We know Fido will be happy just playing fetch in the backyard, but there’s so much more that you can do with your furry friend. From dog beaches and boat tours to getaways designed with pups in mind, these dog-friendly attractions are head and tails above your average walk in the park.
Posted by Billy Francis
If you’re making plans for a Gulf Coast road trip, don’t miss Fort Morgan State Historic Site in Gulf Shores. Furry history buffs will be greeted with treats at the main entrance and are welcome on tours, where they can learn what life was like for soldiers stationed here during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. While you’re there, take memorable pics of your pooch next to cannons and other historical artifacts. Admission includes entry to Fort Morgan Historic Site Bayside Beach, where leashed canines can take a stroll through the surf.
Kick off your shoes at the Barefoot Gypsy, a stylish home with a fenced backyard within walking distance of Fort Morgan and the beach.
Situated near the airport in Anchorage, Fido will love touching down at Connor’s Bog Dog Park. From skijoring in winter to swimming in summer, Alaska’s top dog-friendly attraction provides fun for all four seasons. Located five miles south of downtown, this expansive park is made up of over 300 acres of wetlands, woodland, open meadows, and miles of winding trails through Alaskan backcountry that can be explored off-leash. Connor’s Lake Dog Park Trail is an easy flat hike within the park that loops around the lake.
Just 10 minutes from the park, Residence Inn by Marriott Anchorage Midtown offers spacious accommodations in the city. Four-legged guests are greeted with treats and can use the pet relief areas near the property.
Petrified Forest National Park is considered one of the most pet-friendly national parks in the country. Fido can ride shotgun on Blue Mesa Road, a 3.5-mile scenic drive that features seven Painted Desert overlooks. It’s also the only national park in the U.S. that’s home to a section of historic Route 66. Leashed dogs are welcome on the park’s trail system, including the Historic Blue Forest Trail, a moderate loop that showcases stunning sand formations and otherworldly rocky outcrops. Sign up for the park’s Bark Ranger program and receive a treat for free, or purchase special tags to commemorate his unforgettable trip. The best time to visit is during the quieter fall months, when temperatures are mild.
Reserve a room at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook to stay close to the park and go back for another day of adventuring. This popular pet-friendly hotel offers rooms with hardwood floors for easy cleanup, and access to a pet-relief area on site.
Pick up a self-guided tour map and discover 210 acres of meticulously manicured grounds at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Featured in the latest edition of BringFido’s book, Ruff Guide to the United States, this beautiful pet-friendly attraction welcomes leashed dogs in all areas of the park except the ponds. Botanists can walk through the amazing bonsai garden and meander along the woodland walk. Architectural enthusiasts can admire the latticework made from glass and wood outside the Anthony Chapel Complex. And don’t miss the most photographed part of the gardens, the Joy Manning Scott Bridge of the Full Moon. The 11-foot high bridge pays homage to historic structures in China.
Stay across the water from the gardens at this retro ranch on Lake Hamilton. Guests are free to explore on the kayak provided or teach dogs how to dive off the dock during the summer months.
Cruising along the California Coastal Trail? Stop off at Huntington Dog Beach, the Golden State’s best attraction for Golden Retrievers. Fido can walk by your side leash free on 1.5 miles of fine sand at this always “pupular” destination. The beach is also famous for hosting the annual Surf City Surf Dog Competition, where gnarly pups from around the world hang 10 and compete to be top surf dog. Facilities here include public restrooms, a grassy area with picnic tables, and doggie waste bags to keep the pristine beach clean.
Keep the good vibes going at Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort, where you and your pooch can fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing from an oceanfront room. Four-legged guests receive treats, pet beds, bowls, and waste bags to use during their stay.
Dine indoors with your dog at Pub Dog Colorado in Colorado Springs. This restaurant and dog park is a big hit among local pups and four-legged tourists. Head to the counter and order the Dog Pile Nachos for yourself and choose from a Pupsicle, Puppy Patty, Bacon, Bark Bowl, or Celery and Carrots from the dog menu. Fido can run it off with friends in the 3,000-square-foot, fully fenced, off-leash dog park. Look out for “pawsome” Pub Dog events like breed meetups and fundraising for local animal charities.
