Choosing the best pet-friendly vacation is important for families with beloved four-legged companions. Some people prefer to kennel their pets, but why not take them with you? Not only are vacations more fun with your pets by your side, but you won't need to deal with pet sitters, vets, kennels, dog walkers and others - plus, you will know your pets are receiving the best-possible care. They'll get to enjoy new sights, smells, and experiences, and they'll appreciate the extra attention and new adventures. When it comes to offering pet-friendly activities and accommodations, three vacation destinations rise above the rest: San Diego, California, Austin, Texas, and Wisconsin. Read on to learn more about these great options.
San Diego is a dream holiday destination for dog lovers, This sun-drenched seaside city features year-round balmy, pleasant weather, and great restaurants. There are 16 off-leash parks for running and playing, and dining out is a breeze, with many al fresco restaurants that are pet-friendly. Check out the dog-oriented Original Paw Pleasers bakery for fresh-baked doggie treats, or head over with your Chihuahua or Great Dane to The Lighthouse Ice Cream shop, which features Frosty Paws - a sugar-free, soy-based, ice cream to spoil your pup. If you need to exercise away extra calories, take your pampered pooch to San Diego's dedicated Dog Beach, where you're all welcome to swim, romp, or run all day. There are 506 pet-friendly vacation rentals in San Diego, CA so everyone can get a good night's sleep.
While two-legged travelers love Austin, this lively Texas town, your furry family members will have fun there too, because it's pet-friendly and there's so much to do. Austin offers 18 off-leash parks to romp and play and meet new friends, as well as several excellent walking tours in this lively Texas town where dogs on leash are invited. Love yoga? Take your Beagle or boxer to Austin Doga for a unique yoga experience. If your pooch still wants more exercise afterward, head over to Red Bud Isle, a popular swimming hole only for dogs. There's plenty of pet-friendly eating options, and even a mobile food truck for dogs, the Bow-Wow Bone.
Wisconsin is one of the nation's favorite destinations for vacationers who love the outdoors. Luckily, because it's so pet-friendly, you can also share all that nature with your dog. For example, Milwaukee offers five off-leash dog parks, and if your furry friend likes frozen treats, Kopp's Frozen Custard, and My Yo My have just the right dog-friendly flavors. TripAdvisor names Milwaukee one of the top 'Perfect Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots Across America.' If you love water, you'll enjoy Lake Michigan's shores, where visitors to the Juneau Park Paddleboats are welcome to invite their canines on a paddleboat ride. Beyond Milwaukee, Wisconsin also offers 99 recreational areas and state parks that welcome dogs. There are 37 pet-friendly vacation rentals in Milwaukee.