Vacation planning can be tough, especially when you have to find a sitter or boarding facility for your dog. It’s never easy leaving your best pal behind, so why not take them with you on a vacation instead? We’ve created a list of some of the top cities to explore with your furry pal that would also provide a great getaway. From dog-friendly hotels and restaurants, to scenic views, beaches and parks, these places have everything to offer for a relaxing vacation for both you and your dog.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is a fun city that provides plenty of sunshine and a mild climate year-round. It’s at the top of our list because you’ll find nearly 200 hotels and vacation rentals that are pet friendly. You can wander around the Sandia foothills, visit one of the many dog-friendly breweries, take a relaxing walk along the Rio Grande or cool off at Tingley Beach. On top of that Albuquerque has nearly 33,000 acres of public parks for you and your pet to enjoy.
To extend your excursion, you can make a trip to Santa Fe (1 hour from Albuquerque) or White Sands National Monument (3.5 hours from Albuquerque). While Sante Fe is a lively city rich with art and cultural history, White Sands National Monument offers a serene escape amongst mother nature where you and your dog can explore miles of white gypsum sand dunes. Whichever way your trip takes you, you’ll surely be pleased.
In the capital of Colorado there’s plenty to see and do with your canine companion. This city is packed with pooches who love to explore. You’ll find an abundance of scenic hiking trails, including the Colorado Trail which extends 486 miles long from Denver to Durango. Dogs are welcome on all but 6 miles of the trail through Waterton Canyon, which is a bighorn sheep habitat.
You’ll also discover many unique dog-friendly breweries and places to eat, like the Watering Bowl. This establishment contains a private 7,000 sq. ft. dog park, making the perfect place to stop by and grab some refreshments with your dog.
Not sure where to go first? Check out this list of pet-friendly parks and hotels in Denver.
Key West, Florida
If you’re looking for a coastal retreat to bring your dog to, Key West is a prime location.
You and your furry friend can get up close with the local marine life at the Key West Aquarium, watch the sunset at Higgs Beach Dog Park or enjoy the cuisine and coastal views at Louie’s Backyard restaurant, which actually allows dogs in the bar area. For the more adventurous pups, consider taking your dog on a kayaking or paddle-boarding excursion with Lazy Dog.
Portland is a quirky city that offers many great places to explore with your dog. You’ll discover many dog-friendly restaurants and breweries, like Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, Tin Shed and The Station. Some of the places even provide menus just for dogs.
If you want to give your pooch some extra pampering, look into staying at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. The hotel has no breed or weight limitations and goes to vast lengths to make your dog feel right at home. Not only will your pack-mate be greeted by name upon arrival they will also receive special amenities, including a bed, food, treats and water bowl. To top it all off you’ll both be invited to the nightly hosted wine reception. Cheers!
When you need a break from the city bustle, you’ll find Forest Park is the place to go, with over 80 miles of trails to wander! And if you happen to visit Portland during the month of June, take some time to stop and sniff the flowers in the International Rose Test Garden.
For more ideas, check out this full list of sights to see with your dog in Portland.
Now that you’ve got some ideas in mind of where to go on that next vacation, it’s time to start planning! Keep in mind that traveling can be strenuous on your dog’s joints, especially if they are sitting in the car for hours, so it’s a good idea to bring along some ActivPhy.
ActivPhy is a safe and effective joint supplement for dogs. Its powerful blend of ingredients help reduce inflammation and provide comforting relief to sore joints, while also promoting muscle health and strength; all of which your dog will need to travel and continue to be active on the trip with you.
If your dog hasn’t tried ActivPhy yet, we recommend starting it a month or so before your trip to ensure it has the maximum effect. Click here to learn more!