Traveling can be one of the most pleasant experiences in life. Discovering areas unknown can boost happiness and also helps relieve stress. What’s even better is when you can bring your dog along with you because you chose a destination that’s pet-friendly! Imagine hitting the beach in a sunny state for the first time while your furry friend fetches his favorite toy. Well, daydream no longer because we’re here to provide you with some of the most suitable destinations where you can take your canine. Continue reading to discover the best places to travel in America with your pampered pooch!
San Diego, California
The residents of San Diego, California adore their dogs so much, it’d be no issue for you to bring yours along! This beautiful, sunny Californian city has plenty of locations for you and your pooch to enjoy.
You can go have fun at Nate’s Point Off-leash Dog Park at Balboa Park (bonus for being open 24 hours), or have a blast on the dunes of Fiesta Island. If you want some pictures taken, head to Feather & Fur Pet Photography.
You can’t mention ‘dog-friendly’ and not bring up Portland, Oregon. There’s a place called Tin Shed Garden Café that really caters to the dog owners out there. Every Tuesday night, you can get a free doggie item for each human dish you order.
If that isn’t enough, you can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of off-leash sections for your pooch in Mt. Tabor Park and Chimney Park. Not only is Portland relaxing and adventurous for yourself, but your doggo will also love it.
Bar Harbor, Maine
There are few places as charming as Bar Harbor, Maine, and your dogs will love it. Just ask this couple who rented a cottage there and brought their two dogs with them: “Karen’s cottage is exactly as advertised. We brought our two dogs and it was a great property for them as well as a wonderful neighborhood to walk them in.”
Stewman’s Lobster Pound Downtown is a place to enjoy your visit as they have a great regular menu, but an even better spread for your dog!
Texas is a big state filled with locations that are perfect for you and your companion. One of the better cities to journey off to with your pride and joy is Austin.
The West Austin Dog Park is a great place to start, or you can head to the grounds of Auditorium Shores where you’ll have access to the water. If your pooch happens to enjoy the water more than usual, then you can go to the Red Bud Isle peninsula and have plenty of off-leash fun.
Key West, Florida
Sure, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy in Florida, but not all can compare to those in Key West. The Key West dog Beach might be small, but your dog can enjoy the water as much as he or she wishes!
If you want to brave the water with your pooch, talk to the Lazy Dog Kayak people so the both of you can paddle around. As if you needed more reasons to travel to Florida.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect place for tourists with dogs. With over 220 acres of ground to cover at the Biltmore Estate and an onsite kennel, you can have the perfect balance of ‘you time’ or moments with your pooch.
You also have the French Broad River Dog Park which features a wood-chipped acre for running around, and a river to get the paws wet. Seriously, we might just plan a trip there right now.
If you’re heading to Atlanta, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there are plenty of dogs already there living their best lives. Head over to the Piedmont Dog Park for off-leash action.
Observing the sights doesn’t have to be a solo thing, as you’ll love seeing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park with your pal as long as you have the leash handy. Freedom Park is another location you’d have a great time experiencing together.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a pleasant place to venture to. It’s one of the best places for sunshine and desert vistas, but it’s also very dog-friendly out there. There are more than 10 parks for dogs!
At the North Domingo Baca Dog Park, there are wood-chipped play areas, with separate zones for big and small doggos. There’s also the Rio Grande Triangle, Montessa, and Coronado Dog Parks in case you want to test out the best ones.
South Lake Tahoe, California
South Lake Tahoe, California, is every adventurer’s dream. There’s skiing, an alpine lake, and beaches, but what good is all that without your dog? This is the perfect location to journey to with your canine companion!
At the Bijou Dog Park, there are picnic tables and tons of fresh water to keep your pup hydrated. If you’re too busy to keep him or her occupied, then you can always check them in at the cage-free dog care facility called Tahoe Best Friends.
It’s almost impossible to stroll through Washington D.C. and not pass by monuments and cultural locations (the best part is that most are free of entry). Be sure to do all the things that dogs can’t first, then get ready for some real fun!
Spend some time at the off-leash park options such as S Street Dog Park or Shaw Dog Park. The pet-friendly Logan Tavern is another spot that will gladly accommodate your furry friend as well.
