51 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations or When You Just Can’t Leave Fido at HomeReading Time: 8 minutes
Every dog parents know the worst moment of any day is the one where they have to walk out the door and say goodbye to those sad puppy-dog eyes. We never seem to want to leave our dogs, do we?
If you’re itching for a vacation but can’t stand the idea of being separated from your dog for a week — even if it is to catch a little R&R — we’ve got you covered.
Whether you’re hoping to catch a little sun on the beach, enjoy a tranquil hike through the woods or finally fulfill your dream to travel abroad, there are dog friendly vacations and dog friendly travel destinations that are perfect for you and your pup.
So pack your bags, and Fido’s too, because it’s time to go on vacation!
Treat Your Adorable Canine to These 50 Dog Friendly Vacations
San Francisco, California
San Fran has always been a favorite vacation destination for families, but a lot of people don’t realize it’s a great place to bring your dog! There are more than 50 restaurants your dog can tag along to, including the Mutt Lynch Winery for all you wine lovers! Pups are also welcome on the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruises and the city’s famous cable cars.
Buffalo Peaks, Colorado
You and your dog will really feel like you’re on an adventure out here. When you’re traveling with dogs, the Buffalo Peaks loop will take you into open meadows, across beautiful creeks and through the forests. If you want, you can even camp out together.
Beartooth Mountains, Montana
Here’s another one for the outdoor duos. This mountain range is going to be more gray granite than the brown volcanic ones you’re used to seeing around, which makes the views pretty hard to beat. So pack up your hiking boots and some trail snacks and get going!
Lake Mead, Nevada
Having vacation with your dog to Vegas probably doesn’t sound like the best idea, but it’s actually a more pet-friendly destination than most would think! And if you do bring your dog with you, you have to take him to Lake Mead. Walk the historic railroad trail, get some killer views from the River Mountains Loop Trail, and admire the stunning rock formations through the Redstone Trail. You and your pup will love it!
Lake Tahoe, California
Tahoe is one of the best places to travel with your dog because it offers year-round fun for you and your pupper. This alpine lake (the largest in the U.S., actually) is basically a playground for dogs. You’ll find hiking trails, beaches, parks and more to enjoy together. You can do it all in Tahoe!
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
This is something you and your dog will love to see. The park is home to the tallest dunes in North America, as well as a diverse landscape of wetlands, grasslands, forests, lakes and even a little tundra. Fun fact: The park is open 24/7, so you and your pup can go on nighttime adventures, too!
Glacier Peak, Washington
Ready for a challenge? How about hiking up the Evergreen State’s most active volcano? It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience to share with your furry best friend. And after you’ve finished your hike, you can swing by Home Fires Bakery for a homemade cookie or caramel bar as a reward for your hard work! Just make sure you treat your pup, too.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
The Horseshoe Bend is one of the most iconic spots in the Grand Canyon and is actually one of the most dog friendly travel destinations in the U.S. If you and the pup have always had the Grand Canyon on your bucket lists, you have to stop for a moment here to snag a pic. Or bring a box of treats and stay awhile. It’s definitely worth the stay.
Yosemite National Park, California
This is one of the most amazing National Parks the country has to offer, and we promise you and your pup will love exploring it. Look up and take in the giant sequoia trees that the park is famous for, the granite cliffs at El Capitan and, of course, Tunnel View. All of the sights in the park are picture perfect, so make sure you grab a few selfies with your dog.
Snoqualmie Mountain Pass, Washington
You’ll be walking in a real life winter wonderland when you visit the mountain pass. Book an A-frame cabin for you and your pup to spend the evenings cozied up by the fire, and at first light, head out onto the trails for a beautiful wintry hike. There are also a few lakes and dog parks you can hit up while you’re out here.
When you started thinking of best places to travel with your dog, Alaska probably didn’t make the list. But we think you’ll reconsider when we tell you that Fairbanks is high on the list of best places to catch the Northern Lights. So get yourself and the pup bundled up because the aurora borealis is something you don’t want to miss.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
There’s nothing quite like a sunset in the desert. You and Fido can catch one while vacationing in Albuquerque after spending some quality time in the 50+ dog-friendly restaurants and 33,000 acres of public park space.
Malibu Beach, California
Craving a little sun and some sand between your toes? Then a trip to Malibu beach is in order. And since you’re bringing your pup along, you’ll have to schedule a visit to Leo Carrillo State Park, where dogs are welcome to run along the shore and enjoy a dip ocean. Bring a frisbee to the beach with you and the two of you will be set for the day.
It’s time to get a little taste of the desert heat and the thrill of adventure! Tucson has a giant city-wide scavenger hunt that will fuel you and your pup’s love for adventure and mystery while taking you to the top attractions and teaching you the area’s rich history. Sounds fun, right?
