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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

Eastern vermont.

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

Bend, oregon.

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.

Northern Arizona

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

Chicago, illinois.

"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, Indiana

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 .

Sarasota, Florida

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.

Venice, Italy

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.

Tokyo, Japan

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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dog vacation ideas

Ready to relax with Rover? Our precious pups not only deserve vacations of their own, but they can also make amazing traveling companions!

Luckily, there are plenty of dog-friendly vacation ideas and destinations owners can visit. From the exotic to the familiar, we’ll discuss the best dog-friendly vacation destinations for you and your furball below! 

No matter where you plan on visiting with your pooch, you’ll need somewhere to stay that’ll welcome your woofer with open arms.

We share some dog-friendly hotels for some of the destinations below, but if you’d like a little more elbow room, check out Take Paws — a site that advertises pet-friendly vacation homes.

It’s kinda like Airbnb, but it’s solely dedicated to rentals that allow four-footed visitors.

Our List of the Best Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations

Most of these vacation spots are in the United States, but there are a couple of international destinations for far-fetched furballs. 

Just make sure that your pup’s passport is ready to go (no, pets don’t need actual “passports,” but they do need some key documents for international travel) and that you have an airline-approved carrier for your canine companion if you’re planning to fly on one of the best pet-friendly airlines ! 

Without further ado, check out these dog-friendly vacation destinations!

1. Seattle, Washington 

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The Emerald City is full of dog-friendly activities for you and your furball. 

Among other attractions, you and your pooch can check out the trees growing at the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum or get your art appreciation on at Olympic Sculpture Park . The city is rich in dog-friendly parks, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after beautiful views, outdoor activities, or miles of hiking trails.

You could also check out any of the many dog-friendly restaurants or bars in Seattle . Not thirsty? No worries — there are tons of great traditional dog parks in Seattle .

Seattle also offers plenty of pet-friendly lodging and transportation options too. For example, the Monaco Hotel allows you to stay with up to two dogs for no extra charge, and your pooch can accompany you on the Seattle Center Monorail while you shuttle from one area to the next.  

The sheer volume of pup-friendly places make Seattle a top destination for dogs and dog lovers on vacation. Just keep the wet weather in mind, plan ahead, and you’re sure to have an awesome time in this beautiful city.

2. Sedona, Arizona

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Want to enjoy some nature-themed fun with your floof? Sedona, Arizona may be the perfect place! 

This hound hotbed is home to a number of dog-friendly hiking trails that snake through Arizona’s trademark red rocks. After a long walk, you can cool off at the Canyon Breeze Restaurant, which offers breathtaking views and water bowls for your pooch. 

As with most of the other dog-friendly locations we’re sharing here, Sedona offers great lodging opportunities, such as the luxurious El Portal Sedona Hotel. This establishment not only allows you to side-step pet fees, but it also offers a welcome “doggie basket” complete with treats, dog bags, and a blanket to keep your canine comfortable. 

Your dog can accompany you at the Oak Creek Vineyards to enjoy endless wine and live music. And if you want a little more traditional four-footer fun, the Sedona Dog Park is another great choice for owners and pups visiting the area. 

The miles of trails around the city and scenic views make Sedona a dream stop for outdoor adventures with your floof. The only major drawback is the heat, with the summer months a no-go for safe, outdoor fun with your pup.

3. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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If you and your hound love to hike, it’s hard to find a more fitting vacation destination than Colorado Springs. You and your pooch can relax at the SCP Colorado Springs Hotel or enjoy a whole host of pet-friendly AirBnBs and VRBO properties (or, if you’re doing van life with your dog , there are plenty of camping spots, too!)  This city’s plentiful pet-friendly accommodations make it a great stop while on a road trip with your Rover.

Your leashed pooch is welcome to accompany you to the gorgeous Garden of The Gods trail . For an off-leash adventure, your dog can dive into Bear Creek dog park complete with an agility area and refreshing creek. 

For a bite to eat, head to the Pub Dog where you can dine indoors with your pooch or enjoy the onsite dog park. Cerberus Brewing Company also welcomes pups while offering delicious eats like truffle parmesan pub fries or Colorado lamb sliders to pair with a local beer. 

The winter months can be brutal with the cold and snow, but it’s still a popular spot for cold-weather sports. This is also the perfect time to explore skijoring with your husky or malamute.

4. Lake Placid, New York 

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For a peaceful lakeside getaway, check out Lake Placid, New York. You and your dog can enjoy the comforts of High Peaks Resort , complete with complimentary beds and bowls, and a pet relief area in the resort courtyard. 

Catch a bite at the dog-friendly restaurant Lisa G’s and order a puppy burger for your best buddy. Your pooch can also join you for drinks at Goose Watch Winery or Big Slide Brewery during the summer months. 

When you’re not enjoying the lake or delicious bites, head with your hound to the Peninsula Nature Trails for some breathtaking views. 

Lake Placid is great for all-season travel, though small pups and short-coated breeds may find the winter months too nippy.

5. Chicago, Illinois 

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The best way to get a sense of The Windy City is to hitch a ride on a dog-friendly cruise to explore the city’s waterways. Human and pooch provisions are served on board so that neither you nor your pooch will get parched. 

Pet-friendly accommodations are easy to find, too, as the Downtown Aloft allows dogs up to 40 pounds to stay without any additional fee. They’ll even give you a dog kit complete with a bed, treat, bowls, and waste bags upon check-in. 

Be sure you and your pooch check out some of Chicago’s best dog parks , cruise by Montrose Dog Beach , and then get a snack at The Perch Kitchen & Tap . You can also take in historical landmarks for a scenic stroll with your sniffer, like the Chicago Riverwalk, Navy Pier area, and the Magnificent Mile.

As with some other destinations, Chicago is best enjoyed outside of winter. The wind’s whipping in off Lake Michigan can be bone-chillingly cold, and the snows aren’t anything to sneeze at. That said, cold-weather breeds will be in their glory.

6. St. Augustine, Florida

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This ancient city is a gorgeous beach destination for you and your fur baby. Whether you’re enjoying the dog-friendly North Beach or exploring America’s First Colony with your dog, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. 

There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in the area, including the  Smart Stay Inn , which welcomes dogs of all sizes. 

After hanging out at some of Florida’s best dog-friendly beaches , you and your dog can grab a bite at the Beachcomber , where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and delicious tacos. Several area bars and restaurants have dog-friendly patios, letting you take in the area’s awesome offerings with your best buddy in tow.

St. Augustine is perfect for year-round adventures, though some may find the summers too steamy to enjoy. Still, you can always cool off with your canine at one of the area’s dog-friendly, beautiful beaches.

7. Birmingham, AL

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Think Spot would enjoy the Deep South? Consider heading down to Birmingham, Alabama. Although Birmingham may not be the most top-of-mind vacation destination, it offers a ton of dog-friendly attractions and opportunities. 

For starters, make pup pit stop at the Cahaba Beach Dog Park . Here, your pooch can enjoy a large fenced-in space complete with trees, trails, and streams to explore. Like most parks, your doggo must be up to date on his vaccinations to enter, but he must also have a temperament check before being permitted to enter this particular pup entering the park.

You can also check out the 20 miles worth of scenic hiking trails at Red Mountain Park (just be sure to keep Lassie on a leash). Afterward, you can grab a craft beer at the dog-friendly Good People Brewing Company . 

Lodging opportunities are also plentiful, and the local La Quinta Inn welcomes up to two dogs weighing 70 pounds or less for no additional fee.   

Birmingham is a solid choice for year-round pawed adventures, though passing storms can make for dicey travel in March, April, and May.

8. Hilton Head, South Carolina

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If you’re dreaming of beach days with your dog, head on down to Hilton Head with your canine companion. You can enjoy the dog-friendly beaches, take your dog out on a dolphin boat tour , or enjoy some time kayaking with your canine . 

After having some fun on the beach, you can check in at the Palmera Inn and Suite which welcomes small and medium dogs for a small fee. 

Once your stomach starts rumbling, you’ll want to check out The Sandbar Beach Eats , which welcomes four-footers and offers water bowls to visiting four-footers.  

The city’s pleasant climate and beautiful beaches are ideal for year-round travel, but if you want to make the most of your fun in the sun, visit during the summer.

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The City of Brotherly Love also serves as a great vacation spot for pet parents. It’s loaded with pet-friendly places and quite walkable, with historic parks and landmarks to explore. 

For starters, we’d recommend grabbing a brew at Chesnut Hill Brewery with your pooch . They not only provide people with craft beverages, but this hound hub also offers water bowls and treats for your precious pup. 

For a more artisanal flare, head to Pizzeria Vetri for a slice with Spot. After finishing lunch, consider strolling through Philly’s Magic Gardens or any of Philadelphia’s great dog parks with your floof.

There are also plenty of pet-friendly hotels available, but the Kimpton Palomar is one of the best for dogs. Furry friends are welcomed with open arms with treats, food bowls, and beds to keep your dog comfortable. 

Philadelphia is best enjoyed in the spring, summer, and fall, as Pennsylvania winters can be bitter.

10. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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Are you more fond of the mountains than the beach? Well, be sure to check out Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania (which is named for the famous Native American athlete). 

Among other things, you and your dog can enjoy the delicious eats and drinks at Fegley’s Brewpub . And then, after getting a bite, you and your pooch may want to explore the Leigh Gorge Scenic Railway or relax at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park . 

Later, when you’re ready to put your feet up and call it a night, be sure to check out the local Doubletree Hilton , which welcomes pets for a small fee. 

Like Philadelphia, Jim Thorpe is best enjoyed during the spring, summer, and fall. Autumn especially offers stunning scenery thanks to the area’s changing foliage.

11. Bar Harbor, Maine

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Your pooch can rest comfortably in Bar Harbor, Maine, at Gallagher’s Travels cabins, complete with a grassy pet relief area and complimentary waste bags. This nature lover’s paradise features plenty of sites for you and your furry friend to enjoy along the Ocean Path trail at Acadia National Park. 

Make a point to stop by Stewmans’ Lobster Pound before leaving Bar Harbor. You and your pooch can dine to seaside views while chowing down on luscious lobster. 

Bar Harbor is the ideal stop for a relaxing retreat with your retriever rather than a go-go rush of high-octane activities. It’s best enjoyed during the spring, summer, and fall, as Maine winters are harsh.

12. Bend, Oregon

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Bend, Oregon is an amazing summer escape for you and your pooch, hosting endless dog-friendly craft breweries like 10 Barrel . When you and your dog aren’t enjoying the gorgeous mountains with hiking adventures, you can take a trip to the Big Sky dog park to make new four-footed friends. 

Dogs are welcome to rest comfortably at stays like charming LOGE Bend hotel for a small fee that includes toys, beds, and treats for your furball. 

Bend, Oregon, is a fun stop year-round, though plan accordingly for the region’s wet weather.

Stopping by Portland during your Oregon vacation? Check out some of Portland’s best dog parks , bars , and restaurants !

13. San Diego, California

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Sunny San Diego, California is a great place to visit with your pupper. 

In addition to all of the obvious sun-and-sand attractions, San Diego also happens to be home to the Original Dog Beach , one of the first beaches in which well-behaved pups can roam off-leash at any time of day.  Fiesta Island is another favorite stop, along with Balboa Park .

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you and Fido can sample some of the fresh catch at the Pacific Beach Fish Shop , or you and your pooch can visit one of San Diego’s dog-friendly bars or pet-friendly restaurants to chow down on an outdoor patio. Then, head back to Hotel Indigo , a spot that rolls out the welcome wagon for dogs by offering complimentary food, treats, bowls, and beds upon request. 

San Diego is an excellent choice for year-round travel, as this city experiences stunning weather month to month. Just be sure to pack sun protection and stay hydrated!

14. Milwaukee, WI

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Want to head to the midwest with your mutt? Check out dog-friendly Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

This often-overlooked vacation destination is full of off-leash dog parks like Granville Dog Park . 

And don’t worry if your pooch gets a little messy! The Community Bark and Bath allows you to wash your pooch and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at the same time. 

In terms of canine-friendly accommodations, your dog is welcome at the Milwaukee Westin , where pups of any size are allowed to stay for no additional fee. 

Milwaukee is best enjoyed during the late spring, summer, or early fall, as its winters are cold and snowy.

15. Grand Haven, Michigan

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Want to enjoy the Great Lakes with your lapdog? Check out the beautiful Eastpoint Park and Resort in Grand Haven, Michigan. This pet-friendly paradise provides access to swimming, trails, kayak launches, and plenty of power if you’re traveling via RV with your dog . 

For a bite to eat, head to Odd Side Ales with your hound for craft drinks and delicious eats. And after a long day of exploring, rest your head at the canine-friendly Rodeway Inn .  

As with other midwest destinations, Grand Haven is best to visit during the late spring, summer, or early fall to avoid winter’s bite.

16. Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana is a vibrant college town that’s full of good eats, fun sites, art galleries, and dog-friendly spaces with ample outdoor seating. 

Kick off the fun with a visit to the 16-Bit Bar and Arcade where well-behaved woofers can stand by while you enjoy some radical retro games, ranging from Donkey Kong to Asteroids!

After vanquishing malevolent monkeys and meteors, you can load up on delicious eats from Fire by the Monon where your dog will be welcomed with treats and a bowl of fresh water. 

Lodging is no problem, either, as your dog is welcome to stay with you at the Baymont Hotel for a small feel.  

When should you visit this midwestern stop? Spring, summer, and fall are best, as the city does experience some snow and cold weather during winter.

17. Asheville, North Carolina

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For an escape to the mountains with your mutt, check out Asheville, North Carolina with your furball. Here, you can rest easy at the canine-friendly Comfort Suites near the downtown arts district.  

Your pooch may not be allowed in the local museums, but he can accompany you at various dog-friendly spots like the Malaprop’s Bookstore and the Universal Joint Asheville for good drinks and grub. 

Spring and summer are popular times to visit this stop, though autumn can be even better, as the area’s foliage is downright breathtaking.

18. Charleston, South Carolina

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Also know as the Holy City, Charleston, South Carolina has plenty for you and your pooch to enjoy. 

For starters, your dog is welcomed at the fittingly named Barksdale House Hotel , which provides treats for your pooch and a grassy pet relief area on the premises. 

Once you’re checked in and settled, you’ll have to turn your attention to chow time. For some good eats, take your pooch to the dog-friendly Taco Boy for some tasty tacos and magnificent margaritas. 

And because it is always important to enjoy the specific things available in any vacation destination, we’d recommend taking your dog with you on an Old Charleston Ghost Tour for some frights with Fido. 

Charleston’s weather makes year-round travel possible for you and your pup. Just be mindful of hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

19. Sarasota, Florida

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In Sarasota, Florida you and Spot can enjoy a wealth of nature-oriented attractions! 

Start at the Red Bug Slough Preserve where you and your dog can enjoy trails and picnic shelters for a midday snack. 

Later, cool off with a frozen daiquiri alongside your pooch at Siesta Key Village , where your furball will be given a refreshing bowl of water while you chow down on local seafood. 

Once it’s time to catch some Zs, check out the local Courtyard Hotel , where dogs are welcome for a small fee. 

Sarasota’s weather makes year-round visits a breeze, but the summer months can be too hot and humid for some pet parents and pups.

20. Venice, Italy

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Seeking a European getaway? Get swept off your feet in Venice, Italy!

A city famous for being super dog-friendly, Venice offers delicious eats at restaurants like Bacarretto , where your pooch is welcome to join you. Your dog can also accompany you on Venetian Water Taxi for some unfurgettable views of the city. 

Whenever you need a break from strolling the picturesque city streets, you can recharge at the centrally-located Alloggi Barbaria Hotel where your pet is welcome at no additional cost. 

Make the most of your Venice trip by visiting during the spring or summer.

21. Tokyo, Japan

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Japan’s bustling capital city of Tokyo is surprisingly dog-friendly, and there are tons of things to do. 