Pups have free reign to play all day at The Cascades at Lake Mohegan in the coastal city of Fairfield. Wiener dogs can wander the trails off leash, cool off in the lake, and meet other mutts in the beautiful Connecticut countryside. Hike or snowshoe around the easy Lake Mohegan Loop, then head to the waterfall and creek to dash and splash among the bedrock and take a picture on the bridge under the shady trees.
Spend a few nights with your best friend at the "Story-Book" Cottage near Lake Mohegan. This beautiful guesthouse has a pool for people and a lovely garden that your dog is free to explore.
Bring your best friend for a casual coastal convoy around Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. With six miles of sand and no seasonal restrictions, dogs of Delaware flock to Cape Henlopen during the summer months. The park also contains a number of pet-friendly trails, including Gordons Pond State Park Area, an easy hike that runs by the pond, through a forest and wetlands, and across dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to get out on the water, book a fishing charter with Katydid Sportfishing, or cruise with your pooch on Cape May Lewes Ferry. Both depart from Lewes Terminal just outside the park.
Reserve a stay at nearby Heritage Inn and Suites Rehoboth Beach. This popular accommodation offers balcony rooms and is surrounded by grassy places to walk your dog.
Planning a spring break in Florida? Drive all the way down the A1A to the incredible Florida Keys for a relaxing getaway on the water. Meet creatures from the deep at the Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. This open-air marine park has been delighting audiences since 1946 with its array of marine life shows and exhibits. Visiting pups can watch dolphin and sea lion performances and get up close and personal with sea turtles, fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and birds. They can even join you for a swim at the park’s private lagoon-side beach. The only area that is off limits to dogs is the Parrot Theater.
For an unrivaled relaxing stay nearby, check-in with your Chow Chow to a tropical view room at the Islander Resort. Fido can sprawl on a sun lounger by your side, then let off steam on the beach or at the resort’s dog park.
Oliver Bentleys Historic Dog Walk Tour is the “pawfect” introduction to Georgia’s first city, Savannah. This mile-long ramble explores historic statues, monuments, and buildings. Make sure to snap a photo next to the Waving Girl Statue of Florence and her loyal Collie, created by renowned sculptor Felix De Weldon. Don’t worry if your Pug is a slow walker, the group moves at the pace of the most leisurely pup in the pack and will make stops at canine water fountains along the way. Each participating pooch is provided with a bag of Ollie B. Biscuits from tour organizers and premium treat purveyors Oliver Bentleys.
Olde Harbour Inn loves when four-legged guests come to stay. Pups are presented with a special welcome bag that includes flavorful organic treats, waste baggies for bathroom breaks, and a sleeve of tennis balls.
Get in tune with nature and in touch with Hawaii’s spiritual history on a guided tour with Maui Surfer Girls in Lahaina. Learn from incredible female surfers who have been wave sliding off the coast of Maui for more than 40 years combined. Small class sizes give people and pups the best chance of hanging 10 together. Luna the surfing dog has been catching waves with the crew since 2012 and can offer Fido pointers to try and prevent him from grubbing (falling off) on his first wave.
Look out across the waves you’ll be catching with your canine at this cool condo. Inside, hardwood floors make for easy cleanup, and the balcony is a welcoming spot to enjoy coffee in the morning. Feeling hungry? Hula Cookies & Ice Cream is a short walk away.
On your next visit to Boise, one of the top pet-friendly cities to move to with your pooch, take a break at Telaya Wine Co. One of the owners of this destination winery is a trained veterinarian, but don’t worry, Fido, she’s traded in her stethoscope for grapes. Located just minutes from downtown on the Boise River, this dog-friendly winery hand-crafts its old-world inspired Idaho wines. While your best friend sips fine fresh water on the patio, you can sample award-winning vino from the on-site tasting room. Your pooch might even be inducted to the Dogs of Telaya hall of fame with the Head of Security, Brix.
Current canines will fit in at the Modern Hotel in Boise. This downtown lodging is within walking distance of pet-friendly activities like Payette Brewing Co. and Freak Alley Gallery. Four-legged guests receive treats at check-in, and the dog-friendly ground floor rooms make for easy access to the outdoors.
