It’s officially spring, and for a lot of you, that means it’s time to start planning Spring Break or a warm weather getaway! When you have a furry friend as a roommate, it can sometimes be difficult to make travel plans. This spring, consider planning a dog-friendly vacation so that your pup isn’t left behind! Continue reading for some of Wags and Walks' favorite vacation destinations that both you and your dog can enjoy together.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors at a National Park
There are plenty of National Parks that are dog-friendly and quite exciting for you and your pup to explore and take in the views. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite are two of our favorites that are close to LA. The Grand Canyon is especially perfect to visit in the spring, as it hasn’t yet reached it’s hot desert temperatures. There are plenty of opportunities for great photo ops and exciting trails to take when visiting these National Parks. Be mindful that some trails are a bit more rigorous and may take a couple hours to complete, so if your pup isn’t one for hiking, or if you’re not too familiar with the area, be sure to consult a tour guide or local map. It’s important to make sure that you bring plenty of water and snacks before you head out on a trail so both you and your pup are energized and hydrated throughout your hike. Also, always remember that most National Parks have an on-leash policy, so make sure to keep your dog leashed and close by when visiting.
Mammoth Lake or Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth is a perfect destination whether you’re in the mood for snow or sun. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the snow this winter, it’s likely that there will still be snowfall in Mammoth for a couple months. Last year, the mountain was open for skiing until July 4th! If your pup loves the snow, consider going to Mammoth to take them on a scenic hike, play fetch in the snow or build a snowman - or a snowdog, if you’re creative!
If you and your pet aren’t too fond of the snow, head to Mammoth in the summer months to enjoy the beautiful Mammoth Lake and the numerous trails Mammoth has to offer. Most of the Inyo National Forest trails are dog-friendly and easily accessible by taking the shuttles that are offered. Please note that while dogs are allowed to ride these shuttles, they must be leashed and muzzled.
The City by the Bay, San Francisco
San Francisco is an amazing city filled with gorgeous views and sites to see. Best of all, it’s a dog-friendly town and people bring their pups everywhere! From the Golden Gate Bridge to Union Square, there are plenty of places to enjoy with your furry friend. Crissy Field is a popular spot for doggy pawrents to lounge by the beach or have a picnic in the grass while their pup runs around. There are also several dog-friendly and off-leash dog beaches to explore, such as Baker Beach or Fort Funston, where tons of dogs run around in the sand and play fetch in the ocean.
If you feel like shopping, you can head over to Union Square where many stores allow you to bring your pup inside. There are also many dog-friendly restaurants all over the city, from the Castro District to the Marina.
Sunny Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is a cute, funky town with shops, wineries and breweries, and lots of hiking spots. Take a stroll down State Street, where you’ll find shops and restaurants that you can enjoy with your pup. It’s likely that you’ll see water bowls out and dog treats provided at many of these local shops. If you’re feeling the need to let loose and wind down, take a stroll to the “Funk Zone” in Downtown Santa Barbara. Both you and your pup can meet some new friends at the wineries, as people love to bring their pups along when wine tasting. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, take a hike to Oceanfront Trail to enjoy views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, or check out the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, where you and your pup can stop to smell the roses.
These are just a few dog-friendly vacations that you can take with your pup - the options are endless! Make sure you are properly prepared for your trip by researching the dog-friendly locations and guidelines prior to arriving at your destination, as well as any pet policies. Also, don’t forget to bring enough water, snacks, and doggie bags when packing for your trip. Your dog will be thrilled that you included them in your travel plans. Enjoy your pupcation!
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