For starters, we’d recommend checking out the peaceful Yoyogi Park . This sprawling green space is full of forests and trails to keep you and your canine companion busy. 

Dine in style at gourmet restaurants like Yasaiya , which provides gourmet food for you and your dog. Pups are also welcomed at the gorgeous Sheraton Grande , once you’re ready to rest from the excitement of the city. 

The best time to visit Tokyo depends on your particular plans, though March, April, September, and November are the most popular months with travelers.

22. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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If you’ve never visited Canada, you’ll want to take this opportunity to head north with your pooch! And while there are plenty of great Canadian spots to visit, you should probably start by checking out the lively seaport of Vancouver. 

Vancouver is one of the rare spots where you can enjoy the city, the mountains, and several beaches all in the same day! And you can do so while letting your four-footer tag along. 

For example, your dog can enjoy bay views and off-leash fun at Hadden Park (don’t forget to snap a pic next to the Centennial Totem Pole with your pooch). Next, settle in with a beer with your best buddy at Black Kettle Brewing Company.  

After a long day, you can relax in the vibrant heart of the city at the Sylvia Hotel with your pooch. 

Best time to visit? Late spring, summer, and early fall make for magical trips.

23. Wilmington, NC

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Wilmington, North Carolina is home to beautiful dog-friendly beaches and a long boardwalk that welcomes pups in the off-season. But if you’re vacationing in the busy season, dogs are welcome yearround at Flytrap Brewing , where you can enjoy craft beers in the lively arts district. 

For a meal with your mutt, head to the delicious Bento Box Sushi. When you’re not enjoying the sandy shore, your pooch can join you at the Downtown Aloft Wilmington , where dog blankets, bowls, and frisbees (along with typical human hotel amenities) are provided.  

Wilmington’s weather makes year-round adventures possible, though spring, summer, and fall offer the most fun.

24. Albuquerque, NM

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Want to check out the desert with your dog? (Insert “ hot dog” joke here.)

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a premium summer spot with lots of neat things to enjoy with your Spot. 

For example, your pooch can join you on the open air Albuquerque Trolley to see the sites in style. For a play break, stop by the large Santa Fe Village Dog Park where you can enjoy views of the mountains while your dog enjoys off-leash play. 

Seasons Rotisseries & Grill offers dog-friendly fine dining where you can enjoy grilled steak and scallops. The Shearton of Albuquerque welcomes pets for no extra fee and provides bowls and beds for your bestie. 

The best time to visit Albuquerque depends on your trip’s agenda but be warned: summers get stifling. Use plenty of sun protection for you and your dog, and focus on hydration.

25. Fort Myers, FL

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Fort Myers, Florida is a great place for you and your pooch to catch some rays alongside the Gulf of Mexico. 

Start your visit by soaking up some sunshine during astroll at the quaint Green Market Farmer’s Market . Then, check out Buckingham Dog Park , where your pooch can enjoy off-leash fun or stretch his legs out on the many walking trails. 

Later, when you get hungry, head to the dog-friendly Fat Katz Bistro for good drinks and yummy eats. You and your pooch can hen head over to the La Quinta Inn to recharge for no extra charge. 

Fort Myers is the perfect place for year-round visits, though some may find the summer months too hot and sticky to enjoy.

26. Austin, TX

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For the perfect blend of sun and city, check out Austin, Texas. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States, offering an entire pet-friendly peninsula at Red Bud Isle , where dogs are welcome to socialize off-leash and enjoy the trails and swimming holes. 

For a drink, head to Dog House Drinkery, where you can enjoy a beer while Fido enjoys the extensive ½ acre dog park. Hotel accommodations are also plentiful in this hip little Texas town. For example, dogs of any size are welcome at gorgeous downtown spots like the South Congress Hotel for no additional fee.

Austin is a pawesome place to visit any time of the year with your pup, but the summer months definitely get hot. If you have a double-coated doggo or cold-weather breed, skipping a summer stop may be best to truly enjoy your visit.

27. Key West, FL

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Key West is a popular U.S. vacation destination where you and your pooch can enjoy gorgeous beaches while soaking up the sunshine. When you’re not enjoying dog-friendly beaches like Higgs Beach , you can make your way to the Key West Aquarium to learn about marine life with your mutt (yup – the aquarium is dog friendly too!). 

There are plenty of good island eats you can enjoy alongside your pooch, whether it’s the fish tacos at Geiger Key Marina or wood-fired pizza at Roostica . And Key West has no shortage of dog-friendly hotels, including the gorgeous Old Town Manor , which welcomes dogs of any size for a small fee. 

Key West is a dream destination year-round, though hurricane season runs from June to November. You’ll also want to consider the heat, as it can get steamy and sticky like the rest of Florida.

28. Huntington Beach, CA

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Want to check out the west coast with your woofer? Make your way to Huntington Beach, California, home to one of the best Dog Beaches around, Huntington Dog Beach! This public beach has grassy areas for your four-foot to enjoy, along with waste stations to help accommodate canine companions and keep things clean. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you and your pooch can chow down at The Bread Crumb, a delicious Hawaiian-themed diner. Then, consider trying out a craft beer at the dog-friendly Riip Beer Company while taking in the gorgeous palm trees. 

For a relaxing stay, check out the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel. Here, dogs are welcome to stay at no additional cost, and the hotel provides things like a bed, waste bags, and treats. 

Huntington Beach’s pleasant weather makes it a great choice for year-round travel.

29. New York, NY

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Should you and your pooch crave an urban vacation environment, you can always make your way to the Big Apple. 

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do there, starting with the numerous dog parks located in and around the city. There are also tons of great dog-friendly restaurants and dog-friendly bars in New York City . We can’t forget about the walkable sites, either, including Central Park and Times Square.

Finding accommodations shouldn’t be difficult, as  your pooch is welcome at several local historic hotels, such as The Roxy . And spots like the Kimpton Muse Hotel roll out dog beds, bowls, and treats to help your dog feel right at home. 

New York City is best enjoyed during the spring, summer, and fall. Winters are bitterly cold, snowy, and packed with holiday travels that can turn your pupper trip into a hassle.

30. Edisto Island, SC

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For a private and scenic getaway, check out the quiet Edisto Island, full of seaside views and southern hospitality. 

If you have a water-loving pup, we’d recommend taking him for a romp around the off-leash dog beach, grassy area, and fenced-in run at James Island County Park. Then, after running, jumping, and playing all day,  relax and chow down on fresh seafood from the dog-friendly Flowers Sea Food . From there, you can wash it all down with a craft beer from Palmetto Brewing Company .

In terms of accommodations, we’d recommend booking a spot for you and your pooch at the dog-friendly Best Western . Just be sure to take a moment and enjoy  one of those gorgeous South Carolina sunsets at some point during your stay.  

Great weather makes Edisto Island an excellent place to visit year-round with your woofer.

31. Napa, CA

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Head to wine country with your woofer! Napa Valley is an endless source of natural-world wonder, where you can also enjoy great drinks alongside your furball. There are tons of dog-friendly wineries to choose from, so you can easily hop from oneto the next (but we’d recommend starting with the historic Regusci Winery ). 

If your pooch needs to release some energy, you can make your way to the fenced area of Alston Park for a quick game of fetch. Later, for a bite to eat, stop at the Napa General Store Restaurant to enjoy dinner by the river. 

There are plenty of dog-friendly AirBnBs and VRBO properties around Napa, but if you’d prefer a more traditional hotel experience, pups of all sizes are welcome to stay at the Napa River Inn for a small fee.

The best time to visit Napa is during the harvest, which runs from August to November. Just expect peak crowds. Looking to skip the crowds? Visit off-season, but plan accordingly, as some accommodations may not be up and running. 

32. Cleveland, OH

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C-town is a midwest artist hub that’s  full of dog-friendly spots for you to enjoy. 

For example, you and your dog can unwind at the famed Taps and Tails dog bar. With a fenced-in dog park and plenty of treats for pooches, your dog will adore stopping off here. Or, if you’re looking for a larger meal, your dog can accompany you to the delicious Luxe Kitchen or enjoy sunset views at the farm-to-table Lindey’s Lake House . 

Swanky suites at The Kimpton welcome dogs of all sizes with open arms. In addition to  designated pet relief areas, this hotel makes bowls, treats, and beds available at the front desk, in case your pooch needs anything during his stay. 

Cleveland’s midwestern location makes spring, summer, and fall visits ideal. Winter weather can make traveling to and from the city a real headache.

33. Sanibel Island, FL

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For a quaint east-coast beach vacation , check out Sanibel Island – a tucked away and picturesque island. From dawn to dusk, you and your furball can enjoy the Sanibel Dog Beach , which features a number of dog amenities, including a doggie shower for rinsing off sandy paws. 

Once you and your pupper have worked up an appetite, consider checking out Island Cow – a delicious, dog-friendly eatery with foods ranging from stuffed French toast and cow-a-bunga quesadillas. There are even dog-appropriate foods on the menu, so your pooch can enjoy an island bite. 

As for lodging, you and Spot can stay down by the shore at the dog-friendly Anchor Inn & Cottages , though there also reportedly a ton of  dog-friendly AirBnB and VRBO properties in the area too.

Sanibel Island is best to visit during the spring, summer, or fall with your pooch. Summers can be too humid for some pawrents and pups.

34. San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco is a mecca of muttastic activities , from visiting dog parks like Bernal Heights Park Off Leash Area and Fort Funston to kicking back with a cold one and your canine at a dog-friendly bar . Park Chalet is a fun stop for outdoor time and drinks with your doggo at your side, for example.

Stomach rumbling? No worries! San Francisco is home to heaps of dog-friendly restaurants , too. Brunch it up at Kitchen Story or dig into dinner at Pizzeria Delfina . Once you’re ready to settle in for the night, you’ll need a pup-welcoming hotel, and there are plenty in the city, including the Argonaut Hotel .

San Francisco is enjoyed year-round by visitors from around the world, though the best months to stop in are September, October, and November.

35. Cape May, NJ

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Cape May, New Jersey, offers the ultimate Jersey shore escape for you and your canine with its beautiful beaches, charming architecture, and nostalgic feel. The town isn’t as hoppin’ with hound-friendly activities as other stops on our list, but Cape May is home to a walkable promenade for relaxing Rover strolls and Cape May Point State Park for more remote excursions with your canine.

Pet-friendly accommodations in Cape May include the Marquis de Lafayette Oceanfront Hotel and the more laidback Sun Outdoors campground .

Visiting Cape May during the summer is a human’s favorite, but the local beaches don’t permit barkers during this stretch. If you’re after beach access with your pup, you’ll have to visit between November and March when the weather isn’t at its warmest.

36. San Antonio, TX

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San Antonio, Texas, offers loads of fun for you and your pawed travel buddy. From winding trails for hiking with your hound to shopping areas made for mutt exploration, this southern city has it all. Grab a bite in the dog-friendly seating area of Landry’s Seafood , or sip on something delicious with your pooch and make new two and four-legged friends at Hops and Hounds , an innovative bar-meets-dog-park.

If you’re more interested in unplugging with your pooch, head to Comanche Lookout Park or Government Canyon State Natural Area for a more rugged hike. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and keep your canine leashed.

Tired after a long day? Stay at a pup-friendly hotel, like The Westin Riverwalk or Crockett Hotel . Both are located in walkable areas perfect for exercising your floof before turning in for the night.

San Antonio summers sure can get stiflin’, so it’s best to visit this city in spring, fall, or winter.

37. Oklahoma City, OK

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Oklahoma City, OK, isn’t everyone’s first thought of a dog-friendly destination, but this cowboy corner of the country offers ample canine fun, too! One of the coolest places to visit within the city is the Myriad Botanical Gardens , with leashed Rovers permitted on the outside grounds as you take in the area’s beauty. Another awesome stop is the Bert Cooper Trail , a 9.1-mile paved path around Lake Hefner.

If you work up an appetite with your woofer, head to one of the city’s dog-friendly restaurants, including HunnyBunny Biscuit Co . More interested in a liquid lunch? Venture to an area pet-friendly bar or brewery like Roughtail Brewing Company .

Rest up at one of Oklahoma City’s dog-friendly accommodations, such as the Fordson Hotel or the Skirvin Hilton . Pet fees apply, and extra may be charged if your doggo damages anything or the room needs special cleaning after your stay.

Skip visiting the city during tornado season, which runs from April to June yearly.

One Other Possibility: The Dog-Friendly Staycation 

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Some pups might not enjoy life on the road, but that’s OK! You and your pooch can save some cash and opt for a dog-friendly staycation, instead!  

You can spend time at the dog park , go adventuring, set up an agility course , or whip up some DIY goodies for your furball. A staycation is an excellent opportunity to bond with your best buddy in new ways all from the comfort of your pooch palace. 

Things to Look for in a Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination 

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This list contains a bunch of dog-friendly vacation spots, but it isn’t exhaustive! Here are some of the key components you’ll want to look for when headed to a dog-friendly destination:

  • Are there dog-friendly facilities? Remember that not all hotels are dog-friendly . Some hotels will host  pets for free, others will charge a fee, and some may impose weight limitations or evaluate dogs on a case-by-case basis. Just be sure to do your homework before hitting the road.   
  • Does the destination have dog-related services available? Hopefully, you never have to use these services, but your destination should have a veterinarian and emergency pet hospital nearby in case something goes awry. You should also plan on finding a local sitter or boarding facility to watch over your dog if you plan on spending any time apart. 
  • Are there enough activities to keep your dog engaged? Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that your pup’s daily routine stops! He’ll need plenty of fun things to do! So, make sure you can keep up with  your dog’s normal routine and keep him entertained with various activities at your desired destination. 
  • Are there dog-friendly eateries or breweries in the area? We have a list of our favorite dog-friendly restaurant chains that allow pups to eat alongside you, but it’s always nice to see if there are local-specific options as well.

Vacationing with Your Dog: Comfort and Safety Tips 

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Are you set on hitting the road with your furry friend? Here are some important comfort and safety tips to keep on your radar:

  • Make sure your pooch is ready for a long trip. Try to build up to long travel with your dog gradually. Dogs may need practice in the car or staying in new places before committing to a long vacation in an unfamiliar environment. 
  • Plan out your route and incorporate your dog’s daily routine. Going to new places can be more challenging for some dogs than others, so you’ll need to be mindful of your mutt’s wellbeing. 
  • Double check that your dog is up to date on vaccinations. A pre-trip vet check is always wise to make sure your dog is ready for the road. This is not only a good idea for your dog’s well-being, but it is also necessary for some hotels, dog parks, and other attractions.   
  • Keep your dog safe in transit. If you’re road tripping with your dog , you need to make sure he’s secure and comfortable while traveling. Your pooch needs access to fresh water, and it’s essential to be mindful of sweltering temperatures when traveling in the hot summer months. Keep a doggie first aid kit and don’t forget to pack activities to keep Fido entertained. 
  • Be a good temporary neighbor. Your pooch needs to be on his best behavior while visiting other spots. Abide by the local leash laws, pick up your dog’s waste, and make sure your mutt has good manners before setting out. 

   

Vacationing with your dog can be a magical experience for you and your mutt. Enjoy exploring these beautiful dog-friendly vacation destinations! 

Do you travel with your dog? Which of these destinations is your favorite? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below! 

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The Most Dog-Friendly Vacations in the United States

By Matt Kirouac

The 11 Most DogFriendly Vacations in the United States From Maine to Texas

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.

Views of the beautiful Snowmass Village in Colorado

Snowmass, Colorado

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.

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Tucson, Arizona

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.

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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.

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Pensacola, Florida

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.

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Portland, Oregon

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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24 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations

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Traveling with your furry companion can be a rewarding experience, but it requires finding dog-friendly vacation destinations that welcome both you and your fur baby.