See the Windy City from the water aboard a Seadog Cruises Chicago by Hornblower speedboat, a featured attraction in BringFido’s Ruff Guide to the United States. The popular Lakefront Speedboat Tour is a fast-paced, 30-minute voyage that highlights some of Chicago’s most famous sights. For a slower pace, the 75-minute River and Lake Architecture Tour is for laidback Labradors who want to experience the Chicago River Locks and the epic downtown architecture. Seadog Cruises love dogs so much that people who bring a four-legged passenger along receive a discount on regularly priced tickets.
Fido is going to dig Indiana Dunes National Park in Porter. Extending 15 miles along the Lake Michigan coast, this beautiful and biodiverse park contains marshes, prairies, bogs, savannas and, of course, dunes. Leashed dogs are permitted everywhere except the lifeguard swim area. From the moderate Cowles Bog Trail, famed for sandhill crane sightings, to the easy Diana of the Dunes Dare, a self-guided hike that teaches visitors about dune development, the park’s trails offer something for all visitors. While you’re in the area, take on the Three-Dune Challenge, a hike up the three tallest dunes in the state park at neighboring Indiana Dunes State Park.
Paddle with your pup at Kayaker’s Dune Cottage in Marquette Park lagoon. Located next to the national park, guests have free use of the cottage’s five kayaks during their stay. Don’t forget to bring your canine life jacket along.
Bring your four-legged film buff to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville. He’ll be left wondering if he’s in heaven when he gets to run the bases like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson at this renowned movie landmark. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the famous field and the outdoor areas surrounding the Kinsella House. Snap memorable photos of your pup standing on the pitcher’s mound, in front of the house, or emerging from the recognizable Iowa cornfields that surround the baseball field. The Stretch, located along the third baseline, sells refreshments to fuel another dash around the diamond.
From one piece of history to another, the T.F. Allen House welcomes four-legged guests to join their families for a stay. Built in 1856, this beautiful brick home has hardwood floors in select rooms and a backyard surrounded by a white picket fence.
Shawnee Mission Park is one of the largest dog parks in the world and The Sunflower State’s top dog-friendly attraction. This gigantic recreation space stretches across 44 acres of grasslands, wooded areas, and open fields. The highlight is the 120-acre lake, which features a dog beach and swimming hole. Dry off on the miles of paved and unpaved trails that wind around the lake and through the woods. Dog park maps and trail guides are available at the Visitor Center.
Book a stay at My Place Hotel Overland Park to see why most BringFido guests leave it a 5-bone review. The clean and comfortable hotel has a designated pet relief area outside.
Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort is guaranteed to be a barrel of laughs for four-legged visitors. A featured attraction in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, The Bluegrass State’s top dog-friendly attraction is situated along Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Trail. The distillery offers a variety of tours, ranging from a ghost tour of the paranormal areas featured on "Ghost Hunters" to The Trace Tour, which gives visitors a peek inside the company’s aging warehouses and bottling rooms. All tours end in the expansive tasting room, where you can sample some of Buffalo Trace’s award-winning products, such as Eagle Rare and Blanton’s Single Barrel. Dogs are welcome on the tour, as well as in the tasting room and gift shop.
Located a short drive from the distillery, this Bourbon Trail hideaway has everything you need for a relaxing private tasting after hours. Pour a dram of fine whiskey and a refreshing bowl of water for your drinking partner, and enjoy views of the Kentucky River from the deck together.
The Atchafalaya Experience in Breaux Bridge is a one-of-a-kind expedition that you can share with your best friend. Tour America’s largest river swamp and meander through the cypress trees under the guidance of a father-and-son team with more than 30 years of experience. Fido might spot beavers, deer, alligators, crocodiles, and more than 30 bird species along this unique boat tour in the bayou.
You won’t find any wildlife in your room at Holiday Inn Express Breaux Bridge Henderson. If you need to make a quick trip, dogs are welcome to chill in the room alone. There’s also a pet relief area on the property.
Witness the famous windswept beaches of The Pine Tree State at Fort Foster Park in Kittery Point. Located on Gerrish Island, the fort was active from 1901-1946, and now boasts an 88-acre recreation area that is home to three dog-friendly beaches, an extensive trail system, and picnic areas. For the best views and the chance to see parts of the historic fort up close, stride out on the Kittery Point Shore Trail. This easy coastal trail features a pier, boardwalk, and ocean and forest views along the way. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, dogs with good recall can even explore the trail off leash.
After taking in the salty sea air, bring your salty dog for a stay at this cozy Maine cottage next to a causeway. In the morning, paddle in the water or borrow one of the kayaks to go on another adventure with Fido.
