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The Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip

A few months ago data genius Dr. Randy Olson set his skills to devising the Ultimate American Road Trip, which connected chosen landmarks in each of the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia, using the shortest possible route. And just two weeks later Patrick Vinton figured out a way to shorten the route by 251 miles!

Ultimate American Road Trip by Dr. Randy Olsen

I’m not nearly as smart at these two gentlemen, but their articles got my wheel turning … what would the Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip look like? For me, connecting the dots was the easy part – though Dr. Olson and Mr. Vinton could probably improve upon my route selection. The much more challenging task was choosing just one pet friendly attraction in each state!

Focusing on locations of natural wonder, historical significance, and quintessential Americana, my final selections were fueled by the desire to provide an interesting variety of activities for travelers and their furry companions. From beaches to mountain tops, canoe trips to train rides, bustling cities to quiet retreats … this is the Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip!

The Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip

The Ultimate Pet Friendly American Road Trip

The entire route is 14,199 miles and would take 276 driving hours to complete, so I’ve broken it down into four sections of differing lengths that may fit more easily into your pet friendly vacation plans.

West Virginia to Vermont

We start in West Virginia, but the road trip is just a big circle – so you can jump on anywhere along the way! This section covers 1,396 miles and would take about 31 hours to drive.

The Ultimate Dog Friendly Road Trip Map - West Virginia to Vermont

A. West Virginia – Monongahela National Forest (Spruce Knob / Seneca Rocks)

B. Washington, DCThe National Mall

C. MarylandCruise the Chesapeake with Cruises on the Bay

D. DelawareWalking Tour of Historic New Castle

E. New JerseyWildwood Dog Beach off Poplar Avenue

F. PennsylvaniaLehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

G. New YorkCentral Park

H. ConnecticutMystic Seaport

I. Rhode IslandNewport Cliff Walk

J. MassachusettsFreedom Trail & Boston Common Leash-Free Area

K. MaineAcadia National Park

L. New HampshireAppalachian Trail at Mt. Washington State Park

M. VermontDog Mountain

Vermont to Idaho

Picking up at Dog Mountain in Vermont, the next leg of the trip takes you to Idaho. This section covers 4,044 miles and would take about 81 hours to drive.

The Ultimate Dog Friendly Road Trip Map - Vermont to Idaho

A. VermontDog Mountain

B. Ohio The Holden Arboretum

C. MichiganArch Rock on Mackinac Island

D. IndianaIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore

E. IllinoisChicago Lakefront Trail & Montrose Dog Beach

F. IowaEffigy Mounds National Monument

G. WisconsinTrempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

H. MinnesotaSplit Rock Lighthouse State Park

I. North DakotaKnife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

J. South DakotaCuster State Park

K. NebraskaOglala National Grasslands & Toadstool Geologic Park

L. and M. MontanaBeartooth Highway through Custer Gallatin & Shoshone National Forests

N. Wyoming – Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark

O. IdahoDog Bark Park Inn

Idaho to Texas

Taking up the trail in Idaho, the route takes you down to Texas. This section covers 3,864 miles and would take about 72 hours to drive.

The Ultimate Dog Friendly Road Trip Map - Idaho to Texas

A. Idaho – Dog Bark Park Inn

B. WashingtonSan Juan Islands

C. Oregon – Portland’s Parks & Gardens (Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Eastbank Esplanade, Forest Park, International Rose Test Garden, Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

D. California – Carmel-by-the-Sea Dog Beach

E. NevadaRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

F. ArizonaGrand Canyon National Park’s South Rim Trail

G. UtahDixie National Forest – Trails from Red Canyon Visitors Center

H. ColoradoTelluride to Mountain Village Gondola

I. New MexicoWhite Sands National Monument

J. TexasSan Antonio River Walk

Texas to West Virginia

Picking up in Texas, the route takes you back to the starting point in West Virginia. This section covers 4,895 miles and would take about 92 hours to drive.

The Ultimate Dog Friendly Road Trip Map - Texas to West Virginia

A. Texas – San Antonio River Walk

B. OklahomaWichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

C. KansasTallgrass Prairie Preserve on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

D. ArkansasCanoe the Buffalo National River

E. MissouriGateway Arch Park & Riverfront Trail

F. TennesseeShelby Farms Park Off-Leash Area

G. LouisianaLouisiana State Capital Grounds and Gardens

H. and I. MississippiNatchez Trace Parkway – Natchez to Nashville

J. KentuckyAbraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park

K. GeorgiaRock City Gardens

L. AlabamaLittle River Canyon National Preserve

M. FloridaFt. De Soto Dog Beach & Playground

N. South CarolinaMagnolia Plantation & Gardens

O. North CarolinaBiltmore Estate

P. VirginiaColonial Williamsburg

Q. West Virginia – Monongahela National Forest (Spruce Knob / Seneca Rocks)

There you have it! Now all that’s left to do is pack the car, crank up the tunes, and hit the road. Waggin’ trails!

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  • Avery Schroeder Hi Avery! Yes, the book was just released last month. Here’s a link to the website:

  • have y’all come out with the book already? I would love to read it!

  • Mindy Mae Milburn You’re so welcome! I hope you two have a great trip!

  • thank you so much for the reply! I am definitely going to be camping out in a tent or in my car with my baby!

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