Last week we started a series of posts highlighting the places that your dog would be planning to take you if he were the one booking your next vacation. They’re some of our favorite pet friendly places around the country … from great dog beaches, to perfectly pet friendly accommodations! Today we bring you the next eight places your dog positively wants to go on vacation.
The Grand Canyon is one of those iconic trips that everyone plans to make at some point in their lives. It doesn’t matter how many photos you’ve seen of it … until you’re standing on the edge looking out over the landscape, you simply can’t comprehend the magnificence of this natural wonder. And, what makes it even better? It’s one of our most dog friendly national parks – the entire 13-mile South Rim Trail is pet friendly!
Consistently named one of the top beaches in the country, Carmel Beach welcomes it’s canine visitors to frolic off-leash in the surf and sand, as long as they respond to voice commands. Within easy walking distance of the city’s many pet friendly inns and restaurants, the beach can also be enjoyed from Scenic Bluff Path. Eight stairways provide access to the beach from the trail as it winds through stands of Monterey cypress and landscaped gardens from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach.
Nestled on 120 acres in the Green Mountains, Topnotch is an award winning hotel, spa, and tennis facility situated at the foot of Mt. Mansfield – Vermont’s highest peak – near the town of Stowe. The views are spectacular, the rooms are elegantly comfortable, and the whole first floor of the hotel and all of the grounds (with the exception of the pools) are dog friendly. That includes the comfortable living room with it’s gigantic fireplace, the tea room for daily snacks, and the patio seating area at the restaurant. You can even schedule an in-room Reiki or traditional massage for your pooch, if they need a little extra pampering!
Milwaukee takes full advantage of it’s location on the shore of Lake Michigan, with one vast park running into another all along the lakefront. Pack a picnic, check out the popular Oak Leaf Trail, or venture over to the Juneau Park Lagoon and have a paddle in one of their canoes, kayaks, or paddle boats. All the rentals are dog friendly!
Stretching over 55 acres, Butchart Gardens was started in 1904 when Robert and Jennie Butchart moved to a barren limestone quarry. Jennie’s passion and spectacular vision transformed the property into this breathtaking park. Divided into multiple sections, a paved walking path meanders though and around the Sunken Garden, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Star Pond, the Italian Garden, the Piazza, and the Mediterranean Garden – and dogs are perfectly welcome to join you.
Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, in the funky little artist community of Madrid, is a well-known restaurant called The Hollar. Seating on the patio is casual, the regulars are welcoming, and it’s extremely dog friendly. In fact, dogs dining here have their own menu to order from, which includes selections such as chicken, rice & veggies, turkey, black beans & rice, or a beef taco salad.
In a quiet corner of southwestern North Carolina, between Asheville and Charlotte, there is an RV park whose owners have made it their mission to satisfy every dog’s desire. They’ve taken thirty acres of scenic farmland and turned it into a playground for pooches and their people with trails, fenced off-leash areas, and activity fields. If you want your dog to be a happy camper – this could be the perfect spot for you!
Ten miles east of Coeur d’ Alene, just off Hwy 97, is the Mineral Ridge Scenic Area … and one of the best hikes you’ll find anywhere. It’s not terribly long or difficult, it has a nice mix of shade and sun, and the views are unbeatable! Pick up a trail guide at the start of the hike and brush up on the history of the area, as well as the local flora and fauna as you go. And, whatever you do, don’t forget the camera!
For more information on any of these locations, simply click on it’s name above. And, be sure to check out all the posts in this series:
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