Whether you’re bringing your dog along on a family vacation or planning a fun trip with just you and your furry friend, mark these fun summer travel destinations off your bucket list.
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The most dog-friendly destination in the United States is…
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Portland, Oregon! Estately looked at factors such as the weather, dog activities, walk score, yard size, meet-up groups and the availability of dog sitters to come up with the most dog-friendly city, and this Pacific Northwest city barks its way to the top. You and your pooch will enjoy the warm, dry summer temperatures as well as dog-friendly restaurants (such as the Tin Shed Garden Café, which has its own doggie menu), pet-friendly resorts and 33 amazing dog parks.
Best beaches for dogs
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If you and your pet would rather spend the dog days of summer at the beach, San Diego, California, is a great summer destination. In fact, it’s ranked as the second-best U.S. city for dogs for its amazing weather and dog-friendly beaches. San Diego also hosts a dog surfing competition, called Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, and you can’t miss National Dog Party Day on June 21.
The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in southwest Florida are dog-friendly spots. They have beaches designated exclusively for dogs to roam unleashed, with dog-approved names like Dog Beach, Pooch Park, K-9 Corral and Barkingham Park.
Basin Harbor Club, a family-owned hotel on 700 acres located right on Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont, is another top-notch destination for families with dogs. The club has a private dog beach, pet-friendly cottages and a special pet package. The icing on the cake is the Woofstock event, which raises money for the local humane society.
Best spots to hike and camp with your furry friend
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Do you and your dog love to go on long hikes through the woods? If so, you must check out Tenaya Lodge, which is just outside the gates of the beautiful Yosemite National Park. Tenaya offers a Deluxe Pampered Pet Package, which features a plush dog bed and water bowl for use during your stay as well as a canine fact sheet with fun suggestions on pet-friendly activities and areas to roam. In addition to a gourmet dog bone with oats and honey (baked fresh by Tenaya’s executive chef), the package also includes pet-sitting time if you want to check out the Ascent Spa.
Perhaps you and your dog want to do some camping. Snow Mountain Ranch, located near Rocky Mountain National Park, just outside of Winter Park, Colorado, features many dog-friendly hikes around the National Forest. Dogs are allowed in cabins, yurts and campsites, and your family will love the mountain biking, ziplining, horseback riding and more.
Cheers! Wine Country is dog-friendly
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You may be surprised to learn that you can take your dog to Wine Country this summer. Sonoma County, California, has the perfect temperatures and several dog-friendly wineries, as well as beaches and parks nearby. You and your pooch will love Mutt Lynch Winery, which welcomes dogs with treats while you sample their delicious wines. In fact, they do special events for your furry friends, including birthdays, “puppy” showers, even “Bark” Mitzvahs!
At Kunde Family Estate Winery, another dog-friendly winery, you and your dog can take the Eco Tour Dog Hike through the gorgeous Kunde Family Estate vineyards. This hike lasts four hours and concludes with wine tasting and a Wine Country lunch.
What about traveling outside of the U.S.?
Before traveling outside of the U.S. with your dog, check pet travel restrictions and make sure you have all the documents you need. Check USDA-APHIS to find out specific requirements, including whether you must quarantine your dog for a period of time.