Winter Park, Colorado
If you and your pup are more into chasing big air off mountains of snow, you’ll be right at home in Winter Park. It’s the perfect place to do a little skiing, snowshoeing and all the winter activities you and Fido love. Just remember to bundle up and you’ll be good to go.
Key West, Florida
Bust out the sunnies for this trip, because you and the pup are about to get tropical. Key West is super friendly to dog lovers, making it a perfect destination for you and your furry friend to enjoy some R&R. We recommend swinging by Island Dogs Bar for a drink — it’s just steps away from Duval Street and has a great patio for you and your dog to chill. If you need a break from the heat, head over to the Key West Aquarium. As long as your pup is on a leash, he’s welcome to join you!
The Finger Lakes, New York
If you’ve never heard of the Finger Lakes, you are missing out. The 11 freshwater lakes are located in upstate New York and are absolutely stunning. The best thing, of course, is that you don’t have to leave your dog behind to visit! Most of the areas wineries, micro-breweries and marinas will welcome your pet. You can also enjoy a walk through Watkins Glen State Park (which features 19 waterfalls) together. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
Mount Pleasant, Virginia
If you and your dog are outdoor adventurers, you simply have to take a trip to Mount Pleasant. Nothing beats the views you’ll get from the summit of Mount Pleasant. Start your hike early so you have time to hang out with your dog when you reach the top. Just spread out a blanket and snuggle up to a beautiful view.
Portland offers the perfect mash-up of artsy culture and outdoor adventures, which makes it a great place for both you and your pup to enjoy some time off. Portland tops the list of dog-friendly travel destinations. It hosts several doggy festivals in the summertime that are perfect for vacationers, including Dog Days of Summer and Ails for Tails.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Hop on the Cape May Lewes Ferry and get a free ride to the beach! You and your dog are both welcome. You can play in the sand all day and then catch a movie at night thanks to the beach’s Cinema by the Surf series.
The Outer Banks, North Carolina
This is a doggy paradise, there’s no doubt about it. There’s actually a pet luau that you can go to! It goes down at Salty Paws Biscuits and includes some yummy homemade treats for both you and Fido. After the party, you can take a stroll through Jockey’s Ridge crossing to do a little shopping and head down to the beach.
New York City, New York
There’s so much to see in the Big Apple! Walk your pup around Times Square and you obviously can’t miss the chance to play around in Central Park. While you’re out, make sure you treat your pup to a good old fashioned NYC hot dog.
Nothing will be more Insta-perfect than getting a picture of you and your dog in front of the famous Bean in Millennium Park. Once you’ve done that, you can stop by one of the city’s 18 off-leash dog parks or let your pup go for a swim in one of the three dog-friendly beaches along Lake Michigan.
Lake Placid, New York
If you’re looking for a quiet, tranquil place to spend some quality time with your dog, you’ll find it here. The Lake Placid Lodge loves dogs and is happy to welcome furry guests who are well-mannered. They even give pups their own bed and special homemade treats! Talk about a vacation!
Isle of Wight, England
Just two hours away from London, you’ll find truly breathtaking coastlines on this English island. Save up some energy before you and the pup visit the Island, because you’re sure to tire yourselves out from all the cool stuff you can do. Sunbathing on the beach, sailing around the English Channel, exploring the island’s rich dinosaur history. The list goes on.
Everyone’s always talking about Rome, but if you ask us, Naples is where the real beauty in Italy lies. You and your dog will love exploring the city’s historic center. It’s collection of archaeological treasures — churches, palaces and castles — simply cannot be rivaled.
Coffee lovers will enjoy a trip to Vienna. The coffee culture here runs deep, so you and your pup will have plenty of cafes to frequent while you wander the city. It’s also known as the City of Music, so don’t be surprised if you find yourselves howling along to the local tunes.
Peyto Lake, Alberta
You’ve probably seen Peyto Lake on postcards and pictures online, but there’s no comparison to what this blue beauty looks like in person. If you can, head out in the early morning hours just as the sun is coming up over the mountains. You and your dog will get the most amazing view without all the hubbub of tourists.
It’s time to say “Buon giorno!” to the beautiful city of Milan. Grab your pup and head down to the financial district, where you’ll find plenty of shopping and dining to keep the two of you entertained. And don’t forget to grab a little gelato while you’re out.
Banff National Park, Canada
Outdoor pups will love having the chance to roam and play here. There are plenty of adventures to be had among the towering mountains of Banff National Park. You can scope out the wildlife, go hiking and climbing, or simply take in the scenery. There’s no wrong way to enjoy the park.
