Top Pet-Friendly Destinations in the U.S.
We love our pets. In fact, we love them so much we can’t bear to leave them at home when we go on vacation. As our dogs, cats, fish, and birds become our globe-trotting companions, the travel industry is taking notice. From pet-friendly vacation rental homes to attractions and activities geared just for your pet, there’s more reason now than ever to bring ‘em with you when you travel. Generally speaking, pet-friendly equates to dog-friendly, so below we’ve listed some of the friendliest cities for your furry family members. Each of these destinations offers something a little special for your dog, whether it’s miles of open space for endless games of fetch, or specialized boutiques for a little puppy pampering. Check ‘em out:
This northwest city is one of the best pet-friendly destinations in the country… oh, and human travelers will probably enjoy it, too! After a long day of touring Portland, you and your dog may just need a little relaxation. Head to Lucky Labrador Brewing Co., where you can sip on their creative craft brews, while Fido enjoys a lounge on the porch. With 31 dog parks, Portland also happens to have more pet-friendly parks per capita than any other city in the nation. Highlights include the dog-friendly Rose Gardens and the Hoyt Arboretum.
Virginia Beach, VA
Heading to the beach? Bring your dog with you! In the town of Virginia Beach, pets are welcomed with open arms. This costal vacation destination boasts nearly 200 pet-centric businesses and 15,000 acres of public parks for your buddy to enjoy. With popular annual events like Woofstock and the K-9 Karnival, Virginia Beach celebrates your pet just the way you do.
There are over 500 pet-related businesses in Denver — more than any other city in the country! Think doggy boutiques, grooming salons, and pet bakeries… what pup wouldn’t love that? Setting aside the “shopportunities” in Denver, your canine companion is sure to love the nearby mountains, which offer endless hiking trails and outdoor space to wear off some energy. Be sure to double-check ahead of time to make sure your planned trek is dog-friendly.
Chicago has become a dog-lovers haven in recent years, with pet-friendly shops, restaurants, and bars popping up all over the city. With miles of waterfront trails along Lake Michigan, and several dog beaches within the city, there’s no lack of outdoor space for your dog to get some exercise in.
San Diego, CA
San Diego may just be home to the best dog beaches in the country. With an array of off-leash and pet-friendly beaches — most notably the sprawling stretch of sand at Ocean Beach — your companion will enjoy splashing and playing with new friends. You and your dog will both love the diversity in activities available in San Diego — from playing on the beach to enjoying rugged hikes with ocean views. Your pup can even join you on a kayak ride around La Jolla Bay! Just don’t forget the life jackets. And, since it is your vacation, when you want to pamper yourself a little, you can head to one of the city’s dog-friendly world-class shopping centers.