Top 9 Dog-Friendly Destinations for Your Next Family Adventure

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Planning a vacation with your family can be exciting, but when it comes to bringing your dog, it isn’t always easy. Finding dog-friendly locations that cater to you and your furbabe is essential. To help you plan your next family adventure, I’ve put together a list of the top 9 dog-friendly destinations across the United States. From the scenic mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming to the tropical beaches of Key West, Florida, these locations offer unique experiences and ever-lasting memories for you and your pup.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, nestled in the beautiful Teton Range, is a fantastic destination for outdoor lovers and their pets. With an abundance of hiking trails, open meadows, and crystal-clear lakes, this location is perfect for pups that enjoy exploring and staying active.

Don’t miss:

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • National Elk Refuge

Portland, Oregon

Known for its green spaces and dog-friendly attitude, Portland is an excellent choice for dog parents who also enjoy the convenience of an urban environment. With over 30 dog parks, numerous pet-friendly breweries, and plenty of pet-friendly accommodations, your dog will fit right in.

Don’t miss:

  • Forest Park
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Check out my Dog-Friendly Portland Guide

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea offers sandy beaches, picture-perfect sunsets, and is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. Your dog can freely roam the off-leash Carmel Beach and visit the charming downtown shops – many of which provide treats and water bowls on their doorstep.

Don’t miss:

  • Carmel Beach
  • Cypress Inn
  • Garrapata State Park
Read the post: Dog-Friendly Road Trip to Mendocino County, including our stop in Carmel!
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Asheville, North Carolina

With its laid-back vibe and scenic backdrop, Asheville is an ideal destination for relaxation and outdoor fun. Your dog can join you on hikes in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, visit the Biltmore Estate, and even enjoy a treat at the local dog-friendly breweries.

Don’t miss:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Despite its reputation for lively parties, New Orleans is a surprisingly dog-friendly destination. Many accommodations welcome pets, and the historic Garden District offers peaceful walks under shady oak trees. Become immersed in the city’s vibrant culture at Jackson Square and the French Quarter.

Don’t miss:

  • Garden District
  • Jackson Square
  • NOLA City Bark

Austin, Texas

With its thriving dog-owner community, Austin is ideal for those seeking the complete dog-friendly experience. Enjoy off-leash parks like Zilker Metropolitan Park and the Red Bud Isle Dog Park, dive into the food truck scene, and try the famous BBQ spots (Terry Black’s, Franklin)!

Don’t miss:

  • Zilker Metropolitan Park
  • Red Bud Isle Dog Park
  • South Congress Avenue

Boulder, Colorado

A haven for nature enthusiasts, Boulder offers an array of hiking trails, scenic drives, and outdoor adventures for you and your dog to explore. After working up an appetite, visit the popular pet-friendly Pearl Street Mall, where many restaurants and retail stores cater to four-legged friends.

Don’t miss:

  • Chautauqua Park
  • Boulder Creek Path
  • Pearl Street Mall

San Diego, California

With sunny skies and idyllic beaches, San Diego is a dog-friendly paradise. Take your dog for a run at the iconic Ocean Beach Dog Beach, explore Balboa Park, and pick up a dog treat at the local pet shop Dexter’s Deli!

Don’t miss:

  • Ocean Beach Dog Beach
  • Balboa Park
  • Sun Deck at Hotel Del Coronado

Key West, Florida

Known for its stunning beaches and beautiful sunsets, Key West, Florida, is a tropical paradise for both humans and dogs. Enjoy a stroll on the popular dog-friendly Higgs Beach, or explore the local area through various pet-friendly excursions and activities like the Key West Aquarium (yes, dogs are welcome!).

Don’t miss:

  • Higgs Beach
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Lazy Dog Adventures Paddleboarding + Kayaking


As you embark on your next family adventure with your dog, consider these dog-friendly destinations to ensure that your whole family, including your furbaby, enjoys a vacation filled with fun, exciting and lasting memories!


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