Wanderlust With Waggy Tails - Dog Friendly Travel Ideas
Have dog. Will travel. If you want to combine your wanderlust with your best pal’s waggy tail, then you might be wondering where can I go on vacation with my dog?
We’ve rounded up the best, most breathtaking places that make for pet-friendly vacations. Some of the best travel ideas for those with canine companions. These dog friendly travel ideas will blow you away. So get your passport (and theirs) at the ready, and check out the best pet friendly vacations going.
Let’s start with some in the US, for those who like to keep it close to home.
The Beartooth Mountains
Travelers to the the Beartooth Mountains can witness pristine mountain landscapes, lush forests, and gorgeous alpine tundra – all within a few miles. For the real adventurers, this secluded and rugged landscape has a lot to offer.
Fall days in Montana are crisp and clear, making of a beautiful time to visit. Taking the main highway through the passes, there are plenty of trailheads, picnic areas, and places to stop at regular intervals, so finding a place to stretch your legs and take a potty break isn’t a problem.
There are several pet friendly hotels, campgrounds, and eateries along the main highway. Or if you are really wild at heart, camping is another pet friendly option. Just remember to stick to the warmer seasons or you could wake up a little too chilly for comfort!
For the rougher patches and trail hikes, you might want to invest in warm clothing and booties for your dogs, plus bring plenty of snacks and water.
Loved by humans, perfect for pooches. San Francisco is one of those cities that has it all. At only 49 square miles, it’s an easy pint-sized place for thorough exploration. Packed into that space are picturesque dog parks, open space reserves, beautiful urban hikes and of course, the stunning ocean on three sides.
So where to begin?
The hiking trail in Mount Davidson park is beautiful on a misty morning. Get some spectacular views of the city, with a Lord of the Rings worthy backdrop. If you prefer something less intense, the famous Alamo Square Park makes for a relaxing stroll. Treat your eyes to the famous Painted Ladies, the row of colorful Victorian houses that adorn all the postcards.
Still got some energy? Then let your pup really blow off some steam at Baker Beach, with gorgeous views of that landmark you really came for - the Golden Gate Bridge.
After all that exercise you sure will be hungry. Al fresco dining and dog-friendly patios are the norm in San Francisco, so choose anywhere that catches your eye! Locals recommend the French Cafe Zazie, which even has the “doggie special”.
Looking for a little escape, with no airtime needed? Try Mexico!
Tulum is considered one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, just a short hop over the border from the US. It’s a sunny paradise for owners and dogs alike. You can visit these sunny shores easily, as long as you have a maximum of 2 healthy pets per person, with a veterinary certification.
BringFido has a wide selection of pet-friendly stays, some right on the beachfront. The beach club Ahau is a hit with local dog owners, offering a warm welcome to four legged friends and some much needed cool refreshments.
Be sure to visit the famous Taquería La Eufemia beach too. A super friendly and sociable beach that’s open to dogs, Fido can make friends while you sunbathe nearby.
Plan ahead, and your dog can avoid the quarantine period. This will require a few time consuming tests and a fair bit of paperwork to apply for a ‘direct release’ from the airport, but if you are serious about seeing this heavenly place with your pooch, it’s worth every second!
As soon as you hit Keawakapu, the island’s primo dog-friendly beach, you’ll be glad you came. The beach’s golden sands frame an impossibly beautiful sea - with dogs playing in the surf. You can learn how to stand up paddleboard with your pup in the calm water of some beaches too.
Hike the pet friendly trails in the many National Historic Parks, located on the Big Island.
Many stores and eateries are dog-welcoming, Joy’s Parlour in the neighbourhood of Kihei offers doggy bacon to all four legged customers. Enjoy a cup of 100% Kona coffee at dog friendly Island Lava Java too. Want something refreshing? Visit Big Island Brewhaus for some dog-friendly beers.
Hawaii is blessed with a beautiful climate, so visiting with your pet any time of the year is possible too!
The Amalfi Coast
Are you and your four legged friend seasoned travelers? Are you excited to go further afield? Then Europe has a lot to offer.
A picturesque Italian escape, the Amalfi Coast is renowned for taking your breath away. For canine travellers, the area of Ravello is the perfect playground for adventure pups. Enjoy wandering the hills and the winding pedestrian streets with your pup in tow.
A relaxed culture often allows for you to enjoy drinking beer, eating pizza and getting some snoozing done at one of the many al-fresco spots. The Villa Cimbrone has a beautiful, sprawling garden, a great place to bring your dog to stretch their legs. Visit in time for the Ravello Festival, an annual musical celebration. Raise a glass of Limoncello in honour of your dog and revel in the relaxing sounds.
With AirBnBs a-plenty, with dog friendly options available, you are sure to find a cosy place to rest your head and your dog's weary legs.
If you are looking for dog travel ideas in the UK, without having to go far from the airport, look no further than London. This dog-mad city is welcoming for posh city pups and more rugged rascals alike. Pups are allowed on all public transport in London, so get yourself a map and start exploring, or call a friendly black cab and cruise around the sights that way instead.
Stay central with a morning stroll to the regal Hyde Park, for acres of running space and some delightful views of the Queen’s Royal Guards. Or head further out towards the stunning Richmond Park, an expansive woodland complete with deer (so just make sure your recall is better than Fenton’s was…) If you need a break along the way, most typical english watering holes - pubs - are famous for being dog-friendly.
A spot of lunch in historic Pimlico is a great snooze break for your pup. The Orange serves real British food, with well-behaved doggies more than welcome to join you as you enjoy a glass of wine and wood fired pizza. For some evening fare, the Society Club is the place to be. Based in London’s most vibrant district, Soho, this club serves delicious cocktails and treats dogs to a biscuit too.
Want something more low key? Shake Shack has a ‘Woof’ section on it’s comforting menu, so your pooch can tuck in too.
Staying overnight? There are plenty of dog friendly hotels all over the capital that will adore your four legged friend as much as you do.
Where have you and your canine companion been? Share your travel photos with us, we’d love to see you and your adventure hound!
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