May 6, 2024 | Marlon Wright

20 Of America’s Best Pet-Friendly Destinations

Take Your Furry Friend On Your Next Trip

Our pets are members of the family, so why not take them on vacation with us? For an unforgettable trip with your furry friend, check out these awesome pet-friendly destinations.

Pet-friendly destinations

Wilmington, North Carolina

For a picturesque getaway, look no further than Wilmington. From pet-friendly accommodations, to play places, this charming coastal city has everything you need for an incredible vacation with your furry friend.

A view of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina,  along the Cape Fear RiverStuart Borrett, Flickr

Wilmington, North Carolina (cont’d)

Take a stroll through Halyburton Park's scenic trails, where your pet can breathe in all the new scents. If sandy shores are more your style, head over to Freeman Park for some fun in the sun. 

You should also check out Java Dog Coffee House, where you and your pet can enjoy artsy vibes and delicious treats. 

Halyburton Park in Wilmington, North CarolinaDiscoA340, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Welcome to Albuquerque, the oldest city in New Mexico and a fantastic dog-friendly destination. Nature lovers can enjoy stunning views along the La Luz Trail, and a visit in October offers a chance to see the iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.

Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaDrew Geraets, Flickr

Albuquerque, New Mexico (cont’d)

When it's time to refuel, check out the dog-friendly patio at Backstreet Grill for tasty Mexican dishes or head to The Grove Cafe and Market for breakfast. And for a cozy stay, the centrally located Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown welcomes both you and your pet.

Exterior of Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotelchiragaghara, Flickr

Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers offers the perfect blend of sunshine, relaxation, and fun for you and your pet. Spend your days soaking up the sun and splashing in the waves at Bonita Beach Dog Park or explore the picturesque trails and gardens of Lakes Regional Park.

Entrance banner for Lakes Park in Fort Myers, FloridaSanibel sun, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Fort Myers, Florida (cont’d)

When hunger strikes, treat yourself and your pup to a meal with a view at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café or savor some delicious Italian cuisine at LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. And for accommodations, book a stay at the charming Hotel Indigo, located in the historic Fort Myers River District.

Interior of Bonita Bill's waterfront Cafegarynet, Flickr

Asheville, North Carolina

Take a scenic drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, where you'll see stunning mountain vistas while your pup enjoys the wind in their fur. If a guided tour is more your thing, there are lots of tour groups in Asheville, and many are pet-friendly.

Landscape Photo of Green Knob Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, North CarolinaRon Cogswell, Flickr

Asheville, North Carolina (cont’d)

Don't miss the chance to explore the North Carolina Arboretum, renowned for its stunning gardens. For good eats, head over to Asheville Pizza and Brewing, a beloved local spot that welcomes pets with open arms. And for a comfortable stay right in the heart of downtown Asheville, book a room at the pet-friendly Cambria Hotel and Suites.

The North Carolina Arboretum with cloudy sky in the backgroundKen Lane, Flickr

South Lake Tahoe, California

Discover the ultimate pet-friendly paradise in South Lake Tahoe. Treat your furry friend to a day of fun at Kiva Beach, where they can frolic in the water against a backdrop of majestic mountains. For those craving adventure, head over to the Rubicon Trail, offering unparalleled natural beauty at every turn.

Landscape Photo of Kiva Beach at Lake Tahoeray_explores, Flickr

South Lake Tahoe, California (cont’d)

After a day of exploration, unwind at The Brewery at Lake Tahoe, known for its delicious craft beer and welcoming atmosphere for both you and your pup. And for welcoming accommodations, look no further than Hotel Azure, located just steps away from the beautiful lakeshore.

People sitting in front of the The Brewery at Lake TahoeJeffrey Lorenz, Flickr

Austin, Texas

Austin is known for its eclectic culture, but it’s also a haven for pet lovers. Treat your dog to an off-leash adventure at Red Bud Isle Park before heading over to The Domain, a bustling shopping district where your furry friend is welcome to join you as you browse the stores.

Landscape Photo of Red Bud Isle, Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas, in FallMike McGraw, Flickr

Austin, Texas (cont’d)

When hunger strikes, head to the historic Scholz Garten, where you can enjoy a delicious meal in the outdoor biergarten. And for a comfortable stay in the heart of the action, consider booking a room at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, the Hilton, or one of the many other pet-friendly accommodations scattered throughout the city.

Scholz Biergarten in Austin, Texas, United StatesLarry D. Moore, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Key West, Florida

Escape to Key West and let your pup roam free at the no-leash-required Key West Dog Beach. After, you can check out the mesmerizing underwater world at Key West Aquarium, where your canine companion is welcome to join you on an aquatic adventure.