In this article, we’ll explore dog-friendly vacation spots in various regions, from the Western US to international destinations.

dog friendly travel destinations

1. Aspen, Colorado

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen offers a wealth of outdoor adventures for you and your dog. Hike the picturesque Maroon Bells or explore dog-friendly trails in the White River National Forest. Many local restaurants have pet-friendly patios, ensuring you can dine together in style.

2. San Diego, California

Known for its beautiful beaches, San Diego is a paradise for water-loving dogs. Del Mar Dog Beach and Fiesta Island’s off-leash park are popular spots. The city also boasts several dog-friendly breweries and eateries.

3. Bend, Oregon

Bend is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with numerous dog-friendly trails and parks. Take your dog on a scenic hike in Deschutes National Forest or enjoy a paddleboarding adventure together. Many hotels and vacation rentals are also pet-friendly.

4. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s red rock landscapes provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures with your dog. Hike the Bell Rock Trail or explore Oak Creek Canyon together. Many of Sedona’s shops and galleries are pet-friendly, too.

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5. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park allows dogs. The South Rim is the best location to bring your pooch.

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1. Austin, Texas

Austin’s vibrant culture extends to its four-legged residents. Visit the 360 Overlook for stunning city views or explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The city’s food truck scene includes options for both you and your pup.

2. Madison, Wisconsin

Madison offers plenty of pet-friendly parks and lakeside activities. Visit the off-leash Cherokee Marsh Dog Park or explore the scenic trails at Devil’s Lake State Park. The city’s pet-friendly accommodations make it easy to plan a getaway with your dog.

3. Chicago, Illinois

Take your dog on the trails along Lake Michigan and explore Navy Pier. Hang out on the patio with your pup at Paradise Park or the Empirical Brewery.

4 Grand Haven, Michigan

Stroll with your dog along Grand Haven City Beach. Do some shopping at the pet-friendly Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa.

5. Indianapolis, Indiana

The city has several outdoor dining spots that allow dogs. Explore the wide open spaces at White River State Park. 

Southern US

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1. Key West, Florida

Key West’s tropical paradise isn’t just for humans. The island features a dedicated dog beach at Higgs Beach, and many restaurants and bars allow dogs on their outdoor patios. Don’t miss the stunning sunsets at Mallory Square.

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston’s historic charm extends to its dog-friendly offerings. Take a stroll along The Battery or explore the dog-friendly beaches on nearby islands. You’ll find plenty of pet-friendly accommodations and dining options in this charming city.

3. Nashville, Tennessee

Known for its music scene, Nashville also welcomes dogs with open arms. Explore Centennial Park, visit the Radnor Lake State Park, or take your furry friend to the famous Love Circle for panoramic city views.

4. Asheville, North Carolina

There are numerous pet-friendly activities to be found in the town, such as strolling with your pup through any one of the many outdoor farmer’s markets. Trek the trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or explore the over 8000-acre Biltmore Estate.

5. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah’s cobblestone streets and historic charm make it an ideal pet-friendly destination. Stroll through Forsyth Park, explore River Street, and take a dog-friendly historic tour. Many local restaurants and accommodations welcome pets.

dog friendly travel destinations

1. Bar Harbor, Maine

Located near Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers an array of pet-friendly outdoor activities. Hike the park’s trails, take a scenic drive along Park Loop Road, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on Sand Beach with your dog.

2. Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid offers you and your dog a wealth of year-round outdoor activities. Hike the Adirondack High Peaks or paddle together on Mirror Lake. Several pet-friendly lodging options are available in this picturesque region.

3. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that travels through the Pocono Mountains is one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots.

4. Eastern Vermont

There are many places in Eastern Vermont you can enjoy with your pooch. One of the best is aptly called Dog Mountain, located in the town of St. Johnsbury, where you can let your dog off leash to enjoy trails, a pond, and a dog chapel.

International

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1. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver boasts stunning natural beauty and numerous dog-friendly attractions. Visit Stanley Park’s off-leash area, explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, or take a ferry to Granville Island, where dogs are welcome.

2. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s Mediterranean climate makes it an excellent destination for pet owners. Enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches, explore Parc de la Ciutadella, and dine at pet-friendly restaurants throughout the city.

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is known for its dog-friendly policies and welcoming atmosphere. Explore the city’s parks and waterfront areas, visit the off-leash dog park at Faelledparken, and enjoy pet-friendly dining options.

4. Tokyo, Japan

Japan is so dog-friendly that it honors six native dog breeds — called the Nihon Ken — which are designated as national monuments. Dog parks are abundant, and dogs are allowed in stores, hotels, and some restaurants. Some of the best parks include Yoyogi Park Dog Run, Honmoku Sancho Park, and Ueno Park.

5. Venice, Italy

Dogs are allowed to stroll the street with you and are allowed in many of the waterboats.

Final Thoughts

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These dog-friendly vacation spots offer a wide range of experiences for you and your canine companion. Whether you prefer outdoor adventures , cultural exploration, or relaxation by the beach, there’s a dog-friendly vacation destination waiting to be discovered. 

Be sure to check local regulations and accommodations for pet policies before planning your trip.

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10 best dog-friendly destinations to explore this summer

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Summer is officially here, which means it's time to unplug and embark on a new, exciting adventure.

Whether you're road-tripping , booking a flight or hopping on a train, why not bring your barking bestie along for the fun? It's time to flip the switch on "dog days of summer," get packed with your pup in tow and explore.

From the beaches and breweries of San Diego to the parks and pup-loving restaurants of Park City, Utah, here are some of our favorite dog-friendly destinations in the U.S.

California 

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San Diego is home to Liberty Station, a former naval station that now serves as the perfect spot to stroll and enjoy some quality time with your four-legged friend.

Additionally, Dog Beach — located at the west end of the San Diego River — has welcomed owners and their pooches for over 40 years. It sits close to several dog-friendly hot spots popular with locals, including the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier and Belching Beaver Brewery.

Where to stay

Hotel Indigo San Diego–Gaslamp Quarter : Known as the heart and soul of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is a one-stop shop for everything you could need, as it has a plethora of dining, entertainment and rooftop options.

This mid-tier IHG hotel welcomes dogs with pet beds, treats and an outdoor pet relief area. Best of all, there is no pet fee.

Rates start at $190 or 29,666 IHG One Rewards points per night.

Related: The best hotels in San Diego

Huntington Beach

The dog-friendly vibe of this California city lands Huntington Beach toward the top of our list. It is famous for Huntington Dog Beach, where dogs can run leash-free. Plus, there are annual dog-themed events like the monthly Wiener Dog Races at Old World Village, Corgi Beach Day in August and Surf City Surf Dog in September.

Of course, being the dog-friendliest destination means plenty of pet-welcoming cafes are available, too. Top picks include Fred's Mexican Cafe and Park Bench Cafe. Don't forget to stop for a special treat at Top Dog Barkery while in town.

Paséa Hotel & Spa : Conveniently located less than 2 miles from Huntington Dog Beach, this property is ideal for those interested in attending the city's dog-related events. Your tail-wagger can run laps at the 1,100-square-foot outdoor pup play area, where a doghouse that resembles a lifeguard station and a local artist-commissioned mural are some of the amenities available.

If you choose this property for you and your furry friend, opt for the VIP Paw-séa Package, which comes fully loaded with a doggy meal, toys and leashes, a bed and waived pet fees (which otherwise cost $150 per stay). The package starts at $450 per night.

Rates start at $364 per night (without the package).

Palm Springs

Follow the markers down Bear Creek Nature Trail, a path in the greater Palm Springs area that highlights native plants and wildlife, while shade structures and drinking fountains provide comfortable pit stops. Then, recharge with a java at Koffi Coffee before running around at Palm Springs Dog Park and hiking the trails at Mission Creek Preserve.

If you and your pooch are looking for a more mellow way to enjoy Palm Springs, curate a pup picnic with stunning views of the Salton Sea along the Coachella Valley. Also save time for a nice drive out to Joshua Tree National Park, where desert plants and towering rock formations create an otherworldly scene ripe for exploration.

La Quinta Resort & Club : This is a great desert stay for your pooch.

Located in the greater Palm Springs area, this sprawling Hilton-affiliated property offers the Paws La Quinta Canine Experience to all guests with pets. It includes amenities like food bowls and a dog bed inside the dog-friendly casitas, plus access to 45 acres of grounds with dog-friendly trails and relief stations. Pet fees are $150 per stay.

Rates start at $268 or 78,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: World's top pet-friendly Hilton hotels for animal lovers

At Lake Tahoe , Kiva Beach offers an idyllic snapshot of Tahoe's charm, which is great to share with your barking bud. While the shore and water are leash-required spots, you'll find plenty of pups cooling off in the shallows or lounging on land. For more beach fun, there are also Zephyr Cove (where well-behaved dogs are welcome) and Skylandia State Park & Beach (the place to go if you want to beat the crowds).

To enjoy an adventure together, use the Echo Lake water taxi to move from point A to point B, taking in the stunning scenery as you go. Or, to burn off some energy, discover the off-leash trails along Carson Pass and the Mokelumne Wilderness.

Coachman Hotel : At this renovated motel nestled between the vistas of Heavenly Mountain and Lake Tahoe, you can cozy up around the fire pit with your upper.

While the property permits pets, note that only select rooms are dog-friendly, so you'll want to be sure to request the appropriate accommodation when booking your stay. All guests with dogs will need to pay a pet fee of $50 per day.

Rates start at $151 per night.

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The Mile High City is known for welcoming pups with open arms at its many breweries, cafes and restaurants, all of which have plenty of outdoor seating.

Dog park options are endless, from Railyard Dog Park in LoDo to Fuller Dog Park in Five Points. Don't miss Cherry Creek State Park in nearby Aurora; it offers a 107-acre fenced area for unlimited off-leash play.

Denver is also known for its abundance of parks — like Washington Park and Cheesman Park — so you can enjoy lots of scenic, active walks before grabbing a bite to eat at a local spot like Denver Biscuit Company or Postino LoHi. Know that you'll never have to do happy hour alone thanks to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Recess Beer Garden and many other watering holes allowing pups.

Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver : Centrally located in downtown Denver, this Hyatt outpost is a great option for dog owners, as pet amenities like dog bowls are available upon request and several guest facilities welcome dogs.

During your stay, you and your four-legged member of the family can take in the beautiful Denver skyline, stunning sunsets and impressive mountain views from the hotel's dog-friendly rooftop terrace. Additionally, as if the scent of fresh popcorn at check-in wasn't tempting enough, there's the farm-to-table lobby restaurant, Apple Blossom, which invites pups to join their companions for all meals and happy hours in the bar and lounge area.

Rates start at $379 or 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Related: The best Denver hotels to experience when staying in the Mile High City

As you might imagine, Aspen offers countless parks, trails and streams for pup-friendly playtime alongside unparalleled mountain views.

Play Frisbee and fetch at Aspen's Wagner Park, Paepcke Park and Rio Grande Park, or go for a dip in the Roaring Fork River. For an adrenaline rush, take an adventurous ride up the Silver Queen Gondola (look for the cabins marked with paw prints!) and pose for postcard-worthy photos at the top of Aspen Mountain before hiking back down.

When your furry pal needs some sustenance and goodies, score tasty treats, plush dog beds and fun toys — along with a self-service dog wash for those dirty paws — at Rocky Mountain Pet Shop. Then, head to the posh Hotel Jerome, which is fur baby-friendly at the outdoor Garden restaurant and inside the cozy Living Room bar, for locally sourced fare and a cocktail. If you're craving something more casual, like a cold beer, check out Aspen Tap House's pup-friendly patio.

Aspen Meadows Resort : A Bauhaus-inspired hideaway just a few minutes outside the center of town, this lush oasis offers a 40-acre campus with never-ending dog-friendly walks, trails and swimming — with some off-leash options. You can get lost in nature for days within Aspen Meadows without ever leaving the grounds.

Those with pets will be charged a fee of $25 per night, per dog. While you can bring more than one dog, know that there's a two-dog maximum per room.

I Prefer member rates start at $439 per night.

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St. Augustine

Outside of the obvious Florida hot spots, consider stopping at the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, when road-tripping through Florida.

To start, there are more than 40 miles of dog-friendly beaches — St. Augustine Beach is a great place to play fetch in the sand. Plus, pet-friendly tourist attractions — including the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where peacocks roam and your pup can take a slurp from the famous fountain — abound. Don't miss the Oldest Wooden School House and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum, both of which offer pet-friendly tours.

Dogs cannot enter historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, but that doesn't mean you should skip this iconic sight. You can set up a picnic on the fort's lawn and then grab a glass of vino together on the rooftop at San Sebastian Winery.

Casa Monica Resort & Spa : This Autograph Collection hotel sits in the heart of town, making it ideal for sightseeing and walks in areas full of old-world charm.

Check into the townhouse-style Anastasia suite for ample space to stretch out. When you're ready to venture outside your digs, stop for bites and sips in the dog-friendly lounge, stroll the on-site art gallery and soak up some rays together on the pool deck. Keep in mind that there are a few policies that apply for guests with dogs, including a two-dog maximum per room, a 40-pound weight limit and a $150 pet fee per stay.

Rates start at $349 or 287,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Related: Top pet-friendly Marriott hotels for animal lovers

South Florida

From West Palm Beach to the iconic Magic City, there's plenty of dog-friendly fun available in bustling South Florida.

Upgrade from dog park to dog beach at Jupiter Dog Beach (the only free dog beach in the Palm Beaches), or cruise over to Bark Park Dog Beach at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton for sandy paws and sunshine for a fee ($15 per dog for a non-resident weekend pass). From popular Clematis Street in West Palm Beach to action-packed Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to posh-for-pooch Mizner Park in Boca Raton, there's an array of dog-friendly spots to hit up while visiting the Sunshine State.

If you wish to see more of the area, head south to Fort Lauderdale, where pups and their humans can enjoy scenic, sun-kissed walks at sunrise and sunset. Stroll the shops along lively Las Olas Boulevard, where you'll find plenty of dog-friendly patio seating at cafes, restaurants and bars (try waterfront Casa Sensei or the iconic Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar).

Continue on to Miami to peruse the famous, luxurious Bal Harbour Shops, where dogs are welcome to join you on the patio for high-end dining, as well as inside designer boutiques like Chanel and Ferragamo. A stop at nearby Haulover Park Beach is also a must before venturing over to the mainland for fun in Miami's Design District and mural-hopping in Wynwood.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa : Along with endless ocean views, your pup will appreciate the designated dog bed (bowls come, too) and the soothing balcony egg swing available at this luxe beach retreat. We're particularly fond of the free dog teepees and strollers provided for bringing your furry friend to the pool deck for an afternoon of sun and fun.

Dog stays here are complimentary, though note that there's a 50-pound weight limit and only two dogs are permitted per room. In addition to the aforementioned beds and bowls, guests with dogs can request loaner bandanas to use during their stays.

I Prefer member rates start at $479 per night.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel : When checking into this Loews hotel, which charges a pet fee of $50 per stay, you and your furry companion are enrolled in the property's Loews Loves Pets program, which includes a "Pet-in-Room" sign, food and water bowls, a pet placemat, collars, leashes, waste bags and more. Plus, there's a gourmet room service menu to enjoy when you're not trying out the hotel's recommendations for dog-friendly restaurants and cafes (we personally love the dog-friendly patio at the on-site Bar Collins).

For walks, a designated dog park is conveniently located in front of the hotel for quick and easy potty stops. However, the real highlight is the hotel's easy access to Miami Beach's boardwalk, where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset strolls along the lively South Beach strip.

Rates start at $350 per night, plus a $32 daily resort fee.

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Virginia is also for dog lovers, especially those who enjoy time imbibing — there are loads of dog-friendly breweries, wineries and distilleries. Some of the dog-friendliest destinations to bookmark include Loudoun County, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Middleburg.

When it comes to the great outdoors, don't skip out on walks and hikes to Hazel Mountain, Hungry Mother State Park, Hawksbill Mountain, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve and Newport News Park, home to Fido Field Dog Park.

