5 Best Dog Friendly Vacation Destinations in the U.S.

Bring Your Dog on Vacation

If you love your dog, you'll feel guilty leaving him/her at home while you're enjoying a vacation. Bring your dog with you and double the fun! Yes, there are plenty of vacation spots in the United States that are hospitable to your adorable furry companions.

Whether you like to go on a beach, a road trip, a walk in the park, you can find a place where you and your dog can have a good time. For a list of dog-friendly vacation destinations, read this article.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville has a lot to offer when it comes to fun moments with your dog. The best season to visit this bohemian city is in Autumn when you'll be amazed to see the wonderful foliage of the countryside. Go up the Blue Ridge Mountains with your dog and view the peaceful, picturesque landscape.

You can also saunter with your pet on the grounds of the city's main tourist attractions such as French Broad River Park, North Carolina Arboretum, and Biltmore Estate. The French Broad River Park has a fenced-in dog park and a wildflower garden. You can also find hotel accommodations that welcome pets in the city.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Do you love walking along the beach with your dog? There's a dog-friendly vacation spot on the Gulf Coast of Florida called Sanibel Island. This paradise has sun-kissed beaches and pleasantly warm weather all year round.

Among the most visited beaches on the island is Gulfside Beach. It has picnic spots, BBQ areas, decent restrooms, and outdoor showers. You can also go to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to spot migratory birds flying over wetlands and mangroves.

Sedona, Arizona

Doggos like to explore the magnificent red rock landscape of Sedona, Arizona. It's a perfect place for dogs to have their dose of adventure. Visit the Coconino National Forest where you can find hiking trails that are suitable for your furry companion.

There are also pet-friendly camping trips, backpacking tours, and excursions to Indian ruins in the area. The vacation to Sedona won't be complete without visiting the Sedona Dog Park which has a massive area for dogs to walk around without a leash. It also has spectacular views, making the place a wonderful spot to take pictures with your pet.

San Diego, California

San Diego, California is another ideal place for your pet dog. With its Instagrammable views, miles of sandy shoreline, and warm weather, your furry friend will surely love a vacation in this city. Visit the beautiful communities of Del Mar and La Jolla, and choose from a wonderful selection of beaches in the area.

There's also a dog surfing competition at Imperial Beach held every year in July. If you have a surfer dog, you can sign your pet in this competition. Then, you can head to Balboa Park where you can find dog-friendly spots that you and your pet need to explore.

Bend, Oregon

The beautiful city of Bend in the state of Oregon is a haven for dogs, with almost half of the city's population owning dogs. You can spend your vacation here with your pet and take the wonderful vistas of alpine lakes, forests, and extinct volcanoes. It also has 13 off-leash spots to walk your pet and 51 miles of trails within the city limits.

Saunter with your dog around the Farewell Bend Park or along the Deschutes River Trail. Your pet can also take a dip in the river to cool off.


The top dog-friendly destinations mentioned on this list are only a few that you can find in the United States. There are still many others that are worthy to visit. But I can guarantee that the places on this list are the best in the country for your furry companions.

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