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Cheap Summer Road Trips With Pets

Vacations don’t get any better than cheap summer road trips with pets!  The United States has so many fantastic places to visit. And a road trip is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to see what this country has to offer with your furry travel buddy.

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Cheap Summer Road Trips With Pets

The more frugally you travel, the more trips you can take! So, we’ve gathered some cheap road trips in America.  No matter where you live or where you want to go, you have some exciting options. And you can upgrade these road trips from cheap to five-star, depending on the lodging, dining and sightseeing option you choose.

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Driving along Washington’s rugged coastline will surely leave you breathless. From Seattle, make your way west around the southern end of Puget Sound to Highway 101. Make sure to stop at Ruby Beach, where leashed pets are welcome, and Cape Flattery, the western most point of the contiguous United States.

You’ll find an abundance of pet friendly hiking trails in the Olympic National Forest and at Fort Warden State Park. Stroll charming downtown Port Townsend, then take the ferry to Whidbey Island and spend the day at Deception Pass State Park before heading back to Seattle.

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Route 66 – Chicago Santa Monica

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The beauty of  traveling historic Route 66, which runs more than 2,000 miles, is that you can make your road trip as long or short as you want. Passing through seven states and hundreds of cities and towns, there’s something to interest everyone.

Four pet friendly national parks are scattered along the route, providing an excellent opportunities to stretch your legs. Circle these stops on your map: the Gateway Arch, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree.

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Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia to North Carolina

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is packed with scenic overlooks, waterfalls and spectacular landscapes, from pet friendly Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains. As America’s longest linear park, stretching 469 miles, the Blue Ridge offers ample opportunities to explore with your pup.

Must-see stops include Rocky Nob Recreation Area (milepost 169) and Mabry Mill (milepost 176). And plan to spend a day or two the pet friendly city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Great River Road – Minnesota to Louisiana

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The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Passing through cities and small towns, it’s a picture of Americana. You’ll definitely want to visit Itasca State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Shelby Farms Park, and spend some time in New Orleans.

You can drive the whole way in 36 hours, but what fun would that be? Instead, plan to spend 7 to 10 days exploring the Great River Road.

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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail – Illinois to Oregon

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Like Route 66 and the Great River Road, you can travel all or part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. More than 200 years after their expedition, this route retraces Lewis and Clark’s path from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean. Of course, you’ll be on roads and highways instead of the water routes they navigated.

The historic, and extremely pet friendly, town of St. Charles, Missouri is near the beginning of the trail and worth a stop. Another of our favorite sites along the way is the Knife River Indian Villages, where Lewis and Clark met Sakakawea. And the trail ends near Portland, Oregon – a wonderful place to explore the outdoors with your furry travel buddy!

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Planning Pet Friendly Road Trips

No matter where you decide to go, planning is the key to cheap summer road trips with pets. Sure, spontaneously jumping in the car can be exciting, but it’s also a surefire way to blow the budget. Reserving campsites, packing food for picnics, and locating free entertainment options will help you save money. And that means more trips together!



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