If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I am a dogmom. I’m a bit obsessed with my rescue pups, Kit & Wesley. If I can take them with me when I’m traveling, I do! Some of their favorite spots include Green Lakes State Park, the Adirondack mountains, and Vermont breweries. I reached out to some fellow travel bloggers who travel with their pups. They’ve shared their advice on dog-friendly places to visit. Enjoy their stories!
As a student living in Boston, I’d dreamed of visiting Portland, Maine, for all things lobster and lighthouses, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York City that I decided to make the trip. Thank goodness I waited, because my dream trip to Portland became four paws more adorable. I rescued my pup, Harry, right before moving to NYC; this Portland road trip was one of our first times traveling together.
While I went in a bit nervous—Would the restaurants let him in? Would he feel comfortable?—I was quickly put to ease when the Sebago Brewpub warmly welcomed us on their outdoor patio. From that point on, the dog-friendly Portland fun didn’t stop. We went to renowned breweries like Allagash and Maine Beer Company, stayed at a dog-friendly VRBO, and walked for hours scouting some of South Portland’s most gorgeous lighthouses (Spring Point Ledge was our favorite!).
We even took a day trip north to Freeport, Maine, where Harry was the VIP guest at L.L. Bean’s Flagship Store. Our other day trip to Peaks Island got Harry on his first boat; from the brief (but adorable) ferry ride to the coastal Peaks Island walking paths, this was one of his favorite adventures. But for Harry, nothing beat his time at the dog-friendly Willard Beach, where he met and played with dozens of friendly pups.
If a dog-friendly trip is on your horizon, Portland is a chill, welcoming place to take your pup for a weekend, a week, or longer!
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Grand Canyon, Arizona
Contributed by Shandos Cleaver from Travelnuity & Schnitzel
One of my favourite dog-friendly destinations in the USA is the Grand Canyon, in particular the South Rim around the Grand Canyon Village. It’s the perfect spot to visit to get some beautiful photos with your and your pup. Just be careful to keep hold of their leash – it’s a long way down!
Before visiting with your dog, there are some rules that you need to keep in mind. The key one is that dogs aren’t allowed below the rim, where the serious hiking trails are located. Dogs are also not allowed on the shuttle buses. This rules out visiting the Hermits Road area to the west of the village between March and November, when the shuttle bus is in operation, except for on foot along the Rim Trail.
My top recommendation for visiting with a dog is to walk part of this magnificent Rim Trail. With a total distance of 13 miles (or 26 miles return), pick and choose the section that you’d like to hike. Flat and paved, it’s an easy walk, with the sections around the Grand Canyon Village and Visitor Centre most popular.
I also recommend heading along the drive to Desert View, which is open year-round to vehicles. There’s multiple viewpoints to stop at along the way, easily accessible from your car with your dog.
Dogs are allowed at the Mather Campground, Trailer Village and Desert View Campground, as long as they are kept on a leash. Enquire at the multiple lodges in the village for whether dogs are allowed, otherwise there are affordable pet-friendly hotels in Flagstaff and Williams. An additional option if you’re wanting to venture below the rim is the on-site kennel.
My husband found an amazing Airbnb that was a renovated shipping container 2 blocks from the beach, and it was completely pet-friendly with easy to clean furniture that our fur baby Sasha made herself at home on! We enjoyed taking her to the beach there and also to Carolina Beach State Park which has a neat Venus Flytrap Trail where you can see many types of carnivorous plants. She loved being outside and seeing some other dogs on that trail, along with playing in the sand. After that, we found a pet-friendly brewery called the Sour Barn to hang out in for a while. They had a comfortable inside space with a couch she quickly claimed! Out back they had a huge area for lounging with a fire pit, a place to play disc golf, and plenty of room to enjoy socializing.
The next day we ended up coming across a Bubble Tea cafe called Tap Tap Tea Bar which also allowed dogs and even gave her a doggy biscuit! They had board games to play while we enjoyed our bubble tea infused with oreos. Really cool spot! The weather turned rainy toward the end of our visit, and Sasha’s a little afraid of the rain, so we ended up taking a stroll in the local Lowe’s hardware. She got her exercise in while staying dry and my husband got to drool over all the tools he “needed” at the same time! Safe to say that everybody was happy!
Ocean Beach is a quirky little beach town just outside of San Diego California and a perfect place to travel with your dog. The coastal California weather is always perfect for your furry friends, but it’s the community spirit that sets Ocean Beach apart.
Shops welcome dogs by offering drinks and treats to their fluffy guests. Restaurants invite pooches onto their patios, and everybody stops to pet your puppy. Off the main strip, we’d recommend Azucar and Raglan Public House. Afterward, enjoy a walk down Ocean Beach Pier to enjoy the sunset with your canine companion. BO-beau Kitchen offers French comfort food (and a smoking happy hour) walking distance from Dog Beach. Ocean Beach hosts numerous outdoor festivals, like the OB Street Fair or Kite Festival, which allow you and your pet to enjoy that unique OB vibe.
Of course, what the doggiest place in this doggone town? Dog Beach – one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. You and your pup can run free in the sand and making new friends as you go. You can also try some uniquely social sports like dog surfing and even dog yoga! Why endure a holiday where dogs are merely tolerated when they are celebrated in Ocean Beach?
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I hope you enjoyed reading these recommendations from my fellow bloggers! Do you have a favorite dog-friendly place to visit? Let me know in the comments!