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Sometimes we are desperate for a well-deserved vacation, but the thought of leaving our four-legged family members at home is heartbreaking. You can now let those feelings go, as there are many dog-friendly cities, campsites, and vacation spots across America where you and your canine partner can venture away for an epic getaway together.
Let’s discover the most dog-friendly vacation spots across America.
This small beach town on the Monterey Peninsula of California, welcomes dogs and their owners with open arms. Many of the city's restaurants have water bowls, toys, and treats for little companions to distract themselves while you relax and dine.
Carmel has many fun adventures for your pet as well. You can treat your dog to everything from surf lessons to a massage at a dog spa. Unlike many beaches across the country, dogs are allowed to swim in the ocean in Carmel. They are also allowed to romp around the parks and wander the hiking trails.
Carmel has dozens of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and adventures, which make it a prime getaway for you and your four-legged friends.
Asheville might not be the first place you think of being a dog-friendly town. However, this North Carolina city is dog crazy. They have many dog-friendly parks like the massive Biltmore Estate, which has 200 plus acres for you and your pet to roam. Another notable park for canine lovers is the French Broad River Dog Park.
Asheville has a lot of dog-friendly hiking trails too. However if you want to try more challenging trails that might not be suitable for your dog, you can always drop them off at a doggie daycare. Asheville loves dogs so much that there is even a Woof Gang Bakery that is a bakery designed just for dogs.
This North Carolina city not only caters to those traveling with a four-legged companion but is also a beautiful city to visit in its own right.
If you are looking for a fun little adventure that is dog friendly, head to the Shenandoah River in Virginia. The waterways are a blast but are still calm enough for both beginner kayakers and dogs to handle. The waters are clear, crisp, and beautiful.
There are even companies that will provide you and your buddy transportation and any gear you might need.
Doelle Lakes aren’t well known in Washington, yet they are every bit as beautiful as many of the other parks and hiking hotspots across the state. Most of the trails are dog-friendly, and since the park isn't famous, you will have fewer crowds to contend with when walking the paths or enjoying the views.
The region is stunning with scenic lakes, meadows, and forests. Some trails even merge with the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a memorable vacation that you and your four-legged friends will definitely enjoy. While the national park requires dogs on a leash in many parts of the park, there are other areas where they can be free to run. There are also hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails for your enjoyment making this area a place that you will want to return repeatedly. The park is famous for its mountain vistas, clear water, and abundant wildlife.
The First Landing State Park at Virginia Beach is an excellent choice when looking to venture on an outdoor vacation with your dog. The park has over 2,000 acres to roam, picnic, hike, canoe, and kayak. There are hundreds of dog-friendly campsites. Plus there is so much natural beauty to see and explore that you and your little companion will never get bored.
There are many dog-friendly adventures and vacations to have around America. Next time you are desperate for a getaway, you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving your furry friend at home.
Just head to any spot on this list!
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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