9 Dog-friendly Vacation Destinations

Hit the road with your dog in tow to these pooch-friendly places.

If you haven’t already decided what you’re doing this summer, don’t fret: there’s still time to make plans! Can’t imagine having a good vacation without your best furry friend? No worries: We have some suggestions for vacation destinations that will please both you and your dog.

1. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho


Dog Bark Park Inn


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Why you should go: At this bed-and-breakfast in Idaho, you can sleep like a dog while literally sleeping inside a dog. The only dog-shaped inn in the United States, the Dog Bark Park Inn offers all of the amenities you’d expect from a bed-and-breakfast, including comfy beds and a homemade breakfast each morning, plus dog-related knick knacks and artwork galore. Plus, in case you forgot: YOU’RE SLEEPING INSIDE A DOG. Enough said. Pack your bags now. 

Why your dog will love it: Well-behaved dogs are allowed to stay with their responsible owners with advanced notice. And when they’re not relaxing inside the big dog, your dog can accompany you on a hike around one of the nearby canyons, or just explore around the grounds.

For more information, visit DogBarkParkInn.com

2. The Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon


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Why you should go: One of the most dog-friendly cities in the nation, Portland, Oregon, boasts a host of fun activities, restaurants and places to visit with your dog. The Heathman Hotel is one such place, which treats is guests (human and canine) like friends.

Why your dog will love it: Your dog will love to be pampered at this place, which offers a pampered pet package that includes amenities like a goodie bag for your dog at check-in; a choice of faux suede, memory foam or Bolster bed; and a Heathman logo pet bowl.

For more information, visit Portland.heathmanhotel.com

3. Dog Wood Park, Jacksonville, Florida

Dog Wood Park

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Why you should go: One of the country’s largest fenced dog parks, Dog Wood Park is 42-acres of sheer, blissful doggie fun. Your dogs can run and play to their heart’s content in a safe area, or you can hike with your pet through Barkham Woods, a 10-acre natural wooded trail.

Why your dog will love it: As if playing and socializing wasn’t enough, this park offers canine guests a variety of recreational and fitness amenities, including dog swimming ponds, jogging trails and play equipment.

For more information, visit JaxDogs.com

4. Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 


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Why you should go: How many times can you say that you’ve been 1,800 feet high with your dog? The Gatlinburg Sky Lift lets owners bring their dogs along for the ride, so they can experience the beautiful views of the Smokey Mountains with their pets.

Why your dog will love it: When your dog is done riding high in the sky, you both can take a hike in the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains, which allows well-mannered dogs along its trails.

For more information, visit GatlinburgSkyLift.com


5. The Lazy Dog Inn, Chocorua, NH


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Why you should go: Voted the most pet-friendly bed-and-breakfast in North America, the Lazy Dog Inn takes its relaxing seriously. Your dog can join you in relaxing in your room, or stay at the Doggie Lodge, where daycare is provided.

Why your dog will love it: This B&B welcomes all dogs without weight or breed restrictions. A secured doggie play area is available for all dogs to get a little exercise.

For more information, visit LazyDogInn


6. The Woof Cottages at the Boat Basin, Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Why you should go: Designed with pets in mind, these New England cottages welcome both dogs AND cats, and strive to make your stay with your pet memorable.

Why your dog will love it: Your dog scores big at this hotel, where he gets a bunch of goodies like a welcome bag of treats and toys, a comfy pet bed, doggie turndown service and personalized pet tags.

For more information, visit TheCottagesNantucket.com


7. DogWoods Retreat, Brevard, North Carolina


Dog Wood Retreat


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Why you should go: When you need a peaceful, serene place to retreat to with your dog, DogWoods Retreat might be your ticket. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, your “ruff” day will melt away as you enjoy time with your best furry friend in a cabin.

Why your dog will love it: Active dogs will love all the opportunities to hike, run and discover the mountainside.

For more information, visit DogWoodsRetreat.com


8. The Paw House Inn, West Rutland, Vermont 


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Why you should go: Touting that “no dog is left behind,” the Paw House Inn in Vermont caters to dogs and their human vacation buddies. This bed-and-breakfast, nestled near the Green Mountain National Forest, was built in 1786 and is just as charming as you might imagine.

Why your dog will love it: Paw House has its own off-leash dog park, as well as tons of trails and swimming areas to explore.

For more information, visit PawHouseInn.com

9. Camp Winnaribbun, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

 Camp Winnaribbun Camp Winnaribbun

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Why you should go: Activities, activities and more activities. There is lots to do at Camp Winnaribbun, where you might even, um, win a ribbon! Camp W is open during the summer months, and you can participate in activities like agility, herding, flyball, disc dog, massage therapy, storytelling and more.

Why your dog will love it: What dog wouldn’t love spending concentrated one-on-one time with their human?

For more information, visit Campw.com

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