Seriously how cute would your dog look riding in a gondola down the canals of Venice? Answer: So cute. Once you’ve marked that off your bucket list, head to the piazza San Marco, or “the drawing room of Europe” as Napoleon called it. It’s the main public square in the city and is home to St. Mark’s Basilica, which is a must-see while you’re here.
The quaint Petit-Champlain District is so picturesque it almost hurts. We’re talking colorful townhomes, cobblestone roads, the whole shebang. It’s a lovely place to wander with your pup, and should definitely be on your list of places to visit while in Quebec.
If you want to see something truly unique, take the pup on a nighttime walk to the Podzamcze district. The Multimedia Fountain Park offers one of the most celebrated fountain shows around. Listen to music and watch the water flow in tune as you get lost in the moment.
Keyhole Hot Springs, Whistler
Now your dog can experience what it’s like to get cozy in a hot tub. Well, kind of. Your pup can at least keep you company while you take a little dip in the hot spring. But don’t worry, you can both enjoy the scenery.
Seven Sisters, Sussex
These chalk cliffs on the outskirts of the English Channel might look familiar to you. That’s because they’re often used as the backdrop for movies and television stars. So take a little stroll with Fido and let the wind blow through your hair like a star.
Whoever said you can’t bring a dog to Hogwarts? They might not be on the official list, but we think they’ll make an exception once they see how cute yours is. Any fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books simply can’t pass up the chance to visit the real King’s Cross Station and do their best wizard impressions at Platform 9 3/4.
This city is meant to be experienced in the great outdoors and is a great place to vacation with your dog. Grab your pup and get ready to go on an adventure as you brave the Capilano Suspension Bridge, stroll through the city’s beautiful botanical gardens, and hike through the famous Grouse Grind.
Purcell Mountains, British Columbia
Canada’s southeastern mountain range is truly a sight to see. A combination of forest and glacier, you and your furry friend are sure to strengthen your bond once you’ve taken on the mountain together and won.
For the dog-human duo that’s a little on the quirky side, Barcelona offers a great escape. Get a little exercise together by taking a jog along the Mediterranean, take in the sights in the Gothic quarter, and get your fill of tapas. Your souls will be singing when you’re finished.
Ah, Rome. Take a trip into the past as you and your dog experience beautiful sights like the Colosseum, the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon. It’s a history lover’s dream! Once you’ve tired yourself out, head to the nearest cafe for a latte and a fresh bowl of pasta.
This is the Greece you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Whether you’re taking a dip in the Aegean Sea or exploring the city’s blue-domed churches, you and your dog will be in absolute bliss on this trip.
We vote to visit this French city because it’s where you’ll find the Château de Chenonceau. This gorgeous castle that spans the River Cher and features beautiful gardens complete with a giant circular maze. It’s the best place for you and your dog to play king for a day.
There’s so much fun to be had in Stockholm. Start by exploring the cobblestone roads in Old Town, swing by the royal palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, and sign up for a free walking tour! Your dog will love the chance to get out and about the city. If things get a little hot, just swing by one of the city’s many fountains and let your pup take a dip. No one will mind!
It’s time you and your dog dug up some hidden treasures, and Budapest is the perfect place to get off the beaten path. Did you know there are more than 200 caves in the city? Have you ever heard of Wekerle Estate? Well the caves are there and the estate was created as an avant-garde ‘Garden City’ in the early 20th century and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Ever wanted to experience the Netherlands? Here’s your chance! The long sandy beaches in Scheveningen make it a great spot for your vacation. You and your dog will get your fill of sun, surf and sand while you’re here, and plenty of good food to recharge so you can do it all again tomorrow.
Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Castles don’t just exist in fairy tales. If you and your pup want to play king of the castle, all you have to do is visit the Château des Baux. Inside this fortress, you’ll find full-scale replicas of the machines used in battle to protect the castle — giant siege engines, a ballista and the largest trebuchet in Europe. They even launch it during demonstrations in the spring and summer months! Careful, though. Your dog might think it’s a giant fetch machine
Between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, there are so many amazing things to see in the city of love. We say you munch on a fresh baguette and bike around the city with Fido in tow. Maybe get matching berets? If you’re going to visit France, you might as well go all out
You know all those pictures you see of tourists “holding up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa? How much cooler will you look when you take that photo with your dog?! We think it’s a snapshot you and Fido will cherish for years to come.
Cala Carbo, Spain
You and your dog will feel like you’re on a private beach in Cala Carbo. This gorgeous little cove is popular with Spanish natives thanks to its non-commercial vibe, which means you and the pup will get maximum relaxation while sunning on the sand.
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
There’s a reason there are so many National Parks on this list. They’re breathtaking in every sense of the word. Yoho is comprised of pretty meadows and rushing waterfalls, of glacial lakes and majestic mountains. It’s the kind of place you and your dog can just sit and be at peace in nature.
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