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Traveling with your Dog

Do you wish you could go on more trips with your best friend? Find more information regarding traveling with you dog here!

January 16, 2023

Top 10 places to bring your dog in the US

Those who have pets know how difficult it is to leave your pup behind when you travel but also understand that it's not always easy to travel together. Here are the top 10 places to bring your dog in the US:

  • Acadia National Park, Maine: Acadia is a great place to bring your dog because it offers numerous hiking trails for you and your furry friend to explore. The park also has a designated "off-leash" area where dogs can run and play freely.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albuquerque is a dog-friendly city with numerous parks, trails, and outdoor areas where you can bring your dog. The city also has several dog-friendly restaurants and breweries, making it a great place to enjoy a meal or drink with your four-legged companion.
  • Asheville, North Carolina: Known for its beautiful mountains and outdoor recreation, Asheville is a great place to bring your dog. The city has a number of dog-friendly parks and trails, as well as a dog park where your dog can play and socialize with other dogs.
  • Austin, Texas: Austin is a very dog-friendly city with numerous parks, trails, and outdoor areas where you can bring your dog. The city also has a number of dog-friendly restaurants, breweries, and events, making it a great place for you and your furry friend to enjoy.
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon: Located on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is a beautiful and dog-friendly destination. The beach allows dogs on a leash, and there are several nearby trails where you and your dog can explore the beautiful coastline.
  • Carmel, California: Carmel is a charming, dog-friendly town located on the California coast. The town has several dog-friendly beaches, as well as a number of trails and parks where you can bring your dog.
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: Colorado Springs is a great place to bring your dog because of its numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. The city has several dog-friendly parks and trails, as well as a number of dog-friendly breweries and restaurants.
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a beautiful and dog-friendly destination. The city has several dog-friendly trails and parks, as well as a number of dog-friendly restaurants and breweries.
  • Key West, Florida: Located in the Florida Keys, Key West is a tropical and dog-friendly destination. The city has several dog-friendly beaches and parks, as well as a number of dog-friendly restaurants and events.
  • Lake George, New York: Located in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George is a beautiful and dog-friendly destination. The area has several dog-friendly trails and parks, as well as a number of dog-friendly restaurants and breweries.

Our team's experience

Our team love to travel with our dogs. Here are a few stories and tips from our team members about traveling with their puppies

Page

Page has a Miniature American Shepard mix named Haley. She is full of energy, happy, and loves to spend time outdoors. Her family enjoys traveling pretty often and they always try to take Haley whenever possible. Traveling with your pet can seem overwhelming at first, but in the end it is worth it. You build memories, get to spend quality time with them, and do not have to pay for a petsitter or daycare. There are many beautiful dog-friendly places in the US to take your pup.

They recently took their dog to Cape Cod where she enjoyed staying their pet friendly rental home. Haley got to smell new smells, be with her family, and go for many adventures. One of her favorite things to do at the Cape was jump into the water and catch her tennis balls. She loves long walks on the beach, swimming, and meeting new people. They thoroughly enjoyed bringing her on the family vacation.

Anushka

I have a Catahoula Pitbull Mix, and we loves taking him where we can. Since he is too big to fly with us, we usually take him on road trips. we got him used to traveling in the car early on and now he loves it. When taking our dog on long road trips, we make sure to take frequent stops for potty breaks and to stretch his legs. To make the road trip easier, we will try to find dog parks along our route so we can tire him out for the rest of the drive!

When picking destinations for taking our pup, we look at some good dog friendly cities. Luckily, a lot of major popular cities have become incredibly dog friendly. Some criteria include: dog parks, dog trails, dog-friendly restaurants. Our pup loves to hike, and the best destinations we've gone for him include those where we can bring him on a trail. One of our favorite places to visit in the southeast region is Asheville, North Carolina.

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Matt

Matt loves to travel with his dog and he is always taking Charlie, his 9 year old Basset Hound on cross country road trips. He estimates that Charlies has logged approximately 25,000+ miles in the car and been to 35-40 different US states. Some of his fondest memories are with the windows down in his Jeep Wrangler and Charlie's ears flapping in the wind! His best advice for anyone who wants to travel a lot with their pet:

  1. If driving, make sure your pup has a comfortable spot (he layers lot of blankets for a bed. The more relaxed they are, the more enjoyable the trip will be
  2. Bring separate water for them and create little routines, like water and potty breaks at the same time or frequency
  3. Find a pet-friendly hotel chain that you like and use it as often as possible - take the stress out of planning
  4. Make sure you know where dogs are not really welcome. For example, Yellowstone has few pet-friendly trails due to all the wildlife there.
  5. Lastly, find dog parks and dog runs in new places. Matt has found some really great neighborhoods and met very nice local in those places and always has a positive experience

More tips on traveling with your pet

Here are some additional tips for flying with your pet

  • Conduct research with the airline to discuss cargo or carrying on your pet
  • Figure out travel expenses with your pet including flight rules and regulations
  • Take your dog to the vet prior to boarding the plane to accommodate pet health guidelines
  • Research pet friendly areas at your destination
  • Check out more at https://www.bringfido.com/travel/us_regulations/

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