This series of posts highlighting the places that your dog would want to take you if he were the one planning your next vacation together is one of our favorites of all time! Sharing with you some of our best pet friendly places around the country … from great dog beaches, to perfectly pet friendly accommodations … has been a special treat! Today we bring you the next eight places your dog really wants to go on vacation.
National Parks have a reputation for not welcoming pets – but that’s not true for Acadia! Dogs are welcome on almost all of the 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in the park and in most of the public areas. If you prefer Mother Nature with a side of civilization, spend your days in the park and your evenings in pet friendly Bar Harbor!
There is a nice selection of pet friendly hotels in Albuquerque, but if you’re looking for a truly pet friendly and unique experience, you won’t find better accommodations than the Mauger Estate Bed & Breakfast. Located in a lovely residential area of downtown, the B&B is walking distance from Old Town, pet friendly restaurants, a dog park, and several city parks for your sniffing pleasure. But what tickled Buster and Ty beyond belief was that our room had it’s own private yard … complete with doggy door!
Take the ferry to Mackinac Island, and you’re in for a special treat! At just 3.8 square miles, this jewel sits in Lake Huron between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, about a 15-minute ferry ride from shore. Eighty percent of the island is preserved within Mackinac Island State Park, and personal automobiles have been prohibited here since 1898. Dogs, however, are very welcome and you’ll find ferries, accommodations, restaurants, and plenty of activities for pups eager to explore this island suspended in time.
The stunning scenery of southern Utah is something to behold … but the dog friendly trails in Bryce and Zion National Parks will, no doubt, leave you disappointed. Fortunately, Dixie National Forest provides plenty of options! Spread across southwest Utah in four different regions, all the trails in Dixie are free to use and pet friendly. Red Canyon Trail is a five-miler with plenty of ups and downs that allows you and your pooch to walk amongst the incredible hoodoos that make this area so unique.
Driving along the rugged Oregon coast, suddenly the scenery changes in the most unexpected way! Winds from the ocean blow tons of sand into a unique landscape, where the rocky cliffs give way to a 40 mile stretch of lowland. Purchase a day pass at the kiosk for $5, and park your car at the trailhead. Three miles of tough hiking will put you at the ocean – but just a half mile down the path you’ll find dunes hundreds of feet high. And it’s all dog friendly!
The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most alluring attractions, and it’s easy to understand why. Shimmying along for 3.5 miles with historic mansions on one side and the ocean on the other, the views here are unlike anywhere else. The path itself ranges from a paved, easy walk in the beginning, to a dirt trail, to dots painted across massive boulders toward the end. Fortunately, there are several access points along the route, and staying north of Marine Avenue will get you a more leisurely saunter.
Stretching over 1,350 acres, Garden of the Gods was dedicated as a free city park in 1909. The huge red sandstone rock formations set against Pikes Peak in the background are simply stunning, and all 15 miles of trails are open to leashed pets. There is also a designated off-leash area if your pup needs to burn off some energy! Don’t miss the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Colorado’s largest gift shop and gallery and, where leashed pets are allowed inside. And if you’re there around lunch time, stop into the cafe – seating on the outdoor patio is pet friendly.
If your pup loves snow, hiking at Mt. Baker is something he’s not going to want to miss. Just a 30- mile drive from Bellingham, ten main glaciers cover Mt. Baker, ensuring you’ll always find some drifts to tear through. There are miles of trails here, and because the recreational areal lies within a national forest, pets are welcome to join you. Dogs must be leashed in developed areas (trailheads, campgrounds and picnic areas) and cannot be taken on Table Mountain Trail for safety reasons.
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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