As a dog owner, when you plan a vacation or weekend getaway, taking them with you to join in on the fun is likely the most ideal. It saves you from needing to find a boarding service or having a friend or family member dog sit for you. Thankfully, many travel spots welcome your furry friend, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and plenty of parks for exercise and play. Here are some of the best places in the U.S. to travel to with dogs.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The trails in Colorado Springs are dog-friendly, and many of the attractions and area sites, like Garden of the Gods, the Cripple Creek District Museum, and the Manitou Cliff Dwelling allow dogs so long as they are on a leash.
Key West, Florida
This beach town allows dogs at many of the bars and a few of the beaches, which offer some off-leash times. If your dog loves the water, you can rent a kayak from Lazy Dog Kayak, a local outfitter that will help you and your dog achieve your kayaking adventure. There is also a dog-friendly sand bar that you can paddle to.
Home of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a beautiful family vacation spot, dogs included. Many of the mountain cabins and vacation rental properties are affordable and pet-friendly. If you would like to reach the top of the mountain to hike the hundreds of trails, you can take you, and your dog can take the Gatlinburg Sky Lift.
Not only is Austin a reasonably-priced travel destination, but there are also tons of parks and dog-friendly bars and restaurants in the area. Your pup will love playing at Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Metropolitan Park. They’ll be especially keen for a sweet treat at the Groovy Dog Bakery. If you’re feeling something different, you can even take your dog to a yoga class.
Acadia National Park, Maine
If you and your dog want to hike mountains and be outdoors all day long, Acadia National Park in Maine is one of the best places to go. There are trails for all skill levels, ranging from novice to expert. Leashes are always required on the trail for everyone’s safety. After spending the day hiking, you can head over to one of the many dog-friendly beaches, such as Hadley Point Beach in Bar Harbor.