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10 Most Popular Dog-Friendly Destinations in the USA

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Most people only think of treats as the best way of rewarding our furry friends. However, your four-legged friend may find vacations as the best gift for being a good boy or girl. There are many places that both you and your dog will appreciate. Hotels, cities, glamping sites, and the great outdoors are excellent for your dog.

Many destinations welcome dogs as guests by offering nice perks and dog-centric events. Below are the best vacations to take with your dog and spend quality time. Remember to carry dog accessories when visiting these destinations.

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is one of the most dog-friendly parks in the USA. It boasts over 100 dog hiking trails along the beautiful Maine coast. Mount Desert Island offers sandy beaches and carriage roads to stroll with your dog. Dogs are also welcomed on the shuttles that go to different scenic locations within the park. The neighboring town of Bar Harbor allows buses and restaurant patios.

2. Sedona Arizona

The red rock backdrop in Sedona lets you get incredible shots of your dog. The 43-acre Slide Rock State Park is excellent for active dogs, while the Coconino National Forest is known for alpine tundra, pine forests, and iconic red rocks.

You can enroll for dog-friendly tours that offer camping trips, backpacking, and trips to ruin sites. The Sedona dog park has beautiful views and an area for off-leash traipsing.

3. Bend, Oregon

Bend is heaven for outdoor lovers because alpine lakes, natural forests, and extinct volcanoes surround it. Some sources claim that Bend leads the world in per capita dog population. It’s estimated that almost 50 percent of Bend’s residents own dogs.


Bend boasts 13 off-leash areas and 51 miles of trails for dogs. You can also access hiking trails in scenic forests. The Farewell Bend Park path and Deschutes River Trail are refreshing for walks.

4. Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast is a must-visit if you have a beach bum in your hands. The region’s all-year balmy weather and sun-kissed beaches are a wonderful escape for dogs.

Jog on the beach, look for seashells, or bask in the magnificent sunsets with your furry friend. Nearly all the beaches in Bend are pet-friendly.

5. Austin, Texas

Expect nothing but the best when you visit Austin with your dog. You will get green spaces in the middle of the town and red carpets in restaurants for your four-legged friend. Take a bike ride or hike at Lady Bird Lake. Rent a paddleboard or kayak if your dog loves water, and spend a relaxing time on the lake.

6. San Diego, California

Sandy shoreline, surf, and sunshine make San Diego an excellent destination for your sidekick. Picture-perfect locations along Del Mar and La Jolla communities will captivate your dog. You can choose a different beach because there are many. Mission Bay Park, Fiesta Island, Dog Beach, and Mission Bay Park are some of the best.

7. Kahab, Utah

The main attraction of this small town in Southwestern Utah is the Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary. It’s the USA’s largest no-kill animal shelter and houses adoptable cats, dogs, horses, bunnies, farm animals, and injured and orphaned wild animals. Your dog can spend time with other dogs and even train together.

8. Under Canvas Grand Canyon, Arizona

Under Canvas glamping site is located in Valle, 30 minutes from the South Rim of the national park. You can reserve space with an option to add a dog bed and bowl.


Visit the Gran Canyon’s South Rim Trails, which allows leashed dogs. The trail passes through iconic viewpoints such as Hopi, Mojave, and Yavapai.

9. Autocamp Yosemite, California

Autocamp Yosemite is surrounded by a lush forest, with accommodations offering private patios. Enjoy cozy evenings around a fire pit and grill with your pup. Explore Yosemite during the day for walks with your furball. Pet-friendly hikes include Lower Yosemite Fall Loop and Bridalveil trails.

10. Dog Mountain, Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

Dog Mountain is a dog-centric attraction that offers leash-free meadows, trails, and ponds. Your dog can swim, run, and play with other dogs as you enjoy snowshoeing or wildflowers with other dog owners.

To Sum Up

Your dog deserves a vacation in one of these destinations. The locations are pet-friendly and offer different activities. Dog accessories are essential for any trip because they keep your friend safe and make maintaining them easy.

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