by Beth McEwen
Looking to include your furry friend on your next vacation? Financial consulting company SmartAsset analyzed data on the most dog-accessible cities in America using the number of dog parks, dog-friendly shopping areas and restaurants, as well as the city’s quality of life as criteria for ranking. California fared the best, with three major cities represented; however, there’s no need to travel cross-country to find wag-worthy cities, since the Midwest’s most dog-friendly locales include Chicago and Minneapolis.
Whether you choose to visit one of these exciting canine-catering cities, or if you find yourself looking for a diamond in the “ruff,” arm yourself with these websites and resources to help you and Fifi along your incredible journey.
BringFido.com is a website and iOS application that makes finding Fido-friendly hotels, restaurants, activities, events, services and more a breeze. Search by destination city or browse by type of activity or rating. For those times when you forgot to pack your poop bags and need to find the closest store in an unfamiliar town, or when you need to find an emergency veterinarian open at 4:00 a.m., Bring Fido’s local resources directory has information on local pet stores, veterinarians, doggie day care facilities, sitters, groomers, trainers and other pet professionals in more than 10,000 cities worldwide.
GoPetFriendly.com is another marvelous website for pet travel. Pet-friendly accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds, dog beaches and even wineries can be found in this valuable resource. Follow GoPetFriendly.com founders Amy and Rod Burkert with their pooches Ty and Buster on The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip blog as they visit all of the 48 continental states over the course of their 10-month road trip.
PetsWelcome.com is another favorite resource for finding pet-friendly lodging and fun places to visit. This easy-to-use website even offers the ability to build a route and search for pooch-accommodating locations along the way. Taking Fluffy on a road trip along Route 66 is easy as pie with this handy tool!
Red Cross Pet First Aid app for Android and iOS ($1) features first aid instructions for dogs and cats, as well as information on how to prepare for various situations, such what to do in emergencies. The app even has a place to enter all of your pet’s info, so you can keep track of diet restrictions, medication schedules and vet appointments. Whether you’re going across the country or just across the street, this app can literally be a lifesaver.
When planning your next getaway, consider bringing your furry sidekick as a co-pilot on your adventure! These resources along with proper training and preparation will help make traveling simple as can be, allowing you to fully enjoy priceless travel experiences with your pooch.
2016 Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities:
- San Francisco, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- San Diego, CA
- Albuquerque, NM
- Sacramento, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Tucson, AZ
- New York, NY
“It’s not where you go, but who you travel with.”