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Plan your next adventure with your pet by your side

Pets can enrich your life in so many ways but traveling with pets can be a challenge — unless you know where to go on vacation. | By Paul Oswell | September 17, 2021 (updated May 20, 2022)

During the last few years, pet adoptions soared, and shelters and rescues worked around the clock to help match pets with new families. Now, if you’re like us, you want to take your four-legged pals with you when you travel, but it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve compiled a list of cities where you can find inspiration for your next pet-friendly vacation with spots like:

  • Pawesome dog parks: Let your pets unleash some energy in wide open green spaces

  • Barktastic beaches: Frolic in the sand and water with Bingo at your side

  • Tail-wagging tours: Enjoy pet-friendly tours that let you explore natural wonders of the land and sea

Pet-friendly in Portland, Oregon

If you’re looking for a reason to vacation in pup-friendly Portland, Oregon with your faithful furry friend, then the fact that the city has the most dog parks in the country (per capita) should persuade you. Portland boasts around 33 designated off-leash, dog-friendly green spaces, so there are plenty of playful opportunities for pups of all sizes. And while traveling with pets can be challenging, it’s outright celebrated here — especially at outdoor spots such as Forest Park, where visitors will find 70 miles of trails to hike, run or bike along with your pooch.

Where to stay on your next vacation

The pet-friendly suite sizes at Home2 Suites by Hilton Portland Hillsboro mean that furry guests have plenty of room to stretch their legs. Best of all, pets are welcome at any and all Home2 Suites properties across the country.

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Tail wag in Washington, D.C.

Traveling with pets to the country’s capital is a wonderful idea. Owners should grab the leash and take Fido to the outdoor monuments and hike the pet-friendly parks along the Potomac River. These range from the tranquil, reflective pond on the National Mall to smaller, curated gardens, and most of these green spaces are open to the public and welcome leashed dogs.

When dog-walking, savor the blooming cherry blossom trees or the few miles of nature trails that wind around Theodore Roosevelt Island. Rock Creek Park has 1,800 acres of space to run around in, and Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens will delight two- and four-legged visitors alike.

Where to stay on your next getaway

Pet-friendly Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf — along with all Canopy by Hilton hotels — offers dog beds, water and food bowls, plus local guides featuring canine-friendly neighborhood spots. There's also a Paws Perks program for Very Important Pups with welcome gifts that include a BarkBox toy and all-natural treats.

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Dog-friendly beaches in San Diego, California

The excitement and freedom of a long drive along the Pacific Coast Highway is hard to beat for you and your pet. Charming and scenic beach communities are idyllic vacation destinations to stop and frolic with your pooch on the sands. Oceanside boasts a historical pier and some incredible comfort food at a 1950s-style diner, the 101 Cafe. Carlsbad has spacious, sandy beaches and picturesque lagoons, and San Diego even has Dog Beach, where pups can roam freely. Fiesta Island, Batiquitos Lagoon and Ocean Beach offer similarly exciting landscapes for all visitors.

Un-leash your inner animal in Las Vegas, Nevada

Gambling on a dog-friendly Vegas vacation with your pup is actually a much safer bet than you might think. While it’s humans-only at the roulette tables, there are plenty of places for your four-legged friend to play in this exciting destination. Close to The Strip, for instance, there’s the Dog Fanciers’ Park, which is a slice of heaven for pups with its 12 acres of greenery and no leash restrictions. Dog-friendly restaurants abound, and there are even pet-friendly tours of the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

Where to stay on your next vacation

Your furry pal can feel like a Very Important Pet as you check into the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton, a dog-friendly oasis that offers a host of pet amenities. A dog bed, food and water bowls, treats and a bandana will all help you and your pooch hit the jackpot.

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Play with the pup in Key Largo, Florida

The Florida Keys are the ideal dog-friendly vacation for indulging in the luxurious side of life, and Key Largo is especially welcoming to dogs and their owners. You can all enjoy the endlessly explorable beaches or take to the waters on a pet-friendly tiki cruise that will have you both basking in the invigorating sea breeze. There are even island-based pet motels where dogs can play for hours, with open yards, toys and treats aplenty.

Where to stay on your next getaway

Pets and owners with an affinity for the finer things will love pet-friendly Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of the country’s most dog-forward hotels. The resort boasts an on-site husky as the Director of Pet Relations as well as a slew of canine offerings, such as beachside tikis, custom lifejackets, marriage ceremonies and “Yappy Hours” complete with bacon-flavored yappetizers, Dog Perignon Champagne and FetchMe Noir.

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Terms and Conditions apply. Hotels may require an additional pet fee and size limit. Pet fee and size limit vary by hotel and guests are encouraged to check their local property website for more information.

These pet-friendly destinations ensure you can travel with confidence as you set out to make vacation memories with your furry friends. Paws up for wide open spaces, places to whine and dine and puptastic tours.

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Paul Oswell is an award-winning travel writer, and has been reporting from all seven continents for over twenty years. He is based in New Orleans and is the author of “The Bucket List North America: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small.”

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