by Mike Powell | CNBNews Contributor
The warm season calls for a much-deserved vacation—the only time you get to turn off your work notifications, find a house sitter, and pack your bags to savor every moment outside. But, if you are like many people, you may need a travel companion to make your stress-busting moments worthwhile.
Before the vacation excitement goes all-time high, consider bringing your four-legged best friend with you! After all, they crave adventures too. Your dog has given you all the love and companionship you deserve, which means you should give him time off too.
Because we believe that dogs deserve to revel in a fun getaway, we rounded up the best dog-friendly travel spots around the United States. But before we dive into these spots, remember the following safety precautions:
- Whether you are going for a road trip or a flight with your pooch, make sure that your dog is fit enough for travel. Have a vet check if he is healthy enough for an outdoor trip.
- If the consultation goes well, then pack up for the most exciting vacation of your life! If you are driving, keep your dog with a harness seatbelt. And for your air ventures, double-check airline regulations and prepare a dog carrier, a comfortable mat, dog food, and drinking water.
Now that you and your dog are all set, let’s dive into the best dog-friendly destinations in the U.S.:
Bar Harbor, Maine
If you fancy hiking trails as much as your dog, then the Bar Harbor in Maine is the perfect place to be! This spot is just a few kilometers away from the Acadia National Park, a 47,000-acre wilderness area and one of the most pet-friendly national parks in the entire country.
Acadia is a great place to enjoy hiking trails to satisfy you and your pooch’s hunger for adventure. And if you are craving for more, drive to Cadillac Mountain through the Scenic Park Loop Road to take potty breaks and picture-perfect moments with your dog.
This place is second to none when it comes to the variety of activities. Austin provides plenty of restaurants to choose from and vast green space where your dog can romp around and have the time of his life! Don’t miss the Yard Bar, wherein they offer human and doggy menus, as well as an off-leash dog park!
If you have a water-loving dog, you can rent a kayak and bask in the wonders of nature at Lady Bird Lake. However, if your pooch is more of a runner, opt for a delightful hike or bike ride on their trail that stretches 10 miles.
Asheville, North Carolina
Take delight in the brilliant foliage in Asheville! This stunning city provides a multitude of opportunities for you and your tail-wagging companion—take a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway and choose from the variety of hiking trail options.
After a rewarding hike, freshen up and relax in any of the pet-friendly hotels nearby. And if you are not beating the clock, take time to visit Asheville’s top tourist attractions such as the French Broad River Park, North Carolina Arboretum, and Biltmore Estate.
Mike Powell is a dog lover and an established writer from Los Angeles, California in the United States. He manages Dog Embassy, a website that aims to provide information about dog nutrition, exercise, accessories, and more.