There is no denying that traveling alongside a best friend can make the journey considerably more enjoyable. For some people, that choice companion may be a close buddy, sibling, or roommate. For others, there is no better travel pal than their lovable dog.
The issue you may face when traveling with a dog, however, is that not all destinations are particularly welcoming to four-legged friends. That’s not to say that such friendly destinations cannot be found. In fact, there are 10 especially dog-friendly U.S. cities that could provide the perfect adventure for you and your loved ones, including your canine companion.
In 2018, Yelp, a crowd-sourced review forum featuring a plethora of establishments across the U.S, compiled a nifty list of the top 10 most dog-friendly cities in America to help you pick the right destination for your next trip. These cities were evaluated based on a number of factors, including the number of dog-friendly hotels, beaches and restaurants, dog parks, and dog walkers within their city limits. Although located in 10 states that each possess a distinct culture, climate, and tourism scene, they share one trait in common: dogs are not only permitted, but also welcomed.
Trying to find a new city to explore with your furry best friend? Here are 10 ideal locations to consider, in no particular order:
1. Portland, Oregon
Yes, the City of Roses is known for being an eclectic hotbed of art, music, and outdoor recreation, but this green city is also happy to host dogs and their owners. Not only can you take your dog along when you enjoy food from one of the city’s dozens of food cars, but you can also bring your furry pal along for a drink – dogs are also permitted in bars. From there, you and your pet can hit the iconic Washington Park, which includes the Oregon Zoo, or shop around downtown.
2. Seattle, Washington
Like Portland in some ways, but also distinct, Seattle features 14 off-leash areas where dogs are free to roam. One of these areas is the beautiful 350-acre Magnuson Park, located on Sand Point along Lake Washington. Leashed pets are also welcome aboard Seattle Ferry Service’s Sunday Ice Cream Cruise, at the University Village Shopping Center, and at many other locations around the city.
3. West Hollywood, California
Further down along the West Coast, you will find your dog is also quite welcome in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Four-legged patrons are welcome at numerous hotels, such as the London West Hollywood and Le Parc Suite Hotel. You can also take them along when you hit up the neighborhood’s hot dining scene, including Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee, Smith & Tait, and Le Petit Four.
4. Phoenix, Arizona
If you and your canine compatriot are hoping to get a tan, head to the sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis of Phoenix. Fortunately, pets are welcome inside at plenty of establishments. You can enjoy a pint and catch NFL games with your pup at Keegan’s or grab an iced latte and gourmet sandwich at Breadcrafters. If you want to catch some sun, head to Echo Mountain Off Leash Arena at Grovers Basin or take a hike up Shaw Butte.
5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Also located within the spacious southwest, Colorado has a reputation for its wilderness. If you like hiking with your dog, this is the place for you. You can travel together along select trails throughout the Cheyenne Mountain State Park or visit the Broadmoor Seven Falls. The 10-acre Bear Creek Dog Park is also 100 percent dog-friendly.
6. Dallas, Texas
Dallas is more than a burgeoning cultural and commercial hub, but with good food, exciting attractions, and high energy, it’s a city both you and your dog can enjoy. The city offers plenty of outdoor spaces where dogs can have fun, including the NorthBark Dog Park and the White Rock Lake Dog Park at Mockingbird Point Park. Many dining establishments throughout the city also feature open-air terraces and patios where you and your pal can consume a variety of cuisines, from New American fare and Tex-Mex to Cajun and Bavarian.
7. Tampa, Florida
If you have a coastal destination in mind, consider taking a trip to Tampa, where dogs can wade in the ocean and run on the sand at Picnic Island Beach Dog Park and Davis Island Dog Beach. Get a bite to eat at Sail Pavilion, an open-air waterfront retreat along the Tampa Riverwalk that provides stainless-steel dog water dishes, doggy treats, and even a dog menu with smoothies.
8. Arlington, Virginia
If you want to be close enough to the nation’s capital to visit historical landmarks, monuments and other attractions, Arlington is a good fit that still offers eight county dog parks and other dog-friendly establishments. Pick up some traditional pub fare at Whitlow’s, a dog-friendly neighborhood bar, or try New Zealand cuisine at the cozy Cassatt’s Cafe cozy, which offers outdoor tables.
9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Known for their Midwest hospitality, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are home to plenty of orchards, breweries, parks, and farmers’ markets that you can savor alongside your furry friend. Take in lunch at the dog-friendly Wilde Roast Café, with an updated Victorian feel and 1900s-era fireplace, or relax over a glass of wine and delicious dessert at Cave Vin. If your dog wants to run off-leash for a bit, head to Battle Creek Regional Dog Park in St. Paul.
10. Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City boasts 39 pet-friendly restaurants and 66 hotels where you can stay with your dog. If you want a place with a warm, intimate vibe and delectable menu, try 9C Tavern. Other welcoming establishments downtown that you should check out while you are in the city include the Latham House, The Cliff, and Hidden Grounds Coffee.
Fun for All
You don’t have to leave your dog behind next time your travel. You can make memories together by selecting a U.S. destination that not only has a vibrant dining scene and interesting attractions, but also plenty of establishments that will make you and your faithful companion feel right at home.