Dogs are not just pets, they are family, and we love to share as much of our lives with them as possible. When it comes to holidays, nothing beats the companionship of our furry friends. Most dog owners consider their pets as part of the family, and leaving them behind during a vacation is never an option. Taking your dog on holiday with you can be the best decision for a pet owner. It allows you both to share new experiences, strengthen your bond, and create unforgettable memories. It also saves you money on expensive pet boarding services and allows your furry friend to stay healthy by maintaining their routine.
More than anything, though, there are countless dog-friendly destinations to visit. So, where should you take your four-legged friend on your next adventure? Here are some of the best picturesque destinations we have discovered for you to take your dog on holiday in the US:
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia has over 125 miles of scenic trails which have no shortage of diverse terrain. From scenic hikes with breathtaking ocean views to exploring the park’s numerous lakes and forests, there are endless opportunities for you and your dog to enjoy the great outdoors together.
The park is one of the most dog-friendly in America and allows dogs on almost all hiking trails, carriage roads, and campgrounds – just be sure to follow the guidelines and keep your dog on a leash. Pop into the park headquarters in Hulls Cove for information on pet-friendly trails, and a guide to pet-friendly cabins and hotels close to the park.
2. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
A small town with charm, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a must-visit dog-friendly destination. Your furry friend can sniff its way around the gorgeous beaches, historical landmarks, and even dine outdoors with you. The food is exceptional, and the seaside views are breathtaking. Taking a stroll down Ocean Avenue with your furry companion is sure to put a smile on both your faces as you take in the quaint shops and galleries. Feel free to make your way to one of the many dog-friendly beaches as well, such as Carmel Beach or Garrapata State Park.
3. Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine is known for its breathtaking views, charming downtown area, and endless outdoor adventures. You can enjoy whale watching, kayaking, and even have a scenic drive around the national park. And the best part? You can bring your furry best friend along for the journey. Whether you want to relax on the sandy beaches of Acadia National Park or explore the rocky coastline, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy with your pup by your side. But it’s not just the scenery that makes Bar Harbor a top destination for dog lovers. The town is incredibly welcoming to four-legged visitors, with many businesses and restaurants offering dog-friendly patios and even special menus for pups.
4. Austin, Texas
Austin is a city that boasts excellent sunshine, excellent food, and is genuinely pet-friendly. Barton Springs Pool is an excellent spot for humans to take a dip, but just further down is the unofficially named Barkin’ Springs – where dogs are encouraged to paddle and swim. East Austin also has several parks where dogs can be off-leash and enjoy playing with other dogs. The most famous spot is probably the Red Bud Isle that provides a beautiful hike and paddle in Lake Austin (no swimming) for the pups.
5. Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina is a charming city known for its stunning natural beauty, eclectic art scene, and delightful culinary offerings that draw visitors from all corners of the world. Asheville is also one of most dog-friendly cities in the United States. From restaurants and breweries that allow dogs on their patios, to miles and miles of picturesque trails in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s no shortage of things to do with your four-legged companion. For example, The Biltmore Estate welcomes pets in the outdoors on leashes, so you can explore the estate’s acres of gardens and meadows.
Take care when travelling with your dog
Just remember when planning your trip with your furry baby, do your research, check that the accommodations you book are pet-friendly, and have all the necessary documents. Remember, travelling with a pet can expose them to new stresses, so make sure to bring familiar items such as blankets, food and water bowls, and toys for your furry friend. Most importantly, have a fantastic time and make memories that both you and your dog can treasure forever.
Hattie Polker is an enthusiastic dog lover and avid traveller. She loves to explore new cultures and experience the beauty of the world. She has a positive outlook on life and a passion for adventure, which she’s able to share with her beloved pets. Hattie loves nothing more than taking her furry friends on new journeys – discovering enchanting sights and meeting fascinating people along the way. Whether hiking up a mountain or meandering along a beach, Hattie’s always in her element when exploring with her canine companions.