People in front of the Entrance of Key West AquariumRoger W, Flickr

Key West, Florida (cont’d)

Indulge in the vibrant nightlife scene at Island Dogs Bar, where live music, local cuisine, and furry friends come together for an unforgettable evening. For waterfront accommodations, check out Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. 

People Sitting in the Island Dogs Bar Key West FloridaPatrick Kennedy, Flickr

Huntington Beach, California

At Huntington Beach, you and your furry friend can enjoy endless adventures. Whether it's frolicking in the waves at Huntington Dog Beach or soaking up the sun at Rosie’s Dog Beach, there's no shortage of fun. For entertainment, check out the concerts and community events held year-round at Huntington Central Park.

Taro The Shiba Inu At The The Huntington Dog Beach EntranceTaro the Shiba Inu, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Huntington Beach, California (cont’d)

When hunger strikes, head over to Seafood Zone for beach-themed Mexican cuisine or check out the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar. For a comfortable and budget-friendly stay, look no further than Hotel Huntington Beach, where you and your pet can relax in style.

Entrance of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Entrance at the Huntington Beach CaliforniaLazyDogRestaurants, Flickr

Block Island, Rhode Island

Treat yourself and your furry companion to a memorable pet-friendly getaway on the picturesque Block Island! Explore the island's natural beauty with a scenic walk or bike ride along Mohegan Bluffs or a relaxing day at one of the dog-friendly beaches like Mansion Beach.

Landscape Photo of Mohegan Bluffs with cloudy sky in the backgroundHeather Katsoulis, Flickr

Block Island, Rhode Island (cont’d)

For food, you and your dog can indulge in fresh seafood delights at waterfront Kimberly’s. With several pet-friendly hotels and inns to choose from, including the charming Blue Dory Inn and Darius Inn, you're sure to find the perfect beach retreat for you and your furry friend.

Photo of Blue Dory Inn Hotel on Block IslandPaul Chibeba, Flickr

Edisto Island, South Carolina

Escape to Edisto Island, the perfect destination for a pet-friendly getaway off the coast of Charleston. Spend your days lounging on the dog-friendly shores of Edisto Beach or go on an unforgettable adventure with Botany Bay Ecotours, where dogs are welcome to join you on guided tours through the island's scenic waterways.

Girl and a Dog at Edisto Beach South CarolinaDAVID THOMPSON, Flickr

Edisto Island, South Carolina (cont’d)

At dinner time, head to SeaCow Eatery for delicious, affordable meals that both you and your furry friend will love. For accommodations, consider booking a pet-friendly vacation rental like the three-bedroom Beach Tan cottage or the four-bedroom Sea Breeze home. 

Landscape Photo of Ocean Front on Edisto IslandFiddling Bob, Flickr

Seattle, Washington

Experience the pet-friendly charm of Seattle with a leisurely stroll through Washington Park Arboretum. You can also enjoy a day of fun at the Magnuson Park, offering beautiful outdoor spaces that you and your pet will love.

Walking Trail at the Seattle - Washington Park Arboretumsvartkatt., Flickr

Seattle, Washington (cont’d)

Check out the delicious grub at Norm’s Eatery & Ale House, where your pup can even enjoy their own special menu. For a luxurious stay, check in to the dog-friendly Kimpton Alexis Hotel, recognized as one of Travel and Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World. You can also stay at La Quinta Inn and Suites for a budget-friendly option that doesn't sacrifice comfort or convenience.

Entrance of the Kimpton Alexis Hotel in SeattleAaron RealHealth, flickr

Flagstaff, Arizona

Discover the perfect blend of mountain adventure and city charm on your next trip to Flagstaff. Bring your pet along to explore the stunning Coconino National Forest, where you can hike, camp, or simply take in the breathtaking views of Arizona's red rocks together.

Landscape Photo of Coconino National ForestCoconino National Forest, Ariz., Flickr

Flagstaff, Arizona (cont’d)

Treat yourself to a brewery experience like no other at pet-friendly spots like Hops on Birch or Dark Sky Brewing, where you can enjoy a cold one in the company of your furry companion. For budget-friendly accommodations, check out the pet-friendly Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff or La Quinta Inn and Suites.

Dog DiningJay Cupcake, Shutterstock

Lake Placid, New York

Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountain range, Lake Placid is as a haven for nature enthusiasts and their furry friends! Enjoy unforgettable moments near the pristine waters of Mirror Lake, where a dog-friendly beach awaits for endless frolicking and fun. You can also make the two-mile hike up Mount Jo for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Landscape Photo of Mirror Lake, Lake Placid New YorkOnasill - Bill Badzo -- Happy D, Flickr

Lake Placid, New York (cont’d)

Indulge in classic American cuisine at the dog-friendly Lisa G’s or Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood. For a cozy stay in the heart of it all, book a couple nights at the the pet-friendly Lake Placid Summit Hotel, offering easy access to all of Lake Placid's attractions.

