Due to the Coronavirus, travel will likely look much different for many of us this summer. While you might still be planning a trip, you could be hitting the roadways rather than flying, which means you might also be more likely to bring along your dog.
If you’re traveling with your dog in the car, you must know how to keep her safe before hitting the open road. For example, make sure you use an approved restraint to keep your dog safe in an accident and to prevent her from becoming a distraction while the vehicle is moving.
Beyond the logistics, where should you go if you want to bring your dog with you? The following are some of the most dog-friendly U.S. travel destinations to consider for Summer 2020.
9 Dog-Friendly U.S. Travel Destinations for 2020
1. Austin, Texas
Austin is a lively city known for live music and great food. It’s also the perfect place to bring your dog because so many of the most popular activities in the city are considered pet-friendly.
For example, you can go to Red Bud Isle Park, which is an off-leash island park. Your dog can play in the water, and you can enjoy the great views.
If you want some retail therapy, The Domain is a shopping neighborhood in downtown Austin that’s dog-friendly, and you can take your dog to the Scholz Garten, which is a beer garden.
There are also dog-friendly lodging options like the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.
2. Key West, Florida
A personal favorite of mine, Key West is a fun, spirited destination that also happens to love dogs (and cats!).
You can go to the Key West Dog Beach, which doesn’t require leashes.
There’s also the Island Dogs Bar, one of my favorite hang-outs, and
the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina is dog-friendly.
In fact, most of the Florida Keys tend to be very pet-friendly, likely because of their relaxed attitude toward life.
3. Sanibel Island, Florida
Another popular Florida destination where you can count on your pets being welcome is Sanibel Island.
Sanibel Island is not just pet-friendly but also family-friendly, so it’s a great place to vacation with kids and teens.
The island is off the Fort Myers Coast, and you can go to the weekly Sanibel Island Farmers Market with your dog, or walk at Pond Apple Park.
The Island Cow is an eatery that’s pet-friendly and popular among locals.
If you’re planning a trip to central Florida, be sure to check out the best dog-friendly spots in Orlando.
4. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly west coast destination, there’s Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel-by-the-Sea features Carmel Beach, which allows for off-leash playtime.
There’s the Mission Trails Park, which is dog-friendly, boasting 37 acres of natural beauty.
There’s also Scenic Road, which runs along the coastline.
The Carmel Business District tends to be dog-friendly too, and you’ll even find some charming pet boutiques in town.
5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is a peaceful and tranquil destination that’s also quite welcoming to pets. There are outdoor patios at restaurants and brew pubs throughout the city.
The AnimalHumane New Mexico organization even offers training classes to ensure your pet has the best patio etiquette.
You can hike at Petroglyph National Monument or visit the Canine Skyline Dog Park. Also popular is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
6. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is a well-known travel destination because of its stunning Slide Rock State Park, as well as the red rocks located at Coconino National Forest. The Slide Rock State Park is 43 acres located just outside the city in Oak Creek Canyon.
There are the Red Rock Magic Trolley Tours that are dog-friendly and will take you to Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.
You can also go to Sedona Dog Park which has pretty views and a natural area for off-leash play.
7. Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a stretch of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The beach towns are full of charm, and it’s a quiet, family-friendly place with rugged, unspoiled natural beauty. These islands also happen to be incredibly dog-friendly.
The Duck Trail runs along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and you can take in the sights of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
8. Provincetown, Massachusetts
Provincetown is also referred to as P-town. It’s a coastal community home to the Pilgrim Bark Park, which features animal-inspired art installations.
There’s also the Dog Gone Sailing Charters company that will take you around the Cape Cod Bay.
Many of the popular eateries along Commercial Street are dog-friendly, and there are several pet-friendly hotels in Provincetown.
9. Winter Park, Colorado
If the mountains are more your speed, take your pup and head to Winter Park. It’s one of my favorite dog-friendly U.S. travel destinations for 2020.
Winter Park is home to the Vasquez Peak Wilderness Park with 17 miles of hiking trails. Many of the breweries in the area will welcome your dog, and you can stay at the Snow Mountain Ranch, which is also pet-friendly.
Wherever you’re headed this summer, be sure to check out these road trip necessities for dogs!
Are you planning to travel this summer with your dog?
I’d love to know where the road will be taking you this year! Will you be visiting any of these dog-friendly U.S. travel destinations? Leave a comment below, or stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there! We’d love to see photos of your travel adventures!