Fido will be barking up the right tree at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. This beautiful 200-acre haven in the city has a historic mansion at its center, but the grounds are the real attraction. Full of native trees, sprawling gardens, and pet-friendly trails, it’s a breath of fresh air for people and pups with green thumbs. Share a picnic with your pooch at one of the tables provided, then continue on 3.5 miles of trails through the grounds that take in woods, wildflowers, and bright manicured gardens along the way.
Book a room for the entire pack at the nearby Radisson Hotel Cross Keys Baltimore. This 4-star hotel is surrounded by shady spots for evening strolls before bedtime.
Fido is invited to eat, sniff, and play at Camp Unleashed in Becket. Escape to the country with your dog and enjoy an idyllic location around a 100-acre spring-fed pond. Doggy paddling, dock diving, and a game in which dogs stand on bases sunk in the water and retrieve items are all on the itinerary for pups who love to paddle. Back on dry land, enjoy miles of hiking trails and a full schedule of activities, including agility techniques from expert trainers. For more leisurely fun, paint each other (on a canvas, not fur), give your dog a guided canine massage, and enjoy the daily wine and cheese hour.
Continue exploring the magnificent Massachusetts countryside with your canine at this Berkshire cottage by Crystal Lake. Hang out in the hammock or gather around the fire pit and discuss all the new tricks your old dog learned at camp.
See the dunes surrounding Lake Michigan with your best friend in a “ruff” and ready vehicle from Silver Lake Buggy Rentals in Mears. Fido can ride shotgun in a two-seat or four-seat cart on an off-road adventure between the shores of Lake Michigan and Silver Lake. Eye protection is needed on dune adventures, so don’t forget to buy him a pair of his own dog goggles before you leave. Bring a change of clothes for yourself and a towel for your pup, too.
Take things a little slower at this beautiful lake house. Paddle out onto Silver Lake in one of the kayaks provided, play fetch in the sand, or let Fido loose on the wraparound porch while you take it easy with a book on the swinging couch.
Planning a trip to dog-friendly Minneapolis? Let loose and unwind at Unleashed Hounds and Hops. Minnesota’s first indoor/outdoor dog park, bar, and eatery invites canines and their owners to blow off steam together in the Twin Cities. Pugs and Chihuahuas can pick on pups their own size in the separate section for small dogs, while bigger pooches who love a bit of “ruff” and tumble can stretch their legs in the main indoor or outdoor space, depending on the weather. If you get hungry, order craft sausages, hearty appetizers, and even plant-based options from the menu. Wash your food down with a local brew, seltzer, or wine. Keep an eye on the event schedule for fresh dog treat nights, fundraisers for animal organizations, and breed meet-ups.
When it comes time to drag your dog away, he’ll soon cheer up when he sees his room at Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis. Canine guests receive treats at check-in, and bowls and beds to use during their stay.
Barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, and saute it, so why not learn how to catch it on a Biloxi Shrimping Trip? Learn the tricks of the trade on a pet-friendly day cruise with a crew of expert shrimpers. While the vessel drags the Mississippi Sound to catch tasty crustaceans, you’ll learn about the history of the industry. At the end of the trip, the day’s catch will be hauled in, and the captain will help you identify the various sea creatures that found their way into the net. Let somebody cook fresh seafood for you on the pet-friendly patio at Shaggy's Biloxi Beach.
If you want a lively stay nearby, reserve a room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi next door. There’s a pet relief area right in front of the casino, and Biloxi Lighthouse is within walking distance.
Dogs who love to learn new tricks will fit in at Purina Farms in Gray Summit. The Show-Me State’s premier pooch attraction invites pups and their owners to pick up a free visiting pet pack and plan an action-packed day out together. Then, make your way to the Incredible Dog Arena to witness the high-flying action of the Purina Incredible Dog Team. When the show is over, stroll through the interactive exhibits, take your good boy on a wagon ride, and stop by the gift shop to pick up some Purina swag. The facility hosts many special events throughout the year, including egg hunts and trick-or-treating.
Call it a day at the Hound Haus. Located ten minutes from Purina Farms, this dog-friendly Airbnb has hosted competing dogs in the past and aims to please even the highest caliber canine guest with hardwood floors and doggy motifs throughout.
