For some travelers, a family vacation isn’t complete without the the family pet, making dog-friendly vacations the main priority. Whether traveling via road trip or plane, vacationing with furry family members can be fun for the whole gang, as long as precautions and preparations are taken. For some, the idea of leaving their dog home with a sitter or boarder can hinder the enjoyment of vacation, thus necessitating the need for a dog-friendly destination, complete with dog-friendly hotels (or Airbnbs), dog-friendly restaurants, and maybe even a dog-friendly beach or two.
Not every vacation is perfect for your pooch, though. When mapping out dog-friendly vacations, there are important factors to consider, to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of your dog—and that of the rest of the family, of course. One of the main things is weather and season. Is the journey (be it by plane, train, or automobile) likely to be prone to cancellations? Will the forecast at your destination restrict your dog to indoor solitude? When planning a dog-friendly trip, that means including your pup in those plans and ensuring they’re able to partake in activities, be welcome in hotels, and be allowed to travel with you—because certain breeds may not be allowed to fly at all, many airlines limit the number of pups onboard, and some hotels either charge exorbitant pet fees, limit specific breeds or sizes, or prohibit them entirely. Fortunately, there are plenty of dog-friendly vacation spots across the U.S., offering a wide range in geography, travel style, and activities for the whole family—canines included. From a coastal national park community to a Midwestern woodland retreat, here are 11 of the most dog-friendly vacation spots in the country.
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