If you are a travel and adventure junkie but have a furry friend at home, we know how hard it can be every time you have to walk out of the door and see their face as you leave them behind on yet another trip.
Instead of leaving your best friend behind, try taking him on a trip that you both will enjoy! Here are some outdoor adventures you can go on with your dog so you can have your canine companion by your side while doing the things you love:
1. Chain and Doelle Lakes, Washington
If you are looking for solitude and beautiful scenery on your next adventure, this is the place for you. Hike through the Pacific Crest Trail with your pooch to the lakes to witness the unmatched beauty of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail from Stevens Pass to the Icicle Creek Trail and above to the collection of remarkable alpine lakes beneath the rocky peaks of Bulls Tooth.
2. Upper Waterholes Canyon, Arizona
Easily rivaling the world-famous Antelope Canyon, the Upper Waterholes Canyon is a less technical hike that you will be able to enjoy with your dog. You will be able to see the walls change color as you hike through the day, not to mention a variety of majestic rock formations. The trail is about 1.6 miles each way with only about 170 feet of elevation change.
3. Aqua Adventures, California
In San Diego, the Aqua Adventure Company caters to dog owners who want to go on adventures with their pets. One of the most fun things to do is to take your dog kayaking. Don’t worry; they give you a short lesson with your pooch before you get started! Located right on the water by Mission Bay, this a great choice for an adventure!
4. Biscayne National Park, Florida
A great place to set up a camp is the Boca Chita Key Campground. You can take your dog (on a leash) through the trails and maybe get to see some amazing marine life jump through the water like dolphins, or beautiful migrating birds fly above you. The Biscayne Park is home to many endangered species. Perhaps you will see an American crocodile or a West Indian Manatee.
5. Cannon Beach, Oregon
This is one of the most dog-friendly beaches all over the country! It has tons of spots to explore and for your dog to sniff. Once you and your pup are done with a dip in the water and playing fetch, you can visit one of the neighboring dog-friendly restaurants to grab a bite to eat. It is known for its long sandy shoreline and beautiful views of the coast.
6. Grayson Highlands, Virginia
This adventure is recommended only for dogs that aren’t reactive. As long as your dog is on a leash, you can see him on the rolling hills with the wild ponies that run along the trails at this wonderfully scenic location. You can spend the entire day exploring and not get bored. This park allows for overnight camping, should you and your dog want to stay the night. Be sure to make reservations by calling 1-800-933-PARK ahead of time.
7. Outer Banks, North Carolina
How does a road trip with your dog sound? You can drive down the 175 miles stretch and stop at all the amazing sites along the way. Set time aside to stop at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to see all sorts of endangered animals in their natural habitat!
Before taking any of these adventures, make sure you have taken your dog to the vet to get proper vaccinations. In addition, pack appropriate gear for your pet as well as sufficient food and water and a medical kit. This is all to ensure you and your dog have the best time ever with no hiccups!