Forest’s Red Canyon
Covering almost 2 million acres, every inch of Dixie National Forest is pet friendly! And with 1,600 miles of hiking, horseback riding, and bike trails, and hundreds of miles of scenic byways, backways, and drives, you and your pet could spend a lifetime exploring here.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Bryce Canyon and Zion National parks. And don’t miss the chance to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah !
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The South Central
Bustling San Antonio is balanced by serene natural wonders on the South Central section of our pet friendly American road trip.
If you’re considering skipping the pet friendly paddle on the Buffalo National River … DON’T! We did it with Ty and Buster, and loved every minute. Though it was our dogs’ first time in a canoe, they did great. And now it’s one of our favorite memories with them.
New Mexico – White Sands National Park
The name “White Sands” might be a little misleading, but that doesn’t make this pet friendly national park any less impressive! The shimmering dunes here are actually made of gypsum – not sand. And thanks to an ancient sea and some very fortunate geography, it’s now the world’s largest dunefield!
You’ll find pet friendly trails and plenty to keep you busy at White Sands. And be sure to stay for sunset. It’s unlike any other you’ll see!
Texas – San Antonio River Walk
Providing access to some of the city’s most precious historical and cultural sites, the 13-mile, pet friendly San Antonio River Walk is one of the most unique parks in the country!
It would be easy to spend several days exploring different sections of the River Walk, hopping on and off to visit all the connected neighborhoods.
Oklahoma – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
As if watching the grazing bison, elk, and white-tailed deer weren’t enough reason to visit Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, you and your pet will also find 18 pet friendly hiking trails and lakes for boating and paddling!
Arkansas – Canoe the Buffalo National River
Canoeing the Buffalo National River with your pets is easier than you might think! Pet friendly canoe rentals are a cinch to find, and the calm water will put every paddler at ease.
When you’re back on solid ground, there are also miles of pet friendly trails to hike along the river’s course and in the nearby Ozark National Forest.
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Kansas – Monument Rocks
Monument Rocks is what’s left of a sea floor that formed millions of years ago when water covered the continent from Montana and the Dakotas to Texas and Louisiana. The chalk spires, buttes, and arches that remain now stand 70 feet tall on the Kansas plains. And your pets are more than welcome to explore them with you!
The Plains – North
The Northern Plains section of this trip takes you through the heartland and reveals what America was like before Europeans arrived.
You’ll spend time appreciating the vastness of Lake Superior and the powerful Mississippi River. Then walk in the footsteps of the Native Americans who lived in Iowa and North Dakota.
Minnesota – Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park sits on Lake Superior’s northern shore. Providing breathtaking views of one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country and 14.5 miles of pet friendly trails, it’s a great place to stretch your legs or camp on the beach.
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Wisconsin – Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Mississippi River flyway, the migration route of about 40% of all waterfowl and shorebirds. The refuge serves as a “bed and breakfast” for the birds as they travel through and is home to the magnificent bald eagle.
In addition to some spectacular bird spotting, there are miles of pet friendly trails to explore.
Iowa – Effigy Mounds National Monument
Standing atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, it’s easy to see why American Indians chose to make this breathtaking place their home. Covering 2,500 acres along the western bank of the Mississippi River, Effigy Mounds National Monument now protects 206 prehistoric earthen mounds built by Indigenous People, 31 of which are in the shape of animals.
You and your dogs are welcome to explore all the trails. But remember to be respectful and never walk on (or allow your pet on) the mounds.
North Dakota – Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Interpretive plaques help you imagine what life was like at the Knife River Indian Villages. This is where Captains Lewis and Clark first met Sacagewea and her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau. Once a bustling community of nearly 400 people, this is now a quiet place to reflect and enjoy the scenery.
South Dakota – Custer State Park
Custer State Park protects 71,000 acres of South Dakota’s most magnificent landscapes. It also provides habitats for a dazzling array of wildlife. Whether you prefer picturesque drives or multi-day hikes, wildlife viewing or kayaking, elegant dining or campfires under the stars, Custer has something to please traveler.
Nebraska – Fort Robinson State Park
Fort Robinson State Park is a rare combination of stunning landscapes, fascinating history, a variety of recreational opportunities, and pet friendly accommodations.
