Many dog-owners experience the sadness and anxiety of leaving their dogs behind when they go on vacation. With a little bit of planning, you can bring your best friend along and make the trip doubly enjoyable. Many areas not only allow but welcome canine companions, and you can find a variety of kennels and doggie daycare centers at most vacation destinations. Here are a few of the best vacations that should be on your list for taking your dog along with you.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
If you enjoy the outdoors, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee offers you and your dog a number of opportunities for communing with nature. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas and along roads. The park offers a number of short trails that are perfect for a hike with your canine pal. However, dogs are not permitted in the park’s backcountry, both for their sake and the sake of wildlife that can contract diseases from domestic pets.
If a city vacation is more your speed, consider Ottawa, Canada for both your and your furry friend. With visitors from all over the world, Ottawa knows how to make guests feel welcome. You can find many dog-friendly establishments, off-leash romps and even restaurants that welcome dogs. Check with pet friendly hotels, such as Cartier Place Suite Hotel, to see what sorts of events and activities that they offer for you and your canine friend.
Miami Beach, Florida
You can find a number of Miami Beach lodgings that welcome your doggie travel companion. A good run in the outdoors can be enjoyed at Washington Bark Park or Flamingo Dog Park. Both offer water fountains to cool off in South Florida’s shimmering heat. Lincoln Mall in Miami Beach is an outdoor mall where everyone goes to meet and greet, have lunch or visiting the many shops that line the mall area. You will see dogs of every size and type at this popular spot.
Annapolis offers a number of activities for your dog. There is dog hiking at Back Creek Nature Center, fun with friends at the Quiet Waters Dog Park or homemade biscuits and a drink of fresh water at the Paw Pet Boutique. In the harbor area, dogs strolling with their human companions are so commonplace that restaurants set out water bowls in their outside eating areas to ensure that the animals are suitably refreshed in the warm Maryland summers.