It’s not fair that humans get to have all the fun on vacation while their canine companions stay home by themselves, moping about, depressed, and constantly looking out the window for their two-legged best friends to return. Taking your furry friends on vacation can be a great way for the whole family to relax and have fun. From beaches to cities, here are five dog-friendly vacation ideas in the US that will keep you and Fido happy and entertained.

Sanibel Island, Florida

 

It’s not just the humans who get to experience sun and fun in Sanibel. This Florida hotspot is the perfect place for a dog beach vacation. In fact, there are a variety of dog beaches that will thrill your four-legged family members. At Gulfside Beach (also called Algiers Beach), dogs can hang out and enjoy a beach walk as long as they’re on a leash. They’re also welcome to explore the nearby JN Darling Wildlife Refuge and go for a hike at Bowman’s Beach. For a special treat, pamper your pooch with gourmet goodies and fun toys at the local business Island Paws (hey, dogs need souvenirs, too!).

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a holiday with your pet, but you may reconsider when you learn about all of the dog-friendly destinations Vegas has to offer. From the off-leash Barkin’ Basin Dog Park at Wayne Bunker Park to the 6-acre Bob Baskin Park, there are plenty of spots for pups to run free. Nearby Red Rock Canyon is a great hiking spot for athletic canines. There’s also no shortage of pet services in Las Vegas, including Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming (in case your lovable mutt needs a makeover).

Austin, Texas

 

Dogs will love Austin’s laid-back, eclectic vibe just as much as their owners. Pups and their humans can socialize at the off-leash West Austin Dog Park or hike at the Bull Creek District Park. In true Austin form, there are also a variety of dog-friendly eateries like Red’s Porch, Spider House, and Phara’s.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is a dog-friendly city with dog parks galore. Centennial Dog Park offers separate off-leash playing opportunities for big and small dogs. Owners can chill out on comfortable benches while pets frolic at Edwin Warner Dog Park. The Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a great place for both dogs and humans to get some exercise and enjoy the sights. After working up an appetite, take your best friend to a restaurant like 12 South Tap Room or Calypso Café.

Portland, Oregon

 

There’s no shortage of natural beauty for dogs and their owners to appreciate in and around Portland. Located by the Willamette River, Cathedral Park has an off-leash dog park that’s as scenic as it is fun. Escape the city and head to Powell Butte Nature Park to experience some of the best hiking and views in the state. The huge (nearly 200 acres) Mt. Tabor Park has a 4-acre off-leash dog park where your best bud can run to his heart’s content.

Now that you have some inspiration on your getaway with your dog, why not “go muts” and see how much it’ll to cost to get there?

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Jen Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co.