25 of the best dog friendly destinations in the USA

25 of the best dog-friendly destinations in the USA

Traveling with your canine companion is becoming more and more popular and the USA has some amazing dog-friendly destinations for you to visit. I mean who really enjoys leaving their furry friend behind when traveling? Head out to one of these incredible dog-friendly destinations in the US and have a trip you both won’t forget in a hurry!

San Diego – home to the original ‘dog beach’

San Diego dog beache

San Diego is simply barking about dogs (that will be the only pun I promise) which makes it a must visit location for dog owners. A number of cafes and restaurants allow dogs on the premises like the Pier Café on West Harbour Drive. The Pacific Beach is also a must visit dog-friendly place and a prime dog walking spot. The must-see place has got to be the Nate’s Point Off-Leash Dog Park based at Balboa Park which is open 24 hours a day!

The best dog-friendly places to eat and drink in San Diego
The best dog-friendly attractions in San Diego
  • The original ‘dog beach’ is located at the northern end of Ocean Beach.
  • Balboa Park – a 1,200 acre park is doggie heaven.
  • Fiesta Park – an island off Mission Bay with fire pits and dog parks where your pooch can play and frolic.
  • Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve – hike around beautiful natural landscapes with your four-legged friend.
Dog-friendly beaches in San Diego
Dog-friendly hotels in San Diego

Carmel-by-the-Sea – one of the most pooch-friendly holiday destinations in the world

best dog friendly beach in Carmel by the Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a popular city found in Monterey County, California and is an excellent dog-friendly city. Many shops/ restaurants even have their own “yappy hour” which is designed just for dog owners! There are many dog-friendly hotels and you’ll find a whole host of services just for dogs like massages, health/beauty treatments, and even surfing lessons! Carmel-by-the-Sea is perfect for a beach resort for both dogs and their owners.

Santa Barbara – great walks, beaches and dog-friendly hotels

Pet friendly attractions in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is another popular California city that seems like it was designed with dog owners in mind! There is plenty for both you and your best friend to enjoy and many hotels allow dogs and even have their own specially designed rooms/ bed just for them. Many restaurants and bars are dog-friendly and your dog can enjoy off-leash fun and games at the Arroyo Burro Beach Park, a stroll across the beautiful Ocean Trail and much more.

Asheville – fantastic surrounding countryside to explore with your pooch

Dog friendly Asheville Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is a beautiful destination that you and your dog will adore! There’s dog-friendly accommodation is in abundance and many don’t even charge an extra pet fee and don’t forget to leave the city and explore the gorgeous surrounding scenery. There are also some amazing dog parks like the French Broad River Dog Park and the Biltmore Estate offers over 250 acres of gardens to explore. Best of all the historic Asheville trolley tours are dog-friendly as well.

Chicago – dog welcoming restaurants and even a canine cruise

Dog friendly attractions Chicago

Chicago, Illinois is one of the most famous cities in America and an amazing place to visit with your furry pal! Finding accommodation for you and your dog will be easy the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago will allow two pets of any size for no additional charge! But there are also dog-friendly apartments, guest houses and more. You won’t be short of activities to do together either there is the Winnemac Park to explore, the beautiful Montrose Dog Beach and you could even go on a canine cruise!

New York – awesome pooch-friendly parks, shops and restaurants

New York dog friendly attractions

Ah, the Big Apple New York is often thought to be the capital of America it isn’t but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great place to visit especially with a dog. You’ll find plenty of different accommodation options including hotels and apartments and over 500 dog-friendly restaurants! When it comes to things to do together you will be spoilt for choice there is the Sirius Dog Run in Battery Park for more energetic dogs, leisure tours, walking trails and much more. Many regular shops also take dogs into account and offer dog beds and water bowls for them to relax and enjoy while you shop.

San Francisco – the bustling Californian city that will truly welcome your pet

best dog friendly attractions in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the dog capital cities in America with plenty to offer you and your best friend. Accommodation is in abundance with hotels, apartments, lofts and more all available. There are over 150 different restaurants and eateries to explore and plenty of places to visit. The Golden Gate Park is one of the most popular attractions in the city and it is dog-friendly and as four separate off-leash areas. You can also explore Baker Beach, enjoy dog-friendly shopping at Union Square and even take a mini-cruise together.

Charleston – enjoy sunny days in this lovely city with your pooch

Charleston Dog friendly attractions

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful port city and the perfect place for you and your dog to enjoy some sunny weather and fresh sea-air. Dog-friendly accommodation is available all over the city including hotels, suites and even motorhomes. There are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, and bars to see as well. When it comes to doggy related activities there are grooming sessions, walking trails, daycare, pet photography, and much more.