Spread over 22,000 acres, with rugged buttes as the backdrop, it’s a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the expansive wild prairies during the day and the star-filled skies at night.
The Great Lakes
Three of the five stops on this section of our pet friendly American road trip are on the Great Lakes! Absorb the energy of downtown Chicago at Navy Pier. Then contrast it with the leisurely atmosphere of Mackinac Island. You’ll enjoy both ends of the spectrum!
West Virginia – Monongahela National Forest
The Monongahela National Forest covers more than 900,000 acres, preserving a rugged and wild paradise unlike any other. With an extensive backwoods road system, oodles of campgrounds, and 825 miles of pet friendly trails, you and your pet will find plenty to explore!
Ohio – Holden Arboretum
Holden Arboretum is evidence of the beauty that results when humans and Mother Nature work together. Encompassing 3,600 acres, it’s one of the largest arboreta and botanical gardens in the country and a fabulous place to explore with your pet.
Wander the garden paths or hit the miles of trails through native forests with your furry travel buddy!
Illinois – Chicago Lakefront Trail & Navy Pier
Chicago’s pet friendly Lakefront Trail runs for 18 miles along the spectacular shore of Lake Michigan. Connecting vibrant neighborhoods, expansive parks, popular beaches, and famous attractions like Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and Soldier Field, it’s fun to choose a section and spend a day exploring it with your pet!
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Indiana – Indiana Dunes National Park
Caribbean blue waters and miles of pet friendly beaches await you at Indiana Dunes National Park. But the beaches are just the beginning!
This dynamic landscape also features dunes, ponds, marshes, creeks, prairie, and forests for your exploration. Whether you decided to hang out on the shore or hike the trails, you’re sure to have a great time.
Michigan – Mackinac Island
Hop aboard the pet friendly ferry for a trip to Mackinac Island. Automobiles aren’t allowed, but you and your pet won’t have any trouble getting around!
Main Street is just steps from the ferry docks, pets are welcome on the horse-drawn carriages rides, and bikes with pet trailers are available for rent. So all of Mackinac’s most popular attractions are within easy reach!
The Plains – South
Road tripping pets are going to adore this route through the southern plains. Romp at the incredible off-leash dog park at Shelby Farms, then stiff along the 444-mile Natchez Trace! Finally, spend an afternoon relaxing in the shadow of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Louisiana – State Capitol Gardens in Baton Rouge
Standing 34 stories tall, Louisiana’s capitol in Baton Rouge is the tallest state capitol building in the United States. It’s surrounded by 27 acres of pet friendly grounds and gardens that offer picturesque views from every angle.
Stroll the paved paths under massive live oaks and palm trees or plan a picnic with your pet!
Mississippi – The Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway stretches 444 miles, from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a blissfully quiet, billboard-free retreat from our fast-paced highways.
But a slower pace doesn’t mean you’ll be bored! There’s something to sniff around every bend with countless exhibits and 28 pet friendly trailheads along the route.
Tennessee – Shelby Farms Park Off-Leash Area
Shelby Farms Park in Memphis is one of the country’s largest urban parks. With a massive off-leash dog area, 40 miles of pet friendly trails winding through 4,500 acres, a disc golf course, canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals, and a lovely visitor center, you could easily spend an entire day here!
Kentucky – Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park
President Abraham Lincoln’s life is an inspiration, and visiting his simple birthplace fosters an even deeper appreciation of his accomplishments.
Pets are welcome to join you on the grounds of the historic park. And together you can explore the trails there and at the Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, just ten miles away.
Missouri – Gateway Arch National Park
Leashed pets are welcome to explore the extensive grounds at St. Louis’ Gateway Arch National Park. Enjoy the Riverfront Trail, embark on a one-hour scenic riverboat cruise, and be sure to ask now your pet can become a BARK Ranger during your visit.
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You can see a lot without traveling far in New England! Enjoy Central Park in the heart of Manhattan, then explore the trails in Acadia National Park. Finally, take a splash in the pond at Dog Mountain. From beginning to end, this section of our pet friendly American road trip is a pet’s dream come true.
New York – Central Park
There’s no place like New York! Central Park is the third most visited attraction IN THE WORLD – and it’s even better with your pet. Whether you choose to lounge on a bench, enjoy the conservatory gardens, or explore the wooded trails in the Ramble, it will be a day to remember.
