We often travel with our family and our loved ones. But what if one of our loved ones is a pet? There are plenty of vacation destinations in the USA that are pet-friendly. You can easily do so many activities with your pets in these US destinations.
But before you actually bring your pets with you when you travel, you should remember a few things. First is to bring anything that makes your pet at home. It could be a towel, a toy, or a blanket. Most pets are naturally territorial, and if they are in an unfamiliar place, it could stress them out because they could be feeling threatened.
You should bring a carrier with you because they would probably in a moving vehicle. The enclosed space within the carrier could help prevent stress and they would also feel more secure in it. Just make sure you have add-on support in these carriers so that the carrier or cage will not move around as you travel.
Though we are about to list down several pet-friendly US destinations, you should still do your own research to know the policies of the places you are planning to visit. If you will be riding a plane with your pet, make sure you have the necessary requirements by the airline.
Just like humans, our pets need a break. If the time permits, make periodic stops not just for you but also for your pet. It could be for a bathroom break or a simple walk or stretch.
You should also prepare for the worst-case scenarios. Pack any emergency kits for your pets and search for the nearest veterinary clinics in your every destination. You should not also forget to bring the medical records of your pet so that if anything happens, the veterinary clinic could treat him/her efficiently.
Other essential stuff includes litter box and bags, leash or collar, water, and food. You should your pet’s favorite treats.
If you are planning to include your pets in your vacation in the USA, here are some of the top pet-friendly destinations in the country.
Finger Lakes, New York
There are several pet-friendly areas within Finger Lakes, especially if you are looking for accommodations. Most hotels in the area are pet-friendly, including Radion Hotel Corning, Microtel Inn & Suites – Geneva, Plum Point Lodge, La Tourelle, and Shangri-La Rentals, among others.
You can also go with your pet to Auburn Historic Walk Tour because the management allows visitors to bring their pets. You can also go to several vineyard tours in the area as long your pet is friendly or leashed. Otherwise, there are facilities that can accommodate your pets when you are touring.
Huntington Beach, California
In Huntington Beach, there is a certain stretch of the beach that is devoted to pets. The area even organizes certain events, especially for pets. No wonder Huntington Beach was voted one of the dog friendliest cities in the state.
There are also accommodation options that are pet-friendly. Some of the hotels that allow pets in this area are Waterfront Beach Resort, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, and Paséa Hotel & Spa, among others. Some restaurants and cafes are also pet-friendly
This destination is quite different from the two because it is quite colder here. Known as the Windy City, Chicago is also one of the most pet-friendly vacation spots in the US. Several hotels allow pets including Kimpton Hotel Allegro, Thompson Chicago, and Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel.
There are also several beaches in Chicago that allow pets like Montrose Dog Beach and Belmont Harbor Beach. You may also want to consider joining the Mercury’s Canine Cruise. There are also several dog parks in the city where your pet can mingle with other pets.
There are over 30 dog parks in Portland and most establishments are pet-friendly. These establishments include hotels, breweries, restaurants and many more. Some hotels that allow pets are Hotel Monaco and RiverPlace Hotel.
You can also do a lot of activities with your pet in most of the parks in the area such as running, hiking, kayaking or swimming.
There are a lot of pet-friendly hotels in Boston including Kimpton Onyx Hotel, Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Element Boston Seaport by Westin, among others.
You can go to the beaches with your pets when you are in Boston and swim with them. You could also take them hiking or running in several parks and trails in the city. Some restaurants and coffee shops also allow you to take your pets with you. If you want to attend specific events for pets, kindly schedule your trip the same time as these events
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is pretty much the most pet-friendly city on this list. There are many pet-friendly establishments in the city including hotels, cabins, parks, restaurants, and breweries.
Some of the top pet-friendly establishments in Asheville are Canine Cottages, Aloft Pet Luxury, Rustic Retreats, Play All Day at DoubleTree, Modern Pups, and Historical Grounds, among others.
Again, you should remember to read through the policies of these cities and the individual establishments when it comes to your pets. In some cities, you are required to put a leash on your pet when you get out of the property. Since most of you would be tourists, you are expected to leash them immediately.
Never neglect your pets when you are traveling. They are already stressed enough that they are staying in places that are not their home. If you feel like it is too much trouble to bring your pet when you travel in some of these vacation destinations in the United States, you should arrange a sitter for your pet that would look after him/her when you are gone. There are also some facilities that allow you to check-in your dogs with them, similar to daycare. Whatever arrangement you decide if you are leaving your pet, make sure that they are not stressed enough in the setting.