Travelling with pets is easier than ever now. A lot of big cities and travel destinations are offering pet friendly hotels and restaurants so you don’t have to leave your best friends behind. Let’s face it, leaving your pets behind for a long period of time will give anxiety attacks to both pets and pet parents. Coupled with pet care expenses or pet sitter expenses, it’s a better idea to take them along with you. Here are some of the most pet friendly travel destinations that we think your family and your pets will enjoy.
1. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a pet-friendly spot to travel with your pet. There are so many parks and beaches with off-leash areas like Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Dolores Park to name a few. Visit and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and shop at the many pet-friendly stores throughout the city. Stay at a number of pet-friendly hotels including the Marriott by Fisherman's Wharf, the Sir Francis Drake or Le Meridien. Pets are allowed on most of the public transportation, including the MUNI’s famous Cable Cars, buses and trains with restrictions. Small dogs are allowed on the regional BART trains that run to the East Bay. Every August the San Francisco Giants have their annual Dog Days of Summer event where you can bring your dog.
2. New York City, NY
New York city probably has just as many things to do for pets as humans. New York City has some of most beautiful hotels that will accommodate your pet. The Le Parker Meridien, Ritz- Carlton, and many W hotels welcome pets. There are also a number of Pet Taxi services in the city that will chauffer your pet to their destinations. Many of the famous stores and department stores in Manhattan will allow leashed dogs to accompany you. You can also visit one of the 30 off-leash parks in the city and your dog can go swimming at pond for dogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Also like San Francisco, The New York Mets has their annual Dog Day at Shea Stadium.
3. Boston, MA
In Boston, you can go to the best tourist sites without leaving your dog at home. Getting around Boston is easy by the subway system which allows leashed dogs of all sizes during non-rush hours. Go to Freedom Trail and take one of a number of boat tours or whale watching tours that welcome pets. Visit one of the cities many parks including the Boston Common, Minute Man National Historical Park or the Arnold Arboretum. You can also travel to nearby Boston towns with a dog-friendly ferry to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket or visit the pet-friendly beaches of Carson Beach.
4. Portland, OR
Being called the “Best Big City” by Money Magazine, Portland is no slouch when it comes to being pet-friendly. Portland’s The Lucky Lab Brewing Company is perfect for dog owners who love to share a brew with a friend while relaxing with your pup. If need to make a coffee run try the Iron Mutt Coffee Company with an off-leash outdoor area to play in while you have coffee and food. Portland has over 20 off-leash dog parks, some of which are fenced. Even the city’s amusement park allows leashed dogs as well as the Hoyt Arboretum and of course the Rose Gardens. Portland also has Dogtoberfest every October to your dog gets pampered while you enjoy a beer at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub.
5. Orlando, FL
This is probably our favorite spot on the list simply because it involves Disney World! Orlando has a lot of amusement parks and attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World that are also pet friendly. You may not be able to take your friend on any rides in Disney World but Disney has five kennels in the park that can watch your pet for just $15 a day while you enjoy the rides. Disney is also planning a first of its kind pet resort with luxury suites, and doggy day camp. Accommodations are no problem as well with Pet friendly hotels like Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort giving VIP treatment to pooches.
6. Anchorage, AK
You and your pet can enjoy the breathtaking landscape that only Anchorage can offer. The city has many pet-friendly accommodations such as the Aurora Winds Resort Bed & Breakfast, Puffin Inn, and the Millennium Alaskan Hotel. Anchorage has many beautiful parks that allow pets include the stunning Chugach National Forest. There are You can also take your pet fishing, hiking, or camping on one of the world’s most pristine and beautiful landscapes.
7. San Diego, CA
San Diego is known for its beaches. There are two major off-leash beaches at Ocean Beach and Coronado Beach plus many other beaches that allow leashed dogs. With its sunny warm weather, San Diego is perfect for outdoor activities with your pets. There are many nice outdoor pet-friendly restaurants in San Diego, La Jolla and throughout the region. While in San Diego visit Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center which has an off-leash dog park built into the shopping center.
8. Las Vegas, NV
Sin City is not just for high rollers anymore. Las Vegas has various pet-friendly activities for your pet including the annual Strut Your Mutt event where your dog can go and show their stuff with a multitude of events and contests. You can take your pet on a tour of Vegas with the Las Vegas walking tour or visit the Historic Spring Mountain Ranch. There are also beautiful pet-friendly parks like the Red Rock Canyon National Area and off-leash parks like the Dog Fancier’s Park. There is even a pet-friendly shopping center the District at Green Ranch where many store have dog treats and water for your pet. Worried that you pet aren’t welcome in the casinos hotels? Here are several hotels that will – Four Season Hotel, AmeriSuites, all Best Western and La Quinta Inn & Suites.
9. New Orleans, LA
Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has been steadily rebuilding most of the pet-friendly places. There are many pet-friendly hotels including the French Quarter Courtyard, Drury Inn & Suites and the Elysian Field Inn which lets pet stay free. New Orleans has a lot to offer you and your pet including the Historic New Orleans walking tour, French Quarter District, and even an old-fashion buggy ride. While in New Orleans you can dine out on a variety of outdoor pet –friendly restaurants like The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and Café Gumbolaya.
10. Oahu, HI
The island of Oahu is the ideal place to bring your pet. The year-round warm climate is perfect to enjoy a vacation with your pet. Oahu has 6 dog parks with some having off-leash areas and all the breath-taking beaches are pet-friendly including parrots! There are hotels and vacation home rentals that are pet-friendly like The Kahala Hotel and resort, W Honolulu at Diamond Head, and Kailua Beach Vacation Home. When in Oahu, you must not miss a chance to go to a Hawaiian luau and enjoy the wonderful cuisine that Hawaii has to offer.
*Always remember: Carefully research your travel destination when planning your vacation with a pet. When researching, you'll want to consider whether the hotels imposes weight-limits, ensure that the hotels offers pet-sitting or grooming, and note its vicinity to dog friendly places and activities. Also before taking your pet on vacation, consult your veterinarian to be sure that all required vaccinations are up-to-date and to receive a health certificate within ten days of travel.
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