Vacation planning season is upon us. While you’re re-investing in sunscreen,
reminiscing over photographs from last
year’s trips and checking out TripAdvisor reviews, DoodyCalls has pulled
together ten dog-friendly vacation spots that we think both you and your four-legged friend will love.
- Phoenix, Arizona
With the announcement that the Diamondbacks would be sponsoring “Bark in the Park” events in 2016, dog owners have been eager to visit Phoenix and take in a game with man’s best friend. Before visiting town, we suggest you check out the Happy Dog Phoenix blog to see what dog-friendly events will be going on during your trip.
- Napa Valley, California
If you’re a wine connoisseur, or interested in pretending to be one for a week, take a trip over to Napa Valley this summer. With hundreds of vineyards to choose from, your options can be overwhelming. Fortunately, DogTrekker has taken the guess work out of which wineries welcome four-legged friends. Many of the local restaurants offer beautiful al fresco dining options. This area is also home to some of the top luxury dog-friendly resorts and spas.
- Aspen, Colorado
Voted the top pet-friendly city in 2010, by GoPetFriendly.com, Aspen has many options available for you and your four legged friend. Rise to great heights alongside your pup on a pet-friendly gondola or read a good book back at the lodge, like Aspen Meadows Resort.
- Key West, Florida
Take a walk down Duval Street or visit Mallory Square. The tropical sights and sounds of Key West will help you escape from reality and allow you to take in some much deserved rest and relaxation. You’ll find that many hotels and home rentals will welcome your four legged friends with open arms. With lizards, chickens and Ernest Hemmingway’s famous five-tied cats roaming the island, you’ll find they’re in good company.
If you and your dog love spending time out on the water, head over to Annapolis, Maryland where you can hop aboard a pet-friendly cruise, or take out a kayak for the day. If shopping is more your style, bring along Fido as you stroll among the downtown boutiques. Your pup will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of shop owners, happy to hand her a treat as you take in some retail-therapy. Quiet Waters Park is the perfect location for some off leash fun.
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Whether traveling by ferry, or private boat, Martha’s Vineyard is a welcoming place to land ashore. These laid back towns will allow you and your pup to go seaside all year long. Just be sure to be respectful of their posted rules regarding allowing your dog on the beach during protected nesting periods.
- Outer Banks, North Carolina
Vacationers travel from far and wide each year, to spend a week or two in the Outer Banks. With the relaxed atmosphere, house rentals that are perfect for large family gatherings, and miles of beaches, you’ll have trouble leaving. While in the area, take a jeep tour where you and your pup are in the front seats, or visit North Carolina’s oldest microbrewery, Weeping Radish Farm Brewery to enjoy a local craft beer.
- Orange Village, Ohio
Have you ever gotten the suspicion that your dog has more fun while on her own adventure than when traveling with the whole family? Surprise her with her own private trip to Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa. While you and the kids spend the day visiting nearby Cleveland, Fluffy is sure to enjoy being spoiled with de-furring treatments, massages and her very own steak! This pet-exclusive hotel also has locations in Westlake Village, California and India.
No trip to Austin is complete without a few healthy helpings of their local TexMex offerings. Don’t leave your furry friends begging for scraps and drooling at your side. Their tails will be wagging after a trip to Austin’s first mobile food truck for dogs, Bow Wow Bones. From Zilker Botanical Gardens to the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, there’s no shortage of outdoor pet-friendly attractions that you and your pup are sure to love when you’re ready to take in the great Austin outdoors.
- Seattle, Washington
Seattle is gaining a big reputation as one of the best dog-friendly destinations out there. Don’t believe us? Let a local tell you why this is a must-visit location for you and your pup. We’re already drooling at the idea of a Sunday dog-friendly Ice-Cream Cruise. Attractions like this area sure to delight pups and kids alike. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, take in a Kenmore Air Tour with your furry friend. You heard us right, there’s nothing Seattle dogs can’t do.