If you are looking to visit a city with your furry friend, somewhere pet-friendly is probably a big part of your decision on where to stay. We put together a list of the top five dog-friendliest cities in the U.S. We hope you get inspired to visit these cities with your dog.
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland has a whopping 33 dog parks, which is more than any other city. There is even a social network for dog lovers. Visit Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, where you can have a beer and hang out with your dog. You can even take your dog to a pub in this city! While you're there, look for meetups like the Pit Bull Parade and Pug Crawl, where like-minded fans of specific breeds get together and celebrate.
2. Seattle, Washington
If you and your dog don't mind a wet climate, you will both enjoy Seattle, where there are more dogs than children. There is an indoor dog park for those who don't want to get wet. Dogs are allowed on city buses, light rail, ferries, and seaplanes. There are many meetup groups and lots of dog-friendly businesses you can visit.
3. San Francisco, California
In San Francisco, dogs are allowed on trolleys, in some gyms, and in several restaurants. It’s also the home of DogFest, an annual festival celebrating dogs and raising money for the local elementary schools. There are more than 50 different meetup groups for dog lovers that you can join.
4. Austin, Texas
You must visit the local food truck called Bow-Wow Bones. They serve natural treats for your dog while out on a walk. Most of the restaurants are dog-friendly on the patio, and the temperature here is perfect for that. You can visit Red Bud Isle, a swimming spot that is only for dogs. You can also join the Austin Doga yoga class with your dog to find your inner peace.
5. Chicago, Illinois
The local bars and restaurants leave out big bowls of ice water on hot days for the dogs to stop and hydrate during a walk. They also have Montrose Dog Beach at Lake Michigan, where your dog can play in the water. Check out when the Chicago White Sox baseball team has their dog day so you and your furry friend can enjoy a baseball game together. Enjoy the scenic walking paths through the neighborhoods and along the lake.