Whether you’re planning on just visiting or planning to move, these are the best cities in America for dogs and dog lovers. Endless dog parks, lakes, lush hiking trails, and dog-friendly pubs, these 5 cities are dog heaven on earth. So pack up your car for a epic trip for you and your pooch.
1. San Diego, California
Home of the Leashboss, San Diego is dog central! With 16 dog parks and 70 miles of coastline, what’s not to love. Stroll through Balboa Park, or head to Fiesta Island for paved paths and swimming for you and your dog. Coronado Island has stunning beaches and small town feel. Make your way to Little Italy, where dog bowls and treats await your pooch at every store. Take up surfing and paddle boarding at Ocean Beach, and enjoy stroll down the pier for stunning views of the mountains and city.
2. Seattle, Washington
Seattle has 11 off leash dog parks, and Golden Gardens Park offers an off leash area that has spectacular views of Puget Sound. Some ferry’s and buses allow for leashed dogs. Stop and eat at Norm’s Eatery and Ale House where dogs are encouraged to come and eat. If city life gets overwhelming you can take a quick drive to the Pacific Rainforest for some amazing hiking trails and swimming.
3. Austin, Texas
Can’t imagine a vacation without your morning yoga? Check out Austin Doga, where you and your pooch can do the downward facing dog. Austin has an impressive 18 off leash dog parks and 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park where you can enjoy pools and hiking trails. Austin has numerous dog friendly hotels and restaurants. You and your dog can enjoy all southern hospitality has to offer.
4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The mid west offers plenty of dog friendly cities, but Milwaukee offers the opportunity to swim on the shores of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee offers 5 off leash dog parks and plenty of dog accepted restaurants and pubs. Take a walk of the Oakleaf Trail, a rail trail through the heart of Milwaukee or go for a paddleboat ride, dogs always welcome.
5. Portland, Oregon
Portland is the 12th most walk able city in America, and has the most dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in the world. Portland has 33 dog parks and tons of hiking trails just outside the city. Visit Forest Park and hike over 70 miles of trails or the Cape Lookout North trail along the coast. Stay at the Hotel Monaco, where dogs stay free.
Any city can be dog friendly, it just needs some dogs!