Dog Friendly Places to Vacation USA
Human travelers occasionally need some motivation to take an adventure vacation with their dogs. So, sometimes humans need a weekend or vacation to let loose, put the Keys in the ignition and set off on a road trip with the dog in the back seat and not on the couch in-front of the TV.
If you are a dog owner prepare so that when your dog tells you let’s hit the road you will be ready to get up and go.
Whether spur-of-the-moment or well-planned, these adventures at dog friendly places are sure to be a great time for all.
MOUNTAIN TRAILS IN COLORADO
The 3-mile hike to Mount Sanitas’ Summit in Boulder, Colorado
Spring is a great time for dogs and their owners in Denver, the Mile High City. Trees are in bloom, and the mountain springs are crisp from the melting snow.
Rent a paddle-board on Cherry Creek Reservoir, and let your dog sit at the front of the board and navigate it is allowed and welcomed.
There are lots of dog friendly places to take a walk
The towns of Golden, Morrison and Boulder are just a 25- to 45-min drive from Denver and feature miles of trails that lead to mountain peaks.
Or pick a historic trail close to downtown Denver, such as Dinosaur Ridge Trail, where you will find fossilized dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic era. After that hike have a cold one at 1 of Denver’s many dog-friendly breweries.
COOL BREEZES IN CALIFORNIA
Visit to the Marin Headlands on a sunny day, and enjoy spectacular Sunset views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean.
Get in the car, roll down the windows, and motor along the 45-mi stretch from SF to Muir Woods, your dog will have head out the window, tongue out soaking in the salty air. And you will see the the rich redwood forest, there is no better smelling or scenic drive.
Then after a good nights sleep, wake up early and take a morning trip to Baker Beach, throw a ball around and savor the Pacific Ocean.
SF has several dog friendly places, hike around them and end the day with a Sunset hike on Lands End Lookout.
THE BLUE RIDGE IN NORTH CAROLINA
At the kid- and canine-friendly Asheville Brewing Company in North Carolina, “well-behaved pups—and their people” are welcome on the patio. Many people get excitement when heading for a brewery.
You and your dog can take a rest after microbreweries, so in the early morning you can go for a sunrise drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then hike John Rock, at Pisgah National Forest.
FUN AT DOG FRIENDLY PLACES IN TEXAS
Stay in Dallas is great for a dog-friendly vacation.
Start with the McKinney Avenue Trolley and enjoy the 100 yr old trolley cars and the easy jaunt from the arts district to uptown, The trolley is open-air and you will meet furry friends along the way.
Once uptown, head for Mutts Canine Cantina. The entire place is centered around dogs. With human-friendly movie nights, a dog park, a patio perfect for napping and even the option of a party to celebrate.
ON THE BEACHES OF MASSACHUSETTS
Just a 40-mi drive from Boston, Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, has miles of shoreline with great bird-watching—for water-loving canines and their owners.
In Boston, even though there are plenty of dog friendly places, start at Crane Beach, less than 1 hr from Downtown, where dogs are allowed to tear around in the sand and water, off leash during the months between October and March.
Nothing makes an owner happier when their dog is at the water’s edge. For a dry day hop on a Boston Water Taxi for a trip across town by boat.
We all love sightseeing, so go to the Freedom Trail, which offers 2.5 miles of historic sites. Afterward, have a treat at the SoWa Open Market. Then to the Polkadog Bakery, choose from dozens of biscuits, nuggets and jerky treats just for dogs
Enjoy your travels.