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Best Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots in the U.S.

We understand how important your fur-babies are in your life – in fact, it’s why we accept many commonly restricted breeds AND we don’t put a limit on your love. As you begin to plan your spring break and summer vacations, here are a few pet-friendly destinations the whole family will enjoy.

Washington
Cities like Orcas Island, Seattle, Long Beach and Walla Walla offer plenty of activities for the family. Hike in the Turtleback Mountain Preserve, swim in the waters of North Beach, play in the 9-acre Warren Magnuson Dog Park and enjoy a drink at the dog-friendly Dunham Cellars, which features the “Three Legged Red” wine.

San Diego
The surf, the sand and the wind in your fur! There are 16 off-leashes parks, pet-friendly shopping centers and restaurants, and Dog Beach – a beach specifically made for pups. For a special treat, head over to the Original Paw Pleasers, a doggie bakery. Talk about doggie heaven!

Sanibel Island, Florida
Famous for the breathtaking Gulf Coast sunsets, Sanibel Island offers many pet-friendly hotels and beach rentals if you prefer your own space. Spend your days lounging at Bowman’s Beach, Lighthouse Beach Park, Tarpon Bay Road Breach and the Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Arizona
You’ll love the weather and your pet will love the adventure! From Lake Havasu to the Grand Canyon National Park, your pet will love taking in the sights and hiking the trails. You will also find off-leash parks and pet-friendly restaurants in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale and Gilbert as well.

Golden Isles, Georgia
Take a break from the city and explore the Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Jekyll Island boasts 65 percent of natural and untouched land for you to explore or relax by the water. St. Simmons Island boasts many pet-friendly restaurants, beaches, parks and hotels as well.

North Carolina
Off the coast of North Carolina sits the Outer Banks, a 130-mile stretch of barrier islands that you and your pet will love. Visit the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, enjoy food and games at the Bronzer Shack and talk a walk down the seven-mile long Duck Trail path that spans the entire island.

Prepping for Travel
Begin by deciding on your route. Sites like Bring Fido and Go Pet Friendly will allow you to find hotels, restaurants, campgrounds and activities across the country.

If you’re traveling by car, consider a crate or specifically designed seat belt to keep pets safe and avoid distractions for the driver. Another alternative that will give the whole family more room is an RV. Just be sure to get your pet used to extended car rides and stop periodically for bathroom breaks to avoid an accident.

A few days before, put together a bag just for your pet. Here are a few things to include:

  • Food
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowls
  • Toys
  • Blankets/beds
  • A collar with up to date tags
  • Leashes
  • Any medications
  • Waste bags
  • Treats
  • A brush
  • A towel for swimming

What are your favorite pet-friendly vacations? Share in the comments below.

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