Do you ever hold yourself back from traveling because you don’t want to leave your dog at home? Take a look at these 10 dog-friendly vacation spots in the US so that you can take your dog with you on whatever your next adventure is! With cheap domestic flights sales happening all the time, why not get ready to plan your next trip?
1. Key West, Florida
Ready to hit the beach with your dog? Head to Key West and get lost in the waves. This town is known for being dog-friendly and is definitely worth a visit. Key West Dog Beach is a great place to go to let your pupper run free. There are a number of other beaches in Key West that are also dog-friendly. Wherever you choose to go, you (and your pup!) will enjoy catching some rays in the sand. The Key West Aquarium is also dog-friendly and a good place to take a break from a long day of fun in the sun. Key West is a haven for dogs and their owners, so don’t miss out on your chance to experience this top vacation spot.
2. Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and is a great dog-friendly vacation spot. There are plenty of dog-friendly activities including hiking and biking trails, fishing and numerous swimming spots. There are a number of dog-friendly hotels and inns in the area, too. One of our faves is the Lake Placid Lounge which is the perfect spot to wake up to views of the gorgeous lake and scenery.
3. Austin, Texas
If you’re looking for a warm place full of culture and art, Austin is the perfect spot for you and your pup! There’s plenty of things to do and see around the capital of Texas that are all dog-friendly. If you’re looking to spend some time with your dog in the park, head to Zilker Park located just south of downtown. This 350-acre park has a dog-friendly pool and plenty of space for a game of fetch. There is even a dog-themed boutique called Lofty Dog that holds pedicure events for you and your dog! After getting a doggy pedicure, head to The Domain, a dog-friendly downtown shopping area so you don’t have to worry about leaving your dog outside while you shop.
4. The Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a beautiful stretch of islands off the coast of North Carolina. It’s the perfect spot for you and your puppy to take a run on the beach and explore the state parks. Many of the beaches along the Outer Banks make for great dog-friendly vacation spots. Plus, there’s plenty of restaurants and shops along the beach that offer amazing views of the white sand beaches. Even better? Take a trip to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for birds-eye views of the shore.
5. Lake Tahoe, California
Want a day spent at the lake? We’ve got the perfect place for you and your dog: Lake Tahoe. Located on the border between California and Nevada, this lake is a great place to go on an adventure with your dog if you love the outdoors. You can go swimming, kayaking, hiking and even spend the night in a dog-friendly hotel. If you and your pup are tired from a long day of playing at the lake, take a gondola car up to the top of a mountain so that you can hike your way down. Hungry? Check out one of our favorite places to eat, Meyer’s Downtown Cafe.
6. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Craving some warm desert weather? Head to Albuquerque for a getaway like no other. The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is held each October and is a must-see. Hungry? The Grove Cafe and Market is known by locals as one of the best places to go for breakfast. Besides that, there are plenty of dog parks including Los Altos Park right in the heart of the city. If you’re craving coffee in the late afternoon, head to Flying Star Cafe Juan Tabo and grab a free dog treat as well!
7. Block Island, Rhode Island
Want to settle into a classic New England beach town? Head to Block Island, a beautiful spot right off the coast of Rhode Island for some rest and relaxation with your dog. Sandy beaches and lighthouses make this a classic vacation destination and the perfect spot for your pup to roam around with you. Head to Montauk Point Lighthouse for beautiful views of the ocean along with the hiking trails surrounding it. If you’re staying in the area for awhile, make sure you check you and your furry friend into The Blue Dory Inn—it’s right on the ocean and also pet-friendly.
8. Bar Harbor, Maine
Maine is a great idea because there’s tons of dog-friendly vacation spots in Maine.Not sure where to start? We recommend Bar Harbor! This town is located on Mount Desert Island right along Maine’s Frenchman Bay. It borders Acadia National Park which is the ideal spot to bring your furry best friend for a hike. Although you have to keep a leash on your dog at the park, you can find ponds within the park with designated leash-free areas. There are also a number of dog friendly restaurants and hotels in Bar Harbor, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your dog behind while you explore this gorgeous seaside town.
9. Grayling, Michigan
A great place for dogs to roam free! Almost 3/4 of the county is owned by the government which means that there are plenty of parks, open fields and trails to visit while on vacation. Grayling, Michigan is also fun in the winter because of all the opportunities to go snowshoeing with your pup. Head to North Higgins Lake State Park for hiking and then grab lunch at Paddle Hard Brewing—a dog-friendly restaurant and brewery.
10. Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket is a tiny island off the coast of Cape Cod and is popular summer travel destination. There are plenty of shops and restaurants lining the cobblestone streets. Even better, people from all over travel here and bring their dogs to this small beach town. Head to Francis Street Beach if you’re looking to spend some time cooling off in the ocean with your puppy. Walk along the shoreline and you’ll discover lighthouses and sailboats lining the coast. Or take a trip to Cisco Brewers and tour the brewery—dogs are welcome here too!
There’s so many places to go in the US that are dog-friendly. Thinking of traveling with your dog? Check out our latest hotel deals so you can find a dog-friendly hotel that you and your furry friend can enjoy together!