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Top 10 Recommended Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots

As summer winds down we dream of vacation and wish to jet-set off to one last getaway. It is always wonderful to know of fun places where you can take your pets on retreat. The escape vibe is real – so grab your suitcase, pack the doggy bags because we’re going on a vacay. We love traveling with our furry companions so check out our Top 10 Recommended Pet-Friendly vacation spots.

Top 10 Pet-friendly Vacation Destinations

Austin, Texas:

Austin is filled with fun, food, and festivals.  This artsy town has over 16 dog parks, (Red Bud Isle is completely surrounded by water) that range from off-leash to full-on trails. Also, there are over 400+ pet-friendly dining establishments in Austin ranging from beer garden to food truck. Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, as well as Yard Bar, are big hits with the pooches. Certainly, any dining establishment that has their own dog menu is worth checking out.

Atlanta, Georgia:

Atlanta is a great city for fun pet-friendly events, grabbing a bite to eat, and staying in some posh accommodations. According to, Bellwoods Social House is American cuisine with a very special ‘dog bar’ where your pet can hang out. Also, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall has a unique outdoor dining and entertainment space for you and your dog. There are over 200 pet-friendly hotels available to stay in Atlanta. The hotel indigo chain is a popular hot spot for pups, where they are treated to presents upon check-in, while the Four Seasons and Loews are luxurious high-rise spaces.

Washington D.C:

Washington D.C. is packed with history and outdoor adventures. Check out the National Mall, US National Arboretum, and the Key Bridge Boathouse with your pups. While you are enjoying the (NPS) National Mall & US National Arboretum pups must be on a leash. Pets are not allowed at monuments themselves unless they are held. Likewise, a speedy option for viewing monuments, Nonpartisan pedicab, allows you to take pets on the pedicab and if you choose to go to monuments they will watch your dog for you. Seems like a great option to see the sights with your beloved best friend.

Boston, Massachusetts:

Boston, Massachusetts has a wide variety of dining, stay, and play options. This city is rich with history and greenery as you can take your dog to one of the many pet-friendly spaces. Similarly, Boston has over 25 pet-friendly spaces ranging from dog parks, beaches, trails, commons and public gardens. Boston Public Garden, Pete’s Park, and The Esplanade are some hot spots for your pup to play. Also, the freedom trail is pet-friendly, but the dog must be on a leash.

New York, New York:

Start spreading the news- we’re leaving today! Who doesn’t want to take a trip to the big apple with their pup? As you can imagine there is a multitude of dining, play, and hotel options in the city that never sleeps. While there are over 500 pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, you could grab a bite at the Barking Dog Luncheonette or catch a comedy show in Brooklyn. Certainly, no vacation is complete without selfies in Central Park.

Chicago, Illinois:

Welcome to Chi-town pups! Chicago is a vibrant city known for its food, entertainment, and events. There are over 500 pet-friendly restaurants to dine at and several fun upcoming pet-friendly events. Another fun way to sightsee: walk for a cause, take a cruise, or join a Yappy Hour!  Chicago has you covered for an exciting trip in the windy city.

Las Vegas, Nevada:

The Stakes are high for fun in this town! Playtime is a-go with over 32 dog-friendly parks and destinations available in Las Vegas. Similarly, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a fantastic place to take your dog hiking. Always make sure to adhere to conservation area regulations and keep the pet on a leash at all times. Also, if you would like to dine with your pup there are over 200 restaurants, worth mentioning the Lazy Dog restaurant, complete with a doggy menu!

San Diego, California:

Sunny San Diego is calling our name for a vacay. This sunny city has over 500 pet-friendly restaurants and hotels to enjoy and many diverse events. While the weather is lovely to take the opportunity to check out an Art festival, walk for a cause, or attend the doggie street festival.

San Francisco, California:

This destination will be a San Francisco treat for your furry best friend! This pet-friendly city has over 150+ pet-friendly hotels and over 70 fun spaces to play. While you are out and about taking Fido for a walk, be sure to check out the Golden Gate Park and Fort Funston Doggie Beach. Similarly, mark your calendar for the fall bay area Pet Con!

Portland, Oregon:

Portland is a unique destination in the Pacific Northwest to adventure with your pet! Festive Portland offers over 200+ hotels and dining establishments that are pet-friendly. While staying in Portland, check out Tin Shed Garden Café and Portland Saturday Market. Also, there many beautiful parks, gardens and trails that your pup would love to explore.

As you plan your last summer vacation – always make sure to check in with each establishment in regards to rules and regulations with your furry addition accompany you during your stay. Also, make sure to check with your veterinarian in regards to traveling with your pet. Above all- always seek veterinary care if needed while you travel and have a wonderful time!






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