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Dog-friendly destinations

Dog laying on a blanket looking up at the camera.

If leaving Fido behind when you travel is not an option, check out these dog-friendly destinations from across the country:

San Diego, California
Cali offers many entertaining options for visitors with dogs, including the Patio on Lamont at Pacific Beach. This venue offers homemade dog biscuits and delicious human fare. Another favorite is Stewman’s Lobster Pound Downtown where you can order something yummy and then check out the special doggie menu. Margaret Todd Windjammer Cruise line also accepts dogs, enabling you to sail around Frenchman Bay with your four-legged companion.

Huntington Beach, California
This is another great place in the sunshine state for a dog-friendly vacation. Huntington Dog Beach is a stretch of true doggy heaven. After a long day at the dog beach, you can book your pet a rejuvenating treatment at the Doggie Spa in Seacliff Village.

Austin, Texas
Dog owners trek to West Austin Dog Park and the park at Auditorium Shores throughout the year. For dogs partial to swimming, the Red Bud Isle peninsula offers a lot of water for the most energetic of dog-paddling pups. In February, enjoy Mardi Gras Dog Parade, complete with treats from the Groovy Dog Bakery.

Asheville, North Carolina
People and their pooches love the 220 acres at the Biltmore Estate. There is also an onsite kennel for dogs to play while you tour the historic home. Asheville offers the French Broad River Dog Park as well—a fenced-in acre with a river where dogs can run free. While in Asheville, also visit Woof Gang Bakery for premium animal treats and toys.

Key West, Florida
This is another great place for dogs. The Key West Dog Beach is the perfect venue for your pooch to play in the waves. If your dog likes to be on the water, visit Lazy Dog Kayak and enjoy the scenery while kayaking.

Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta offers the Piedmont Dog Park, a designated off-leash area with a separate space for smaller animals. Other great on-leash parks include Freedom Park and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park.

Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital offers several parks for pooches including Montrose Park, Shaw Dog Park, S Street Dog Park and the designated dog run on the waterfront at The Yards Park.

Portland, Oregon
Head down to the Tin Shed Garden Café on a Tuesday night to enjoy a free item from the dog menu with each human-friendly dish you order. After eating, enjoy the off-leash sections for dogs in Chimney Park and Mt. Tabor Park.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
This historic destination is bordered with sandy stretches of beach where dogs are welcome to roam on-leash. Two favorites among dog lovers are Francis Street Beach and Surfside Beach. You can also take your dog out for a private charter excursion with Endeavor Sailing or sit back and relax with a drink at the dog-friendly Cisco Brewers.

These are just a few dog-friendly vacation spots around the United States. Consider one (or more) of these destinations when planning a getaway with Fido in tow.

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