If you’re like many dog owners, you can’t imagine going on a road trip without your four-legged partner tagging along for the ride. While some dogs are more comfortable than others traveling in a car, just about any pet can be made to feel quite at home in a moving vehicle.
But some destinations are more dog-friendly than others, which means that you need to do your homework so that you choose destinations that you and your furry bundle of joy can both enjoy. What follows are recommendations for the best U.S. road trip destinations for you and your four-legged partner. These locales will get your adrenaline pumping — and your dog’s tail wagging.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
If you’re looking for the sort of road trip destination that both you and your dog can enjoy together, then Albuquerque, New Mexico should be high up on your list. The mild climate year-round is nice as is the abundant sunshine — so your four-legged travel companion will be able to enjoy the many dog parks in the area. There are pet-friendly establishment, in terms of eateries and accommodations, and the White Sands National Monument is a dog-friendly site that you and your dog can check out together.
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fortunately, Colorado Springs, Colorado offers plenty of opportunities for you and your dog to get out and enjoy some fun physical activities. In addition to the mountain scenery, you’ll get the chance to explore some trails with your pet. For some added excitement, you can head over to places like the Cripple Creek District and the Garden of the Gods with your pet.
- Charleston, South Carolina
If you want to experience a great destination for you and your four-legged friend, then Charleston, South Carolina is just the place. And if you head over there, then you definitely will want to check out James Island County Park, which is the perfect place for you and your dog to enjoy some fun in the great outdoors. Described by some as Charleston’s best dog park, the park has a dog beach, a four-acre area for dogs to frolic and to explore, a fenced off area for small breed dogs to play and socialize, a cleaning area, and some waste stations.
- San Diego, California
San Diego, California is a dog lover’s dream. The city has 16 off-leash dog parks for your four-legged companion to enjoy, and the year-round sunny weather will make outdoor activities all the more fun. When you visit the city, you can check out places like the city’s Dog Beach, the Original Paw Pleasers bakery dedicated to providing great eats for customers of the four-legged variety, and Frosty Paws for its ice cream product specifically designed to meet the needs of dogs.
So, there you have it — some road trip ideas that will make vacationing fun for you and your four-legged companion. The U.S. offers plenty of options to make your trip special, so what are you waiting for? Check out one — or more — of these destination, and find out for yourself how much fun you and your pet can have on a road trip!