Salamander Middleburg Resort : A timeless getaway in historic Middleburg that's steeped in equestrian roots, this upscale resort sits among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains and is easily accessible by way of Washington, D.C.

As a guest of the resort, your leashed fur child can stroll the expansive grounds, which are easily accessible via designated terrace-level rooms. In-room amenities include a cozy bed, food and water bowls, organic dog treats, a special toy and pet waste bags. The pet fee is $150 per stay.

I Prefer member rates start at $737 per night.

Newport, Rhode Island

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How about a "Rhode" trip to New England to explore Newport?

Take a stroll along the Cliff Walk for incredible views of the city, or visit dog-friendly state parks like Brenton Point and Fort Adams. Less than an hour away, Providence has its own paw-some features, including ample dog parks and pup-friendly breweries.

The Vanderbilt : For doggos looking to vacation in the lap of luxury, book a stay at this boutique Newport hotel. Set in a 1909 mansion, this charming property has stylish yet modern rooms and suites in a coastal blue color scheme.

Fur babies weighing up to 75 pounds are welcome at this member of the Auberge Resorts family. The $150 pet fee includes several dog amenities, such as beds, bowls and loads of treats.

Rates start at $1,149 per night. While Auberge-affiliated properties do not take points, you can transfer points from the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and the American Express Travel Portal when booking.

Park City, Utah

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Park City (aka "Bark City") offers plenty of daily doggy excursions, walking trails, hikes and paddleboarding opportunities in scenic spots like Empire Pass, Guardsman Pass, Lackawaxen Lake, Armstrong Trail and Round Valley. Willow Creek Dog Park, in particular, provides more than 2 acres of fenced grass for your pooch to run around, as well as a pond, an agility course with views of the Canyons side of Park City Mountain and sheltered areas for owner relaxation.

When you and your pal need to satisfy grumbling stomachs, check out the numerous pup-loving restaurants, bars and shops along Main Street. Many owners love to hand out treats, so your pup is sure to find something tasty to munch on.

Waldorf Astoria Park City : Just steps from the Frostwood Gondola for all-day mountain fun, this Waldorf Astoria offers a mix of rooms, suites and two-story residences.

Unparalleled mountain views await, as do cozy fireplace vibes and a helping of canine luxury. There's an in-room welcome amenity with bowls and a monogrammed bed for dogs, though keep in mind that a $100 pet fee per stay applies. You may even spot other furry friends out and about during your stay thanks to the hotel's partnership with Nuzzles & Co., a local no-kill shelter that regularly brings dogs to the property for walks.

Rates start at $470 or 90,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: The best Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts in the world

Asheville, North Carolina

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Start with the incredibly scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway when visiting Asheville. You'll find plenty of great stops with mountain backdrops for those pup-clad photo-ops, as well as great hiking trails, like Craggy Gardens.

Dogs are invited to enjoy the grounds of the historic Biltmore estate, which includes expansive, lush gardens and trails. While they are not permitted inside any of the property's buildings (including the famous house), they can join on certain patios. There are outdoor kennel rental options on-site, too, but be mindful of warm summer temperatures and leaving them unsupervised.

Beyond the Biltmore, Asheville is particularly great for dogs due to its walkability. Numerous shops and restaurants are available in neighborhoods like downtown, the River Arts District, West Asheville and Biltmore Park, so you can spend hours strolling the town's streets.

The Foundry Hotel Asheville : Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, this dog-friendly Curio Collection property is ideal for city center strolls, dining and brewery visits with your pooch.

Take advantage of the Pup-arazzi Adventure Package during your stay. It includes doggy goodies, a furry friend photo shoot and DIY dog bath vouchers from nearby Patton Avenue Pet Company, among other amenities. Know, though, that unlike most hotel pet packages, this one does not include overnight accommodations or the $150 per pet, per stay pet charge in its $460 fee.

Rates start at about $183 or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park : For a dog-friendly stay that's about 10 miles outside the city hustle, try this Hilton located in Biltmore Park Town Square. Full of shops, dining spots and even a Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming outpost, this property offers a nice respite if you're looking for a quieter retreat.

Pets up to 75 pounds are welcome to stay here. If you plan on bringing your dog, factor in the $75 per stay pet fee into your trip expenses.

Rates start at $162 or 47,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: The best Hilton hotels in the US, from luxury to budget stays

Charleston, South Carolina

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It's only fitting that dogs are more than welcome in Charleston, which is widely considered one of the friendliest cities in the U.S.

Join Bulldog Tours for a historic two-hour walk along the city's iconic cobblestone streets and through its hidden alleys. Then, take a walk along the grounds of Drayton Hall, which has 125 acres of gardens, greenery and riverbanks, before stopping by Charleston Tea Plantation for a dog-friendly stroll around the grounds.

To enjoy the waterside scenery, head to Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Sullivan's Island or Isle of Palms. Also check out the lively, famed Waterfront Park, which offers endless harbor views, the iconic Pineapple Fountain and an easy path to East Bay Dog Park.

Hotel Bennett : Charlestonian heritage meets European delight at this charming hotel on lively King Street, where two dogs weighing up to 25 pounds each are welcome for a $200 cleaning fee per stay.

Enjoy upscale dining with your doggo on the patios of two of the on-site restaurants, Gabrielle and La Pâtisserie. Be sure to take advantage of the Preferred Hotels-affiliated property's dog-friendly amenities, too, which include dog bowls, beds, biscuits and a dog-friendly walking route upon request, along with dog-sitting referrals.

I Prefer member rates start at $500 per night.

The Vendue : Charleston's two-building art hotel has an award-winning rooftop lounge with sweeping views. It's conveniently located steps from Waterfront Park, which offers scenic walks with views overlooking Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River, and dog-friendly dining options are around every turn.

No weight or breed restrictions apply here, but note that there is a one-time pet fee of $95 per stay.

Rates start at $369 per night.

Portland, Oregon

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Portland is known for its commitment to dog-friendliness.

Let's begin with pet-welcoming breweries. The McMenamins company is known for its collection of more than 20 brewpubs, many of which offer sidewalk seating for pets — try Tavern & Pool, White Eagle Saloon & Hotel and Hal's Café (formerly Zeus Café) at the Crystal Hotel to start, as well as Gigantic Brewing Company in southeast Portland and Breakside Brewery and Migration Brewing in northeast Portland.

Should you crave one more brew, take a field trip to Cycle Dog Tavern and Dog Park to enjoy a pour while shopping for doggy goods made from recycled materials. There's also great mural browsing available in the Alberta Arts District, as well as plenty of shops and restaurants to discover along historic Mississippi Avenue.

Of course, there's a never-ending list of parks to bookmark, too, including Wallace Park, Gabriel Park and Delta Park. Remember to also check out the trails at Powell Butte Nature Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland : With great walkability to Nob Hill, this Hyatt Centric makes it possible to stay with your pup in the heart of downtown while enjoying stunning views in every direction from oversized windows.

The urban-chic hotel, which showcases an updated twist on Pacific Northwest design (think: cozy plaid rugs, two-toned curtains and eye-catching wood details on the walls), welcomes dogs that weigh up to 50 pounds. A $100 per stay pet fee applies for visits lasting up to seven nights.

Rates start at $154 or 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland : This historic hotel is committed to "keeping it weird" for you and Spot during your stay.

At no extra cost, your pup can enjoy complementary goodies, ranging from dog food and water bowls to plush mats and door hangers — there's even a doggy greeting at check-in. Plus, dogs are welcome at the nightly happy hour in the hotel's living room.

Rates start at $164 or 34,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

Related: Top IHG pet-friendly hotels for animal lovers

Greenwich, Connecticut 

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Ever wanted to BYO pup to the polo match? In Greenwich, you can bring Fido to the Greenwich Polo Club and then mosey around dog-friendly Greenwich Avenue for good shopping and great outdoor eats at places like Happy Monkey from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Next, get lost in the wild together via some off-the-beaten-path exploring in Mianus River Park, or take advantage of a more leisurely visit and throw the Frisbee around at Bruce Park or Binney Park.

The J House Greenwich : Check into this charming boutique hotel in Greenwich's Riverside neighborhood for high-tech guest rooms and a rejuvenating spa.

Dogs are welcome so long as they weigh under 50 pounds. They are permitted in a block of designated pet-friendly rooms, which are subject to availability and must be booked in advance, for a fee of $65 per night.

Rates start at $299 per night.

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The 32 best dog-friendly beaches in the u.s..

Head to the beach for an unforgettable time with your four-legged friend.

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You and your pet will have a doggone good time at one of these dog-friendly beaches.

White sand of Carmel Beach at sunset in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Carmel Beach: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Dog with a water bowl on a porch at Cisco Beach in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Cisco Beach: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Juno Pier in Florida at sunset.

Jupiter Dog Beach: Jupiter, Florida

Two red chairs with a dog sitting in one of them at the beach.

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Willard Beach: South Portland, Maine

Dog running at Cannon Beach in Oregon.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Silhouette of a dog on the beach at sunset.

Kiptopeke State Park: Cape Charles, Virginia

Dog carrying a toy at Huntington Dog Beach in California.

Huntington Dog Beach: Huntington Beach, California

Dogs playing at Brohard Beach in Sarasota County, Florida.

(Eddie Kirsch | Courtesy of Visit Sarasota County)

Brohard Beach: Venice, Florida

Small trees and plants at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Island Beach State Park: Seaside Park, New Jersey

Three dogs sitting at a table in Florida.

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Fort De Soto Park: St. Petersburg, Florida

Dog under pier at beach.

Crystal Coast, North Carolina

Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington, at sunset.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Green Hillside at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.

Fort Funston: San Francisco

Dog catching a toy on Dog Beach at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Dog Beach at Pier Park: Panama City Beach, Florida

Sun shining over Coligny Beach Park at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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Coligny Beach Park: Hilton Head, South Carolina

Water at Keewaydin Island, Florida, under blue skies.

Keewaydin Island, Florida

Driftwood on Jekyll Island, Georgia, at sunset.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Pismo State Beach and Pier in California at sunset.

Pismo State Beach and Pier: Pismo Beach, California

Dog on a beach in St. Augustine, Florida, with a pier behind it.

St. Augustine, Florida

South Padre Island, Texas, under pink sunset skies.

South Padre Island, Texas

Staircase Beach in Malibu, California.

Staircase Beach: Malibu, California

Grasses and sand of Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts.

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

A person with two dogs along beach in Santa Cruz, California, at sunset.

Its Beach: Santa Cruz, California

Sand dunes and grasses at beach in in Montauk, New York.

Camp Hero State Park: Montauk, New York

Aerial of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at sunset.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A dog runs after a stick through the shallows of Lake Tahoe.

Kiva Beach: South Lake Tahoe, California

Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut, at sunset.

Compo Beach: Westport, Connecticut

Wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

A dog holds a tennis ball in his mouth in the water at the beach.

Tannery Beach: Boyne City, Michigan

Arroyo Burro Beach County Park in Santa Barbara, California, at sunrise.

Arroyo Burro Beach County Park: Santa Barbara, California

Golden Retriever dogs playing along the shoreline in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

Dewey Beach, Delaware

Pier at Pensacola Beach in Florida.

Pensacola Beach: Pensacola, Florida

Two dogs running through the water on a beach.

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14 Best Dog-Friendly Vacations in the United States

Written by Lavanya Sunkara and Becca Blond Updated May 11, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Your vacation is going to be exponentially better when you bring your dogs along, and thankfully there are plenty of dog-friendly destinations in the United States to visit.

Dogs enjoying the beach in San Diego

From frolicking on the golden beaches of San Diego and Florida to hiking the mountains of Oregon, Maine, and North Carolina, your dogs will have endless fun on the road with you. Cities embrace canines, offer doggie spas and off-leash parks , and welcome them into stores and alfresco restaurants.

To see the look of contentment as they traverse hills with their tails wagging, run off-leash on a pristine beach with their ears flopping, or savor the last bits of ice cream at a roadside shop is worth every moment spent planning your dog-friendly vacation.

Whether you are road-tripping or flying with Fido for a fun getaway, there are beautiful landscapes and dog-friendly urban centers across the country to choose from. Book yourself a pet-friendly hotel , pack your pet's food, favorite toys, vaccination records, and travel gear, and you are all set for a trip of a lifetime.

If you are driving, restrain your dog with a harness seatbelt (it's illegal to drive with an unrestrained dog in some states). For your air journeys, check airline regulations and get the proper carrier, along with a comfortable mat and enough water for the duration of the flight.

For ideas on where to go with your furry friend, read our list of the best dog-friendly vacations in the United States.

1. Bend, Oregon

2. sedona, arizona, 3. bar harbor, maine, 4. lake placid, new york, 5. kanab, utah, 6. austin, texas, 7. san diego, california, 8. asheville, north carolina, 9. long island, new york, 10. colorado springs, colorado, 11. portland, oregon, 12. tampa, florida, 13. seattle, washington, 14. san francisco, california, tips for traveling with your dog, map of dog-friendly vacations in the united states.

Puppy getting a winter cuddle in Bend, Oregon

Highlight: Bend has 13 off-leash areas for dogs to play, plus hiking trails and a river for swimming

Outdoor lovers will be in heaven in Bend, Oregon, the city on the Deschutes River surrounded by National Forests, alpine lakes, and extinct volcanoes.

Legend has it that Bend has the highest per capita dog population in the world , with an estimated 49 percent of residents owning dogs. The scenic Central Oregon city boasts 51 miles of trails within its limits, 13 off-leash areas for your best friend to roam around in, and hiking trails in the lush forests.

Take your pup on a refreshing walk on the Deschutes River Trail or the Farewell Bend Park path. If Fido needs to cool off, there are plenty of opportunities to jump in the water for a swim. Or you can rent a canoe from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe.

For serious hikers, Deschutes National Forest has many trails along Douglas firs, including the fan favorite of North Fork Trail . And in the winter, you can make snow angels with your pooch on cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at Wanoga, Edison, and Kapka Sno-Parks.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Bend, OR

Dog by the river in Sedona with Cathedral Rock in the distance

Highlights : Doggos love playing amid a red rock backdrop in Slide Rock State Park or hopping on a pup-friendly trolley tour.

Get some incredible shots of your four-legged friend against the backdrop of red rock country in Sedona, Arizona.

Active dogs will love venturing into Slide Rock State Park , a 43-acre park in Oak Creek Canyon located just outside the city or Coconino National Forest , known for iconic red rocks, Ponderosa Pine Forests, and alpine tundra. Many of Sedona's best hiking trails are suitable for dogs.

You can also sign up for pet-friendly tours, which offer backpacking, camping trips, and visits to Indian ruin sites. Pooch-friendly Red Rock Magic Trolley Tours also offers tours such as Boynton Canyon Tour and Bell Rock Tour. Reward your pooch after all that adventuring with a delicious treat at the Whiskers Barkery at Sinagua Plaza.

Those looking to stay within the city limits can make an afternoon out of a visit to Sedona Dog Park , the city's first and only dog park, featuring wonderful views and separate areas for small, large, and senior dogs. It even has a large natural area for traipsing off-leash.

Several hotels in Sedona offer pet-friendly accommodations. Many campgrounds in and around Sedona also welcome pets.

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Acadia National Park

Highlights : One of the country's most dog-friendly national parks, Acadia, is here; it's home to 120 miles of hiking trails that woofers are welcome on.

Maine's Bar Harbor is within a short driving distance to Acadia National Park , a 47,000-acre wilderness area on Mount Desert Island with 120 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails along the scenic glacier-sculpted coast.

Acadia is one of the most pet-friendly national parks in the country , with most of its hiking trails (with the exception of those that involve ladders) and carriage roads open to four-legged explorers.

Drive the Scenic Park Loop Road to Cadillac Mountain summit road, stopping along the way at lookout points for pictures and potty breaks for your pups. Pets are also welcome on the shuttles that take you to scenic vistas throughout the park.