Monterey – the gorgeous sandy beach destination which will also welcome your dog

Dog friendly attractions in Monterey

Monterey is a central coastal city in California and another great destination for dog owners! Accommodation here comes in many forms including RVs at the Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Camping site. There are also quite a handful of dog-friendly bars/restaurants for you both to enjoy as well as great things to do together including a visit to the El Estero Dog Park and the dog-friendly Monterey State Beach.

Myrtle Beach – beach fun for you and your pet

Myrtle Beach Dog friendly attractions

Myrtle Beach is a popular place for dog lovers thanks to its amazing range of activities! You can take your dog surfing, explore the Barc Parc South dog park which includes a mini-lake for dogs to enjoy and many of the public beaches are also dog-friendly or have dog-friendly areas. There are also plenty of options when it comes to accommodation and many restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops are designed to be dog-friendly. 

Orlando – the sunny city which you can both enjoy

Orlando dog friendly attractions

One of the most popular locations in Florida Orlando is a great place for dog owners to visit. Dog-friendly accommodation in Orlando comes in many different forms from large hotels to small guesthouses. There are some amazing dog parks to visit including Dr. Phillips Dog Park and Turkey Lake Park to name just two. There are trails to explore, dog-friendly markets and plenty of cafes/ restaurants you can enjoy.

Oregon Coast – an amazing array of gorgeous pooch-friendly resorts to explore and stay

Oregon Coast Dog friendly attractions

Coastal places are always wondrous to explore with dogs and the Oregon Coast is a great example of why that is! Some travel websites even describe the stunning Oregon Coast as the ideal version of dog heaven. It is easy to see why when you see some of the amazing dog-friendly accommodation on offer including amazing hotels and even coastal cabins.

Many of these dog-friendly hotels even give your furry friend their own welcome basket to celebrate their stay! When it comes to things to do you should be sure to visit the Cannon Beach together or if you want to relax you could treat your dog to a pet pampering session. With plenty of other parks to visit, recreational sites and dog-friendly restaurants if you want to holiday together visit the Oregon Coast.

Portland, Oregon – the green city which will love your dog nearly as much as you

Dog friendly attractions Portland

Oregon Portland is another brilliant place to visit for dog owners there are plenty of amazing dog parks to see. Like the Sellwood Riverfront Park, Mt. Tabor Park and even Portland International Raceway Dog Park. There are also plenty of trails you can visit together and a trip to the dog-friendly Plum Hill Vineyards is a must. Accommodation is available in many forms throughout Portland and there are some brilliant dog-friendly restaurants/ eateries to visit.

Cape Cod – pooch-friendly beaches and dog friendly boat trips

Cape Cod dog friendly attractions

One of the stars of the Massachusetts travel sector is Cape Cod. It is a prime summer holiday destination and you can enjoy it with your dog too! There are dog-friendly hotels in abundance, campsites and much more. The main attraction around Cape Code is the many beautiful beaches and many of them are dog-friendly. There are some great trails to explore together and you can even set sail on dog-friendly cruises.

Savannah – the dog-loving Southern Belle

Savannah dog friendly attractions

Savannah is a very historic place full of natural beauty and a great city to visit with your dog. Dog owners will have plenty to do and a trip to Forsyth Parker is a must. Broughton Street is home to many of the dog-friendly shops and cafes in Savannah so you should be sure to pay it a visit too. You and your dog can even visit the Savannah Bee Company together to taste the honey. With plenty of great accommodation options for dog-lovers Savannah is definitely a great place to visit.

Virginia Beach – dog-friendly beaches and woodland to explore

Virginia Beach Dog friendly attractions

Virginia Beach has three amazing dog parks that any canine friend would love to visit and city parks are leash friendly for dogs as well! There are plenty of dog-friendly public beaches to explore as well and natural woodland. There are also plenty of dog-friendly cafes and stores in Virginia Beach and you shouldn’t have trouble finding places where you can both enjoy a meal.

Palm Springs – the resort which is home to dog-friendly attractions galore

Palm Springs Dog friendly places

Palm Springs, California is famous for its Hot Springs, luxury spas and hotels and one of the most dog-friendly places in America. There is a variety of different dog-friendly accommodation options available and you will have plenty to see and do.

There are some amazing dog parks to explore, walking trails, recreational areas you can both enjoy like Lake Cahuilla and plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and cafes. A visit to the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs Museum is also a must-do. This dog-friendly attraction is a great example of the more fun and unique things you and your dog can enjoy at Palm Springs.

Portland, Maine – a laid back dog-friendly city destination

Portland, Maine Dog friendly attractions

Portland, Maine offers glorious architecture and some stunning natural landscapes to explore. There are a variety of hotels and inns around Portland that allow dogs of any size but you don’t have to just stay in your hotel. There are plenty of dog-friendly sidewalk cafes, bars, coffee shops and more to explore.

