We love to get away from it all, but we also love being with our dogs. Here are five timely suggestions for a picture-perfect dog vacation to enjoy with your furry friend.
1. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Bring your four-legged travel partner to this artsy Pacific coastal village and hike the verdant paths of 37-acre Mission Trail Park, or jog along Scenic Road to Carmel City Beach. Afterward, hit The Forge in the Forest and order him a Quarter Hounder from the canine-centric menu.
2. Austin, Texas
With hilly greenery and unexpected river crossings, Emma Long Metropolitan Park is perfect for exploring with your dog. Unleash stress together with a yoga class at Austin Doga. Afterward, reward Fido with peanut butter-flavored ice cream from doggie food truck Bow Wow Bones.
3. Seattle, Washington
Learn to stand up paddleboard with your pup at K9 Fun Club. On rainy days, let him loose in Dogwood Play Park's expansive indoor section. You and your dog can make a vacation memory at a Mariners Bark at the Park event, and circle the bases with your dog after the game.
4. Sanibel, Florida
Rollick across this island's pristine sandy shores at Gulfside Beach, and gaze at the Gulf from shady Lighthouse Beach Park on your next vacation. Lead your leashed puppy through the lush mangroves of the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, and then surprise her with a gourmet dog treat from Island Paws.
5. Burlington, Vermont
Hop on the Lake Champlain Ferry for a picturesque, hour-long ride to New York and back, followed by a dog friendly tour of the Magic Hat Brewing Company. Share an afternoon of exercise on the sandy beaches and rocky shorelines of Oakledge Park.
No matter where you decide to take your dog on vacation, be sure to pack your pup's LINK AKC Smart Collar to help keep him safe and easy to find.
Dog Vacation Checklist
1. Updated vaccinations, any meds and health records
2. Collapsible water and food bowls, plus treats
3. Doggie seat belt for your car
4. Pup's favorite travel toys
5. Trustworthy collar and extra leashes
6. Sunscreen for short-hair breeds
7. Insect repellent
8. Current and easy-to-read ID tag
9. Poop bags
10. Doggie first aid kit