The seaside New England city allows dogs on its buses, making it easier to get around if you don't have your own transportation. Even better, Bar Harbor has outfitters like the Downeast Windjammer that allow you to bring your pets on a boat cruise around Frenchman Bay . There's also no shortage of dog-friendly eateries in downtown Bar Harbor.

  • Read More: Acadia National Park: Top Hikes & Things to Do

Lake Placid in autumn

Highlight : Dogs love strolling the 2.7-mile paved trail around Mirror Lake

Located a five-hour drive from New York City in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is a quintessential romantic getaway. Bring your four-legged friend along and make memories along the lake's beaches and at luxury lodges like the Lake Placid Lodge .

Lake Placid is an all-around outdoor destination, where you can go skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing all in just one trip. A must-do is a stroll along Mirror Lake on a 2.7-mile paved trail for lovely views and fresh air. Located on the west side of the lake, the path has some shops that welcome dogs .

If Rover likes riding in the car, take a drive up to Whiteface Mountain along the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway (open only in the summer), stopping along the way for some Instagram-worthy pictures with stunning backdrops.

After all that exploring, take a break with a relaxing stroll on Main Street, stopping by Lisa G's for classic American dishes.

  • Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in the Adirondacks

Happy dog on a trail in Southern Utah

Highlight : Staying at the pet-friendly Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, which has an onsite dog park and splash zone

Kanab is a small town located in Southwestern Utah bordering Arizona, but the main attraction here is the Best Friends Animal Society's sanctuary , the largest no-kill companion animal shelter in the country. Spread across 3,700 acres, the sanctuary houses adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies, farm animals, horses, and orphaned and injured wild animals.

Best Friends has shelters all across the country, but the main location is a must-see, where animal lovers can spend time with adoptable animals and volunteer to clean kennels and socialize with and train the pets. If you've left your dog at home, you can borrow one to have a sleepover within your hotel room or in one of the on-site cottages (as long as you dedicate a few hours to volunteer during your stay).

Best Friends' new pet-centric hotel, Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile , located five miles from the sanctuary, has 40 guest rooms featuring pet introduction doors, elevated furnishings, and areas with pet mattresses. The premises include a fenced-in dog park , splash zone, and a pet washing station . It also offers pet-sitting and dog-walking services, as well as sanctuary tours.

Dog in a cafe in Austin

Highlight : Booking a session at Austin Doga, where you and your pup do yoga together

When traveling to one of the best dog-friendly cities in the country, expect nothing less than the best, from restaurants that roll out the red carpet to green spaces right in the middle of downtown for your dog to romp around in.

Go on a thrilling hike or a bike ride on the 10-mile trail and boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake . If you've got your water-loving retriever, rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard for a relaxing time on the lake.

The Texas State Capitol building's lawn is open to pets, and so are dozens of restaurants, including the aptly named Austin Terrier, serving dog-named sandwiches and pizzas, and Kerbey Lane Café serving delicious brunch all day at seven locations.

Austin also gives new meaning to the word downward dog with its unique offering of Austin Doga . That's right, you can now do your asanas with your faithful pet by your side. The studio offers group and solo lessons and even helps you organize a party for your dog.

A short drive from the city center, you and your active pup can explore the woods and check out the waterfalls at the Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve , often referred to simply as the Greenbelt.

Nearby, at the Barton Creek Farmers Market, support local farmers and vendors, some of whom sell dog food and accessories. Meet like-minded folks at the Red Bud Isle lakefront off-leash dog park , and have a lovely time swimming in the lake and enjoying scenic views.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Austin & Easy Day Trips

Dog Beach in Del Mar, CA

Highlights : Surfing doggos dig San Diego — it has great waves year-round and the country's largest dog surfing competition each July

Sunshine, surf, and miles of sandy shoreline make San Diego an ideal destination for your beach vacation with your sidekick. Delight in picture-perfect vistas along the cliff-lined coasts of La Jolla and Del Mar communities and choose a different beach every day, from Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park, Ocean Beach, and Dog Beach among many others.

If you are visiting in July, don't miss the Unleashed Surf Dog competition at Imperial Beach, the largest dog surfing competition in the nation. When you've had your fun on the beaches , head to the dog parks at Balboa Park to socialize with other pets and their owners.

The prominent Cowles Mountain , located within the city of San Diego, has a hiking trail to the summit where you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city and the ocean beyond; of course, your pet will just love being with you and sniffing all the scents along the way.

Other popular dog-friendly activities in this SoCal city include walking the streets of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and shopping at the open-air Westfield UTC Center . Sports lovers can head to Petco Park's Barkyard , a private area for pet owners in the left-center field.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in San Diego

Hooker Falls near Asheville with fall colors

Highlights : Lots of luxe dog-friendly hotels and hiking trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains

Set aside time in autumn to see colorful foliage in Asheville's countryside with your favorite family member. This North Carolina bohemian city has abundant opportunities to experience the great outdoors with your dog. Take in serene mountain views on a leisurely drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway and choose from hiking trails in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains and national forests.

Stay in luxurious pet-friendly hotels and walk the grounds of top attractions like the Biltmore Estate , North Carolina Arboretum , and the French Broad River Park . The River Park has a winding, shaded path along the river; a wildflower garden; and a well-visited, fenced-in dog park. The Biltmore Estate provides kennels, so you can browse the interiors.

  • Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit in Asheville

A Weimaraner along a New York hiking trail in autumn

Highlight : Bougie dogs love hanging out in the Hamptons, home to mansions and dog-friendly beaches

While New York City's Central Park is a haven for dogs, the larger playground just an hour drive from the city lies in Long Island. The U.S. mainland's largest island has beaches , Gold Coast mansions, hiking trails, and, of course, the famed Hamptons .

Bring your nature-loving pet on hikes at Sagamore National Historic Site, Sands Point Preserve, Gardiner County Park, Belmont Lake State Park, and Sunken Meadow State Park among others. Drive out to the Hamptons' and Montauk 's dog-friendly beaches in the South Fork or visit pumpkin patches and lavender fields in the North Fork.

Take the ferry from Patchogue to the Watch Hill campgrounds on Fire Island National Seashore and watch the fireworks go off across the length of Long Island during July 4th festivities. The landscaped gardens of Old Westbury Gardens become available to pets twice yearly during Dog Days, so you and your pets can smell the flowers and make memories. Walk the Nautical Mile in Freeport, stopping by to get ice cream at Ralph's Italian Ices and food at various dog-friendly establishments.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do on Long Island, NY

Garden of The Gods

Highlight : Grabbing a bite at Pub Dog Colorado, where humans are fed out of dog bowls and dogs have their own menu

Colorado Springs is home to the first and only restaurant in Colorado that allows dogs to dine inside with their people.

Pub Dog Colorado has indoor seating, as well as a 3,000-square-foot off-leash outdoor area where pups can socialize. The menu caters to humans and canines with separate sections. Your dog will get a kick out of the fact that the human entrees are served in dog bowls.

Located at the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is also an outdoor paradise for pups. You can take your doggo hiking amid the famous red rocks of Garden of the Gods park, which has more than 20 miles of hiking trails. If your pup likes car rides, take him on a drive to the summit of 14,000-plus-foot-high Pikes Peak for some different scents.

The city is also home to a number of dog-friendly hotels and resorts, from the five-star The Broadmoor to the recently opened, boutique Kinship Landing .

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Colorado Springs, CO

Aerial view of downtown Portland, Oregon

Highlight: Pups love Portland, which has walking trails, swimming rivers, and dog-friendly dining options

With more dog parks per capita than any other U.S. city, Portland is another great place for a dog-friendly vacation. If your pup loves to swim, you'll want to head to Sellwood Riverfront Park , with plenty of opportunities to splash around. For more sedate strolls with less muddy paws check out Forest Park , where there are miles of walking paths for leashed doggos to sniff around on.

If your dog enjoys social media photoshoots, you can take her to the International Rose Test Garden . It is home to more than 10,000 rose bushes that make for gorgeous photo backdrops along with walking trails.

Afterwards grab a bite at the Tin Shed Garden Cafe . There is a menu for pups, with chicken and beef entrees served over rice or sweet potatoes and even peanut butter banana ice cream for canines with a sweet tooth.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Portland, Oregon

Downtown Tampa

Highlight: Picnic Island Beach Dog Park, where your pup can frolic on the sand or go for a swim in the ocean

With warm temps year-round and pretty beaches, Tampa is where to take an ocean-loving dog. Picnic Island Beach Dog Park offers the best of both worlds for pups that like to socialize. The beach here is off-leash, and the water is shallow enough for less confident swimmers to still have fun.

After a day at the beach, enjoy a relaxing sunset boat cruise to the barrier islands south of Pass-A-Grill. The dog-friendly Shell Key Shuttle Sunset Cruises last 1.5 hours, and reservations are required. Dogs must be vaccinated for rabies, Bordetella, and distemper.

By this point, your pup has probably worked up quite an appetite. Luckily Square 1 Burgers serves a dog menu along with a human one. Dogs can enjoy chicken patties and steamed broccoli with a side of ice water.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Tampa, FL

Couple walking their dog in Seattle

Highlight: Having a pup cup at the original Starbucks

Does your dog always beg you for a Pup Cup from Starbucks? Then he will want to visit Seattle, which is home to the coffee brand and its very popular Puppuccino. Overall, Seattle is a very dog-friendly vacation spot.

The Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Dog Area is not far from downtown and is a great sniff spot for local and visiting canines alike. The 8.6-acre park is fully fenced for worry-free play. Afterwards head to the Seattle Barkery for all sorts of handmade treats.

If your dog has always wanted to fly, Kenmore Air is a seaplane company that runs pet-friendly tours.

Read More: Best Attractions & Places to Visit in Seattle, WA

Collie on Baker Beach

Highlights : Canines that enjoy swimming will love all the dog-friendly beaches; walking across Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is another one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots in the United States. The city has dog-friendly beaches, as well as attractions. Baker Beach is a popular spot for canines to run off leash in the sand and frolic in the waves – look for other dogs before letting your pup run free, however, as only stretches of this beach are off-leash. Golden Gate Park is also in the vicinity and also has an off-leash section.

Canines that enjoy walking will love crossing the Golden Gate Bridge . Its walkway becomes dog-friendly between 5pm and dusk daily. Other attractions for doggos include exploring the Embarcadero , Fisherman's Wharf , and checking out the handmade dog pastries at Le Marcel.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in San Francisco

If your dog isn't used to traveling, you'll want to do some advance prepping. If you are taking a road trip, one top tip is to make sure your dog is comfortable riding in the car for longer periods of time.

If your doggo gets car sick, for instance, put him in a plastic crate with solid walls so he can't look out the car windows. Also, avoid feeding your dog before a long car ride if car sickness is an issue. You can also ask your vet about medication to help with motion sickness.

Before arriving at a hotel, check its policies regarding pets. Many hotels charge pet fees, but some, like the Kimpton brand, do not. Also, check the resort's policy on leaving dogs unattended in the room.

Another tip is to bring some favorite toys to keep your pup entertained if you are heading out to dinner without him. And, always make sure your dog is wearing a collar with a tag that identifies her by name and lists your contact info.

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Dogs are loyal, laidback, and eager to explore—yes, they’re man’s best friend, but they also make for man’s best travel companion!

Cities across the nation are becoming more pet-friendly by the minute, as they open dog-welcome attractions, serve up special doggy menus, and designate beaches specially for four leggers.

Because Fido belongs on all your adventures, we fetched some of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. These destinations include attractions, tours, and restaurants, offering the greatest dog vacation ideas. According to Ryan, owner of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, “Particularly for us, California, Texas, and Florida have all been pretty dog friendly,” so you’ll certainly see some of those destinations pop up on our list. Dig up our recommendations and let the fur fly!

San Diego, California

A dog in a costume poses in front of the Dog Days of Summer Sign at Petco Park in San Diego

If you’ve never seen the tail-wagging, tongue-flying excitement that occurs when a pup sees Dog Beach, then it’s time to visit San Diego. People aren’t the only ones who sniff out San Diego for sandy coastlines and delightful climate—pups can’t get enough of it either. The SoCal spot has a handful of off-leash beaches and parks—just wait until your pooch sees Fiesta Island!

According to Smart Assets, San Diego has over 530 dog-friendly restaurants, not to mention countless breweries where you can knock back some local craft beer with your pup in tow. San Diego is easily one of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S., as it hosts a number of canine-focused events, from the Surf Dog Series in Imperial Beach to the Dog Days of Summer Padre games at Petco Park. And if your dog’s eye is always on the ball, you can even head to the Barkyard, a private doggy viewing area in left-center field at the stadium.

Play ball and then find pet-friendly hotels in San Diego to rest for the night.

Austin, Texas

A dog sits in front of the concession stand at Yard Bar in dog-friendly Austin

You take man’s best friend everywhere, and Austin should be no exception. Home to backyard bars and open-air eateries, this hot spot was practically made for you and your pup. Yard Bar, which has doggy (and human!) menus and an off-leash dog park, is just one of the nearly 500 amazing pet-friendly restaurants around town.

Prefer to break a sweat? Take a yoga class with Austin Doga and practice your downward facing dog pose together, or toss the Frisbee around at Red Bud Isle. If the temperatures are high, Barkin’ Springs, outside of the Barton Springs Pool, is the perfect place for your puppy to make splash. Once the sun sets, settle in for a doggy date night at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, where quiet, well-behaved pups are welcome.

This is one of those dog-friendly vacation places you’ll never want to leave, but you can at least stay a while when you pick from the best pet-friendly hotels in Austin.

Key Largo, Florida

A dog wearing a life jacket sits in front of a beach background in pet-welcome Key Largo

You’ll be pressed to find stuff you can’t do with your dog when it comes to a vacation in tropical Key Largo. In fact, Samantha Schwab, Resident Pet Expert at Chewy.com says, “The best vacation I’ve been on with my dog was a road trip to Key Largo, Florida. Here, we spent most of our time walking along their dog-friendly beaches and paddle boarding.” Her French Bulldog, Royce, even went for a dip to cool off!

Of all the dog-friendly vacation spots, mark your territory in Key Largo. At Tropic Water Sports, rent a clear kayak or SUP paddle board to glide along the inlet with your dogg-o as your copilot, or bring your pup on a Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat tour and have someone else do the steering. (Just don’t forget to pack the doggy lifejacket!) Afterward, put your paws in the sand at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and then head to Pilot House Restaurant for a sunset dinner for two, overlooking the marina.

After all those adventures, select from a variety of pet-friendly hotels in Key Largo .

Alexandria, Virginia

Three dogs play a game of fetch in the grass at a park in Alexandria, a pet-friendly destination

It takes having more than a few dog parks for a place to grace our list, and it’s no wonder Alexandria made the cut. Stroll down King Street, and chances are you won’t get one block before ooh-ing and ah-ing at a dog or a two. Water bowls (and treats!) line the street, where your four-legged one can stop for a sip while you window shop and walk along the waterfront. Stop in the pet-centric boutique, The Dog Park, and dine at local spots all around town.

“Sit” and “stay” won’t be the only things your pup knows during your Alexandria adventures. Add presidential trivia to your dog’s repertoire when you join the All the President’s Pups Walking Tour at Mount Vernon. Next up, pack a doggy life vest and venture on a Canine Cruise with the Potomac Riverboat Company to sightsee around the Seaport. As for some good old-fashioned fun, the city has nearly 20 fenced and unfenced dog parks, so your furry friend can go wild.

When it’s time to put your paws up, choose from top pet-friendly hotels in Alexandria .

Bar Harbor, Maine

A smiling dog poses at the top of a hike overlooking the ocean in dog-friendly Bar Harbor

A solid hike with sweeping views is something you and your pooch both agree on, and in Bar Harbor, you’ll find endless trails for your tails. In fact, Acadia National Park has 120 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads—surely, you’ll capture some great footage for your pup’s Instagram. Not only does Bar Harbor invite you and your four-legged friend to explore its rugged scenery, but the city also allows dogs aboard the city buses, making it easier than ever to get around town.

