Looking for some amazing dog-friendly travel destinations?
If you’re like most people, the thought of leaving your dog alone while you go off on vacation brings you to tears. Or is that just me?
Luckily for travelers, more and more restaurants, businesses, and vacation rentals are recognizing the advantages of pet-friendliness. Catering to dog-loving families is now more important than ever to a business’ success.
If you’ve been putting off that vacation because of your furry friend, fret not: as long as you make the necessary preparations, vacationing with your pup is a breeze.
Below I’ve listed some of the best dog-friendly destinations that allow you to get closer to that much-needed relaxation.
6 Dog-Friendly Travel Destinations
Huntington Beach, California
Head to Huntington Beach for the ultimate relaxing vacation for both you and your pup. Soak up the sun while your dog enjoys Huntington Dog Beach, and watch some of the other pups glide past on their surfboards. What a sight!
California does pampering best, so head over to a doggie spa—you’ll both end your day relaxed and calm.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Access to the beauty of the U.P. isn’t limited to people only; in fact, more and more people are bringing their pets along on their vacations here.
The area offers plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your dog, from hiking to snowshoeing. Accommodations range from bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, and cottages to campgrounds, hotels, and inns—you and your dog will never be without something to do in the U.P.
Asheville, North Carolina
If you’re looking for an adventure-filled trip for you and your pooch, head to Asheville. The Blue Ridge Mountains will never seem more exciting than when you hike with your beloved companion.
Head to the local pet-friendly favorite, Asheville Pizza and Brewing, for meals to sustain you both when you’re done exploring.
Not to mention, Asheville has a lot of pet-friendly lodging options, whether you prefer a hotel or rental home.
Finger Lakes Region, New York
If you’re both an oenophile and a cynophile (look those words up!), you’ll love visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York. Considered the Napa Valley of the East Coast, this area features a ton of wineries to visit—and fantastically enough, many of them are dog-friendly.
If wine’s not your thing, you and your pooch can still enjoy a myriad of beautiful hiking and walking trails. Neither of you will ever want to leave.
Austin has steadily grown into one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the States. You don’t have to worry about limiting your dining plans, either: there are plenty of backyard bars and open-air eateries for you and your dog to enjoy. In fact, the city has nearly 500 pet-friendly restaurants.
Take a break from the food (I know—it’s hard for me, too) to soak up the sun at a dog-friendly pool. End your night at a drive-in movie.
Door County, Wisconsin
This sweet collection of towns is perfect for your next weekend trip with your pooch. Here you’ll find the dog beach in Whitefish Dunes, the Shiloh Road Bark Park, and hiking trails galore.
Maybe you want to head out on a sailing excursion—with companies such as Bella Sailing Cruises, you and your friendly pup can be on your way to riding the waves with the sunset as your backdrop.
There are so many great dog-friendly places to travel with your pet; these are just a few ideas to get you started planning your next vacation. Be sure to check out these dog-friendly lodging options, too!
Where’s Your Favorite Dog-Friendly Travel Destination?
I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below! Or better yet, join in the conversation in my private Facebook group for dog moms!