Hitting the highway this summer? Or maybe it's the tarmac. Either way, if you're bringing Fido or Mittens with you, you want to know where you can go that's pet-friendly. We've got you covered with ideas on destinations, hotels and methods of travel.
Charleston, South Carolina Yup historic Charleston is pet-friendly. So pet-friendly that GoPetFriendly named it the 2016 Best City for Pet Travelers. Just imagine strolling those cobblestone streets with your pet in tow.
Cabo Looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Mexico? The Hotel Whisperer has four words for you: Las Ventanas al Paraiso. The Cabo San Lucas hotel provides dedicated butlers for dogs and can even organize dog birthday parties.
Omni Hotels For many hotels, pet-friendly is a chain-wide philosophy. Check out Omni Hotels from Fort Worth in Texas to San Diego on the West Coast.
The National Parks In some ways a no-brainer. After all dogs do like to go outside. But some parks are more welcoming than others for four-legged visitors. For example, Acadia National Park on the Maine Coast is a great place for travelers to bring their dogs. According to GoPetFriendly, nearly all the park’s 120 miles of hiking trails are accessible to pooches.
Dog Mountain It probably goes without saying that Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont is dog-friendly. But what is it exactly? Well, it’s a private 150-acre preserve that includes hiking trails and dog ponds. It’s also home to an artist’s studio, a gallery and a dog chapel.
Cottonwood, Idaho Wait, where? Well that’s where Dog Bark Park Inn is, a tiny inn located inside of what the owners call the world’s largest (wooden) beagle. The dog-shaped bed and breakfast is perhaps the most visible product of artists/owners Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin. Their studio is on-site, and all kinds of wooden dog gift items and souvenirs are available for purchase. Needless to say, pets are welcome.
Amtrak Going by train? Well, what do you know? Amtrak welcomes pets. That opens up a wide variety of destinations like New Orleans, accessible by the Crescent, which departs from New York and stops in Atlanta, Chicago and Denver, among other cities.
San Diego Any city that hosts a Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon has to be pretty pet-friendly. Scheduled this year for September 11th.
The Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma. A horse track is dog-friendly? Well, I guess that kind of makes sense. Be sure to stop by the Dog Iron Grill.