While you’re exploring one of Americans’ favorite destinations , let your pup tap into his salty dog potential with an adventure aboard Downeast Windjammer. Together, you’ll get your sea legs as you cruise around Frenchman Bay. When it’s time for grub, chow down at one of the many pet-welcome eateries in town, from The Chart Room to Stewman’s Lobster Pound Downtown.

Ready for a cat nap? Find great options for pet hotels in Bar Harbor .

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Two small dogs stand in front of an art installation at a dog park in pet-welcome Provincetown

Some like to call Provincetown P-town, and it could very well be short for Pup-town. Venture here with your four-legged one and get ready to unleash the fun in this pet-welcome destination. Hike around the Race Point Lighthouse and then head to Pilgrim Bark Park, which is filled with animal-centric art installations. After all, Schwab says, “The locals we meet at dog parks always have the best recommendations for other things to do nearby with your dog.”

Every dog has his day, and yours can experience his aboard Dog Gone Sailing Charters. He’ll feel the wind in his fur as you sail around the Cape Cod Bay! If that’s not wild enough for your daring dog, brave the Provincetown Ghost Tours to discover the city’s pilgrim- and pirate-filled past. When it’s feeding time, take your pick from any number of the dog-welcome restaurants along Commercial Street.

Burn off all your dog’s energy, and then look for pet-friendly hotels in Provincetown .

Little Rock, Arkansas

Two dogs run around on the lawn at the dog-friendly Bark Bar in Little Rock

It’s no coincidence that pet lovers like to call this state Barkansas! Discover firsthand (or paw) why Little Rock is one of the best places you can vacation with your dog when you visit Bark Bar. Here you can let loose with an adult beverage, while your pup lets loose in the outdoor doggy space. If your furry one still has zoomies after that, run wild and off leash at Paws Park at Murray Lake, which has water troughs and fountains to splash in.

No Little Rock trip is complete without sniffing your way along Rock Valley Trail or exploring Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find endless eateries where four-legged patrons are welcome, especially on Main Street. Pop into Crush Wine Bar or Boulevard Bread Company to start your food crawl.

When you’re ready to retire, choose from many pet-friendly places to stay in Little Rock .

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Two dogs playing at the dog park in Albuquerque with a hot air balloon in the sky in the distance

Follow the scent of the trail to Albuquerque, a dog-friendly spot and one of the best under-the-radar-cities in the nation. You’ll soon see dogs everywhere you turn, from the outdoor patios to the brewpub favorites like Boxing Bear Brewing Co. In fact, the city is so adamant about having your pup around for happy hour that Animal Humane New Mexico recently hosted a training class, Perfect Pub Pet, to help ensure pups have the best “pet-iquette.”

Next, invite Fido along on an ABQ Trolley tour to get to know the city, and then hoof around the desert scenery. Spot the cave drawings along the Petroglyph National Monument hiking trail, or play a rousing game of fetch at Canine Skyline Dog Park. Better yet, during the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, head to North Domingo Baca Dog Park, where you can see the hot air balloons float through the sky while your dog makes some furry ABQ friends.

After too many rounds of fetch to count, check out choices for pet-friendly hotels in Albuquerque .

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

A black and white dog lays in front of the ocean in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a dog-friendly city

“We love to check out cool dog-friendly parks and beaches,” says Leslie Mosier and Rob Chianelli, owners of celebrity Doug the Pug. Lucky for you and your furball, you’ll find just that and more in Carmel-by-the Sea. Kick up some sand at Carmel Beach, where your canine can charge around off leash and then chase some tails along 37 acres at Mission Trails Park. Scenic Road is also a great path for morning jogs along the coastline.

After some fun in the sand and sea, trot over to the Carmel Business District for an afternoon of window shopping. Many of the businesses welcome dogs inside and even offer doggy treats. If your pup is a “good boy,” spoil him to some goodies at Diggidy Dog, a pet boutique made with your pal in mind. When it’s time to feast, you won’t have any trouble finding pet-friendly patios in town.

Chase down a wide selection of pet-friendly hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea .

Door County, Wisconsin

A happy dog runs through the sand on a pet-friendly beach in Door County

OK, OK, we know this next pet haven is actually a collection of towns, but it’s so dog-welcoming, we couldn’t resist including the entire county! First stop: the dog beach at Whitefish Dunes. Your dog will beg you to return to this spot each day, but there are plenty of other dog-friendly spots to tackle, from Shiloh Road Bark Park to challenging Eagle Trail.

Turn up the furry fun factor with a sunset sail with Bella Sailing Cruises. The company has a resident sailing dog, so as long as your pup is friendly and well behaved, she can make friends onboard. Rather an adventure for two? Bring your buddy (and a doggy lifejacket) on a Door County Kayak Tour and explore the local waterways. If you really want to see some ears perk up, visit town during the annual Door County Scottie Rally, one of the world’s largest Scottie gatherings!

Choose where to lay your head in any of the Door County hotels that welcome pets .

Before jet setting with your dog, check out some of the most commonly asked pet travel questions .

What have been some of your favorite vacations with dogs? Tell us in the comments!

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49 Places To See On A Pet Friendly American Road Trip

  • By Amy at GoPetFriendly.com
  • May 8, 2023

Buster and Ty, the GoPetFriendly.com dogs in Washington DC

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!

Woman and her dog on a pet friendly road trip sitting in the back of a car watching the sunset

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.

READ MORE ⇒ How To Plan A Pet Friendly Road Trip

A colorful map of the U.S. with pins locating pet friendly attractions

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.

The Northwest

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!

READ MORE ⇒ Tips for Traveling Alone with a Pet

Map of the northwestern United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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.

Washington's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: San Juan Islands | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Oregon's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Portland's Parks | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Idaho's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Lake Coeur d'Alene | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Wyoming's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Medicine Wheel | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

The Southwest

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!

Map of the southwestern United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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.

California's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Carmel Beach | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Nevada's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Red Rock Canyon | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Man and two dogs enjoying the view at Grand Canyon National Park

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!

Colorado's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Telluride Gondola | GoPetFriendly.com

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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Utah's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Dixie National Forest | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Map of the south central United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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!

New Mexico's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: White Sands National Monument | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Texas' Top Pet Friendly Attraction: The San Antonio River Walk | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Oklahoma's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

READ MORE ⇒ Tips for Canoeing or Kayaking with Dogs

Arkansas' Top Pet Friendly Attractions: Buffalo National River | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Kansas' Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Monument Rocks

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.

Map of the United States northern plains with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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.

READ MORE ⇒ Camping With Dogs – A Beginner’s Guide

Minnesota's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Wisconsin's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Iowa's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Effigy Mounds National Monument | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

North Dakota's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Knife River Indian Villages | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Sylvan Lake - Custer, SD

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.

Nebraska's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Fort Robinson State Park | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Map of the Great Lakes states in the United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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!

West Virginia's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: The Monongahela National Forest | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Ohio's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Holden Arboretum | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

READ MORE ⇒ Tips for a Cross-Country Road Trip with Pets

Illinois' Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Chicago Lakefront Trail and Navy Pier | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Indiana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Indiana Dunes Lakeshore | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Michigan's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Mackinac Island | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Map of the southern plains states in the United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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!

Louisiana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: State Capitol Grounds

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.

Birdsong Hollow Double Arch Bridge - Natchez Trace Parkway

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!

Tennessee's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Shelby Farms Park | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Kentucky's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

READ MORE ⇒ 60 National Parks Where Your Dog Can Be A BARK Ranger

Missouri's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Gateway Arch Park | GoPetFriendly.com

New England

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.

Map of New England in the United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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.

New York's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Central Park | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Connecticut's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Mystic Seaport | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Rhode Island's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Newport Cliff Walk | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Massachusetts' Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Boston's Freedom Trail | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

READ MORE ⇒ America’s Best Dog Friendly National Parks

Maine's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Acadia National Park | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

New Hampshire's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Mount Washington | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Vermont's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Dog Mountain | GoPetFriendly.com

The Mid-Atlantic

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!

Map of the Mid-Atlantic states in the United States with pins marking the top pet friendly attraction in each state

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.

Virginia's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Colonial Williamsburg | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

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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.

READ MORE ⇒ 5 Questions To Ask BEFORE Taking A Dog On A Boat

Maryland's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: The Chesapeake Bay | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Delaware's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Historic New Castle | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

New Jersey's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Wildwood Dog Beach | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Pennsylvania's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway | GoPetFriendly.com

The Southeast

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.

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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!

Alabama's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Little River Canyon | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

Georgia's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Rock City Gardens | GoPetFriendly.com

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.

Florida's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Fort De Soto Park and Dog Beach | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

South Carolina's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens | GoPetFriendly.com

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!

READ MORE ⇒ Training Your Dog To Be A Great Traveler

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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.

READ MORE ⇒ Car Camping With Pets: Prep The Car, What to Pack, and More

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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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51 Dog-Friendly US Spots to Visit With Your Pup This Summer

Where to go and what to do—from Alabama to Wyoming.

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Summer months are for slowing down, putting that email response on OOO, and letting literally everything that doesn’t go under the “vacation” label sit on pause for a little while. What you should be focusing on is planning an adventure with your pup.

They’ve waited patiently all year as you’ve sat at your desk. Now, it’s time to grab their leash, opens in a new tab travel water bottle, opens in a new tab and seatbelt opens in a new tab and hit the road with your pal. Luckily, we’ve got a dog-friendly itinerary for every state, plus D.C.: 

On-leash dogs are welcome everywhere at Little River Canyon National Preserve, opens in a new tab including in the visitor center, where we’re told treats are often available at the information counter.

The glaciers and ice fields of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park opens in a new tab are perfect for thick-coated, snow-loving creatures, such as bears, harbor seals, and malamutes. Answer the call of the wild in an area as big as six Yellowstones. (Note that while unleashed dogs are allowed on trails, bears and moose are also on the loose here.)

Sedona is the center of the state’s legendary Red Rock Country. opens in a new tab The area offers much to marvel at: red-rock spires, sandstone cliffs, and postcard-perfect views. Several companies offer dog-friendly jeep tours.

Try canoeing opens in a new tab down sections of the Ouachita River. opens in a new tab One of the most popular trips is the journey from Oden to the Rocky Shoals; the 10-mile stretch features deep pools and shady banks.

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Carmel, with its leash-free, pristine white sand beach and 37-acre Mission Trail Nature Preserve, opens in a new tab is a canine paradise. Cafes, inns, shops all cater to dogs.

Aspen has everything from fine dining with your dog to miles of trails, including Smuggler Mountain Road. opens in a new tab

Connecticut

The folk tale of the Black Dog of West Peak opens in a new tab haunts the Hanging Hills. Hikers explore the deep gorges and clear waters of Merimere Reservoir, opens in a new tab watching out for the legendary dog that foretells danger or joy.

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Cape Henlopen State Park, opens in a new tab one of the few places in the state where (with some restrictions) dogs are allowed year-round. The American Discovery Trail opens in a new tab begins here; hike its first few miles.

Key West opens in a new tab (aka Bone Island) is historically one of Florida’s most dog-friendly tourist destinations. An abundance of inns, guest cottages, and restaurants welcome pups.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Eastside Trail, opens in a new tab the first leg of Atlanta’s BeltLine project. This two-mile path is part of a huge “rails-to-trails” revitalization effort to transform 33 miles of vine-covered railroad into parks, multi-use trails, and transit around Atlanta.

While canine visitors are subject to quarantine, shelters on Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island invite you to check out approved dogs opens in a new tab for day-long field — or beach — trips. Even better, sign up for a shelter pet transfer program and give a homeless pup a shot at a new life on the mainland.

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Ketchum offers Bald Mountain Trail and alpine walks and lakes throughout Sawtooth National Recreation Area. opens in a new tab Famous for skiing, Sun Valley opens in a new tab is also a nature (and dog) lover’s delight in summer.

Chicago-based Camp Dogwood opens in a new tab utilizes facilities at nearby Lake Delton, Wisconsin, with 600 acres of fields, woods and lakefront. The focus here is on bonding rather than competition. Chicago itself opens in a new tab has tons of pet-friendly options for dining, drinking, and exploring nature.

Walk the rolling dunes of Indiana Dunes State Park opens in a new tab with your dog, where 10 trails pass over tall drifting mounds of sand, across miles of lakeshore beach, along marshes and through 1,800 acres of woods.

One of the best states for rails-to-trails and a great place to try out dog-friendly bicycle gear. Bike the 63-mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail opens in a new tab (Council Bluffs to Blanchard).

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At Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, opens in a new tab a family-owned and pesticide-free winery in Kansas City, your dog is welcome to join you as you explore the 8,000 vines, enjoy live music, and help harvest grapes.

Daniel Boone National Forest opens in a new tab is a birder’s mecca — bring your binoculars in search of hooded mergansers and scarlet tanagers. Dog-friendly accommodations, plus homegrown bluegrass and bourbon, are close by in Lexington.

New Orleans offers legendary history, architecture and gardens, best explored on foot (or paws). Your canine companion will be welcomed at 80-plus eateries with outdoor seating, including Chartres House Café, opens in a new tab Café Beignet, opens in a new tab Parkway Tavern, opens in a new tab and The Bulldog. opens in a new tab

Acadia National Park opens in a new tab encompasses more than 47,000 acres of granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes and rugged coastal shoreline; its 100 miles of easy-to-challenging trails offer adventures and respite for both dogs and their humans.

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Catoctin Mountain Park opens in a new tab features miles of on-leash, dog-friendly trails that wind through the rugged hardwood forest of this Appalachian highlands park. Picnic and camping areas are available.

Massachusetts

Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, has much to offer, both old and new. Stroll down its main street; explore its beaches (the city-managed beach is leash-free), marshes and dunes; or run off some energy at Pilgrim Bark Park, opens in a new tab one of the top five in America. Your pup can even travel with you via public transportation on Bay State Cruise Company’s opens in a new tab ferry service between Boston and Provincetown.

Agility, flyball, backpacking, boating, herding, and tracking all await you and your dog at the Dog Scouts Camp opens in a new tab in the beautiful Northern Lower Peninsula.

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The Twin Cities’ long list of off-leash parks includes the crown jewel Minnehaha Dog Park opens in a new tab in Minneapolis on the Mississippi River, and four in St. Paul, notably High Bridge, a fully fenced seven-acre site.

Mississippi

Explore the path of a former rail line on the Longleaf Trace, opens in a new tab a 44-mile paved trail that follows a portion of the abandoned Mississippi Central Railroad. Thanks to local preservationist efforts, the once-bustling rail line is now a scenic walking path complete with campgrounds, rain shelters, and vending machines.

Dip your toes (and paws!) in Bliss Spring for cool relief, just one of the many natural wonders to be found along White’s Creek Trail in the Ozarks’ Irish Wilderness opens in a new tab area, part of Mark Twain National Forest.

Whitefish loves its dogs. In town, visit the five-acre Hugh Rogers Wag Park. opens in a new tab Just outside of town is the Whitefish Trail, miles of stacked loops, scenic overlooks, and gated logging roads.

Hike or bike along one of the many trails in Nebraska, the “Historic Trails” state. The Lewis and Clark, opens in a new tab Mormon Pioneer, opens in a new tab Pony Express, opens in a new tab Oregon, opens in a new tab and California National Historic Trails opens in a new tab crisscross the state.

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Spend a day rafting a peaceful five-mile stretch of the Truckee River, near Tahoe City. Check in with Truckee River Rafting opens in a new tab for details. Pups have to be under 50 pounds and on leash to ride along.

New Hampshire

Great North Woods opens in a new tab state parks offer many dog-friendly parks and natural areas. Swimming holes and waterfalls abound, and keep an eye out for covered bridges.