A FlipKey user (think: Airbnb) posted a listing and described it as follows: “The fixtures in this two-bedroom, 1.5 bath condo are high-grade: wide wood floor planks, granite kitchen countertops, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding treetops. Your dog will enjoy running across acres of freshly mowed fields between the house and the rural one-lane road.”
When they add a special description for your pooch, then it’s a safe bet that this is a place to go with your dog! If your furry friend likes to swim, then head on over to Chris Greene Lake Park where they have a roped doggy swimming area.
Huntington Beach, California
There are many great places to bring your pooch in California, including Huntington Beach. The first place you should stop at is Huntington Dog Beach, which is dog heaven for the four-legged pals.
Dog owners who frequent this spot do an excellent job of keeping things tidy, so it’s a joyous experience for everyone. After they’ve enjoyed the waves and sand, you can let your dogs relax. Book a spot at the Doggie Spat at Seacliff Village to allow your pooches to get pampered (as they deserve).
Finger Lakes Region, New York
Finger Lakes, New York isn’t what you’d expect when thinking of New York. Known for its narrow bodies of water and vineyards, the wine country is perfectly fine for your fur-friend.
If you’re in the mood to sample a bottle, don’t feel restricted because most places allow dogs. As long as you’re sure to call ahead first and check, you should be fine. There are also plenty of pet-friendly vacation rentals for your pleasure, so you can fully enjoy your trip.
Santa Barbara, California
Another California stop makes our list and this time is the beautiful Santa Barbara. The beaches there are fantastic, wide, and have pretty clear water.
Dog owners should take their pooch to the Douglas Family Preserve for some off-leash enjoyment on the sand and fun walking trails. Students who go to UCSB have the pleasure of seeing the sights with their dogs whenever they wish and we’re a bit jealous of that.
Arizona is already a hot spot for adventures and vacations, but did you know it’s highly dog-friendly? Since there are plenty of dog owners in Flagstaff, a lot of the establishments are ready for your pooch.
One place, in particular, is Diablo Burger where they have a patio for your four-legged friend and a shady table. One of the more popular parks is Thorpe Park Bark Park, thanks to the agility equipment you can use with your dog.
Seattle, Washington, is home to Norm’s Eatery & Ale House, a dog-themed restaurant where your pooch will have the time of their life! Along the walls, you’ll see portraits of dogs that will make your canine feel at home.
There’s also a place called Bark Espresso where you can bring your doggo inside the special lounge or to the relaxing patio. If that isn’t enough, head over to Warren G. Magnuson Park to allow your pooch some off-leash fun!
The Black Hills, South Dakota
Many might not be aware of this, but The Black Hills, South Dakota, is a dream come true for a dog. There are a ton of mountainside and forest areas for an owner and their canine to explore while here.
With many dog-friendly places to discover, such as the Naked Winery Tasting Room and the Alpine Inn (a nice lunch spot), you and your pooch can have a grand time enjoying this city if you’re on a trip!
Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri
What’s better than relaxing on a lake for a vacation? Getting to spend time with your dog as well, that’s what! Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, has plenty of beauty in the surrounding areas, such as wineries and golf courses.
Some of the best features are the dog-friendly spots, especially the waterfront Dog Days Bar & Grill at Osage Beach. There, they host a Canine Cannonball jumping contest every year, so you get to see your pal in action!
Sanibel Island, Florida
You’d have to imagine that Florida has many places for pet owners to enjoy with their dogs. Sanibel Island is another one of those destinations, with Gulfside Beach serving as a prime location for your pooches.
It has calm, shallow waters perfect for galloping, and the sand has tons of seashells. Dogs are welcome on all the beaches, but it’s best to keep them on a leash while they’re with you., The Island Paws pet shop is a perfect place for you to pick up some doggie treats as well!
There aren’t many destinations thriving with more beautiful natural scenery like Stowe, Vermont. Take your leashed dog to Smugglers Notch State Park for breathtaking views, then after you’re done with that, have an IPA at the dog-friendly Alchemist Brewery.
The mountain resort of Stowe has multiple hikes for you and your furry pal to conquer as well as a New England village to explore. If you’re still looking for more to do, then head to the Mills Riverside Park where they have areas for unleashed dog fun.