Best dog-friendly adventures around the United States
Traveling across the US is a wonderful pastime. But traveling with your favorite pooch is 10 times better. These days, there are plenty of dog-friendly places your pup will absolutely adore. Here are eight pet-friendly adventures to enjoy.
“Making a bucket list for your dog is a great way to prioritize adventures both big and small,” says Lauren Fern Watt, founder of the girlandherdog.com blog. “Ultimately, our dogs just want to spend time with us, and taking your dog on new adventures is a great way to make sure you take yourself on new adventures.”
Gravity Haus, a new 60-room hotel in Breckenridge, welcomes dogs of all kinds (pet fee $50/per day) and will even arrange adventures. In the wintertime, sign up for a snowshoe tour with Colorado Adventure Guides. Your dog will have an absolute blast trotting through the soft powder of Summit County’s backcountry routes.
The guides are super knowledgeable and great with canines. Choose from a leisurely loop through a pristine mountain meadow or opt for a tricky trek to a snow-covered peak. If you visit in December, be sure to take part in the dog parade down Main Street. Holiday-themed dog costumes are highly encouraged.
Denver is filled with dog-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants and canines sporting hiking boots. Make a beeline for Confluence Park in the lower downtown area. Confluence Kayaks will let you take a kayak trip down the river with your dog in tow.
Or plan your vacay around events like Dog-a-Pool-ooza when public swimming pools open up to dogs on the last day of the season; Growloween, where humans and canines get treats or Bark at the Park hosted by the Colorado Rockies.
Visit the GoPro Mountain Games held in June each year and see almost as many dogs and humans. More than 70,000 adventure-loving people flock to these games every year.
For starters, the one-of-a-kind event attracts some of the best athletes in the world to compete in kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking, just to name a few. But it’s not only for athletes; canines compete in trail runs, vertical jumping and retrieving.
Schedule a dog-friendly getaway in Baring, about an hour drive northwest from Seattle. From hobbit homes to A-frame designs, there are plenty of cabins that welcome dogs.
There are wide open spaces where your dog can run off leash, a gorgeous lake for splashing around in and nearby hiking trails. Afterward, snuggle up inside by the fire. It’s basically dog paradise.
The barkery is stocked with handcrafted dog treats like bacon pupcakes, air-fried chicken hearts and paw-shaped peanut butter cookies. Not to mention, ice-cream sundaes served in edible bowls. And as if that’s not enough, you can also buy doggie bow ties and crowns and pre-order dog birthday cakes. You know, for your next yappy hour, barkday party or barkmitzvah.
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And because the water is so stunning, a clear kayak is one of the best ways to explore. It acts as a giant magnifying glass and makes for a fun way to catch a glimpse of otters and fish as they swim by.
Get up and Go Kayaking provides the clear kayaks and a knowledgeable guide to lead you and dog on a leisurely tour of the springs. Prices may vary based on availability, but a two to two-and-a-half-hour tour is approximately $55USD (plus tax) per person.
Pro tip: Go on a weekday morning before 10:30 when it’s less crowded.
Don’t be surprised if Betsy and Rosa, two golden retrievers who serve as Canine Executive Officers at The Betsy Hotel, greet you upon arrival. Hang out with them in the lobby bar on any given Friday at 5pm when snuggles are highly encouraged.
The two lucky dogs live on-site at this 4-star, 4-diamond boutique hotel. When you and your pooch need some R&R, consider booking a couples massage. You and your furry friend both get gentle massages and afterward your pooch scores healthy nibbles.
Girdwood, a cozy little ski town about a 50-minute drive south from Anchorage, has a scenic hike you can conquer with your dog. The North Face trail at Alyeska Resort has views of Mount Alyeska and the hanging glaciers of Turnagain Arm.
At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a meal at Bore Tide Deli where your travel companion can lap up some water. The 2.2-mile trail ascends 2000 vertical feet through steep inclines and narrow switchbacks. Good news is: you and your dog can take a complimentary aerial tram ride back down.
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