Sunfish Pond, opens in a new tab formed 15,000 years ago, is the southernmost glacial lake on the Appalachian Trail. The rock formations and hardwood forest host an abundance of flora and fauna that your pup will appreciate.

Wonderful discoveries await you and your pup, from Taos’ Rio Grande Gorge opens in a new tab area, with its stunning vistas and many small hot springs, to Carson National Forest. opens in a new tab

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Explore the natural beauty, small towns and tranquility of the Catskill Mountains opens in a new tab with your dog, including rummaging at the many flea markets and unmatched hiking and fishing.

North Carolina

Asheville provides mountain hikes (nearby Lookout Trail) opens in a new tab and a number of (leashed) dog-friendly festivals, from traditional folk music to regional crafts.

North Dakota

The tall-grass prairie on the rolling hills of the Sheyenne National Grasslands opens in a new tab is a significant contrast to the stark badlands found in the Little Missouri National Grasslands. Or, visit the leashed-dog-friendly International Peace Garden in Rugby. opens in a new tab

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The Buckeye Trail circumnavigates the state and is the longest loop trail in the country. Hike the wild 25-mile stretch in Hocking Hills State Park, opens in a new tab and camp at one of its dog-friendly campsites.

One of historic Route 66’s longest stretches goes through this state. Look for roadside attractions like the Totem Pole Park in Foyil opens in a new tab or the giant Blue Whale of Catoosa. opens in a new tab Stop by White Dog Hill opens in a new tab restaurant outside of Clinton for some home-style cooking.

The state’s tallest peak, Mount Hood, opens in a new tab provides hiking and cycling for you and your pup in a Cascade Range opens in a new tab forest. Explore long stretches of secluded coastline at Cannon Beach opens in a new tab and Lincoln City. opens in a new tab

Pennsylvania

Is Philadelphia America’s most dog-friendly city? Their chamber of commerce thinks so, and pup-welcoming establishments Hotel Palomar opens in a new tab and restaurants like the White Dog Cafe opens in a new tab and Honey’s Sit ’n Eat opens in a new tab support their claim.

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Rhode Island

Well-behaved dogs are welcomed on Gansett Cruises opens in a new tab in Newport, plus get treats and a special blanket to sit on. Take a scenic harbor tour or sunrise cruise on Narragansett Bay.

South Carolina

Congaree Swamp National Park opens in a new tab has 20 miles of trails (dogs must be leashed on trails and are not allowed on boardwalks). Nature abounds with old-growth cypress and tupelo, woodpeckers, cardinals, and hawks.

South Dakota

See the landscape as Lewis and Clark may have along the Native American Scenic Byway opens in a new tab from Chamberlain to Pierre, as it passes through two Native American reservations.

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Tennessee is the only state declared a Civil War National Heritage Area by Congress, which makes it a prime spot for al fresco history lessons. Dogs are welcome at several historic battlefields, including Shiloh National Military Park. opens in a new tab

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park opens in a new tab allows leashed strolling along the famous River Walk, and around the grounds of the 18th-century Spanish missions, including the Alamo.

Best Friends, opens in a new tab in picturesque Angel Canyon outside of Kanab, is the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned cats and dogs. The dramatic setting and humane mission are inspiring. Plan a working holiday: Arrange a sleepover in one of the cabins and host an appreciative animal for some snuggling.

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At Dog Mountain opens in a new tab , 150 acres of private mountaintop in St. Johnsbury, artist Stephen Huneck’s Dog Chapel celebrates our spiritual bond with canines. There’s no leash law here — dogs are free to run, play and swim (don’t miss the new agility course).

Blue Ridge Parkway opens in a new tab allows dogs on more than 100 trails, ranging from easy valley strolls to strenuous mountain hikes. Check out the many festivals and music events in the area that enliven the Shenandoah Valley. Stay at Big Meadows Lodge opens in a new tab built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Ferry to the San Juan Islands opens in a new tab (75 miles north of Seattle) for hiking, kayaking and cycling amidst some of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.

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Washington, D.C.

Rock Creek Park, opens in a new tab more than 1,750 (dog-friendly) acres, lies north of the National Zoo and has hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Plus, the K9 Corps opens in a new tab at the Historic Congressional Cemetery has a private dog-walking program accessible by membership only.

West Virginia

The New River Gorge opens in a new tab offers multi-sport delights, from rafting and rock-climbing to hiking past old grist mills and waterfalls — all in the heart of Southern Appalachia.

Sheboygan opens in a new tab is a dog-loving sportsperson’s paradise — swim, kayak or fish on Lake Michigan or nearby Elkhart Lake.

Try your hand at cowboy life exploring the great outdoors in the gorgeous Jackson Hole valley. When you and your pup are tuckered out, stay at Outbound Hotels’ pet-friendly Virginian Lodge opens in a new tab , where you can unwind in a hot-tub, by a fire-pit, or at the lively saloon.

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Freelance writer Susan Tasaki lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her Husky, who wishes they both got out more.

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11 Top Dog-Friendly Travel Destinations in the USA

11 dog-friendly places to travel in the u.s. for outdoorsy pet parents .

When we travel, we enhance our lives and that of our beloved pets. Traveling is associated with stress reduction and helps alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Spending time with our canine pals is also good for your mental health. Dogs make us happier and healthier and help us deal with adversity. According to new studies, having a dog improves you physically and emotionally. So including our dogs in our vacations is a wonderful concept that enhances our experience.

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As a result, traveling with pets is becoming a more affordable and smoother experience. With dog ownership increasing in recent years, it is predicted that more folks will want to include their dogs when planning a trip. Therefore, an increasing number of us will be seeking pet-friendly travel destinations and accommodations.

Many vacation spots in the United States welcome your adorable pet friends. You and your dog may have fun everywhere, whether at the beach, in a big city, on a road trip, or while hiking. Here is a list of the most incredible dog-friendly places to travel in the U.S.

Big Bear, California

Big Bear Lake is a great place to bring the whole “family,” including your dog, with its year-round outdoor playground. Thanks to the area’s dog-friendly routes, serene shorelines, and cool alpine meadows, you and your dog will have a blast exploring Big Bear together. The Town Trail, Woodland Interpretive Trail, and Alpine Pedal Path are three popular dog-walking areas. However, most dogs are known to chase grey squirrels and chipmunks along the routes, so keep a tight grip on the leash.

In addition to these dog-friendly hiking trails, the Big Bear area has several dog parks, including the Cedar Glen Dog Park in Lake Arrowhead, the Redlands Dog Park, and the Hound Town Dog Park in Moreno Valley.

More fantastic news for dog lovers! Big Bear offers a variety of dog-friendly accommodation choices, including waterfront cabins, motels, and bed and breakfasts. When dining out while on vacation, Big Bear offers a few places that accept your four-legged companions, including Nottingham’s Tavern and Alpine Country Coffee Shop, both of which have a pet-friendly outside dining terrace. Outside on the deck, the Broadway Cafe also serves doggie burgers and water to our four-legged pals.

Austin, Texas

If you’re planning a trip to this historical city with your dog, there are plenty of fun things to see and do. The city of Austin is renowned as one of the most dog-friendly in the U.S. Dog owners can be seen throughout town having a good time with their canine companions. This city embraces all members of the family, including four-legged ones. So bring your dog along for a run around Lady Bird Lake on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail. In addition, Austin Paddle Shack and Rowing Dock provide kayak and paddle board rentals, so you and your friends can get out on the lake for a day.

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You can bring your closest friend to almost any patio bar or restaurant in Austin. For instance, you may relax with a beer at Dog House Drinkery in Leander while your dog plays in the establishment’s off-leash dog park; staff members will keep an eye on things to ensure everyone is getting along. Similar amenities like water bowls and Bark Rangers, who keep an eye on the off-leash areas, can be found at The Yard Bar. If you’ve already decided to take your dog to Austin, you can relax knowing that there are many welcoming hotels and luxurious vacation homes with comfy beds, treats, and toys for your dog.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a city where canines can thrive, ranking second among the most pet-friendly apartment and house rentals , with 258.69 per 100,000 people, according to a ranking from Honest Paws. Animal lovers visiting Orlando need not worry about leaving their four-legged companions behind. There are plenty of fun things to do with your dog in Orlando’s parks and landscapes, such as dog baths and off-leash areas. You and your dog can enjoy the Bear Creek Nature Route, a mile-long trail located 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando, which features old cypress, oak, and palm trees. You may bring your dog to Lake Eola Park, an urban sanctuary with a circular route around the lake and dining nearby places if you want.

Orlando is a beautiful city with great places to go shopping, like Celebration Town Center, which features dog-friendly restaurants and a pet bakery. Park Avenue is a cosmopolitan shopping, dining, and cultural district that welcomes leashed dogs on the street, Central Park, outdoor dining areas, and most stores.

Bend, Oregon

Bend has one of the world’s highest per capita dog populations, with 49 percent of Central Oregon residents owning a dog. There are few places within the U.S. that you will find that are as dog-friendly as Bend, Oregon, thanks to the abundance of canine-friendly recreation, businesses, pet-friendly lodging , and restaurants.

You can find parks with dog-friendly off-leash areas for your pup to run free and play with other four-legged friends. For example, the Shevlin Park Loop and the Deschutes River Trail near Farewell Bend Park have paths that wind along the river, offering plenty of opportunities for your pup to cool off in the water. If your dog prefers sprinklers over swimming, a spray park solely dedicated to dogs is at the Bob Wenger Memorial Off-Leash Area, a 14-acre dog park in northeast Bend. And if you are traveling to Bend in the winter, Wanoga, Edison, and Kapka Sno-Parks have dog-friendly cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.

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Most of downtown Bend is dog-friendly. You can take your pup into most of the stores you come across. They are also welcome on the patio or outdoor seating areas of most local restaurants and breweries like the Bend Brewing Company or Cascade Lakes Brewing CO.

Park City, Utah

Park City is an outdoor lover’s paradise that you can share with your outdoor-loving companion, as our furry buddies help us become more thrilled about spending time outside. Park City is dog-friendly. However, there are leash rules in effect. All dogs must be kept on leashes except on enclosed private property and approved off-leash dog areas. Considering this, you may begin planning a fun getaway with your dog.

Make sure to add the Willow Creek Dog Park to your itinerary, which offers plenty of space to run in addition to a 1-acre puppy pond. When you and your pet need a few miles to trail, the Run-A-Muk Trail and Off-Leash Area provide two miles of fenced trail and open space covering approximately 43 acres just off Millennium Trail below the Utah Olympic Park.

You don’t have to leave Fluffy at the hotel when it’s time for dinner. You can find pet-friendly dining experiences at the Kimball Junction Whole Foods, Butcher’s Chop House, Sample Sushi Blue, or the Silver Star Café.

So if you are planning on bringing your furry pal to Park City , there are many lodging options; no matter your budget, there is a place to stay for your dog. From popular hotels and resorts to high-end mansions that will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

Poconos, Pennsylvania

There are plenty of pet-friendly activities in the Poconos Mountains. Your furry friends can have a fun day at one of the many pet-friendly state parks or take a raft trip or canoe adventure on a river.

Local companies offer a variety of pet-friendly trips that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Start your getaway with your loyal companion by enjoying a kayak tour through the Delaware Water Gap National Park. If you plan to visit Poconos Mountains in the summer, the Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail is great for dogs with its wide paths and river views. The Mauch Chunk Lake Park is another place to explore the great outdoors with your poochie pal, where you can hike down the Switchback Gravity Railroad or see the birds at the Environmental Center.

A trip with your dog to the Poconos allows you to experience new things together, like taking a ride on a historic train. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers trips on vintage coaches, taking you along high-rise cliffs and through gorgeous mountain scenery into the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Pets are allowed on board for free. After a day of your outdoor journey, you can relax and enjoy a meal at the various pet-friendly restaurants in the area, like the Promised Land Inn Bar Restaurant, or enjoy a coffee on the patio of Uncommon Grounds at the Mill.

Are you wondering if you can find comfortable dog-friendly places to stay in the Poconos Mountains ? Over 40 dog-friendly resorts and campgrounds welcome furry companions with packages that can include everything from food and water bowls and toys.

Ogunquit, Maine

Visiting seaside towns like Ogunquit, Maine, can be a great adventure with your dog from exploring the beach or finding a fantastic local restaurant. This enchanting town is in Maine, one of the most dog-friendly states in the U.S., so you can be sure that a vacation to Ogunquit will be the most fantastic experience for your pup.

This coastal town is perfect for visitors looking for dog-friendly things to do in the outdoors. You can start your trip with a day at Ogunquit Beach, a beautiful sandy beach where dogs are allowed on the beach at any time from September 9 until March 31.

Then you can plan a hiking day to the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region, which provides walking trails and scenic views. These trails are for hikers, bikers, and other seasonal activities such as snowshoeing. And to keep strolling with your dog, the Marginal Way is a scenic coastal walk connecting the main Ogunquit village with Perkins Cove. Dogs are allowed on Marginal Way from October 1 until March 31.

After this activity, include pet-friendly dining spots in Ogunquit to enjoy delicious food, such as The Greenery Cafe, Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza, and Northern Union, in your itinerary.

San Diego, California

San Diego is a pet lover’s delight. This city is so welcoming to dogs that their owners don’t have to leave them at home when planning a vacation this way. Because of the great weather and plenty of open areas, dogs visiting San Diego will have just as much fun as their human companions.

San Diego has lovely dog-friendly beaches for your canine best friend to enjoy. From Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, a famous off-leash dog beach, to Fiesta Island at Mission Bay and Del Mar Dog Beach.

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If your dog doesn’t love a day at the beach, maybe a boat ride on Mission Bay is the best idea for you. Local rental businesses even provide you with life vests for your best friend. Another great activity in San Diego for smaller dogs is stand-up paddleboarding with their owners. If you need to visit off-leash parks on your getaway, there are also several fun leash-free parks, including two dog parks within Balboa Park.

The Unleashed Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach and Hornblower Cruises’ Annual Pet Day on the Bay are not-to-be-missed events for dogs that like socializing. Perhaps your dog would like to learn a new skill like Pup Paddleboarding or Doggie Yoga, all of which are available at this destination.

When you need to grab a bite in San Diego, you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home or back at the hotel. This city has many bars and restaurants that welcome leashed dogs, whether on a sun deck, outdoor patio, or in another area that is dog-friendly. Your dog is even welcome at the San Diego area wineries, in both urban and vineyard settings. And for places to stay, several pet-friendly accommodations here in San Diego will treat your dog with the same courtesy they will show you.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is a very pet-friendly haven. Furry friends are welcome at many hotels and accommodations, from a budget-friendly hotel to a five-star resort or a private ranch estate. Various dog-friendly areas throughout the valley and some dining spots allow pets on their outdoor patios or decks. In addition, some nearby hike trails will also allow your pet to visit them.

National Parks like Yellowstone and Grand Tetons are close to Jackson Hole but visiting with a dog is a bit challenging. So instead, you can head to the Gros Venture Wilderness, boasting miles of trails with views of the Tetons. In addition, the Jackson Peak Trail is a popular hike close to town and relatively easy, where you’ll have views of the Tetons from the top. More places to exercise your dog while visiting Jackson Hole include Emily’s Pond on the Snake River and Cache Creek, one of the most popular places for locals and visitors to take their dogs for a stroll.

When hikes make you hungry, there are several dog-friendly restaurants and cafes around Jackson, such as Cafe Genevieve, Cowboy Coffee, Cutty’s Bar and Grill, Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, Bubbas-Bar-B-Que, and Sidewinders Tavern.

Hocking Hills, Ohio

The Hocking Hills is where your dog will have many ways to explore and spend time with you. Hocking Hills offers numerous outdoor activities, hiking trails, breathtaking sites, dog-friendly restaurants, and lodging options that will make your stay with your furry pal a trip to remember forever.

