With traveling opportunities slowly reopening, you may be starting to plan your next vacation. Whether you adopted a pandemic pup or have a trusty travel companion, we’ve put together a list of the most pet-friendly vacation destinations for your trip. Be sure to reference our guides to each airport’s dog policies.
1. Portland and Bend, Oregon
If you and your pup love the great outdoors, Oregon is the place to be. After you land at Portland International Airport, you can spend some time in Portland exploring the outdoor markets, coastal paths, and pet-friendly restaurants. When you’re ready to get out of the city, take a road trip to Bend. National forests and off-leash hiking areas are abounding in Bend. You and your dog are sure to get plenty of exercise and take in the beautiful scenery.
2. Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor is a breath of fresh air for you and your dog. Acadia National Park is one of the most dog-friendly national parks to visit. You can easily spend a few days hiking the various trails in the park. You can also head down to the coast and wander the shops, restaurants, and views of Bar Harbor. Your dog will have no problem joining you as many of the restaurants are dog friendly. Some of the harbor boat tours even let on dogs.
3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
You and your dog can enjoy the sunshine and vibrant social scene in historic Albuquerque. Flying into Albuquerque will help cut down on the commute to your hotel accommodations. If you’re up for a hike, there are many to choose from which let you experience the scenic desert. You can also opt to take in the local art of the city and hit up some of the many brewery patios and outside restaurants with your dog.
4. Austin, Texas
Take in the music, BBQ, and everything else Austin has to offer with your pup by your side. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly destinations, many restaurants having water bowls ready and a menu just for dogs. Austin is a very walkable city with dog-friendly parks around the town. You can let your dog cool off in the lake at Red Bud Isle dog park or get some AC in one of the several pet-friendly hotels in the city.
5. San Diego, California
Once you and your dog arrive at San Diego Airport, you might have a hard time choosing what to do first. If your dog is not a fan of the beach before visiting San Diego, they will become a fan after going to a dog beach. You and your dog can walk in the sand and even go surfing in the ocean. San Diego has plenty of options for pet-friendly dining after a sun-soaked day. You can also see the beach from higher up, hiking up Cowles Mountain to take in 360-degree views of the city. If you plan well enough, you can even attend some of the dog-centered events San Diego hosts yearly.