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Top Dog Friendly Travel Destinations This Summer

If you’re a dog parent, you probably struggle with leaving your pup for more than 24 hours. Luckily, there are so many options for traveling with your furry companion! If you’ve never traveled with your pup and are curious about a traveling summer with your bud, look no further. Here are some of this summer's best dog friendly travel destinations to inspire you.

Get Prepared For Successful Dog Travel 

Get ready to explore the world together with your dog! To do so, being well-prepared for your adventure(s) is essential. It’s not just about grabbing your suitcase and hopping on a plane. In fact, dog travel requires more effort in advance to ensure a seamless journey. 

It’s vital to consider accommodations, activities, means of travel, dog friendly restaurants, pet traveling gear, pet import rules and regulations, and more. Luckily, we live in a time where there are many opportunities to travel with your furry friend.

5 Dog Friendly Travel Destinations

Get travel ready and check out the list below for this summer's best dog friendly travel destinations. Happy travels!

1. Bar Harbor, Maine

With Maine’s incredible mix of national parks and the coast, it’s a spectacular destination for you and your dog. Some national parks restrict dogs to a few trails, so research in advance. However, Acadia National Park is one of the country's most dog-friendly parks. Moreover, the flat Jordan Pond Path, a 3-mile loop around a lake, is a standout. 

Maine also has a Bark Ranger program. Here, they teach dog parents about the Rules of B.A.R.K. This includes bagging your pet’s waste, always leashing your pet, respecting wildlife, and knowing where to go. In the end, the dogs receive special Bark Ranger collar tags. 

2. Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country consists of many walking trails through farmland and hills with expansive open views. With endless breweries and wineries to choose from, you and your pup will be living the high life. 

Also, you can choose dog hotels that offer dog beds, bowls, treats, indoor crates, and an outdoor kennel. Lone Star Court Hotel offers a “Pawsitively Pet Package,” which includes welcome treats, late checkout,  retro-inspired accommodations, and snack credits.

3. The Hamptons, Long Island

Filled with stunning beaches, walking trails, restaurants, and brewery patios, the Hamptons are a must-see destination this summer. Amazingly, you can find us at these three farmer’s markets where you can buy some delectable treats for your pup:

  • Bridgehampton Farmer’s Market
  • East Hampton Farmer’s Market
  • Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market

Lastly, don’t forget to check out some local wineries that are super dog-friendly! Three suggestions include: 

4. San Diego, California

This is a well-known dog friendly beach town with many pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, leash-free parks, and more. The journey there is also easy since Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner welcomes dogs up to 20 pounds for a beautiful scenic ride along the coast.

There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches, one even called Dog Beach – a must-visit for you and your furry friend. Is a little more zen required? Try doggie yoga or pup paddleboarding; both are offered through The SUP Connection

5. Nantucket, Massachusetts

With restaurants, high-end boutiques, and beaches galore, Nantucket is a gorgeous destination for you and your pup. 

Luckily, the team here at Get Joy partners with Cisco Brewers Nantucket. That means you and your pup get to stop by, enjoy some local brews, and get your pup some treats this summer. You won’t want to miss out!

Dog Support from Get Joy

With lots of places to choose from, you’re bound to have a fantastic summer. At Get Joy, we would love for everyone to experience joyful dog travels in the best possible way. 

We’re also here to encourage a sustainable, joyful life with your furry friend. That’s why we provide many helpful services, dog wellness resources, and an on-demand virtual vet service. For more info, you can browse our website.