Hikers will be thrilled with the many pet-friendly trails in the Hocking Hills. For example, old Man’s Cave is the perfect trail if your dog likes to play in the water, with two waterfalls and many creeks that run along the path. Another great trail is Ash Cave which is an easy but beautiful hike. You can add the Whispering Cave Trail, Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House, and Chapel Cave to your list. These trails are dog-friendly as long as your canine companion always remains on a leash.

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If you want to grab a meal with your furry friend, check out the Millstone BBQ, Hungry Buffalo, or the Urban Grille, which all have outdoor patios to enjoy your meals. Bring your furry friend to check out the local Brewery 33, or grab a glass of wine on the patio at the Hocking Hills Winery.

Fredericksburg, Texas

From dining establishments with outdoor patios and beautiful nature trails to vacation rentals with fenced yards with room to run, your dog will feel at home in Fredericksburg while also enjoying a vacation. So If you’re looking for a destination where you can feel an authentic German soul, be sure to start planning your vacation to Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country with your four-legged family member.

One of the highlights of your adventure to Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country will be spending time with your pet in the great outdoors. The first place you can visit is the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park to walk around the one-mile trail along Live Oak Creek. Then you can enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country views with a short walk up Cross Mountain Park.

Dining with your dog in Fredericksburg is a must thing to do. Have some delicious pizza at West End Pizza Co., or taste the best food in Texas at Hondo’s, a popular restaurant and live music venue; both have outdoor areas perfect for your pet to relax.

Nothing completes a vacation better than excellent accommodation with all the comforts you and your adorable pet need. Fredericksburg offers many pet-friendly accommodations, including hotels, inns, and vacation rentals . However, some may charge a pet fee or restrict the size of your pet, so it is important to confirm before booking.

Final Dog-Friendly Travel Tips

Once you have chosen one of these fantastic dog-friendly destinations for your next adventure, look at this checklist with some essential items for a successful getaway.

  • Crash-tested seat belt harness or a secured carrier or crate if you are going on a road trip.
  • First aid kit with items you’ll need to help your pet
  • Copy of the vaccination records of your dog. Some dog parks and campgrounds require proof of vaccination.
  • Water bottles and a collapsible bowl for your pet
  • Pet food and plenty of tempting treats
  • Waste bags and pre-moistened wipes
  • Microfiber towel to get them dry at the beach
  • An extra leash and pet odor eliminator
  • Printed photos of your pet. Maybe you’ll need them if you and your pet were to get separated.

Enjoy a safe trip full of sweet moments with your furry friend!

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Traveling across the USA is a wonderful adventure, but traveling with your dog can make it even better. More places across the country are adding dog-friendly amenities to make a trip with your pooch easier than ever before.

Here are eight adventures around the United States to enjoy with your dog.

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Gravity Haus , a 60-room hotel opened in Breckenridge  in 2019, welcomes dogs of all kinds (pet fee $50/per day) and also arranges adventures with your pup. In winter, sign up for a snowshoe tour with Colorado Adventure Guides , who are super knowledgeable and great with canines. Your dog will have a blast trotting through the soft powder of Summit County’s backcountry routes. Choose from a leisurely loop through a pristine mountain meadow or opt for a tricky trek to a snow-covered peak. If you visit in December, be sure to take part in the dog parade down Main Street. Holiday-themed dog costumes are highly encouraged.

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If you're in Seattle with your pup, stop by The Seattle Barkery , a food truck for dogs at the Fremont Sunday Market . The Seattle Barkery is stocked with handcrafted dog treats such as bacon pupcakes, air-fried chicken hearts, paw-shaped peanut butter cookies and ice cream sundaes served in edible bowls. You can also buy doggie bow ties and crowns and pre-order dog birthday cakes for your next yappy hour, barkday party or barkmitzvah.

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In Miami , don’t be surprised if Betsy and Rosa, two golden retrievers who serve as Canine Executive Officers at The Betsy, greet you upon arrival. The two lucky dogs live on-site at this boutique hotel. Hang out with them in the lobby bar on Fridays at 5pm when snuggles are highly encouraged. When you and your pooch need some R&R, you can book a couples massage, where you and your furry friend get gentle massages and your pooch scores healthy nibbles afterwards.

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Puppy events throughout the  year in Colorado 

Denver is filled with dog-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants and canines sporting hiking boots. Confluence Kayaks will let you take a kayak trip down the river with your dog in tow, but if you prefer land, you can walk your pup around Denver while checking out all the cool murals. Visit Three Dog Bakery for creative treats, and check out the Watering Bowl , a bar that caters to dogs. Denver has events for pups throughout the year, including Dog-A-Pool-Ooza, when public swimming pools open up to dogs on the last day of the season,  Growloween , a trick-or-treating session for both humans and canines, and  Bark at the Park , hosted by the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team.

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Cosy cabin dog friendly break in Baring, Washington

Schedule a dog-friendly getaway in Baring, about an hour's drive northwest of Seattle. Plenty of cabins here, from hobbit homes to A-frame designs, welcome dogs. Your dog can run off leash in wide open spaces, and there are also hiking trails and a gorgeous lake for splashing in. Afterwards, dry off and warm up with a snuggle by a fire.

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Dog kayaking in Florida

About 40 minutes from Orlando,  Rock Springs Run State Reserve  is a natural, free-flowing spring, and it's an ideal spot for you and your dog to go kayaking and swimming. Because the water is so stunning, a clear kayak is one of the best ways to explore. The kayak acts as a giant magnifying glass and is a fun way to catch a glimpse of otters and fish as they swim by.  Get Up and Go Kayaking provides clear kayaks and a knowledgeable guide to lead you and your dog on a leisurely tour of the springs.

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Dog trail runs in Vail

If you visit Vail 's  GoPro Mountain Games held every June , you'll see almost as many dogs as humans. More than 70,000 adventure lovers flock to these games each year . The one-of-a-kind event attracts some of the best athletes in the world to compete in events such as kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking, but it’s not only for human athletes. Canines can take part in trail runs, vertical jumping and retrieving.

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Take a hike with your dog in Girdwood, Alaska

Girdwood, a cozy ski town south of Anchorage, has scenic hikes you can conquer with your dog. The North Face trail at Alyeska Resort has views of Mt. Alyeska and the hanging glaciers of Turnagain Arm. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a meal at Bore Tide Deli and Bar , where your travel companion can lap up some water. The 2.2-mile trail ascends 2000 vertical feet through steep inclines and narrow switchbacks. Good news is that you and your dog can take a complimentary aerial tram ride back down.

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French Bulldogs are known for their calm demeanor and adaptability. They are small enough to be easily transported and generally handle travel well. Their affectionate nature makes them excellent companions on long journeys.

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<p>Shih Tzus are small, affectionate, and great for travel. They are known for their friendly nature and adaptability to new environments. Their size makes them easy to carry, and they enjoy spending time with their owners wherever they go.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Shih Tzus are small, affectionate, and great for travel. They are known for their friendly nature and adaptability to new environments. Their size makes them easy to carry, and they enjoy spending time with their owners wherever they go.

<p>Positive training that is also consistent is good for this breed. They have a big, fluffy coat that adds to the beauty of their physique. You can carry them around in your lap, and they also love cuddles. Their fur might give you the impression that it’s high-maintenance, but that’s not the case in reality. You can simply leave it at regularly brushing its coat. Poms have a life expectancy of 12-16 years which is a lot more than that of bigger dogs. </p> <p>Poms are one of the <strong>best dog breeds for beginners</strong> who are laid back or have too much work on their hands, as this breed only requires basic exercise every day. However, you must provide them with basic training to build a foundation and set boundaries from the puppy age. Keep in mind that the natural temperament of a <a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/fastest-pomeranian-ever-recorded-on-two-legs-1-177742/">pomeranian</a> is stubborn and feisty. If not trained, this temperament might take over and prove to be troublesome. </p> <p>Pomeranians are also quite commonly kept as house <a class="wpil_keyword_link" href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/pets/" title="pets">pets</a>. They look dainty and make for the sweetest little lap dogs. Poms gel well with a single owner, but many adapt to the life of a big family as well. They find it easier to adapt to young adults and adults rather than children. However, that does not mean they absolutely cannot when trained from a very young age. </p> <ul>   <li>Life Span- 12 to 16 years</li>   <li>Height- 6 to 7 inches</li>   <li>Temperament- Stubborn and feisty but friendly once trained</li>   <li>Coat- Long, thick coat; available in different colors like cream, sable, orange, black, and brown</li>   <li>Weight- 3 to 7 pounds</li>  </ul> <p><strong>Overview:</strong></p> <p> An orange-sable Pomeranian. Image via Rob Hanson, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Pomeranians are small, energetic, and love being with their owners, making them great travel companions. Their compact size and lively personality make them easy to manage during trips. They are also generally friendly and adaptable to new situations.

<p>Miniature Schnauzers are friendly, energetic, and adaptable, making them great travel dogs. They are small enough to be easily transported and enjoy exploring new places. Their sociable nature makes them well-suited to interacting with strangers and other <a class="wpil_keyword_link" href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/pets/" title="pets">pets</a>.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are friendly, energetic, and adaptable, making them great travel dogs. They are small enough to be easily transported and enjoy exploring new places. Their sociable nature makes them well-suited to interacting with strangers and other pets .

<p>Toy and Miniature Poodles are intelligent, adaptable, and easy to train, which makes them ideal for travel. They enjoy being with their owners and can easily adjust to new environments. Their small size makes them convenient for transportation.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Poodle (Toy and Miniature)

Toy and Miniature Poodles are intelligent, adaptable, and easy to train, which makes them ideal for travel. They enjoy being with their owners and can easily adjust to new environments. Their small size makes them convenient for transportation.

<p>Yorkies are considered high maintenance due to their constant grooming needs. Even when their coat is clipped short, they need weekly baths, and if their coat is kept long, they need daily brushing. On the other hand, yorkies do not require as much physical activity as most other breeds. They can easily be left alone while you are at work and are not likely to chew things around the house. In a way, their low activity requirements cancel out their high grooming needs.</p>

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are small, energetic, and love being with their owners, making them great travel companions. They adapt well to new environments and enjoy exploring new places. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.

Papillon (12-16 Years)

Papillons are small, friendly, and highly adaptable, making them excellent travel dogs. They enjoy being with their owners and can easily fit into travel carriers. Their sociable nature helps them handle new environments and situations well.

Havanese (13-16 Years)

Havanese dogs are small, friendly, and adaptable, making them ideal for travel. They enjoy being with their owners and are generally well-behaved in new environments. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.

<p>Greyhounds are gentle but have a strong prey drive that can be triggered by running children. Their speed and sensitivity require careful handling and a safe environment to run, which may not suit all family settings.</p>

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are small, elegant, and enjoy being with their owners, making them great travel companions. They are adaptable and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to transport and manage during trips.

<p>Other than that, the dog adapts very easily, can be trained in no time, and requires only a moderate amount of exercise daily. In addition, they have a life expectancy of 14-15 years. If these characteristics suit your needs, requirements, and capabilities, there is no better breed to bring home for the first time other than the Bichon Frise.</p> <p>If you have a family that has children, the Bichon Frise is a breed you must consider bringing home. They are small in size, and their temperament is usually happy-go-lucky. They like to play around, which is a great plus point when there are children around. The size of this dog is also an advantage for anybody living in a small apartment, as the Bichon Frise does not require too much space. The dog looks like a floating cloud due to its white fur. However, their fur is curly and grows quickly, so be mindful to trim and brush it regularly to maintain hygiene. This is probably the only area where you have to spend a little much. </p> <ul>   <li>Life span- 14 to 15 years</li>   <li>Height- 9 to 12 inches</li>   <li>Temperament- Cheerful and happy-go-lucky</li>   <li>Coat- White curly coat with patches of cream or apricot</li>   <li>Weight- 7 to 12 pounds </li>  </ul> <p><strong>Overview:</strong></p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises are small, cheerful, and adaptable, making them great travel companions. They enjoy being with their owners and can easily adjust to new environments. Their friendly nature makes them well-suited to interacting with strangers and other animals.

<p>Cocker Spaniels are friendly, adaptable, and enjoy being with their owners, making them great travel companions. They handle new environments well and are generally well-behaved in different situations. Their size makes them easy to manage during trips.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are friendly, adaptable, and enjoy being with their owners, making them great travel companions. They handle new environments well and are generally well-behaved in different situations. Their size makes them easy to manage during trips.

<p>Pugs are sociable, playful, and great with children. However, due to their flat noses, they tend to adapt a little more complicated in warmer parts of the world.</p>

Pugs are small, friendly, and adaptable, making them excellent travel companions. They enjoy being with their owners and can easily adjust to new environments. Their sociable nature helps them handle the stress of travel well.

<p>As you would expect, the improvisation of the music conducted by the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/animal/dog">dogs</a>' tails was sometimes irregular and messy. However, for the most part, masterpieces were created! You can listen to the results on <a href="https://open.spotify.com/artist/4AgBvDqU4fNCRZNU05bRpP">this Spotify playlist</a>, and for every stream, a donation is made to the Pedigree Foundation. </p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are small, energetic, and love exploring new places, making them great travel companions. They are highly adaptable and enjoy being with their owners. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.

<p>The post <a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/when-a-dog-lies-on-its-resume-about-previous-sheepdog-experience-1-209756/">When A Dog Lies On Its Resume About Having Previous Sheepdog Experience</a> appeared first on <a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com">Animals Around The Globe</a>.</p> <ul>   <li><a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/dog-who-spent-886-days-in-shelter-received-a-surprising-treat-1-209174/">Dog Who Spent 886 Days In Shelter Received A Surprising Treat</a></li>   <li><a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/dog-saved-from-abandoned-house-is-now-unrecognizable-1-209113/">Dog Saved From Abandoned House Is Now Unrecognizable</a></li>   <li><a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/cute-dogs-sliding-down-slide-at-daycare-1-208813/">Cute Dogs Sliding Down Slide At Daycare</a></li>  </ul> <p>In the end, the video of the Scottie dog attempting to be a sheepdog is a reminder of the unique personalities and indomitable spirit of these beloved companions. I hope you enjoyed reading about when a dog lies on its resume about previous sheepdog experience. To read more stories like this, check out the articles below:</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers are small, friendly, and adaptable, making them great travel dogs. They enjoy being with their owners and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to transport and manage during trips.

<p>Miniature Pinschers are small, energetic, and enjoy being with their owners, making them excellent travel companions. They are adaptable and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers are small, energetic, and enjoy being with their owners, making them excellent travel companions. They are adaptable and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.

<p>Lhasa Apsos are small, friendly, and adaptable, making them great travel companions. They enjoy being with their owners and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

Lhasa Apsos are small, friendly, and adaptable, making them great travel companions. They enjoy being with their owners and handle new environments well. Their size makes them easy to carry and manage during trips.

<p>The post <a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/21-best-travel-friendly-dog-breeds-2-220437/">21 Best Travel-Friendly Dog Breeds</a> appeared first on <a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com">Animals Around The Globe</a>.</p> <ul>   <li><a href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/21-animals-with-extraordinary-loud-calls-1-220317/">21 Animals With Extraordinary Loud Calls</a></li>  </ul> <p><strong>You may also like:</strong></p> <p>Traveling with a dog can be a wonderful experience, especially if you have a breed that adapts well to new environments and travel conditions. These 21 dog breeds are known for their travel-friendly characteristics, making them great companions for your adventures. Whether you are flying, driving, or exploring new destinations, these dogs can make your travels more enjoyable and stress-free.</p>           Sharks, lions, tigers, as well as all about cats & dogs!           <a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/channel/source/Animals%20Around%20The%20Globe%20US/sr-vid-ryujycftmyx7d7tmb5trkya28raxe6r56iuty5739ky2rf5d5wws?ocid=anaheim-ntp-following&cvid=1ff21e393be1475a8b3dd9a83a86b8df&ei=10'>           Click here to get to the Animals Around The Globe profile page</a><b> and hit "Follow" to never miss out.</b>

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