They say all dogs go to heaven. Maybe that’s why Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is such a happening place for canines. In addition to the beautiful weather, its array of parks, and the gorgeous Pacific coastline, LA is just a generally dog-friendly place. If you plan on visiting Los Angeles, there’s no reason to leave your four-legged friend at home. Here are a few of the top dog hangouts in LA
Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, Westridge-Canyonback offers some excellent hiking experiences that you can share with your dog. If your pup likes beautiful forested greenery, this 1,500-plus acre wilderness area will not disappoint. Off-leash dog hiking is permitted and mutt mitts are provided along the various trails. Expect to meet a few doggy friends (and see some equestrian horses) while hiking.
The Grove at Farmers Market
If you think you need to leave the dog at home while you get some shopping done, think again. This is LA, after all. Put your pet in the car and head over to the Grove at Los Angeles’ historic farmers market. As one of the city’s most dog-friendly retail complexes, you’re sure to find plenty of pups leading their masters through the 575,000-square-foot marketplace. After watching the Grove’s animated fountain show, reward your pet with a treat from the nearby Dog Bakery.
Lake Hollywood Dog Park
Los Angeles County is filled with great dog parks, but Lake Hollywood is often noted as one of the best places to bring your pet. Here, pups and their owners will have plenty of lush, green areas to explore (unlike some parks, which tend to have a lack of grass). With the famous Hollywood sign just off into the distance, this park also offers plenty of great photo opportunities.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Of course, visiting LA with your pet will require the appropriate accommodations. No matter what part of town you’re staying in, you’re likely to find a great dog-friendly hotel. However, few provide the over-the-top pet ecstasy that’s afforded at the Beverly Hills Hotel. As a posh resort that has provided lodging for celebs and dignitaries, it’s no surprise that the hotel staff treats pets like royalty as well. In addition to comfy pink beds, all dogs get personalized bone-shaped cookies.
Technically, canines are not allowed inside restaurants. Thankfully, many Los Angeles establishments get around this by catering their outdoor patios specifically to pets and their owners. In addition to providing great, meaty burgers, the Oinkster is known for providing dog-friendly spaces at both its Eagle Rock and Hollywood locations. Be prepared to see a begging doggie face as you chow down.
Golden Road Brewing Pub
LA also has its fair share of dog-loving brew pubs. Golden Road Brewing stands out by offering some great pup-specific amenities. The outdoor “doggy deck” features grass-like carpeting and several convenient water bowls. While you’re enjoying one of Golden Road’s locally brewed lagers, your dog can enjoy a bag of the pub’s specialty dog biscuits, which are made from spent brewing grain.
As these great hangouts show, Angelenos love their dogs. The next time you head to LA, be sure to save an extra seat for your favorite pet.