In this second of a two-part series, we continue exploring some of the best pet-friendly vacation destinations in America. If you love traveling with your pet and are always on the hunt for new, fun, pet-friendly getaways, this list may give you fresh ideas. And if you’ve been contemplating traveling with your pet for the first time, maybe these ideas will give you inspiration to plan a trip you both will love!

1. Lake Tahoe, California / Nevada

Once you've been, it may be hard to imagine a more perfect owner-pet getaway than beautiful Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe actually spans the border between California and Nevada, which means there’s plenty of outdoor fun for you both during the day, and plenty of fun for you alone at night when your furry companion is resting from the day's activities (think casinos and shows galore).

How to visit and save

So long as you avoid the summer and winter tourist seasons (June-August, November-December) you can find good deals on vacation packages through the many resorts—some of which may bundle other perks in with lodging. You may also find you save more by staying on the California (South Lake Tahoe) side, which lacks the year-round gambling traffic. If you don't find the price you want at the resorts’ off-season, try some of the many cabins and bungalows that are scattered around the lake itself.

Pet-friendly activities

It would be impossible to list all the fun things you and your pet can do together. Hiking, swimming, mountain biking—the area is so pet-friendly your pet can even come fishing with you! Many eateries and shops are also pet-friendly.

Pet regulations

As long as your pet gets along well with other pets, is leash-trained, and is well behaved, you should have no problems.

2. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor has always been a pet-friendly town, but it certainly hasn't hurt that President Obama and his family are known to enjoy vacationing here with the First Dog, Bo. As long as dogs are leashed, there’s little you and your pet can't enjoy together.

How to visit and save

Whatever you do, avoid the summer months and especially the 4th of July, when (literally) more than a million people visit the area. Because June is the first warm month, if you visit January – May, you may shiver, but you’ll get much better rates. In the fall, October is the prettiest month and you can avoid the holiday rush—and holiday prices. Also, because everything is so close by and trolley service is excellent, don't spend money reserving a rental car until you get there and see if you really need it.

Pet-friendly activities

As long as dogs are leashed, you and your pet can do pretty much anything together, from walking or hiking the miles of paths to taking a fun cruise on the pet-friendly Margaret Todd cruise ship to enjoying sand and surf on Bar Island. You can eat and shop together as well—be sure to visit local shop, Bark Harbor, while you’re there and learn about more seasonal pet-friendly excursions.

Pet regulations

Dogs must be leash-trained, friendly and well-behaved—and you must be willing to pick up after your dog.

3. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville isn’t only one of the prettiest towns in all of America, but it’s also one of the friendliest to pets. In fact, recently the state of North Carolina enacted an actual law permitting all restaurants to accept pets (cats and dogs) for outdoor dining!

How to visit and save

Asheville made Southern Living magazine's top 10 list of best budget vacation getaways. There’s plenty to see and do all year round, eateries and lodging is reasonably priced (even at the historic Biltmore!) and there’s plenty to do that’s free. Because Asheville has traditionally mild winters and nearby slopes, as long as you avoid the major winter holiday dates, you should find reasonable prices on most amenities.

Pet-friendly activities

You can enjoy the heck out of walking and hiking together, shopping and eating together, visiting local sights (like the historic Biltmore hotel) together and more. For lodging and more, be sure to check out Barkwells, the "dog lovers vacation retreat."

Pet regulations

Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after. All pets must be socialized and well behaved.

4. Grand Canyon, Arizona

DogFriendly.com recently voted the Grand Canyon as the "#1 Dog Friendly National Park." Plus, it’s one of the original Seven Wonders of the World—'nuff said!

How to visit and save

The best weather months are also the busiest tourist months. There’s a world of difference between trying to view the canyon while fighting summer crowds and visiting on the off-season when tourists are rarer. For the best rates and lodging availability (park lodging is limited so reserving early is key) visit in early spring (February-April) or later fall (mid-September-October).

Pet-friendly activities

You and your pet can hike the South Rim trails together, attend the Ranger-led programs and tours and enjoy the casual outdoor eateries.

Pet regulations

Pets must be leashed at all times. You must clean up after your pet—the Grand Canyon is a national park so the area is strict.

5. Bonus for fun: Woofstock, Toronto, Canada

Although technically just across the border, Woofstock is billed as "North America's largest dog party"—more than 300 thousand pet lovers attend with their dogs each year! In fact, the event is so popular that it happens twice annually—once in the summer and once in the winter.

How to visit and save

Woofstock is free to attend so your only costs will be for travel, lodging and meals.

Pet-friendly activities

Billed as "a weekend of doggie food, fashion and fun," there’s little you won’t encounter at Woofstock. Some examples include dog speed dating, dog beauty pageants, dog agility contests, stupid dog tricks—if you can fit the word "dog" into it somewhere, count on it being included as an event at Woofstock! Learn more at the official website: http://www.woofstock.ca/whatiswoofstock.htm

Pet regulations

All the usual regulations apply—dogs should be friendly, trained, leashed (unless otherwise specified) and owners should pick up after their pets.

 

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