Sign of the Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Company at Lake PlacidGuenther Lutz, Flickr

Napa, California

In Napa, discover the delights of Bouchaine Vineyards, where you can enjoy wine tasting experiences with your beloved pet. Unleash your dog's playful spirit at Alston Park, a sprawling pet-friendly park with walking trails and scenic views.

Dog in puddle at Alston Park in NapaGeorge Lamson, Flickr

Napa, California (cont’d)

Indulge in French cuisine at Angèle Restaurant and Bar, where both you and your furry companion are warmly welcomed. For a charming retreat, check in to the Napa Winery Inn, offering incredible views of the picturesque vineyards.

Photo of the Napa Winery Inn HotelUSDA China, Flickr

Cleveland, Ohio

As you explore Cleveland, stop and let your dog roam free at Edgewater Park, a dog-friendly beach along the shores of Lake Erie. When it comes to food, you and your pet can check out pet-friendly eateries like Luxe Kitchen and Lounge or Banter Beer and Wine.

The Cleveland sign at Edgewater ParkErik Drost, Flickr

Cleveland, Ohio (cont’d)

Relax and recharge at the centrally located Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown. In addition to being pet-friendly, it offers easy access to many of the city's other attractions.

Front View of Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtownfallequinox2006, Flickr

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Experience the best of Milwaukee with a pet-friendly cruise along the Milwaukee River. On Boat Line Cruise, well-behaved pups are welcome to join in the fun.

The Milwaukee Maiden II party boat floating down the Milwaukee RiverJeramey Jannene, Flickr

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (cont’d)

Try out the mouthwatering burgers at Stack’d Burger Bar or indulge in upscale dining at Balzac. For a comfortable stay, check in to the Intercontinental Milwaukee, offering riverside views and convenient access to the city's vibrant RiverWalk.

Photo of the Intercontinental Hotel in MilwaukeeDave Reid, Flickr

Winter Park, Colorado

Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, Winter Park offers the perfect pet-friendly escape for you and your furry friend. Explore the trails of Vasquez Peak Wilderness Park, where you can hike amidst breathtaking views of the Arapaho National Forest alongside your pet.

Hiker at Vasquez Peak Wilderness, over Henderson Minerichard siorek, Flickr

Winter Park, Colorado (cont’d)

Quench your thirst with craft beers at the dog-friendly Hideaway Park Brewery or savor rustic mountain cuisine at Deno’s Mountain Bistro. Retreat to the pet-friendly Snow Mountain Ranch, offering cozy accommodations and endless opportunities for outdoor fun.

Blackboard Sign at the Hideaway Park Brewery in Winter Park ColoradoJay Burton, Flickr

Sanibel Island, Florida

Escape to the tranquil beauty of Sanibel Island and be sure to stop by the Sanibel Island Farmers Market. That’s where you’ll find a variety of vendors offering pet treats, fresh seafood, and more. After, you can take a stroll through Pond Apple Park, and explore beautiful waterfront trails.

Fruits displayed on a Fruit stand at the Sanibel Island Farmers MarketSteve Grundy, Flickr

Sanibel Island, Florida (cont’d)

For food, head over to The Island Cow, a pet-friendly favorite serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For waterfront accommodations, check out the Waterside Inn on the Beach or the Beachview Cottages, both offering pet-friendly suites.

Sign of the Island Cow Restaurant on Sanibel Islandgarynet, Flickr

Portland, Oregon

In Portland, the best place for you and your pet to enjoy scenic views and off-leash adventures is Sellwood Riverfront Park. This picturesque area along the Willamette River is perfect for leisurely strolls and fun in the sun.

Landscape Photo of Sellwood Park in Portland OregonBrandon Olafsson, flickr

Portland, Oregon (cont’d)

At the Portland Saturday Market, you’ll find food stands offering tasty treats for you and your pup. Treat yourself to brunch at the dog-friendly Tin Shed Garden Café, a local favorite. When the day is done, retreat to the historic Heathman Hotel.

Photo of the Ankeny Plaza portion of the Portland Saturday Market, from near the Skidmore FountainGPA Photo Archive, Flickr

Birmingham, Alabama

If you’re heading to Birmingham, make sure to stop by the beautiful trails of Ruffner Mountain National Preserve with your furry companion. It's the perfect way to take in the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.

Landscape Photo of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with cloudy Sky in the backgroundJames Harris, Flickr

Birmingham, Alabama (cont’d)

Cool off with craft beers at Avondale Brewing Company, a welcoming space where you can relax with your pup. For accommodations, head over to the pet-friendly Westin Birmingham. It's located within The Marketplace complex and offers convenient access to dining and entertainment options.

Photo of the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, AlabamaLamar, Flickr



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