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Spring getaways for pets

Time to shake off those winter boots and soak up the sun on a spring vacation. Before you book your trip, don’t forget about the cuddly pets that helped keep you warm all season long. These sun-drenched locales have everything you need for a fun-filled getaway with your four-legged best friend.

1

Key West, Florida

Best for: Water lovers

If you’re looking for a laid-back beach vacation for you and your pet, look no further than Key West. This seaside paradise loves sunshine as much as it loves pets. You can soak in the rays while your pup enjoys some off-leash fun at Dog Beach or Higgs Beach Dog Park. Once you’ve had enough lounging around, visit Lazy Dog for a kayak or paddleboarding excursion with your furry friend in tow.

2

Austin, Texas

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts

Active pets and owners will love the vast variety of outdoor room to roam with their pets. Enjoy a leisurely stroll at Zilker Park, where you and your pooch can jog, play or relax under a shade tree. Cool down by dipping your toes and paws at Barton Springs pool. Downtown Austin provides just as much for humans as it does for pets. With ample-sized patios at almost every coffee house and eatery, well-behaved pets can easily enjoy a night out on the town with their human companions.

3

San Diego, California

Best for: Beachcombers

This vacation hotspot places an emphasis on beach living by offering a multitude of beaches for pets and their owners. If your pet is social and active, he will love the scene at Dog Beach. This popular off-leash beach provides pets with sufficient sand and surf to swim, run and make friends. If your pet prefers to dip and play, check out Fiesta Island, where calmer waters and sand dunes provide a fun-filled mix of outdoor activity.

4

Walla Walla, Washington

Best for: Wine lovers

Wine country for you; outdoor paradise for your pet. With over 120 wineries located in Walla Walla, you'll be in vineyard heaven. The best part? Over 30 of the wineries offer pet-friendly amenities. For a true pet lover's experience, visit Dunham Cellars, where wine selections like "Three Legged Red" and "Four Legged White" are named after the winemaker's very own best friends. Walla Walla encourages pet travel by offering a variety of pet-friendly lodging in the heart of the wine country.

5

Queen Mary 2

Best for: Experienced pet travelers

Sophisticated pets and owners can now enjoy the lap of luxury aboard the Queen Mary 2. Offering an extensive kennel program, this Cunard cruise line provides your pet with lavish accommodations in the form of 12 spacious kennels overseen by a kennel master who ensures your pet's utmost comfort. All four-legged travelers even receive a complimentary gift pack once on board. Enjoy your time on the ship and spend quality time with Fluffy or Fido at your leisure, as the designated indoor and outdoor pet areas are open throughout the day.

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