Armchair Travel With Fido: 12 Virtual Vacations to Take With Your Dog

Posted by Erin Ballinger

While you're at home practicing social distancing with your dog, your wanderlust may be stronger than ever. Fortunately, these stunning pet-friendly hotels and attractions invite you to visit them from the comfort of your couch. Grab some treats and your laptop or mobile device, and snuggle up with your furry friend while you go on a virtual vacation around the globe!

Adventure in the Outdoors

"One day, I'll be a Bark Ranger." Photo by @katiedidx3

Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service does an amazing job with its Grand Canyon National Park virtual tours. Explore Grand Canyon National Park with your dog by your side on the Grand Canyon Archeology Virtual Tour, take an online rafting trip down the Colorado River, or hike to Phantom Ranch without leaving the house. By the time you visit the Grand Canyon with your pup in tow, you’ll feel right at home!

Niagara Falls State Park

Has Fido visited one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world? Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails and paths at Niagara Falls State Park. But you can admire the iconic cascades at any time with this live cam, which shows the view from the Canadian side of the landmark.

U.S. National Arboretum

With more than 400 acres of gardens, the National Arboretum is a pet-friendly oasis in the nation's capital. While you and your best friend may not be able to visit the Friendship Garden together, you can both settle in and watch for Bald Eagles with the arboretum's Eagle Cam.

Yellowstone National Park

Plan your next adventure while taking a virtual visit with your pup to Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers along trails and main attractions of Yellowstone with the online virtual tours from the NPS. The tours also include additional information about visiting in-person.

For more virtual adventures in the great outdoors, check out The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks by Google Earth.

Attractions

Ace impersonating his noble pawfathers. Photo by BringFido

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Dogs are welcome to visit George Washington's tomb, the stables, the gardens, and dozens of other outdoor areas on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate year-round. And now they can finally tour the inside of the historic home of George and Martha Washington, located along the Potomac River just 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. The Mount Vernon virtual tour includes interesting and educational anecdotes about the architecture, artwork and technology in the home of America’s first president. It’s sure to pique your interest in planning a real-life visit soon.

San Diego Zoo

Located in dog-friendly Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo is one of the world’s most popular zoos. Animal lovers can visit the zoo virtually via live cams where you and Fido can check out several species like baboons, tigers, polar bears and more. If you’re homeschooling or want to have some fun learning more about animals, the zoo also offers pre-recorded videos and fun arts and crafts activities on its website. If your virtual visit to the zoo inspires you to start planning a real-life adventure to “America’s Finest City,” be sure to check out our Ruff Guide to San Diego before you go.

Volunteer Park Conservatory

This historic greenhouse in Seattle’s dog-friendly Volunteer Park is giving visitors a virtual sneak peek while it is temporarily closed to the public. Bring the lush gardens into your home, get a full dose of plant therapy and learn horticultural tips from the gardeners during the daily tours inside the Victorian glasshouse. The Volunteer Park Conservatory live streams on Instagram each day at 2 p.m. PDT.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Get to know Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, during an online visit to his Charlottesville, VA home. You can tour the estate through a paid live virtual tour or through free, unguided virtual tours in 360-degree panoramas. After you’ve explored the inside via the internet, plan a return visit in the fall to explore the dog-friendly grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello at the peak of autumn foliage color.

Hotels

Living the Rocky Mountain high life. Photo by @ellieandtate

The Broadmoor

Located in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor provides an array of opportunities for you and your pooch to explore the picturesque mountains, streams and canyons that surround the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort. Check out the pet-friendly hotel’s webcams to view live footage of the resort, Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor, and Seven Falls.

San Cassiano Ca Favretto

Visit Venice's legendary Grand Canal from the balcony of a historic 14th century residence. The pet-friendly San Cassiano Ca Favretto is located in the heart of Italy's "floating city" and combines old-world luxury with modern amenities. Enjoy the view from its live cam with your morning espresso!

Hotel del Coronado

Just across the bay from San Diego, this beautiful oceanfront hotel lies minutes away from one of the best dog beaches on the West Coast. There are four webcams at the pet-friendly Hotel del Coronado that offer views of the surf, sand and sunshine. Rumor has it that the hotel is haunted, so you may even catch a glimpse of the Beautiful Stranger strolling in front of the webcam!

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Soak in the sweeping views from Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Old Silver Beach in Cape Cod via its webcam. The dog-friendly hotel boasts a private beach, seasonal water sport rentals, tennis courts, dining and dancing. Daydream about vacationing on the Cape like a Kennedy later this summer while you pet your pup and stare at the waves crashing on your screen.

Did we leave out Fido’s favorite virtual tour? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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