11 Unforgettable Experiences to Put on Your Dog’s Bucket List

Posted by Billy Francis

Whether she’s a laid back Labrador or a thrill-seeking terrier, your dog should experience certain things at least once in her lifetime. Pack your pup’s bags and embark on an unforgettable adventure, where you’ll encounter unique sights, try new activities and share magnificent memories. Which one of these experiences will your dog check off from her bucket list?

1. Flightsee with Fido on a Seaplane

“On second thought, I think I’ll walk.” Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Take to the skies with your pooch by your side on a pet-friendly tour of the Pacific Northwest. Kenmore Air offers a bird’s-eye view of Seattle, Elliot Bay and Lake Union’s famous houseboat community on a 20-minute flightseeing adventure. You also can charter the entire airplane and land on a remote island for a gourmet meal catered by Northwest Floatplane Picnics.

Tours start at $99 per person. Lap dogs are welcome for no additional fee, but a seat must be purchased for dogs over 25 lbs. After stepping safely back on dry land, spend the night at McMenamins Anderson School. Dog treats and bowls are provided to canine guests at this unique converted school.

2. Go Glamping

“No, I can’t sign for the room. I haven’t got any thumbs.” Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Glamping takes camping to the next level. It’s the five-star version, with tents big enough for the whole pack and creature comforts you won’t find at a regular campsite. Under Canvas Yellowstone combines a luxury boutique hotel with the great outdoors and welcomes four-legged travelers who like “ruffing” it in style. Located 10 minutes from one of the country’s most celebrated national parks (itself a bucket-list destination), Under Canvas allows you and your pooch enjoy stunning panoramic views, an on-site restaurant and amazing activities in a secluded spot under the stars. Check out some of BringFido’s other pet-friendly glamping destinations around the world.

Nightly rates start at $264 during the summer months. Pets are accepted for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.

3. Tour With Happy Tails

“I love you, man.” Photo by Facebook.com/HappyTailsTours

Don’t feel like planning a bucket-list expedition? Don’t fret! Happy Tails Tours specializes in unbelievable adventure experiences designed for dogs. One of the most popular tours is The Coyote - A Southwest USA 8 Day Tour, which invites you and your happy hound to visit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and more iconic places while hiking, rafting and touring in jeeps along the way.

Tour rates start at $70.

4. Complete an Epic Race Together

We run the night! Photo by Facebook.com/theoutdoorsawaits

From a nighttime run in the British countryside to a dash along the beach in Florida, your dog will find few things in life more rewarding than joining you for a unique race. These competitions are puppy’s play compared to the most epic of all, the Salt Flats Endurance Runs. Strap Fido into his dog boots and take on the challenge of a 50k, 50-mile or 100-mile trek across the salt flats of Utah. Dogs can even run off leash for portions of the race and track their time with a race bib.

5. Walk the Wave

“Quick, wave!” Photo by @kaila516

Some things in life have to be seen to be believed. The Wave at Coyote Buttes North is one of them. Over millions of years, these incredible rock formations have formed and reformed thanks to winds changing and blowing sand from all directions, giving the appearance of colorful waves on land. It might well be the most breathtaking walk you’ll ever take with your best friend. However, be prepared to earn this bucket-list item. Only 20 people per day receive permits to visit the marked trails and they operate on a lottery system, so don’t be too upset if you don’t succeed the first time.

Coyote Buttes North fees are $7 per person per day and an additional $7 per dog. Fido may not win the lottery on his first attempt, but he can try again the next morning by extending his stay at the nearby and pet-friendly La Quinta Inn & Suites Page at Lake Powell.

6. Take a Scenic Train Ride

“I’m not lying. I definitely just saw a flying car!” Photo by @woodbyway

Enjoy a tour of some of the world’s most stunning destinations from the comfort of a train in Fido class. Ride the route immortalized in the “Harry Potter” movies on The Jacobite; hop aboard The Bergen Line from Norway’s capital of Oslo to the picturesque coastal city of Bergen; or enjoy the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine with Conway Scenic Railroad. All of our eight epic pet-friendly train rides should be on your pup’s bucket list.

7. Pamper Your Pooch

Pearl is a girl’s best friend. Photo by @girtybear

Bucket list items don’t always need to be exhilarating. Some life-affirming activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of a massage table. Dogs staying at Rosewood London receive a luxury bed and a royal welcome from the Director of Canine Relations and hotel's resident Golden Retriever, Pearl. Extremely pampered pups can persuade their owners to sign up for the Canine Package. Rosewood London has partnered with Barbour, the British luxury and lifestyle brand, to offer an overnight stay, an hour of pampering from renowned groomer Jamie Griffen, and a doggy Barbour Jacket so he looks suave during his stay.

Nightly rates start at $543 and pets stay for free.

8. Try Mountain Biking Together

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Super Ruby! Photo by @rubythetraildog

Mountain biking originated in California in the 1970s and has become one of the most popular outdoor sports in the world. The best part is that dogs can be trained to join in the fun. Getting your feet on the pedals and braving the bumps can lead you and your mutt on an unbelievable adventure. Many of the pioneers of mountain biking started carving in California. Experience the descent down Mills Peak with Fido, one of the first and most popular mountain biking trails in America. The trail drops 3,000 feet over 8.5 miles through lush pine forest. If you want to learn more about mountain biking with your dog, check out our interview with trailblazer Tom Wragg and Ruby the Trail Dog.

9. Enjoy an Off-road Adventure

"This is how I roll." Photo by BringFido

There’s a vast world out there beyond the paved streets of America, and it’s calling Fido’s name. He’ll need to leave the comfort of his family car behind to explore it. A Day in the West Jeep Tours will scoop you up and take you on a wild ride on the Mogollon Rim Tour. The off-road vehicle scrambles to an elevation of 7,500 feet, and shows off the craggy red rocks of Sedona.

Jeep tours start at $95 for adults. Furry friends are welcome, but dogs over 20 lbs are charged the child’s fee of $75. After "ruffing" it, treat your pooch to a stay at the pet-friendly Amara Resort & Spa. Four-legged guests receive dog treats, bowls and a pet bed at check-in.

10. Sail on a Pet-Friendly Cruise

“So that’s why they call it the poop deck!” Photo by @cunardline

The Queen Mary II is one of the most iconic cruise ships ever launched. The historic transatlantic journey takes passengers from Southampton, England, to New York (and back). It’s the only ship that offers pet-friendly transit between England and the United States. The Queen Mary II employs specialists to make your pooch’s travel as comfortable as possible. Five-star treatment for your dog starts with the Kennel Master greeting Fido with a welcome gift, including name tags, food dishes and toys.

Eastbound transatlantic crossings start at $599. Westbound transatlantic crossings start at $1,149. Pet fees range from $800 to $1,000.

11. Book a Summer Camp

“How come it’s not moving?” Photo by Facebook.com/wildbluedogs

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Cross off another one of your pup’s bucket list activities with a stay at one of these eight pet-friendly summer camps. Fido is the guest of honor at these events, but humans are invited as chaperones. Build your bond, play exciting games, explore the outdoors and receive training from the experts at these unique retreats.

Carpe diem, dog owners. Are you ready to seize the leash and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with your best friend? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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