Ten Most Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities

By PetMD via DivineCaroline

Thinking of heading out of town for a little R&R, but donít want to leave your pup behind? Save the money and guilt that would have been spent boarding your dog in a kennel, stop worrying about who you can call to pop in to your house to take your dog for a walk, and plan a vacation that both you and your dog can enjoy.

Dogfriendly.com has released its annual list of dog-friendly U.S. cities to visit, with Number 1 topping the list for its better than average amenities like dog-friendly beaches and recreational areas, restaurants that allow your dog to hang out on the patio with you while you eat, and pet-friendly hotels. Whichever city you choose, you can bet that you will have a great time, and you wonít have to Photoshop your dog into any of the pictures this year!

10. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dog-friendly canoeing, gardens, and farms, and donít miss Nichols Arboretum, the 123-acre botanical collection at the University of Michigan.

9. New York, New York
Dog-friendly luxury hotels, Central Park, lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk till you canít walk no more!

8. San Diego, California

Take your dog shopping with you at the Otay Ranch Town Center and hang out at the dog park after, go hiking, or take your dog to one of the friendly beaches.

7. Chicago, Illinois
Take advantage of this gorgeous city on the water by taking your dog on a Canine Cruise, or just hang out and be amused at Navy Pier. And youíll have plenty of culinary delights to choose from with Chicagoís dog-welcoming patio restaurants.

6. Charleston, South Carolina
See this historic town in all its glory. Charleston has a number of tours that you can take your dog along to, including the Boone Hall and Magnolia Plantations. Or you can go on a ghost tour (donít forget the Scooby snacks!), and wind down after a night of fright with a day of fun at the beach.

5. Portland, Oregon
First thingís first. The beginning of any vacation should start with a relaxing drink, and the Lucky Labrador is just the place to serve it up. The Lucky Lab has three fresh brew locations that you and your pup can check out while youíre in town. Plus, make sure to visit the well-known Rose Gardens and the Saturday Outdoor Market.

4. Northern Virginia, Virginia
If you wonít be making it to Chicago for its Canine Cruise, take heart, Northern Virginia has them, too! Plus, youíll never go hungry again with a great choice of dog-friendly restaurants in Alexandria. If you still have plenty of time in your schedule for some historical sightseeing, you can ramble over to nearby Washington, D.C.

3. Boston, Massachusetts
When you donít feel like driving and parking, take your leashed dog onto the subway with you. Then relax and watch the world go by as you hop from place to place in this historic city by the bay. Visit the Freedom Trail, and see where one of Americaís most famous protests took place at Boston Harbor.

2. Austin, Texas
Spend the afternoon at one of Austinís off-leash parks and then take your dog on a chill walk along the water to see the Congress Street bats take flight at sunset before heading to one of the dog-friendly outdoor cafťs in the neighborhood.

1. San Francisco, California
Another transportation-friendly kind of town, you can take your dog on the cable cars with you to visit the waterside, where you will find plenty of pet-friendly patio restaurants. Lots of beaches and parks for you and your doggy to have fun, and donít miss the Golden Gate Bridge, one of Americaís celebrated man-made wonders, where you can take your dog along to share the lovely view of the colorful, hilly city.

By Victoria Heuer of PetMD

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for info.

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin7 years ago

Too bad my city isn't listed here. Oh well. I'd love to visit all these places with my dog one day!!!!

Joe R.
Joe R7 years ago


Cindi N.
Cindi Nickle7 years ago

was surprised that Denver wasn't on the list.

Loretta K.
Loretta K8 years ago

Great Article, Thank You.

mary a.
mary a8 years ago

It's nice to know...

Andrea Oefinger
Past Member 8 years ago

Good to know, as you never know if someday, you could have to relocate.

Julianna D.
Juliana D8 years ago

Awesome- will keep these cities in mind!

Charles Webb
Charles Webb8 years ago

No places I want to go or live. Hi butterfly.