After dinning at a trendy café or enjoying a coffee you and your dog can enjoy a trip to the Capisic Pond Park or the Quarry Run Dog Park to name just two options. You can also explore the Baxter Woods together or even take a boat trip together. Shopping at Portland’s many amazing dog-friendly shops and high streets is also sure to be fun as well.

Pismo Beach – the fun beach which you and your pooch will love

Pismo Beach Dog friendly attractions

Pismo Beach is a popular tourist spot in California with plenty to offer dog owners. Finding dog-friendly accommodation will be easy and you will have plenty of options including some beautiful hotels. Dining with your dog will also be easy thanks to the abundance of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes everything from bakeries to Italian restaurants, burger outlets and more.

Pismo Beach is famous for its beautiful nature and you and your dog can enjoy it together. You could take a trip to one of the many local dog parks like Elm Street Park or visit Avila Beach and enjoy the sand and sea. There is also plenty of dog-friendly shops to explore as well.

Colorado Springs – a great dog-friendly destination with miles of surrounding wilderness to explore

Colorado Springs Dog friendly attractions

A popular municipality Colorado Springs offers plenty to see and do for dog lovers! You will find no shortage of dog-friendly accommodation including some luxury hotels like the Academy Hotel Colorado Springs. There is a variety of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, and bars as well as some great places to visit. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is also a must-visit and you can even enjoy a jeep tour with your dog as well. State parks are plentiful and you can even visit the Pub Dog Colorado which will let you dine indoors with your dog! A trip to the Peterson Air & Space Museum is also a great and more unique way to spend the day with your dog as well.

Napa Valley – plenty of gorgeous dog-friendly wineries and vineyards

the best pet friendly hotels in Napa Valley

Napa Valley proudly states that they roll out the red carpet for dogs! So, dog lovers will find plenty on offer for their four-legged friends to enjoy. There are many restaurants and wineries you can enjoy together and a wide range of pet-friendly hotels and resorts you can explore together.

A trip to the vineyards and wineries is a must when seeing Napa Valley but you can also stop by some amazing dog parks including some off-leash parks like Alston Park, the Canine Commons, and some beautiful hiking trails. If you want a relaxing holiday destination both you and your dog can enjoy Napa Valley is the place to go.

Sacramento – great dog-friendly parks and trails

Dog friendly attractions in Sacramento

The capital city of California, Sacramento city offers plenty for dog owners. There some amazing dog-friendly hotels including many budget-friendly options. There is also a wide range of dog parks including Truitt Bark Park, Glenbrook Park and many more including off-leash parks. There are some great outdoor dog-friendly restaurants and cafes to see as well. A trip to the dog-friendly Sand Cove Park or the Sacramento River Parkway Trail is also essential and sure to be a holiday highlight for both you and your dog.

Reno – a fun dog-friendly city with amazing surrounding natural scenery to go walkies in

dog friendly Reno

The Nevada city of Reno is a popular tourist spot and I’m happy to report that it is also an incredibly dog-friendly destination as well. Dog-friendly hotels and inns in Reno are easy to find and there are plenty of places to enjoy eating and drinking with your canine friend as well.

When it comes to dog-friendly activities you will be quite literally spoilt for choice. Dog parks come in all shapes and sizes including Virginia Lake Park, Mayberry Park, and the sandy Rancho San Rafael Regional Dog Park too. You can also visit the Reno mountains together and enjoy touring the lakes.

Sedona – the Arizona desert town surrounded by fantastic dog walking territory

Dog friendly attractions in Sedona

The desert town of Sedona, Arizona is a great place to visit and there is plenty of dog-friendly accommodation to choose from. Finding a place to stay will be easy and there is plenty to see and do. You can go on dog-friendly tours through Sedona including jeep tours, you can also visit Oak Creek winery and vineyard or even take a trip on the cliffside trolleys.

After all that adventuring you will need a place to enjoy some food and drink won’t you? It is good news for you there as well as there is an abundance of dog-friendly restaurants of both the indoor and outdoor variety. There are also some dog-friendly bars to visit too perfect for a relaxing drink at the end of the day.

Los Angeles – the city that will really pamper your furry friend!

Dog friendly attractions in Los Angeles

Probably the most famous city in Carolina is an excellent place to visit with your pooch. There is a wide assortment of dog-friendly beaches including Rosie’s Dog Beach, Del Mar Beach and both the North and South Beaches.

There are plenty of dog parks to visit including the Lake Hollywood Dog Park. Shopping is not a problem either with there being plenty of dog-friendly shops to explore a visit to the largest independent record store Amoeba Music is a must! The Hollywood Walk of Fame is also dog-friendly and there are several amazing dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and cafes to visit. Don’t leave without going to at least one of the many dog pampering day spas!


Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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