dog friendly travel

Our dogs love to travel with us, and there are many fun, dog friendly destinations to enjoy. To help us plan our trip Milk Bone and Big Heart Pet Brands have put together a list of the All-American Doggy Road Trip destinations to enjoy.

One the list is Fort Tryon Park, which was donated to the city of New York by John D. Rockefeller in 1917, and is located at Riverside Dr To Broadway, W 192 St To Dyckman St. in Manhattan. This is a perfect place to play with your pooch. There are two playgrounds for dogs as well as a nice gazebo, where you can relax with your dog, and chat other dogs owners. Use this link to find Dog-Friendly Parks around New York City.

When visiting Acadia National Park with your pets you’ll find 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads to explore. Bring you dog and go camping in Blackwoods or Seawall Campgrounds, then hit the trails. Remember, dogs need a leash lease then 6 feet, and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after them.

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Texas invites pets on a leash and owners to explore the nature trails. Avoid letting your dogs run into the tall grasses or areas off the trails because they may go through poison ivy, and snakes like to hide in the tall grass and ground cover. The Arboretum is a wonderful places to photograph nature and wildlife, and they often host classes that include drawing and painting nature, as well as Photograph classes.

Yosemite is one of America’s favorite National Parks to visit, and is pet friendly. There are hiking trails and campgrounds where pets are welcome. The park has many fun programs for guests to enjoy, including event celebrating the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park.

The 1.1 acres Southwest City Dog Park within Willmore Park in St. Louis, Missouri is a fun place for dogs. The fenced-in urban green space is the ideal spot for dogs to run and play off-leash. They also host annual doggie events to join as well. The Dog Park does charge a fee for entrance, which is around $57.00 first dog, $10.00 each additional dog for Non-city residents. Prices are lower for locals.

Also on the Top All-American Doggy Road Trip destinations are San Francisco Golden Gate Park, The Original Dog Beach in San Diego, California, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, Georgia, and Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Here is a list of more Dog Friendly destinations.

Tail Wagging Doggie Do’s:

Milk-Bone’s in-house team of behavioral experts also offer these helpful tips:

Ear Flapping Road Trip Fun – Going on a short run to the store? Why not take your dog along for a ride or to the park.

Crate Time Can Be Fun Too – A dog’s crate should be a safe and happy place for them to rest. Offer your dog treats when they go on their own in order to build a positive vibe associated with the crate.

Good Doggy – Rewarding your dog’s good behavior build positive associations with the new sights and sounds of a road trip, show them that you love them.

Interesting Facts:

When traveling with your dog be sure they’ve had their rabies shots. Be aware that in some cities there are fines for not having your dog vaccinated.

Check local restrictions when taking your dog to a beach, reservoir or lake. In some cause certain bodies of water and lakes in State Parks and other places are public water supplies, and people nor pets are allowed to swim in the waters. You can also check out these helpful pet tips for your road trip.

The Acadia National Park has 17 unique, stone-faced bridges that span streams, waterfalls, cliffs, and roads. And, in the fall they sky parties like the Acadia Night Sky Festival.

Visit the Milk Bone website for products and news. Or, visit their Facebook page for news and adorable pet photos.

Do you know of any good dog friendly vacation spots?

With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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