From cross-country skiing in winter to canicross in summer, Snowfill Recreation Area in Bozeman is an attractive prospect whatever the weather. Surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, this giant off-leash natural area spans 37 acres. It’s fenced, contains two miles of meandering trails, and has doggy drinking fountains and plenty of benches for a quick break with your buddy. Stop for a post-workout pint at nearby Outlaw Brewing.
MountainView Lodge & Suites welcomes people and their pups to relax after a day in the great outdoors. Dog-friendly rooms are on the first floor, which allows easy access to the pet relief area outside.
Omaha Dog Bar in the historic Little Bohemia neighborhood is the most dog-friendly attraction in Nebraska. This membership-based community combines an indoor/outdoor recreation area for canines with a bar and eatery for humans. Dogs have free roam of 5,000 square feet indoors and 10,000 square feet outdoors of well-maintained, completely fenced space. There’s also an outdoor area for timid and small canine guests. While pups romp around and meet the other “pawtrons,” people can grab domestic and local craft beers, wine, cocktails, coffee drinks, and homemade sodas. Food is also available from the kitchen and visiting food trucks. Day passes are available for $10, annual memberships are $249, and monthly memberships are $40.
After a day of play, head a few blocks north to relax at Magnolia Hotel Omaha where pets stay for free and are welcomed with treats at check-in.
If you’re looking to escape the desert heat, head to Mount Charleston for some cool outdoor adventures with your pooch. Located less than an hour’s drive from downtown Las Vegas, Mount Charleston offers the chance to explore over 50 miles of hiking trails in a climate with temperatures averaging 20 degrees lower than Sin City. That means from November through April, there is snow on the mountain! The Bristlecone Trail is particularly great for snowshoeing, but the most popular wintertime activities are sledding, snowman building, and good old-fashioned snowball fights. In fact, there’s even a designated location for it at the Foxtail Winter Snowplay Area in Lee Canyon.
Following his mountain activities, your pooch will be happy to come home to a cozy cabin at the Mount Charleston Lodge & Cabins. Relax in a jetted tub, warm up by the fire, or unwind on a private balcony overlooking the mountain. Take Fido for a walk on the 1.4-mile Cathedral Rock Trail, which is located across the street from the cabins.
All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad, which offers two pet-friendly train rides through the White Mountain Range on the border between New Hampshire and Maine. Departing from North Conway, the Iconic Notch Scenic Train Ride is a five-hour trip that offers dramatic mountain views and crosses Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. If you don’t have time for a full-day adventure, the company also offers shorter tours, like the Bartlett Excursion Train Ride, which rolls through the Saco River Valley in under two hours. Leashed dogs ride for free in coach cars on all trips.
Keep the quaint times rolling at the Spruce Moose Lodge and Cottages. Take a stroll around the gardens of this quiet retreat, and check out the stream where Fido can paddle and play.
Longport Dog Beach in Egg Harbor Township is one of The Garden State’s most-visited pet-friendly attractions. This stretch of sand goes by many names, including Somers Point Dog Beach, Malibu Beach, and plain old Dog Beach, but your pooch will soon refer to it as his favorite place. Situated in the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, this huge windswept area is a great place to meet other pups who love nothing more than digging in the sand and paddling in the surf next to Ocean Drive Bridge.
Join the PAWS program at Sonesta ES Suites Somers Point and receive beds, bowls, waterproof mats, and treats to use during your stay.
Share a joyride in Santa Fe and the surrounding desert and mountain ranges with Santa Fe Jeep Tours. Jump in the back of a shiny Jeep Wrangler with your Weimaraner and go from the desert to the mountains and everywhere in between. From a rugged ride through the alpines of New Mexico on the Cow Creek Tour to the Devil’s Throne Sudeste Tour, a high-desert Hollywood location drive, there’s something for everyone. Tour guides will be happy to add places for you and your dog to explore on foot, too.
After a day in the backcountry, balance Fido’s energy at the relaxing Hotel Santa Fe & Spa. Canine guests receive treats at check-in and are free to use the pet relief area at the back of the property.
