Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

pet frinedly vacation spotsIf your furry, four-legged friends are coming along for the ride this vacation, they're in good company. More and more people are traveling with their pets every year, and tourist destinations are responding to the demand by turning themselves into pet friendly vacation spots. Here are a few trip ideas that will get tails wagging.

Places to Stay in Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

Cities are probably the most pet friendly vacation spots, with plenty of hotels and motels that allow animals. Your destination options span the country: AAA has ranked Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Albuquerque, New York, Orlando, and Nashville as among cities with the most pet friendly hotels, but you can find pet friendly vacation spots almost anywhere. Most hotels, like the Ocean Park Resort on South Carolina's Myrtle Beach, will allow one or two pets per room and will allow additional pets for a small fee. Some hotels, however, are more exclusive. The New York Dog Spa and Hotel in New York City offers boarding, primping, and even training for your dog in the heart of Manhattan.

If you are leaving the city for a stay in the country, then take note that bed and breakfasts, camping grounds, and vacation rentals often accept pets. Campgrounds in popular destinations like Yosemite National Park and Disney World welcome pets for no additional fee.

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Pet Friendly Activities

Once you've found a place to stay, you'll find there's also plenty to do in a pet friendly vacation spot. Parks and pet boutiques abound in cities, where pets can explore, romp, and play off-leash or be pampered with the latest in pet fashion. Large cities also offer a host of restaurants with outdoor seating where you can eat in style and bring your pet along. Your pet can even go shopping with you in many pet friendly vacation spots, especially in outdoor markets.

Pet festivals are also an exciting activity in many cities. Most feature beauty contests, games, dog-food eating contests, and adoptions, and they are a great opportunity for you and your pet to socialize with other pet lovers.

If your destination features surf and sand, there are often places at the beach for your pet to play. Favorite pet friendly vacation spots like San Diego, California, and Key West feature dog beaches where your pet can walk and swim off the leash.

Dogs are also welcome on the hiking trail. Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee allows leashed dogs on many of its trails, as well as in its camping grounds and picnic areas. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, Table Rock State Park in Missouri, and Acadia National Park in Main are beautiful pet friendly vacation spots that are not alone in allowing dogs to hike, boat, or kayak side by side with their owners.


You don't have to leave your pets at home when there are so many pet friendly vacation spots where you can relax, play, and bring your pet along.