Connecticut – Mystic Seaport
Spread over 19 spectacular acres on the banks of the Mystic River, Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States. You and your pet can view magnificent old boats and learn what life was like for seaport dwellers in this part of New England in the 1800s.
Rhode Island – Newport Cliff Walk
Newport is known as the City by the Sea. And a stroll along the pet friendly Cliff Walk proves that she more than lives up to her nickname!
Winding for 3.5 miles with the rocky shoreline on one side and the lush gardens of historic mansions on the other, the Cliff Walk Trail provides you and your pet with unforgettable views.
Massachusetts – The Freedom Trail
Boston’s Freedom Trail connects 16 of our country’s most significant historic landmarks – locations that played a pivotal role in America’s rebellious beginning.
The pet friendly 2.5-mile path starts in Boston Common where you can pick up a map. Here pups will also find two off-leash areas for sniffing and socializing in America’s oldest public park. Then follow the red brick path through the city at your own pace, taking in each site as you go.
Maine – Acadia National Park
As one of the countries most pet friendly national parks, you and your pet will find plenty to love in Acadia. There are more than 100 miles of trails to sniff, carriage roads to explore, and pets are even welcome on the free shuttles that run throughout the park and around the island!
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New Hampshire – Mount Washington
Visiting Mount Washington can be tricky. More than 100 days a year the wind at the summit exceeds hurricane force, the peak is enveloped in clouds 60% of the time, and snow can fall year round. But if you’re lucky enough to be there on a pleasant day, you and your pet will never forget the pet friendly trails and stunning views.
Vermont – Dog Mountain
At Dog Mountain, pets aren’t just welcome – they’re cherished! This 150-acre former dairy farm is always open to the public and dogs are welcome to shed their leashes while they run, play, and swim in the pond.
There are also hiking trails, peaceful retreats, and a pet friendly chapel and art gallery.
The theme of this section of the trip is early American history with a lot fun thrown in! Learn about the first Europeans to arrive in the New World in Colonial Williamsburg. Then stroll through Washington, DC, where history is made every day. Next enjoy a day on the Jersey shore before heading to the Pocono Mountains for a scenic train ride!
Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg welcomes you and your pets to step back in time. View historic homes, watch demonstrations at the trades shops, enjoy the fife and drum corps, and get a bite to eat at one of the taverns or restaurants.
Washington, DC – The National Mall
There are few places in the America more inspiring than our National Mall & Memorial Gardens. And because this national park sits in the middle of a living city, it’s more pet friendly than you might expect!
From the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, you and your pet can view dozens of iconic sights all within walking distance.
Maryland – Cruise on Chesapeake Bay
Explore the Chesapeake Bay with your travel buddy aboard a pet friendly cruise! Arrange a tour from Annapolis, Baltimore, or St. Michaels. Or contact one of the countless privately-operated charter boats available in harbors up and down the bay, most of whom are happy to welcome your pets.
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Delaware – Walking Tour of Historic New Castle
Do you love strolling with your pet along tree-lined streets? Would you like to admire beautiful examples of colonial Dutch and Federal architecture? And what if you could learning a bit about the early history of our country at the same time?
It sounds like a walking tour of New Castle will be right up your alley! Be sure to check the local calendar for pet friendly events when planning your trip.
New Jersey – The Jersey Shore at Wildwood Dog Beach
New Jersey has many popular beaches, but Wildwood’s beach stands out. It’s lovely, spacious, family-friendly, and free to use. And the best part is that your pets can come along!
Dogs on leashes are welcome from dawn to dusk, every day on the Wildwood dog beach between Glenwood and Maple Avenues. Just look for the gigantic fire hydrant and enjoy a day of sand and surf together.
Pennsylvania – Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
All aboard! The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway welcomes pets on their vintage coaches. Powered by diesel engines and departing from the old railroad station in historic downtown Jim Thorpe, the narrated trips lasts about 70 minutes and follow 16-mile route along the Lehigh River as it winds through the gorge.
Beautiful gardens await your arrival on this pet friendly road trip through the Southeast. Wander the paths through Rock City, where on a clear day you can view seven states! Then admire the last large-scale romantic-style garden at Magnolia Plantation. Finally, spend a day exploring the formal gardens and wooded trails of the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate.
