Pet Friendly VacationsThu, May 30, 2013,
Have you found yourself stressing over what to do with your dog when planning a vacation? Hate the idea of a kennel? Why not plan a vacation your dog can go on too! For a lot of people, pets have taken the place of children, or are considered a member of the family. So when it comes to planning a family vacation, leaving your pet behind just doesn’t sit well.
More people are planning vacations that their pets can go on, and the tourism industry is obliging. Hotels, which were once non-pet friendly, are encouraging travelers to bring their pets, and even restaurants are becoming less standoffish towards our furry friends.
Here is a list of ‘Pet-tastic’ vacation ideas just in time for summer!
With tons of State parks across the country and countless hiking trails. Going on a hiking vacation is a great adventure for you and your pet. The mountains can be a pet’s dreams come true, with new discoveries around every corner. And one of the best parts about hiking; it’s free! Just be sure to take safety precautions when it comes to wildlife.
With summer finally here, it’s the perfect time to take your whole family camping. Many campgrounds and parks are pet-friendly. Whether you choose to pitch a tent or bring an RV, camping is sure to be a memorable vacation! Just be sure to find out if there are any restrictions first.
Drive across the country and hit up summers’ pet friendly events! With summer fast approaching, there will be outdoor fairs, carnivals, concerts and more that your dog can go to. Driving across the country with your windows down and the tunes up will be a trip you and your pet won’t soon forget!
Do you enjoy a great glass of wine? Why not spend your vacation touring vineyards. A lot of vineyards are dog friendly, especially in the Sonoma Valley in California. Even some of the restaurants in the town of Sonoma offer dog menus and patio seating where your dog can join you for a nice meal.
On the Water
Be it a lake, ocean or river, chances are your dog loves splashing around. Renting a cottage or staying near the water can mean tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy. By renting a cottage, you can leave a lot of the stresses of traveling with your pet at home.
Some hotels are not only accepting dogs, they are catering to them! Big cities are some of the most pet friendly places now. Outdoor cafes and restaurants, dog parks, and walking tours the cities can be great family vacation destinations.
Fun In The Sun
Rent a convertible and take a drive down to the Florida Keys where there are tons of pet-friendly beaches. In Key West your dog can splash through the waves at the huge dog beach, and can even go kayaking with you. Or take your pet with you on a private boat tour to discover wild dolphins.
If you are planning a summer vacation be sure to check out pet friendly guides. AAA prints guides specifically for people travelling with pets. Remember that while many places are becoming pet friendly; don’t expect all doors to be open. And don’t forget to stock up on Beefeaters treats to ensure a smooth trip and happy pup!