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10 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations for the Ultimate Getaway

by Haley Dobrowski | Jul 18, 2023
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Embark on a dog friendly vacation at 10 U.S. destinations. Find unique activities, pet-friendly eateries, and cozy accommodations in Asheville, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Sedona, Bar Harbor, Carmel, Orlando, Sonoma, and Chicago. Don't just travel— you can create unforgettable memories with your furry friends!

Are you planning your next vacation, but don't want to leave your furry friend behind? You're in luck! More and more destinations are becoming dog-friendly, offering a wide array of activities, accommodations, and dining options. Here are ten vacation spots where you and your pet can have the ultimate getaway.


1. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, can also be a paradise for pets. With numerous dog-friendly parks like the Azalea Dog Park, and scenic hikes such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, your pet can be in for a treat. At Sunny Point Café, you can enjoy organic dishes while your pet indulges in a special menu. The vibrant outdoor dining area is pet friendly and shaded so you can grab your leashed pup and enjoy a fabulous meal. The Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown offers pet-friendly accommodations.


2. Portland, Oregon

Boasting numerous off-leash dog parks, Portland can be a great time for your pets. The famous Powell Butte Nature Park offers wide, open spaces for a frolic. Tin Shed Garden Café, with its ‘Dog Lovers Night,’ help make sure pets aren’t left out at mealtime. Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, known for its pet-friendly rules, can be an excellent stay for you and your furry friend.


3. San Diego, California

San Diego is known to have nice weather all year round making it an awesome destination option for pets. Dog Beach, where dogs can run leash-free, is a must-visit. The Lazy Dog Restaurant offers a  doggie menu. And when it comes to accommodations, Indigo Hotel welcomes pets and even offers dog-walking services.


4. Austin, Texas

Austin, known for its music scene, is also pet-friendly. Zilker Park is often a favorite among local pet owners. Freddie's Place on South First Street serves pet-friendly beer and for an overnight stay, consider checking into the Austin Motel, where pets are welcome.


5. Sedona, Arizona

With red rock landscapes and hiking trails, Sedona can be a dream for outdoor-loving pets. Slide Rock State Park is very well-known for its natural water slide to cool off from the heat. Consider checking out the Creekside Coffee & Bakery, where pets are welcome in the outdoor seating area. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly accommodation option, El Portal Sedona Hotel provides personalized pet-friendly services for a more relaxed stay.


6. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, known for its stunning coastlines, offers a myriad of activities for pets. Acadia National Park, with over 100 miles of pet-friendly hiking trails, is a must-visit. You and Fido can enjoy a meal at Jordan Pond House Restaurant that offers pet-friendly outdoor seating. Atlantic Oceanside Hotel is known for its welcoming pet program that can make an excellent addition to your New England getaway.


7. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel’s relaxed vibe can extend to pets. Carmel Beach, where dogs can roam freely, and Mission Trail Park can offer great outdoor activities. A restaurant, known as Forge in the Forest, offers a special 'Dog Pound' menu for your furry friend. The iconic Cypress Inn pioneered pet-friendly accommodations with the belief that pets are an integral part of the family.


8. Orlando, Florida

Orlando is not just about theme parks; it can also be a pet-friendly spot. Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando allows pets to join in the fun. You can wind down and relax at Relax Grill with your furry friend by your side or consider booking a stay at Aloft Orlando Downtown. It is known for its pet-friendly 'Arf' program offering special pet beds and bowls.


9. Sonoma County, California

Sonoma offers pet-friendly wine tours – which can be an unusual treat for both pets and their owners. Named after a loving dog breed, consider adding Frenchie's Outdoor Café at Raymond Vineyards to your itinerary. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a pet-friendly resort offering spa treatments for pets, too!


10. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago can offer a fantastic urban getaway for pet families. Navy Pier and Montrose Dog Beach are a must-visit. You can enjoy a meal with your pet at Filini, which offers a special pet menu. Virgin Hotels Chicago can go the extra mile for pets, with pet-friendly rooms and a 'Pet Menage' service.


With so many destinations opening their hearts and services to pets, you can plan a vacation with your furry family members. These ten destinations, with their pet-friendly activities, restaurants, and accommodations, can boast unforgettable experiences for you and your beloved pet. When you plan your next vacation with your pet, don’t forget to pack travel protection, so you can enjoy your trip with your furry friend with peace of mind. Talk to your travel advisor or visit our website to learn more.



This blog references the following companies/businesses, which are not affiliated with Travel Insured International or United States Fire Insurance Company: Sunny Point Café, Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, Tin Shed Garden Café, Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Indigo Hotel, Freddie's Place, Austin Motel, Creekside Coffee & Bakery, El Portal Sedona Hotel, Jordan Pond House Restaurant, Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Forge in the Forest, Cypress Inn, Relax Grill, Aloft Orlando Downtown, Frenchie's Outdoor Café, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Filini, Virgin Hotels Chicago



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