You should be looking forward to vacation season, but you’re already growing concerned over what you’ll do with your dogs while you’re away. Will you board them with your vet, check them into an expensive pet hotel, hire a sitter, or drop them off to stay with your best friend again?
Skip those options altogether and bring Fido along! There are plenty of weekend getaway destinations that welcome your four-legged friend. Here are a few of our favorites:
Pet-friendly hotel accommodations are more popular than ever, and many well-known hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Clarion, Kimpton, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Residence Inn, and Comfort Inn accept pets at most of their locations. When planning your trip, visit DogGeek.com, a searchable database of dog-friendly resorts, parks, restaurants and more.
Best Dog-Friendly Spots
Dog-friendly locales can be found in just about any city in the nation, but there are a few places known for their exceptional pet-friendly amenities.
Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington, offers an impressive array of dog-loving fun. The destination features an off-leash dog park, lots of scenic swimming opportunities, and several on-leash hiking trails.
Austin ranks among the best cities for dog-lovers, and offers plenty of dog-friendly activities. The city is home to Bow-Wow Chow, Austin’s first mobile food truck for dogs, and hosts the annual Easter Pet Parade & Costume Contest and the Austin Dog Fair, along with many more dog celebrations.
In San Francisco, Faruk Zubovic’s Le Marcel Specialty Bakery for Dogs offers all-natural, gourmet doggy baked goods in another one of the most dog-friendly cities in the nation. While in San Fran, make sure that Alamo Square Park and Golden Gate Park are also on your list of places to visit with your furry friend.
In LA, several pet-friendly luxury hotels, like the Sunset Tower Hotel, cater to dog-lovers by providing pet beds, bowls, and treats, along with an off-leash dog park right next door where Fido can burn some energy before bedtime. Be sure to also visit Pussy and Pooch on South Santa Monica Boulevard, a lifestyle pet store, full of ways to pamper your pooch.
If your dog loves to swim, visit PetFriendlyTravel.com which offers users the ability to search beaches and swimming areas that are open to dogs across the nation.
Camping or RVing
Perhaps you’re considering a vacation under the stars. Thanks to RVs, new technology, and lots of high-tech gear, camping is now a great option for all levels of outdoor adventurers—and their dogs! If you can’t live without the comforts of a hotel while traveling, consider renting an RV. RVs can offer many of the conveniences of home, including a kitchenette and dining area, mini bathroom, cozy bed, and plenty of storage for your electronics, gear, and games. They’re also a good option for owners of smaller dogs, who may not otherwise fare well in cool nighttime temps, or around native critters.
Need to give camping a trial run before heading out with your pooch? Try a few camping shortcuts and sleep under the stars close to home before venturing out into the wilderness together.