Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas

Looking to plan a summer vacation but hate to leave your dog behind? Consider taking a trip with your four-legged friend to one of these dog-friendly vacation destinations. It’s the perfect way to spend some quality time with your dog and still get away from the daily grind.


Carmel By-the-Sea, California

Scenic Carmel is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the U.S. Choose from dozens of dog-friendly hotels, inns, and beach cottages, many of which offer doggie room service menus, “yappy” hour, and outdoor showers. Hike with your dog in the 37 acre Mission Trails Park. Dogs can be off-leash but under voice control. Dogs can also run and play off-leash (under voice command) at Carmel Beach, right below the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Check out the dog-friendly section of Carmel By-the-Sea’s website for more ideas HERE.


Branson, Missouri

Love spending time outdoors with your dog…and country music? Then Branson is the place for you. With plenty of pet-friendly hotels and cabin rentals to choose from, Branson is a great dog lover’s destination even if you don’t take in any of the shows. The Branson area is home to many state parks, wilderness areas, and state and national forests. Table Rock State Park is a favorite destination of vacationers traveling with their dogs. You can bring your dog hiking, boating, and camping. See Branson’s list of trails and wilderness areas HERE.


Seattle, Washington

To say that Seattle is a dog-friendly city is an understatement. It’s hard to find places to go and things to do in Seattle where dogs aren’t welcome. You can watch outdoor movies with your dog, bring your dog to the ballpark for select Mariners games, and go on a dog-friendly pub crawl with your four-legged buddy. Many of Seattle’s bars feature “yappy” hour specials. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take your dog for a hike on the Iron Goat Trail, a former railroad corridor now part of the “Rails to Trails” program. You can even go tubing with your dog on the Wenatchee River (your dog gets his very own special tube).   Check out the Dog Gone Seattle website for a full list of dog-friendly things to do.


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

If you’re a history buff who likes to visit famous historic sites with your dog, look no further than Gettysburg, PA, home to the famous Civil War battlefield. Gettysburg was named one of the 5 most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. by Yes, dogs are welcome at the Gettysburg National Military Park. There are a few restrictions, so make sure you and your dog follow the park rules. Besides the battlefield, there are lots of other things to do with your dog in and around Gettysburg, like communing with nature at the scenic nearby destinations of Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest.


Photo credits:  The Official Travel Website of Carmel-by-the-Sea, White Wing Resort on Table Rock Lake, Leavenworth Outdoor Center, U.S. National Park Service.




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