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Where You Should Go On Vacation If You Want To Bring Your Dog

Myrtle Beach

Those of us who love our pets like family know how hard it can be to go on vacation and leave that sweet-faced pup home. Also, on a more practical level, kennels can be super expensive and sometimes leaving them there doesn’t feel quite right.

It’s hard to enjoy the beach when you know how much more your dog would enjoy it too, or relax by a pool when you know your dog is home, lonely and wondering when you’ll be back. Thus we’ve put together this list of pet-friendly destinations, with plenty of wide open spaces for your dog to enjoy and affordable pet-friendly hotels for you to appreciate. Each will have you and your best friend panting with delight.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Fun Beaches

With it’s 60-mile long stretch of beaches, this place is perfect for any sea-loving dog. Along the beachfront is a boardwalk full of arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as an old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park for you to enjoy.

Pet-friendly hotels: Oceana Resorts, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Patricia Grand Resort.

Portland, Oregon

Marking Our Territory

Named one of the most dog friendly cities in the country, Portland has everything to offer when it comes to spoiling your pup including 33 dog parks19 pet massage therapists, its own social network for dog lovers, and restaurants that will cater to your pal including the Doggie Menu at Tin Shed Garden Café, the Kibbles-N-Bits breakfast at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub.

Pet-friendly hotels: Kimpton Riverplace Hotel, Hotel Monaco, Hotel deLuxe.

San Diego, California

Locale Magazine

San Diego is not only one of the best places to go generally, but it is one of the best places to go when your dog is in tow. The city offers 16 dog parks, several dog-friendly beaches. Enjoy surf lessons alongside your pup and even dine with him on one of the dog-friendly patios. Best part: National Dog Party Day.

Pet friendly hotels: Bahia Resort Hotel, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Residence Inn Marriott.

Austin, Texas

Culture Map

Also named one of the most dog friendly cities in the country, everyone’s favorite texan city features 11 dog parks, plenty of water to play in, a variety of pet boutiques, health food stores for your pet, and more than 35 pet photographers.

Pet friendly hotels: Sheraton Austin, Renaissance Austin Hotel, W Austin.

Albuquerque, New Mexico


This city offers 33,000 acres of public parks, every dogs fantasy. The only thing you might want to be wary of when traveling here with your dog is heartworm, as the disease is more common in this area.

Pet friendly hotels: Days Inn & Suites, Hotel Andaluz, Hotel Parq Central.

Boston, Massachusetts


It doesn’t get much better than a dog-friendly subway (although the pets are only allowed on off-peak hours only), or cruises of the Harbor that include time for your dog to play pirate and explore an uninhabited island. Boston’s Liberty Hotel also hosts a weekly “Yappier Hour,” a happy hour with food and drinks for both people and their four-legged pals.

Pet friendly hotels: The Colonnade, The Four Seasons, The Boxer.

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