Alabama – Little River Canyon National Preserve
On a flat-top mountain in northeastern Alabama, Little River Canyon National Preserve protects 15,000+ rugged acres along the Little River.
Be prepared for stunning scenery and a taste of southern hospitality, because the preserve is incredibly pet friendly. Not only can your furry travel buddy join you on all the trails — he’s also welcome inside the visitor center, and the staff has dog treats!
Georgia – Rock City Gardens
Visitors from around the world come to admire Rock City’s botanical and geological features. And your pet is welcome to join you on the trails. You can even have lunch together on the patio at Café 7, a seasonal restaurant with amazing views!
Florida – Fort De Soto Dog Beach
Fort De Soto’s beaches are acclaimed for their white sand and clear blue waters. But the best part of this quarter-mile stretch of beach is that it’s dedicated to the dogs!
Pups can romp leash-free here and in the adjacent enclosed dog park. Then rent a kayak and paddle the 2.25-mile water trail, peddle the 7-mile bike trail, or hit the hiking trails to see more of the island.
South Carolina – Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is America’s last large-scale Romantic-style garden. You and your pup are welcome to enjoy the trails, grounds, gardens. Plan accordingly to see your favorite flowers in bloom!
North Carolina – Biltmore Estate Gardens and Grounds
At the Biltmore Estate, pets cannot tour the historic home. However, you and your pet can stroll the lush garden paths, or hit the 23 miles of hiking trails that criss-cross the 8,000-acre estate.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Antler Hill Village and choose a table on the patio at one of the pet friendly restaurants!
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How long will it take and what will it cost?
In total, our entire pet friendly American road trip is 15,000 miles and will take at least two months. That’s assuming you have great luck with the weather and don’t mind driving about 8 hours a day.
The cost of the trip depends on how you travel. And where you are comfortable staying is a factor that has a big impact. Car camping or tenting will be least expensive. And staying at pet friendly hotels will cost more. Luckily, pets aren’t picky about where you sleep – as long as you’re together.
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Most of the attractions we’ve recommended are fairly inexpensive (free – $20), with a few exceptions. So figure around $500 per person for all the admission fees.
Gas will cost another $1,500 to $2,000.
Then there’s food, which can also vary a lot. To save money, plan to spend time shopping and preparing your own meals rather than eating out. If you can eat for $15 per day, that adds about $900 per person for a two-month trip.
In total, this trip could be done by one person for around $4,500. Bring a buddy to split the lodging and gas costs and the cost is even less for you both.
So, there you have it – our Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road trip! Now all that’s left to do is pack the car, crank up the tunes, and hit the road. Waggin’ trails to you!
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Most Dog-Friendly Cities In the World | Travel With Your Dogs On International Dog Day!
Travel Travel Inspiration Most Dog-Friendly Cities in the World
This International Dog Day, embark on a journey around the world with your four-legged friend by your side! From charming cafes that cater to both humans and canines to sprawling parks where tails can wag freely, here are 10 dog-friendly destinations for an unforgettable experience. Whether you're strolling through the historic streets of Paris, or simply walking the streets of Seoul, these cities have opened their hearts and spaces to welcome both travelers and their pets. Happy travelling!
1. Paris, France
Best dog friendly cafe: le doggy café - a dedicated cafe for dogs and their owners, offering treats and canine companionship. best dog friendly attraction: jardin des tuileries - leashed dogs can explore this historic garden near the louvre. must-do with your dog: enjoy a boat ride on the seine river with your furry friend aboard..
Paris may be known for its elegance and romantic atmosphere, but the city is surprisingly dog-friendly. Many cafes allow dogs to sit alongside their owners. Additionally, the city's parks, like Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, offer a wonderful place for dogs to play and socialize.
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2. sydney, australia, best dog friendly cafe: the grounds of alexandria - offers a dog-friendly garden and even a pet pig. best dog friendly attraction: centennial park - a vast green space with designated off-leash areas and scenic ponds. must-do with your dog: bondi to coogee coastal walk - a stunning coastal trail with off-leash sections and breathtaking views..
Sydney is known for its love of dogs and outdoor living. Numerous off-leash beaches allow dogs to frolic in the surf, and many cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating for pet owners.
