Sometimes a vacation doesn't feel complete without the whole family, including our furry best friends. While you're likely to find at least one pet-friendly hotel in almost any city, some destinations go above and beyond to be accommodating, so you and Fido can find tons of fun, relaxing activities together.
San Diego, CA
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With plenty of sun, surf and three off-leash dog beaches (including the original Dog Beach section of Ocean Beach), San Diego is a popular getaway spot for dog lovers. Your four-legged friend will think he's died and gone to doggie heaven catching frisbees in the ocean as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon.The laid-back local vibe and plenty of pooch-friendly patios ensure a good time is had by all.
Bursting with Southern hospitality, Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. With more than 10 dog parks in the Greater Austin area and the Colorado River running right through town, getting out and enjoying the warm weather won't be a problem. Catch a doga (doggie yoga) class to unwind before you head to the historic Driskill Hotel, a favorite for Fido thanks to its Pampered Pet Program.
Martha's Vineyard, MA
We've probably all seen the t-shirts and hats bearing the iconic labrador retriever from the Black Dog Tavern and Cafe on the Vineyard. Yet many people still don't realize that even though an island, this summertime haven is the perfect respite from the mainland heat for dogs and their owners alike. Grab a dog-friendly ferry, then have a blast exploring the island on foot or bicycle with your best buddy. Go during the annual Good Dog Goods dog parade when the island is taken over by four-legged fur kids.
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If hiking the great outdoors with your dependable pal is your kind of trip, the Pacific Northwest is calling your name. Choose one of more than 30 dog parks or countless hiking trails and take in the fresh air and stunning greenery. Go for Dogtoberfest and enjoy live music and brews while Boomer gets a bath at this annual charity dog wash and street fair.
Kimberly Stredney is editor-in-chief of InWithSkin, an international skin care, health and beauty magazine. She has been writing since 2007 for newspapers and magazines including "The Chicago Sun-Times" and "Cleveland Magazine." She attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has a master's degree in cultural anthropology from Brandeis University, and dual bachelor's degrees in anthropology/psychology and communication from Ohio University.