Today, organizing dog-friendly vacations is easier than ever. There’s no denying how important dogs are to their owners. With that in mind, more places all over the world are becoming open to accommodate dogs. Some places are taking it a notch further and offering activities exclusively for dogs.
Vacations with dogs are meant to be super fun. So say goodbye to tiresome and frustrating holidays with a look at some amazing travel destinations.
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
If you love hiking, this 5,500-person town on Mount Desert Island is one of the best places to travel with dogs.
Together, you can conquer the Acadia National Park and enjoy being close to nature. The island offers you a scenic view, replete with sandy beaches within the park and mountains all around.
You are sure to enjoy the trails of this small town with your dog. If you’re heading back to town, Bar Harbor has pet-friendly patios so your dog can enjoy meals with you. The locals love pampering their four-legged visitors.
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2. San Diego, California
Thanks to its many open spots, sunny San Diego is one pet-friendly vacation getaway destination you can consider.
There are plenty of beaches and off-leash doggie parks around SoCal city that you and your dog can explore.
Plan a visit to Morley Field Dog Park in Balboa Park or the Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. But if both of you enjoy the beach more, head to San Diego’s coastal places and spend the day on a rented boat (or yacht). Both of you will love feeling the wind in your hair.
If you and your pet still have some energy left, go to Petco Park and watch a Padres baseball game. Chill during the rest of the day at “The Backyard,” the park’s special viewing for pets and their humans.
3. Bend, Oregon
You won’t find another town that loves dogs more than Bend. Dogs are almost permitted anywhere in this 100,000-people town.
You and your canine bud can discover plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails at Cascade Mountain Range. Within the city, outdoor food carts, breweries, and food trucks are your best options when your dog is in tow.
Don’t worry. Your dog will be warmly welcomed in these outdoor dining areas and is sure to get spoiled with pets and treats from the locals.
4. Plant City, Florida
Don’t miss visiting Dinosaur World in Plant City, one of the dog-friendly vacations Florida offers.
This is an appealing and popular choice for families with kids and dogs. And the theme park has no dog weight restrictions, and all dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.
Dinosaur World is full of prehistoric dinosaurs and also where you can meet some of the friendliest dog breeds. You will be occupied and amazed by the display of animatronic dinosaurs like the Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, and T-Rex.
While in Plant City, schedule a day trip to Alderman’s Ford Preserve. If your dog is a high-energy retriever, flusher, or setter, it will surely enjoy the challenging inclines among the marshes and trees of this 1,000 acres of natural space.
5. Grand Haven, Michigan
A picturesque travel destination, Grand Haven offers many beaches and green spaces, making it one of the best dog-friendly vacations.
During the summers, you and your dog can spend the day at Haven City Beach. Or you can opt to let your dog free at Kirk Park’s off-leash dog beach and enjoy an afternoon hiking on the area’s on-leash hiking trails.
If the weather gets too much, treat your dog to this vacation town’s Must Love Dogs Boutique and Spa. This is a famous shopping center where Fido can come with you to sniff and shop.
6. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston should be part of your dog-friendly vacations list. Pegged as one of the most dog-friendly states, it has plenty of local establishments that will pamper your dog.
Restaurants like the Poogan’s Porch and Brown Dog Deli allow dogs inside so you can eat your meals with gusto, knowing that your pooch is just beside you, enjoying its meal.
If you want to indulge your dog while learning about the town’s past, book a historical tour with Charleston Carriage Works. You can get your dog to sit on your lap or buy a child’s ticket if he is too big! Sit back and relax as you go around exploring the community.
Thanks to Charleston’s Morris Island and Sullivan’s Island, you also have plenty of fun water options. If the weather doesn’t permit some natural fun, let your dog take a dip at Wag-n-Splash’s indoor dog pools.
7. Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is totally safe for you and your dog, and it’s social media-worthy appeal makes this your ultimate winter destination. It has lots of dog-friendly places.
You can rest at the Saranac Waterfront Lodge after a whole day’s adventure. This hotel accommodates dogs weighing up to 75-pounds and comes with a complimentary dog treat, a plush dog bed, and a small toy that your dog can take home.
When you stay here, you also do an act of kindness because, for each dog that stays, the lodge shares $40 to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, a no-kill shelter registered in New York.
8. Wimberley, Texas
Looking for dog-friendly vacations in Texas?
Wimberley offers a relaxing and close-to-nature adventure for you and your dog. This town is one of Texas’s idyllic and dog-friendly vacations, especially if you stay in Getaway.
And your dog will have a grand time running free on a long leash. With a minimal fee, Getaway can provide your dog with food and water bowls, a long outdoor lead to leash your dog, and some puppy s’mores kits.
During the day, get busy and conquer the Hike Old Baldy, a hill that can reward you with a beautiful view of the city. You can also spend the day getting wet at Cypress Falls and go kayaking, swimming, and tubing.
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9. South Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
With its pristine waters and magnificent mountain peaks, this destination gives you the best of Mother Nature’s offerings.
This tourist destination that straddles the borders of California and Nevada is also known to have a plethora of activities for its canine visitors.
If your dog is a rockstar, then there’s no better place to stay than in Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe. Everything about this hotel is dog-friendly—their amenities, rooms, and restaurants.
While in Tahoe, have fun on your vacation by visiting the FiRE + iCE Interactive Grill & Bar. This bar welcomes all dogs of all sizes and has complimentary water bowls for their canine patrons.
10. Indianapolis, Indiana
Another vacation destination where you can conveniently bring your dog is in Indianapolis.
It has plenty of excellent places that welcome dogs, including breweries and outdoor restaurants. You can also plan a day at White River State Park and enjoy the park’s open spaces.
Vacations are meant to energize you and your dog, so make the most of what Indianapolis has to offer. Create a schedule that includes the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place, Monon Trail, Downtown Canal, Mass Avenue, and Garfield Park.
Leading a busy lifestyle requires you to take a break occasionally. However, your dog misses you when you’re away and, no doubt, you’re thinking about them. Now you can get the best of both worlds with these dog-friendly vacations and recharge with your best bud right beside you!