Emerald Glen Getaway is an unmissable escape in Morris. Set in the scenic countryside of Upstate New York, dogs are welcome to play off leash on the property’s 175 acres of meadows, trails, forests, dog beaches, ponds, and creeks. In addition to its natural wonders, you and your pooch can enjoy amenities like water stations, a dog wash, and tons of toys. After the sun goes down, head to The Hound Hub, a central gathering spot where you can socialize with other guests, fire up the wood-burning grill to cook a tasty dinner, and catch a lovely sunset over the meadow.
Stick around at the Emerald Glen Getaway and sleep in a creekside tent furnished with a futon and two camping chairs. Or, reserve a well-equipped cottage or cabin with electricity instead.
Topping the list for most pet-friendly campgrounds in the U.S., Four Paws Kingdom in Rutherfordton is much more than just a place to pitch a tent with your pooch. The Tar Heel State’s top dog-friendly attraction is the first and only campground designed for canines. The space is packed full of fun activities including the Small Dog Playground, Tiny Tot Park, Big Yard, and Private Escape. Dogs will also love splashing in the fully fenced pond, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, racing on the agility course, or having a spa day in the self-service grooming salon.
Four Paws Kingdom Campground welcomes up to four dogs at each site, depending on their size. Request a site with its very own fenced space for off-leash fun around the campsite.
The International Peace Garden in Dunseith is a living tribute to world peace. This 2,339-acre pet-friendly park is accessible to visitors from both Canada and the U.S. without the need of a puppy passport. Over 150,000 flowers are planted in the formal garden every spring, with mid-July through August being the best time to visit. The main paved trail meanders around the park’s colorful displays, which include American and Canadian flags made out of flowers. If you get hungry, your canine can join you at the garden’s cafe on the pet-friendly patio.
Keep the peaceful vibes flowing at the Old Creek Granary, a quiet home in nearby Bottineau. The home has hard surface flooring for easy cleanup and a private backyard for leashed strolls.
Situated along the Scioto River in the shadow of the Columbus skyline, Ohio’s most dog-friendly attraction, The Scioto Mile connects 145 acres of stunning parks, water features, and scenic lookouts that you and your four-legged friend are welcome to explore. The Scioto Audubon Metro Park is the most ‘pupular’ of the attractions, with an on-site dog park equipped with agility stations and a digging area. Continuing north, you’ll pass by the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain en route to Battelle Riverfront Park, a beautiful campus filled with monuments memorializing firefighters, war veterans, and historic moments. When your pup is ready for a break, stop for lunch at the nearby BrewDog Franklinton and sample a pint from one of the bar’s 48 taps, while Fido hydrates with a bowl of water.
You and your good boy won’t mind spending a night in the doghouse at BrewDog’s DogHouse Hotel & Brewery in Canal Winchester. Wake up in the morning to the aroma of barley and hops, grab a beer-paired breakfast, and then let Fido play in the on-site dog park.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Indiahoma offers visitors the chance to see the habitat of 50 species of mammals, 64 species of reptiles, and 240 species of birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been protecting just under 60,000 acres here since 1901, making it the oldest protected wildlife area in the network. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on a variety of trails within the refuge, ranging from the easier hike at Wichita Mountains Forty-Foot Hole to the moderate Bison Trail. If your dog prefers a car to do the hard work, take him on a scenic drive through the refuge on Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway instead.
Located next to the Lawtonka Trails, the Wichita Mod Lodge is a great hub for outbound hounds who want to continue exploring the backcountry. Enjoy breakfast on the wraparound porch and a debrief around the fire pit when the sun sets.
If you’re planning a trip to the Willamette Valley with your pooch, Sandy River Delta Park in Troutdale shouldn’t be missed. Lovingly referred to as Thousand Acres by locals, this huge off-leash area is full of surprises. Fido and his friends are free to play fetch in open fields, romp through wild wetlands, stop to pick delicious blackberries, and cool off in the two rivers within the park. Sandy River is home to five miles of hiking trails through protected meadows and forests where the Sandy River meets the Columbia River.
After a full day of activities in the park, sleep in at the Comfort Inn Troutdale. Treats and towels are available at check-in, and there’s a pet relief area on the property.
All aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, the most dog-friendly attraction in Pennsylvania, for a scenic train ride through the “Switzerland of America.” Hop in an enclosed or open-air coach from the 1920s for a 16-mile journey through the Pennsylvania wilderness, beginning in Jim Thorpe. On the one-hour narrated train ride, you’ll learn about anthracite coal’s role in the industrial revolution and enjoy stunning views of the Lehigh Gorge. The train operates on weekends and holidays from late May to late December.
