You might save money and have a better time on your vacation if you can bring your pets along. Consider heading to any of the following locations, which have plenty of hotels where your pets can stay too — pet-friendly accommodations and activities.
1. Buffalo Peaks, CO
Colorado is a great place to go for any animal lover and if you have a pet that enjoys being outdoors, it’s even better. Buffalo Peaks has hiking trails that will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. And there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels and activities as well.
2. Key West
Key West is another great pet-friendly vacation destination. There are a number of open patios, restaurants, and bars that allow furry friends to accompany you. As long as the dog is on a leash, you can bring him or her along in Key West.
3. Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid Lodge welcomes all furry friends who are well behaved. The lodge even offers dog treats and a special bed for your pup during their stay. Around the lodge, you’ll be able to enjoy the serene landscape and spend some quality time with your best friend.
4. Lake Tahoe
Another fantastic destination for you and your pet is Lake Tahoe — on both the California and Nevada side of the lake. Not only is it the location of one of the most pet-friendly resorts in the country, but it has hiking trails, beaches, parks, and other adventures for you and your pup.
5. New York City
Although at first NYC might not seem like a place you’d want to travel with your dog, remember that everything there is walkable. Yes, you can walk your dog around Times Square, Central Park, and the High Line.
You can also locate pet-friendly bars and coffeehouses in the city, and even grab a hot dog for your furry friend from a roadside cart. Before making travel plans, be sure you know the weight restrictions on animals where you are staying.
6. The Outer Banks, NC
The Outer Banks is another fantastic destination for pet lovers. There are a number of dog bars, pet-friendly restaurants and shops that make it a paradise for animal lovers. The NC coast has about 300 miles of beaches where your dog is welcome to accompany you on a leash. There’s even weekly “bow-wow luaus” all summer long.
7. San Francisco
Like the Outer Banks, San Francisco has a wide range of pet-friendly establishments as well. In fact, there are more than 50 restaurants in the city that allow dogs, including a winery. Numerous tour operators welcome dogs, including Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruises and Barbary Ghost Yacht Tours.
This Arizona city is loaded with pet-friendly options. Among them: the Tuscon Scavenger Hunt, which will provides hours of fun while teaching you about the city’s history at every stop. Just be sure you plan for the heat and bring plenty of extra water for you and your furry friend.
9. Yosemite National Park
Like many of the other destinations on this list, Yosemite National Park offers a variety of hiking trails and adventure for you and your pet. So, grab your pup and head out for a trip. You’ll even be able to camp inside the park, so you won’t have to worry about other accommodations.
Finding a Pet-Friendly Vacation Resort
Speaking of pet-friendly accommodations — they’re not the norm even in the cities that are as friendly to pets as the locations mentioned in this article.
Although every hotel must accommodate individuals with service dogs, they do not have to accommodate pets.
And the venues that do accept them might charge a higher room rate to those who bring their dog — and even tag on an additional fee upon discovering you didn’t mention Fido when you booked the reservation.
Look for pet-friendly accommodations wherever you travel on Official Pet Hotels. You an also designate pet-friendliness in searches for places to stay on Airbnb.
And don’t just go by what the listing says — check out what Airbnb has to say about verifying a host’s ability to accommodate your furry friend.
Readers, please tell us all about your experiences traveling with pets — or, conversely, tell us about how you’ve arranged for pet-sitting when traveling without them. Please post in the comments section beneath this article what your goals or plans might be for any vacations with pets this year — and beyond.
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