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National Dog Day is coming up on August 26, which is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your favorite pup. Sure, you could stay home and go to your local park or cuddle on the couch watching movies together. Or alternatively, you could take your dog on vacation to experience new and exciting sights, sounds, and smells. In this article, we’re highlighting nine dog-friendly destinations along with dog-friendly places to stay to celebrate National Dog Day!
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
This southwestern destination is a wonderful place to take a dog-friendly trip because there are a lot of dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants and shops, and lots of sunshine with few chances of rain. There are tens of thousands of acres of public parks in this area so you can spend lots of time outdoors. Stay at the Nativo Lodge with your dog in Albuquerque and choose the pet-friendly package. Perks include a welcome doggie bag with treats and toys, the standard pet fee waived, and deluxe accommodations in a cozy room.
Miami Beach, Florida
We also love visiting Miami Beach with dogs because of all the fun things to do here with pups. Head to the South of Fifth neighborhood to visit South Pointe Park with your dog and enjoy the walking paths, food, and oceanside hangouts. There’s a dog park in this park and also neighborhoods to explore nearby. With art deco scenery, the tango scene at Espanola Way, and the shops at Lincoln Road Mall, there are lots of great places to explore with your dog and meet other dog lovers along the way. When you visit Miami Beach, stay at the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami because this is one of the very few dog-friendly hotels on South Beach. Not only are dogs allowed here, but they are welcomed with open arms, a dog bed, water bowl, and treat. There’s even a rooftop dog park, Wooftop Park, at this boutique-style hotel to help you enjoy this urban chic oasis together.
Visit Austin with your dog and enjoy dinners out on restaurant patios together and lots of food trucks that even serve natural treats for pups. It’s also fun to visit the dog-friendly swimming spot of Red Bud Island with your pup or to take a dog-friendly yoga class together. Residence Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center is a great dog-friendly choice for accommodations with lots of places to explore near the hotel, including Lady Bird Lake, Mills Pond, and Metropolitan Park at Walnut Creek.
Key West, Florida
Key West is also an exciting place to visit on a dog-friendly vacation thanks to the laid-back atmosphere and lots of sunshine. There are some good opportunities here for off-leash play and even water-based excursions that allow dogs to help you enjoy a vacation in this tropical paradise. Stay at the Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina when you travel here with your pup, one of Key West’s newest pet-friendly hotels. The new boutique hotel partners with Lazy Dog Adventures, a company that offers kayak and stand-up paddle-boarding excursions that are dog-friendly. There are also two parks that welcome dogs at the Stock Island Marina Village to go for walks, and dogs can lounge by their human companions on the property’s posh pool deck.
Cle Elum, Washington
A great West Coast destination for National Dog Day is Cle Elum, which is home to the dog-friendly French Cabin Creek Trail and Iron Horse State Park. Come here for epic hiking with your pup and mountain views. The 6,400-acre Suncadia Resort is a great place to stay here and just 80 miles east of Seattle. The resort has a dog park, and humans enjoy the Glade Spring Spa, wine tastings at Swiftwater Cellars, and fireside s’mores at the lodge.
San Diego, California
San Diego is always one of the top dog-friendly destinations because it has so many restaurants that allow dogs on the patios. It’s a foodie/dog lover’s paradise! There are also dog-friendly shopping areas here that you can both explore. In San Diego, you can even take your dog surfing! Stay at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa with your dog and choose the Island Paws Program. Your pup will receive a bed, in-room dining options via the resident “Bark Butler,” treats, bowls, and even mobile grooming services provided by a local groomer.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You can also head to Fort Lauderdale for a laid-back vacation with your dog to enjoy the dog-friendly parks, beaches, stores, and outdoor sidewalk cafés here. Rhythm & Vine is a great place to listen to live music and sip craft beverages next to your dog in the outdoor beer garden. Also, Green Bar & Kitchen is a dog-friendly spot with great food and outdoor patio seating that is dog-friendly. When you come here, stay at the W Fort Lauderdale in a customized “Dog Gone It” pet suite. This pet package includes a branded dog bandana, food and water bowls, a Bark Box, waste bags, and a plush bed. The suites have balconies that dogs love and that are equipped with “Tinkle Turf Pads” so you don’t have to leave your suite for potty breaks. If you opt for the pet suite package, your daily clean-up fee is waived and no pet deposit is required.
Just an hour outside of Atlanta, you can enjoy a dog-friendly getaway in the small town of Adairsville. This is a great home base for outdoor adventures that you can bring your pup along for, as well as lots of history that the humans in your group will be interested to learn about. In this area, we love staying at the 3,000-acre Barnsley Resort, the site of an 1840s southern manor with cottage-style accommodations. Dogs can explore the wooded hiking trails and historic grounds with you here, and the Garden and Meadow Suites and the Arbor Cottages are pet-friendly. Pets who stay here receive beds, bowls, bottled water, and treats. You can even book pet sitting in advance with the resort. Also, the resort waives the $75 pet fee for guests on the special Pampered Pets for PAWS rate and instead donates that fee to PAWS Atlanta.
Sarasota is also a fun place for a puppy getaway because there are lots of dog parks in town and beaches nearby. You can also stop by one of the restaurants that offer al fresco dining and let you indulge in your foodie side with your pup at your feet. Dog-friendly restaurants in town include the Old Salty Dog, Café L’Europe, and Owens Fish Camp. You and your pup can stay at the pet-friendly Lido Beach Resort while you’re in the area to soak up the sun and ocean breeze. This hotel is located on the barrier island of the Lido Key off the Gulf Coast of Sarasota and just a short walk from Ted Sperling Park, which has waterfront nature paths. Plan this trip for ocean views on your own private balcony to enjoy the sunset together.