Other Sydney Attractions
3. tokyo, japan, best dog friendly cafe: dog heart café - a stylish café where you can dine with your dog and enjoy dog-themed decor. best dog friendly attraction: yoyogi park - leashed dogs can explore this large park and even attend dog-friendly events. must-do with your dog: take a stroll across the rainbow bridge and enjoy tokyo bay views..
A city known to be ahead of its time, Tokyo is accommodating to dogs despite its sprawling urbanscape. Many parks have designated dog areas, and some department stores even allow small dogs to accompany their owners.
Other Tokyo Attractions
4. amsterdam, netherlands, best dog friendly cafe: de wasserette - a cozy café with outdoor seating best dog friendly attraction: vondelpark - a sprawling urban park with dedicated off-leash areas for dogs to play freely. must-do with your dog: explore the scenic canals together on a dog-friendly boat tour..
A city lined with charming canals and parks, Amsterdam makes for a perfect destinations to go on lesiurely walks with your pups. Many cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating where dogs are welcome.
Other Amsterdam Attractions
5. london, united kingdom, best dog friendly cafe: the dynamo - offers a dog-friendly terrace and a menu including dog treats. best dog friendly attraction: hampstead heath - a vast green expanse with designated off-leash areas and beautiful views. must-do with your dog: take a leisurely stroll through hyde park.
London is among the cosmopolitan cities in the world that happens to be super dog-friendly. With a number of parks and green spaces dotting its cityscape, quite a few Londoners can be seen out and about with their dogs!
Other London Attractions
6. berlin, germany, best dog friendly cafe: prater garten - one of the city's oldest beer gardens, where dogs are allowed to join you. best dog friendly attraction: grunewald forest - an expansive woodland where dogs can roam off-leash and enjoy nature. must-do with your dog: visit tempelhofer feld, a former airport turned park, perfect for long walks and play..
Berlin is a dog lover's paradise with a variety of parks, forests, and dog-friendly venues. Dogs are not only welcomed, but often celebrated. They can prove to be great ice-breakers with Berliners!
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7. barcelona, spain, best dog friendly cafe: el nacional - a stylish food hall with an outdoor terrace where dogs are allowed. best dog friendly attraction: parc de la ciutadella - a central park with open spaces and a designated dog area. must-do with your dog: walk along the barceloneta beach promenade.
Barcelona's warm climate and outdoor lifestyle make it a welcoming place for dogs. Many beaches and parks allow dogs to roam freely.
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8. stockholm, sweden, best dog friendly cafe: kafé klavér - a cozy café with outdoor seating and a dog-friendly atmosphere. best dog friendly attraction: hagaparken - leashed dogs can explore this royal park, which features beautiful gardens and a lake. must-do with your dog: explore the djurgården island and visit skansen, an open-air museum that allows leashed dogs..
Stockholm's mix of historical charm and modern design extends to its attitude towards dogs. Many outdoor spaces are pet-friendly, and quite a few shops allow dogs to accompany their owners.
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9. seoul, korea, best dog friendly cafe: a twosome place dog cafe - a unique cafe where you can enjoy beverages alongside adorable dogs best dog friendly attraction: dream forest - an expansive park that offers designated areas for off-leash play, providing ample space for your dog to socialize. must-do with your dog: visit bukchon hanok village, where you can wander through traditional korean houses with your dog by your side.
Seoul stands as a modern metropolis that warmly embraces its four-legged residents. Dog owners will find a mix of well-maintained parks, charming neighborhoods, and a budding pet cafe scene that makes exploring the city with their furry friends a joy.
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10. bangkok, thailand, best dog friendly cafe: caturday cat café - not just for cat lovers, this cafe also welcomes dogs and offers a playful environment for both species. best dog friendly attraction: benjakitti park - leashed dogs can enjoy a stroll around the lake and take in the city views. must-do with your dog: explore the chatuchak park and its expansive grounds, which include a designated dog park for off-leash play..
Bangkok's bustling streets and warm culture extend to its furry residents. In fact, it did not used to be very pet-friendly, but the city's warming up to it! While not all spaces may be dog-friendly, there are certainly some spaces you're more than welcome to visit with your dog.
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