Your pooch can take off his conductor’s hat and spend the night just a few minutes from Jim Thorpe at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Lehighton.
Bow Chika Wow Town in Warwick invites canines to have fun come rain or shine. Rhode Island’s first and only indoor dog park is a giant 13,000-square-foot space, divided into two sections for large and small dogs. The “pawsome” park is updated regularly with new agility equipment and fun features for four-legged guests, like in-house play structures and more tennis balls than Fido can shake a stick at. He can hop through hoops, climb over agility equipment, and frolic all day at this unforgettable gathering place. If your dog loves to romp through the snow, there’s an outdoor fenced space, too. Daycare and boarding services are also available.
Curl up together at nearby La Quinta Inn & Suites Warwick Providence Airport. This popular pet-friendly hotel offers a variety of affordable rooms and an easily accessible pet relief area for convenient toilet breaks.
James Island County Park in Charleston has everything an active dog could desire for an action-packed day out. The expansive fenced park features sections for big and small dogs to play separately, and a large lake where Fido can practice his doggy paddle. Pups can rehydrate at the water fountains, join their owners for lunch at one of the tables or benches, and make new friends in the popular park. Afterwards, explore beyond the fenced area and discover open meadows, paved trails, and shady places for a picnic with your leashed pooch. Before you leave, be sure to visit the dog-washing area to clean up your pup.
Share river views with your best friend at La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview. If you need to make a quick trip out, well-behaved dogs can relax in the room alone. This popular hotel also has a pet relief area and is a short walk from West Ashley Greenway.
If you’ve been guilty of feeding Fido too many treats, a visit to The Splash Bark by SDK could help him get back into shape. Life’s a beach at this tropical “pawradise” in Harrisburg. The only water park of its type in the country caters to canines who love to splash, fetch, and make new friends. Being able to swim isn’t a requirement at this wet and wild indoor dog park, where the water is only three inches deep. This fun pool is designed for splashing and paddling, rather than diving and freestyle. While your pooch chases beach volleyballs in the water, sit back and relax on an Adirondack chair under the shade of a faux palm tree and enjoy the show.
Heading to the Great Smoky Mountains? Put Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing in Townsend on Fido’s to-do list. Located near Pigeon Forge, this top tubing trip invites you to spend a couple of hours on the Little River with your best friend. Shuttle up the river together and tube back down on the calm, shaded waters, with a stretch of mini rapids along the way to add a little excitement to the trip. Dogs are welcome to float in their own tube or on your lap. Back on dry land, find a spot to park at Burger Master Drive-In and enjoy a juicy handheld at one of the country’s best-loved dog-friendly drive-ins.
Vacationers who are searching for seclusion should reserve a stay at this gorgeous cabin with epic views. Walk around the five-acre property with your pooch and enjoy an afternoon nap in the bean bag room.
Kick off your next Gulf adventure on South Padre Island, famous for sea turtles swimming ashore and laying their eggs during nesting season, usually in April. Two- and four-legged visitors can find out more about the natural phenomenon, sit in on a turtle talk and meet rescue reptiles at Sea Turtle, Inc. This nonprofit sea turtle rescue invites dogs to tag along for an introduction to the center’s permanent turtle residents. Fido can also tour the museum and browse the gift shop. Presentations are made throughout the day that highlight the importance of protecting these loveable creatures.
After taking it slow with the turtles, belly up to the beach bar with your best friend at Wanna Wanna Inn. This affordable hotel loves four-legged guests and is a short walk from Padre Island National Seashore.
Trek along the Grandstaff Canyon Trail in Moab with your four-legged hiking partner and discover the beauty of Utah. Surrounded by huge cliffs etched into Navajo sandstone, this epic pet-friendly pathway blazes through a canyon alongside a winding stream. The payoff is Morning Glory Natural Bridge, the sixth largest natural bridge in the United States. Cottonwood and willow trees provide occasional shade, but it’s best to set off early to beat the heat. This National Recreation Trail is rated moderate and is just under six miles out and back.
Mornings on the trails can be tiring work, so head back to Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab to rest up before exploring more dog-friendly activities in Moab. Fido can sprawl on the cool hardwood floors of your room, and there’s a pet relief area for guest use outside.
