We started this little series of places your dog would want to take you on vacation if he were the one planning the trip, and we’ve had so much fun … I’m afraid it turned into a bit of a saga! Thinking back to all the fantastically dog friendly places we’ve been with Ty and Buster over the years has been a blast! And now we bring you the final post in this collection … eight places your dog truly wants to go on vacation.
For those who prefer to sit back and enjoy spectacular vistas, prepare to be dazzled at the overlook at Bear Mountain State Park. You’ll want to pull up a bench and spend some time marveling at the rolling hills, the winding Hudson River, and – on a clear day – the distant Manhattan skyscrapers in the horizon. If your pup is more of the active type, hit the newly constructed Appalachian Trail on the east side of the mountain. It includes 800 stone stairs and is considered one of the most beautiful trails built in the last fifty years! Or if you’d prefer something with a little less climb, park at Bear Mountain Dock (turn right at the Zoo entrance) and take a lovely stroll right along the river.
The Tetons offer some of the most stunning scenery in the country, and Bridger-Teton National Forest affords you the perfect opportunity to take it all in with your dog. From the town of Jackson, the national forest boundary is easy walking distance and the hike to the top of Snow King is a great way to spend an afternoon. But my favorite views can be found out by Curtis Canyon Campground, just a few miles from downtown. Pack a picnic, grab the camera, and spend the day strolling the hills in the shadow of these grand mountains.
If you’re looking for a pet friendly beach, we highly recommend Provincetown! Dogs can join you on the sand all day and are welcome to play off-leash between 6 and 9 in the morning and evening during the summer. The friendly folks in town make window shopping and grabbing a bite fun, but there are also quite spots where you can enjoy the solitude if you prefer.
Each year in August, fliers from around the world gather on Long Beach Peninsula in Washington to celebrate and compete in the week-long kite festival. Thousands of spectators (two- and four-legged, alike) come to be awed by an amazing variety of events. From freestyle and ballet to trick and fighting competitions – there’s something for everyone! The beach and festival grounds are very pet friendly – you’ll see almost as many dogs as kites at this kaleidoscope of color.
At Cape Perpetua, you and your pup have the opportunity to walk over ancient lava flows that formed the coast in this part of Oregon. All 26 miles of trails here are dog friendly, so you’re sure to find something that suits you. Depending on the tides, waves crashing into a long crack in the rock known as Devil’s Churn are spectacular. Or visit the 600-year old Giant Sitka Spruce and Spouting Horn, a kind of natural fountain driven by the the sea. If you’re looking for the best view, climb nearly 800 feet to the overlook, where on a clear day you can see 70 miles of Oregon coastline!
City Creek Canyon is one of the many parks you’ll find in Salt Lake City, and it’s my favorite place in the city. Home to several memorials to Utah’s veterans, a replica of the Liberty Bell, hiking trails through the botanical garden, and at the back of the park, an off leash trail along the creek where your pooch can have a romp. This is a spot no dog lover is going to want to miss!
What dog doesn’t love walking the boardwalk and playing on the beach? Myrtle Beach is a fantastic place to do that … especially in the off-season when dogs are welcome to join you all day*, everyday! Do a little shopping, drool over lunch at one of the many pet friendly patios, or hit the dog park for a little sniff and run. You’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy on the beach!
*Between May 1st and Labor Day, dogs are allowed on Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk and beach from 5pm to 10am only.
The Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red brick trail through Boston, will lead you and your history-sniffing pooch past 16 Colonial and Revolutionary historical sites like Boston Common, Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall. Stop by the Visitors Center in Boston Common to pick up a map and walking tour guide to learn more about the birthplace of the American Revolution. And when you’re finished, step off the trail to visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Harbor Walk!
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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