BringFido's Ruff Guide to Washington

Posted by Jason Halliburton

Thinking of treating your terrier to a vacation in Washington? If so, he’s one lucky dog. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the dog-friendliest things to do in The Evergreen State, as well as the rest of the country. And we've assembled it all in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States.

Now in its second edition, the book features over 365 of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. Order your copy today and save 50% off the retail price when you use the discount code EVERGREEN.

For a preview of the book, here are a few of our editors' top picks for dog-friendly things to do in Washington:

Enjoy the View From Above

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

For a bird’s-eye view of the Emerald City, take a ‘Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour’ with Kenmore Air. You and your furry flying ace will enjoy stunning views of the Seattle skyline, Elliot Bay, and Lake Union on this 20-minute flightseeing adventure. Tours are offered several times daily (Thursday to Monday) and start at $99 per person. Lap dogs are welcome for no additional fee, but a seat must be purchased for dogs over 25 lbs. Advance reservations are required. If your pup prefers boats over floatplanes, you can take a self-guided tour of Lake Union in a classic wooden row boat rental from the Center for Wooden Boats.

Your well-traveled pooch will be a VIP guest at the Ace Hotel Seattle, a trendy crash pad located in the heart of the Belltown District. Once a hotel for maritime workers, this minimalist property features loft-style rooms adorned with local artwork. Before settling in for the night, explore the neighborhood with your pup on an evening walk to nearby Olympic Sculpture Park.

Teach Fido to Herd Sheep

Roy, WA
“I just want to borrow your coat!” Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Your dog will think he’s died and gone to heaven at Ewe-topia Herd Dog Training in Roy. Located near Seattle, Ewe-topia allows dogs of all shapes and sizes to try their paws at sheep herding. The owners, Joe and Linda, are animal behavior experts who can quickly assess your pooch’s temperament and match him up to the appropriate livestock – typically three sheep or five ducks. When Fido steps into the ring for the first time, he’ll have the time of his life chasing the furry or feathered animals around the ring. But this challenging exercise actually provides an important lesson in socialization as well. You may even notice a difference in your dog’s manners after the first visit! All lessons are by appointment only and must be booked by phone. All students are required to bring a collar and leash and dress in weather-appropriate clothing.

When your four-legged rustler is finished herding sheep, head to the Prairie Hotel in nearby Yelm to get a night’s worth of shut-eye. Sleep in a comfy dog-friendly room equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi. You can also load up on sweet and savory snacks in the lobby market. The large grassy yard surrounding the property is ideal for walking Fido.

Spend the Day in San Juan Island

Anacortes, WA
“This beats the smell of my usual dog park!” Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Hop on board a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes for a trip to San Juan Island. When you arrive at Friday Harbor, ditch the car in favor of a ‘Scoot Coupe’ from Susie’s Mopeds, which will serve as your transportation for the day. Two miles away, you’ll find Jackson Beach, where your dog will enjoy running in the sand. Continue on to San Juan Island National Historical Park to learn about the history of the island and the Pig War. Make a pit stop at Pelindaba Lavender Farm to let Fido roam the purple fields and try a lavender-flavored dog biscuit. Lastly, head over to Lime Kiln Point State Park – a 36-acre park where whales are commonly spotted between May and September. When you complete your loop around the island, refuel with ‘Your New Favorite Turkey Sandwich’ from The Market Chef. There’ll be enough to share with your hungry hound!

If one day on Friday Harbor isn’t enough, spend the night at Earthbox Inn & Spa. Located just four blocks from the Friday Harbor Ferry Landing, the property offers clean, modern accommodations in an ideal location. Enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s beach cruiser bikes to explore the charming island, schedule a hot beach stone massage, or relax in the heated indoor pool.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Photo by Linda Segerfeldt


If this Ruff Guide to Washington preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our new book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use discount code EVERGREEN to save 50% on your copy. Happy Travels!

What is your favorite dog-friendly activity in Washington? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by BringFido/Lauren.