During the off-season, dogs and their owners are welcome to climb aboard the Gondola SkyRide in Stowe to the top of Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont. While you float 4,500 feet to the top with your best friend, take in 360-degree views of The Green Mountain State’s incredible landscape. When the journey is over, disembark the gondola and explore pet-friendly hiking trails at the top that weave through the evergreens and provide more angles to enjoy the stunning views with your pooch.
When Fido’s paws are firmly back on the ground, stroll back to his room at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. This accommodating hotel offers canine guests beds and bowls to use during their stay, and there’s a nice pet relief area on the premises.
If you’re looking for the “pawfect” place to view fall foliage or colorful wildflowers in bloom, Shenandoah National Park in Waynesboro is the place to be. This stunning national park has 500 miles of trails, all but 20 of which allow leashed dogs. For an easy hike, walk the shady pathways on the soft ground of Fort Windham Rocks Trail. Hikers who love a challenge can take Mary’s Rock from Meadow Spring to the summit and enjoy the Blue Ridge views from the top. Don’t feel like hiking? Cruise along the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive, which has 75 scenic overlooks where you can pull over for panoramic views.
Put your feet up at this farmhouse at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your pooch will love roaming around the extra-large fenced backyard while you enjoy the view from the deck.
Fido will do a double take when he sees Double Bluff Beach in Freeland. Take the pet-friendly Whidbey Island Ferry to this picturesque island in Puget Sound. The off-leash beach boasts spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, the Cascades, the Olympics, and even downtown Seattle on a clear day. Spend a day wandering through the dunes together and take memorable pictures on driftwood-covered sand. Before you hop aboard the ferry back to the mainland, clean up your pup’s paws at the doggie wash station.
Reserve a stay at the pet-friendly TownePlace Suites by Marriott Seattle North Mukilteo, situated near the port. This affordable hotel offers a variety of pet-friendly rooms and has an area to walk your dog outside.
The Mountain State is full of spooky pet-friendly attractions for ghost-busting pups. One of the creepiest is the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, which has a haunted history that hounds will love to sniff out. This gothic-style prison was in operation from 1876 to 1995 and was the setting for bloody riots and fires. More than 100 inmates were put to their deaths here, including an unfortunate Bloodhound who refused to help search for an escaped inmate in 1907. It’s no wonder the grounds are said to be haunted by those who walked in but never walked out. Learn more on a private paranormal tour of the grounds or a historical tour with your leashed pooch.
Fortunately, you and your pooch are able to leave the prison after your tour and return to a more comfortable accommodation. This pet-friendly guest suite has a private deck and pet-friendly trails on the property.
Planning a pet-friendly boat tour in The Badger State? Dells Boat Tours in the Wisconsin Dells offers two pet-friendly excursions that explore the five-mile gorge surrounded by epic sandstone cliffs. The Lower Dell Tour takes tourists on an expedition through the wider section of the river and rock formations like the Baby Grand Piano, Hawk‘s Bill, and the Rocky Islands. The Upper Dell Tour stops along the way for Fido to stretch his legs in the Witches Gulch. This gives you a chance to admire the rocky landscape up close and watch a phenomenon called the Witches Bathtub in action. The other highlight at this eerie attraction is a specially trained dog who leaps between two cliffs at Stand Rock.
Discuss the death-defying doggy back at your pet-friendly cabin for the weekend. This adorable home has hardwood floors and provides access to the Wisconsin River for an afternoon stroll.
Situated between the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn National Forest in Sheridan is a lesser known area of natural beauty that shouldn’t be missed. Beat the crowds in the neighboring parks and get in touch with nature on over 1,200 miles of trails with your leashed pooch for company. The Tongue River Canyon Trail is just under five miles in length and rewards hikers with a variety of untouched canyon and forest views. For an easier trek, walk along the Porcupine Falls Trail and check out the awesome falls with your four-legged hiking partner. After your trek, take a drive along Medicine Wheel Passage that follows an ancient trail to the top of the mountain range and offers incredible viewing points along the way. If you want to play it safe, attach a bell to your dog’s collar to keep wildlife like bears away.
Sleep it off at this stylish home in Sheridan. Hardwood floors make for easy cleanup, and there’s a nice outdoor space for grilling up Fido’s favorites.