Pet Travel. Made Easy.

Pet Friendly Road Trip Planner Makes Travel Fun

We rolled out our new pet friendly Road Trip Planner back in October, but it’s taken three months for us to get back on the road and put it to the test. If I must say so myself, it’s pawsome! We’re still making a few refinements, but the mapping capabilities make traveling with you pet a cinch.

Consider yesterday’s drive up the gulf coast of Florida from Naples to St. James City, via Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel:

Today's Drive

Pet Friendly Restaurants are Red Dots

There were a lot of pet friendly restaurants along our route to choose from, and we decided on The Island Cow – it’s the red dot roughly in the middle of Sanibel Island, partially hidden by the blue dots. Boy, were we glad we did! The crunchy grouper tacos are fabulous.

Island Cow

Pet Friendly Activities are Blue Dots

The blue dots you see on the map mark the locations of pet friendly beaches (both on- and off-leash), a few off-leash dog parks, a state park with a dog swimming area, a couple of outlet malls where dogs can shop along with you, and a boat tour that welcomes well behaved, leashed dogs. Having this information before we took off made it really easy to pick our stops for bathroom breaks and to burn off a little (of Buster’s) energy.

Buster on Beach

Pet Friendly Campgrounds are Yellow Dots

Since we’re traveling in the Winnebago, we search for campgrounds. If you’re looking for hotels, it’s easy to plot those on the map instead. See that northern-most yellow dot in St. James City? It’s a very nice KOA campground where we’re laying our heads tonight. In a wonderful stroke of luck, there’s an open field where dogs are allowed to run off-leash, so Buster and I had an evening game of Chuck-It … meaning that we all slept well last night.

Buster and Ty Sleeping

Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy:
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  • Hi Rosa! Using the road trip planner on the website, you can do something similar for the east coast of Florida, and anywhere else you might decide to travel. Here’s a link where you can get started:‘ trails!

  • Do u have something similar for the east coast of Florida?

  • Hi Mindy! That sounds like a great trip! All of our best advice can be found in our destination guides here: For more ideas, try our road trip planner and select “Attractions” to find fun things to do along the way. Here’s a link for that:‘ trails to you!

  • I’m traveling from Chicago to Charleston SC and would like ideas for fun side trips with me 2 dogs.

  • Hi Laura! It sounds like you have a great trip in the works. To plan your route, click on “Set” in the navigation at the top of this page, or follow this link to our road trip planner: in New York, NY to Las Vegas, NV and then click on the paw in front of “Hotels.” The map will come up with green dots along it, indicating where the pet friendly hotels are located. It automatically chooses the shortest route, so you’ll need to click on “Add Destination” to force it map your route through another town – maybe Oklahoma City. You can then click on “Reorder Destinations” and drag them into the correct order. The map should automatically populate with hotels along your new route.I hope that helps! If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know. We wish you a safe trip and waggin’ trails!

  • I am just not getting it … i need help.. i need a route from Staten Island ny to Las Vegas .. i have 2 small dogs .. I’m looking for route and dog friendly hotels on the way . I’m going in February so I’d like to avoid the route through Colorado (weather )

  • Thanks so much for your note, Jasmyne! I’m happy to help, and I hope that you all enjoy your road trip across the country and your time in California. Waggin’ trails and good luck!

  • YAY!! You’ll have a great time, Kristi – take your time, enjoy the journey, and have fun. So glad you’re finding the website helpful. Waggin’ trails!

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