5 Top Dog-Friendly US Vacation Destinations

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Bored at home? Ready for a vacation but you want to travel together with your furry friend? In this article, we present 15 excellent locations that are worth visiting together with your dog and to create some priceless memories.

Here are our recommendations for great Dog-Human Travel destinations

Best Destinations on the US East Coast.

Starting with a great spot in …..

Eastern Vermont

The place stands among the East Coast vacation spots in the Eastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury. The site is Dog Mountain, which is most impressive and dog friendly. If your dog loves exploring, then this is the place. 

Visitors speak very highly of this place. They and their dog love that open environment. That place in Eastern Vermont was once a dairy farm. After a few years, they turned it into a most beautiful place and remarkable for many visitors. The area has a small pond, A trail, and a dog chapel.

Their mission is to steward and sustain Vermont’s 150-acre Dog Mountain property as a unique national treasure. A treasure that honors the healing power of “dogs, nature, love, and art” and preserves and celebrates the significant artistic contributions of Dog Mountain’s iconic creator, Stephen Huneck. 

There is also a Dog Chappel to visit.

Artist Stephen Huneck created the one-of-a-kind Dog Chapel to be, in his words, “A place where people can go and celebrate the spiritual bond they have with their dogs. It is the largest artwork of my life and the most personal.”

Thousands of people from around the world visit the Dog Chapel each year. The interior walls are covered from floor to ceiling with photos, drawings, letters, and keepsakes left as memorials to beloved departed pets. The chapel is a place of quiet beauty, gentle humor, and profound love. A visit there is a unique and moving experience for all animal lovers.

Stephen Huneck describes the Dog Chapel experience this way,

“When you visit the Dog Chapel, you are totally enveloped with messages of love. It is a very moving experience — sad, certainly, but also uplifting — to see how much everyone cherishes his or her dog. Grieving for a lost dog is one aspect of the Dog Chapel, but equally important is celebrating the joy of living and the bond between dogs and their owners.”

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

A relatively small but beautiful place is Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania. It is a wonderful place for spending a holiday weekend with your dog. The trip to Jim Thorpe offers breathtaking natural moments which makes your trip unforgettable. The site is amicable and well known for dog entertainment.

Once the second most popular tourist destination in the country right behind Niagara Falls, the town of Jim Thorpe is no stranger to hospitality. Visitors from all over the world come to wander the inviting old world streets and to discover exhilarating outdoor adventure right on the town’s doorstep in Lehigh Gorge State Park. Find things to do and see as you explore the town of Jim Thorpe in the Poconos: don’t forget to stop by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Center in Jim Thorpe located on Route 209 inside the train station.

Are Dogs allowed to ride the Jim Thorpe trains?

Yes, well behaved dogs are allowed to ride on any of our 70-minute or 45-minute Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway trips. They will even get their own special ticket, which is free of charge at the time of writing this article.  

Overall, Jim Thorpe is your destination if you want to give your dog a lovely weekend and make him happy. Which we suggest you must have a trip at least once.

Bar Harbor, Maine

If you want to step out and go for a fantastic trip with your dog, we suggest visiting the Bar Habor area in Maine. The place has many positive reviews from tourists and locals who enjoy the journey with their dogs to Bar Harbor.

A trip to Acadia or Bar Harbor is a trip to a picturesque coastline typical of only Maine in the Northeast. This unspoiled country, inside and outside the National Park, is very dog-friendly.

A trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island will be one of the best if you love hiking and your dog enjoys it too. Nature is charming and looks beautiful. The place is covered with mountains and a beautiful sand beach. If your dog likes to swim, Hadley Point Beach is along Highway 3 and about ten minutes from Bar Harbor, near Eden. This beach allows dogs on leash year-round.

US West Coast

You are closer to a location at the West Coast? No Problem, here you go:

Bend, Oregon

Are you seeking a place where your dog can enjoy, move freely, do whatever he wants, and most often, where his dog gets respected and welcomed? Then town in central Oregon is the only place where you can all this. 

The place is full of dog hiking which is most friendly, risk-free, and where your dog has a beautiful time to spend and have lovely memories. 

Bend locals say that they have one of the highest per capita dog populations anywhere in the world with 49 percent of Central Oregon residents owning a dog. In fact, Dog Fancy magazine claimed Bend as DogTown USA in 2012 and runner up in 2011. With over 40 restaurants ready to accommodate you and your dog for an nice dining date, a plethora of dog-friendly businesses and events, more than 51 miles of urban trails in town, and over 13 off-leash areas in city parks and National Forests, Bend, Oregon is literally a paradise for dog lovers.

You may start your vacation off by checking out the Bend Urban Trails Map. Both the Shevlin Park Loop and the Deschutes River Trail near Farewell Bend Park have paths that wind along the river, offering plenty of opportunities for your pup to cool off in the water. If your dog prefers sprinklers over swimming, a spray park solely dedicated to dogs is located at the Bob Wenger Memorial Off-Leash Area, a 14-acre dog park in northeast Bend.

Your next stop for planning your doggie vacation is dogpac.org. This non-profit organization helps create off-leash areas in the Deschutes National Forest and BLM Lands and off-leash dog parks in Bend City Parks. So let your dog run wild on many popular trails off the Cascade Lakes Highway during certain times of the year.

San Diego, California

What makes San Diego so dog-friendly?

San Diego has terrific dog-friendly beaches, including sections of Ocean Beach, Fiesta Island at Mission Bay, Coronado North, and Del Mar. There are also several fun leash-free parks, including two dog parks within Balboa Park.

If you and your dog love the sea sides and want to spend a beautiful weekend on the sea under a cool breeze, then San Diego will be your best destination spot. The place is dog friendly, and people there are also dog lovers.

Here is a list of just some of the many Dog-Friendly Highlights when visiting San Diego:

  • Visit Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars
    •  San Diego offers lots of bars and restaurants that welcome leashed dogs whether it’s on a sun deck, outdoor patio, or in another dog-friendly area.
  • Run Free at Off-Leash Dog Parks
    • Take your dog to one of the popular places like San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Dog Park, Encinias Park, and Doyle Community Park. Here’s the full list of approved areas.
  • Visit Fiesta Island
    • Fiesta Island is located in Mission Bay and is a great place to take your dog because they can run off-leash on most parts of the island. You’ll find a dog-friendly beach here, with waveless bay waters and big sandy dunes for furry friends.
  • Rent a Boat for a ride on Mission Bay
    • Seaforth Boat Rentals is pet-friendly and will even provide you with life vests for your dog.

If you and your dog love the sea sides and want to spend a beautiful weekend on the sea under a cool breeze, then San Diego will be your best destination spot. The place is dog friendly, and people over there are also dog lovers.


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