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Best Cities for Dog Friendly Vacations

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Eight U.S. Cities Take Top Dog in 2014 Annual Reader Survey

June 20, 2014 –, the premier pet travel website, announced today the Top U.S. Cities for Dog Friendly Vacations, according to their annual reader survey. For dog lovers nothing is better than finding the perfect vacation spot - one that goes beyond just tolerating dogs, and instead welcomes them with open arms! According to users, these eight dog friendly destinations lead the pack.

“Our mission is to make traveling and vacationing with pets easier and more enjoyable,” said Amy Burkert, founder of “By highlighting destinations that have proven themselves to be dog friendly, we hope to encourage more people to include their dogs in their vacation plans.”

Whether the ideal dog friendly vacation includes hiking in the mountains or lounging on the beach, each of the winning getaway locations provide plenty of canine-approved activities:


By land or sea, this quaint fishing village has something for everyone. See Acadia National Park from its 165 miles of dog friendly hiking trails and carriage roads, check out the huge dog park with a swimming pond, or climb aboard for a dog friendly schooner cruise or whale watch. No matter what you choose, this city is a dog lover’s dream!


The 51 miles of trails in town and thirteen off-leash areas give dogs plenty of space to romp. Dubbed “Beer Town USA” for its surprising abundance of world-class breweries, the 10 Barrel Brewing Company is a top choice for tasty pub food on the dog friendly patio. And at the end of the day, the welcome mat will be rolled out for the entire family at The Riverhouse Hotel.


Dog friendly beaches stretch for miles, and the paved Loggerhead Bike Trail running the length of the Cape is great for walking, jogging, or biking. For stunning views of the bay, stroll the BayWalk Trail, and water lovers can charter a dog friendly boat for a day of deep sea fishing. For more tips and things to do, stop by the Gulf County Welcome Center – it’s pet friendly, too!


With an off-leash, white sand beach that most dogs only dream about, top-notch pet friendly hotels, more than a dozen mouth-watering restaurants that welcome doggy diners, and an eclectic variety of shops and boutiques to peruse, what more could a dog ask for? It’s no wonder this was reader’s top choice in the 2013 Best City for Pet Travelers!


Getting there may be half the fun on Cape Air, which welcomes pets in the cabin for just $10 each way – or take the ferry, where pets ride for free. No matter how you arrive, windswept beaches and blinking lighthouses await. All but two of the public beaches welcome dogs, but Steps Beach and Nobadeer Beach offer the perfect space for playing a game of fetch or frisbee!


There are 26 dog bakeries in Portland! And when it’s time to burn those calories off, head over to Forest Park, flanking the hills on the west side of the city and boasting more than 70 miles of hiking and walking trails – or visit the International Rose Test Garden and walk amongst the 650 luscious rose varieties. Then relax at the extraordinarily dog friendly RiverPlace Hotel.


When it’s time to play, there are plenty of dog friendly beaches and off-leash dog parks to choose from. Decide to stay? The historic Hotel del Coronado now welcomes small pets, and for those with bigger dogs, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort will make your entire family feel right at home.


Vermont’s only national park, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park offers 20 miles of dog friendly carriage roads and trails crisscrossing its 550 acres. For a sample of the award-winning cheddar and maple syrup that make Vermont famous, visit Sugarbush Farm, where dogs are welcome on leash to walk through the maple trees. And pet travelers are drawn to the area’s charming lodgings like the dog friendly Kendron Valley Inn, set on 11 idyllic acres.


When it comes to planning a pet-friendly trip, has it all. From pet-friendly hotels and campgrounds, to beaches and off-leash parks where your dog can run - even veterinarians, pet supply stores, restaurants, and wineries – you’ll get the scoop on more than 60,000 pet friendly locations across North America! All the information pet parents need while traveling across the US and Canada is here, including 20,000 consistent, detailed pet policies from hotels and campgrounds, nearly 200 dog friendly destination guides, and a pet-focused Road Trip Planner. Along with the essential advice provided by true pet travel experts, makes preparing for trips and traveling with pets easy, convenient, and fun.

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