Best Cities For Dog Lovers

 

Life is beautiful when you have four-legged friends by your side and all the more beautiful if a city and its people are welcoming and compassionate towards them. This article will take you through the towns and travel destinations that are pet-friendly, for obviously wherever you go, you wouldn’t want your poochie to miss all the fun. So let’s dig into a world where dogs receive a warm welcome, and you are a happy pet parent. 

Austin, Texas

You’ll be in a tight corner if you look for a place that doesn’t welcome pups in Austin. Sixth Street speaks volumes of the city’s love for the doggo, right from shops to eateries and cafes, all lined up to serve them with warmth. Some even offer discounts if your pooch tags along with you; Caroline Restaurant is one such place. Wallethub published a list of the most pet-friendly cities, as per which Austin ranks at number four for Most Pet-Friendly Cities and second in pet-health and wellness. However, the capital of Texas is a hot place, so do suit up some sunblocks. Keep your pup well-hydrated and mind hot surfaces. 

Scottsdale, Arizona

If you are not tight on budget, this place can be the best place to visit with your paw-friends. The city topped the charts, ranked at number 1 on Wallethub’s list on parameters like pet health and wellness as there’s an outburst of good veterinarians, dog-trainers, pet-friendly shops, clinics, and cafes. It stood number six given its outdoor pet-friendliness quotient, considering the weather, dog-friendly parks, and walkability. 

Dallas, Texas

Another city topping the charts in this category-Dallas promotes several pet-friendly restaurants and cafes and invites guests to dine with Fido. Additionally, the city is home to 50+ beautiful dog parks offering hiking trails and other dog-friendly activities. 

Portland, Oregon

Explore Pacific Northwest’s Portland in Oregon to experience different terrain and outdoors with your furry friends. They are most welcomed in bars, restaurants, and you’ll find dog-approved hiking trails to maximize your joy. The city also claims to have more than 500 vets, which is the icing on the cake. 

San Diego, California

California is the most dog-friendly state in the country. San Diego is the best place for you and your canine friend, the coastal California city if you love splashing around in the water. The city is dubbed as the “pet-friendly paradise” because it has more than 100 dog parks. Out of these, many are located right on the coastline. The most remarkable is Dog Beach, an off-leash park, some parts of Ocean Beach, and Fiesta Island at Mission Bay.

Seattle, Washington 

An amusing fact about this city is that it has more dogs than kids, nearly 153,000 pups against 107,200 kids. Seattle also has enough dog parks where you can cheerfully spend playful times with your pet. It has precisely 96 dog parks. It also has many restaurants, cafes, boutiques, breweries, and other public places with suitable canine populations. 

Cincinnati, Ohio

It is a small midwestern town in Ohio. Like restaurants, boutiques, and breweries, most of the places here cater to their pet population. It is considered one of the most pet-friendly cities. This small town is very welcoming and hospitable for pets.

New York City

NYC has many dog-friendly places to explore. The city is happening not only for dog owners but for their puppies as well. It offers 456 dog-friendly restaurants and about 368 pet-friendly hotels. The city is ranked at number 8 out of 100 as per Wallethub’s list of the most dog-friendly cities. The Central Park, which is 848 acres long, offers a massive green turf for the dogs to run around and have fun.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

Winston-Salem located just an hour away from Charlotte. It is also coming up in ranks as a haven for pets. There is great outdoor fun for pets and a beautiful trekking trail near lake Salem. There are other remarkable trails as well, such as  Pilot Mountain State Park, the Greenway Trail. Salem’s historic midtown feels nostalgic for the 18th century and contemporary at the same time, and hence it’s a lot of fun to go around here with your pups.

One thing worth mentioning is that in July 2019, North Carolina’s governor signed a bill that permits both cats and dogs to go around any of the pubs that don’t serve food. This bill was signed in July 2019.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and offers a range of activities to bond over with your pets. Piedmont Park is known for its vast free space and conducts a unique event called Doggie 5K run every year. Krog Street Tunnel and Atlanta Braves Stadium organize “Bark in the Park” annually. You should check out rover.com for more details. 

 Nashville, Tennessee

If you are an ardent dog-lover, you will be happy to know that Nashville has a soft spot for dogs. Nashville is not only known for its country music but also home to the most famous Centennial Park, where your four-legged baby can roam around leash-free. The park hosts dog-friendly show throughout the year and is a hub of several pet-welcoming restaurants. 

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s weather can get quite cold, so you should keep booties for your pups. Chicago is one of the best destinations for your furry friends. One of the proper gestures that we see around in the city is that restaurants and bars keep water outside for pups. One of the beaches worth mentioning is the beautiful Montrose Dog Beach. It also houses some 20 off-leash dog parks, which specify areas where pets can run free, and that is a significant boon in a big city like Chicago. 

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Worth mentioning is Walt Disney World. This city is famous for its cultural contribution and being a friendly place for the canine community. It is also known for pet affordability and pet health and wellness. It has countless restaurants and hotels that welcome pets.

Alexandria, Virginia 

Alexandria, Virginia, is a city just south of Washington DC. It is very hospitable for the paw friends. If you plan a vacation here, you would easily find places to cater to your pets’ needs. More than half of the hotels here are dog-friendly. And a quarter of the city’s population themselves owns dogs. Most people keep water and goodies outside their establishments for the furry passers-by.  There is a company named Potomac Riverboat that arranges a seasonal Canine Cruise.

St. Louis, Missouri

This is yet another pet-friendly city of America. It has numerous dog parks and more than 80 pet-friendly hotels. Some famous dog parks are Ellen Clark Sculpture Park, Southwest City Dog Park at Willmore Park, and Treecourt Unleashed Dog Adventure Park. 

Moab, Utah

Moab’s small-town feel is a blessing in disguise. Away from the hustle-bustle of city life- Moab offers irresistible opportunities for dog owners. Some of the country’s most scenic parks-Dead Horse Point State Park Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Manti-La Sal Dead Horse Point State Park located in Moab. You’ll find various dog-friendly trails as well, so both you and your pup can have a gala time together exploring this city. 

Conclusion

Do you crave a world Welcoming and Inclusive to Dogs? Here comes the good news for you; listed above are dog-loving cities that you will certainly enjoy with your paw-friends. Most of these cities offer amenities that cater to the needs of dogs. You’ll find cafes, restaurants, shops, bakers, pet-stylists, dog-parks, trails, and many other entertainment hubs for pets. So, what are you waiting for? Gear up for a rocking trip with your doggo.