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Discover These Dog-Friendly Travel Destinations

Discover These Dog-Friendly Travel Destinations

There’s nothing quite like taking an RV trip across the country with people whose company you love! But have you ever found yourself out on an RV trip wishing your pup was with you?

The good news is that you don’t need to leave your dog out the next time you head out in the RV. Discover these dog-friendly travel destinations that also have excellent RV parks, so you can plan your next great adventure with your fluff in tow!

Colorado Springs, Colorado

If the mountains are your happy place, then Colorado Springs should be on your list. Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, it’s filled with striking scenery and fascinating geological features.

Your pup will be just as happy as you are, with an abundance of hikes, outdoor areas, and dog parks for you to explore together. If you need some retail therapy, take your pup along to Old Colorado City or Manitou Springs.

When you need to eat, pop into Pub Dog. They’re the first restaurant in the state to allow dogs inside while people are eating, and they have a dog-themed menu. If you like a bit of a brew, you’ll also be happy to know that Colorado Springs boasts a number of dog-friendly breweries where you can have a drink in the company of your furry friend.

If you need a spot to park, Garden of the Gods RV Resort is worth the stay. It has beautiful views, top-notch facilities, and a variety of activities for the whole family (including fluffy family members).

Big Sur, California

Is the coastline more appealing to you? Then Big Sur is a road trip you certainly shouldn’t miss. Known as the longest (and most beautiful) stretch of undeveloped coastline in the US, if you’ve got an RV, a willing pup, and a camera, you want to take this trip.

There are a number of pet-friendly RV sites along the coastline, but take care to double-check their rules about where dogs are allowed to go. We recommend Riverside Campsite & Cabins, as they’re just 10 minutes away from both beach and hiking trails.

Dogs aren’t allowed in state parks but they’re allowed in picnic areas and in-park paved roads, as long as they’re properly under your control. There are a few safe spots you can take your pup for a proper walk.

As for dog-friendly restaurants, stop in at Big Sur Roadhouse or The Sur House on a sunny day, where your pup can join you at an outdoor table.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is an exciting place for both dogs and humans. It’s best known for Disney World and Universal (neither of which are dog-friendly unfortunately), but there are plenty of other activities that your pooch can take part in with you.

There are many pet-friendly campsites in the area. Once you’re settled in, you can start adventuring! There’s a large number of dog parks throughout the region, and going paddling with your pooch is also popular.

When you’re hungry, there’s no shortage of appropriate spots to eat. Restaurants to eat at include:

  • Relax Grill: Plenty of outdoor space and a Mediterranean menu
  • Teak Bar & Grill: Varied menu, outdoor space for pups, and freshwater bowls.
  • Gators Dockside: Covered outdoor space, water bowls, and even dog treats.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Youthful atmosphere with pizza and more, dog-loving.

However, there are many more (including bars and breweries), so you won’t have trouble finding something to suit your mood.

There are a bunch of other exciting things to do, including getting a doggy photoshoot, spending a few hours at the salon (for your pup, that is!), and stopping by a dog-friendly bakery, like Woof Gang Bakery, Bark Avenue Bakery, or The Purple Pooch Bakery to get your dog a gourmet treat. Even picky eaters will love it!

Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Rutherfordton is home to one of the best campsites to visit with your dog. 4Paws Kingdom is geared towards keeping both pups and humans happy, and you’ll most likely spend as much time in the campgrounds as you do outside of them!

The grounds include dog parks, hiking trails, a doggy pond, agility courses, and even a pup bathhouse with a grooming area. The store even includes a “Bar Bar” with dog food and treats.

They even have their own dog events throughout October and November, such as Barktoberfest and Leaf Peeper Weekend (early October), Barkoween Weekend (end of October), and Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (late November).

Outside of the campsite, you can take your dog hiking in a dog park or State Park. A couple of vineyards make for a stunning backdrop to some chill time with your dog.

If your dog is comfortable with water, you can take them on an adventure with Lake Lure Adventure Company. Tuck them into a life vest and get out on the water with your four-legged buddy!

Lake George, New York

Lake George is a vacation paradise that’s not too far from the big city. Load up the RV, grab the pup and fam, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Park at Lake George RV Park for the best of both worlds. You’ll find tranquility in the wooded resort, but there’s also no shortage of activities for the whole family. Including your fluff - it has an on-site dog park.

If your dog loves a good hike, you’re in luck. Check out Buck Mountain, Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Stewarts Ledge, Pilot Knob Preserve or Prospect Mountain. Small dogs may not manage these trails and might need to be carried part of the way,

There’s a dog-friendly eating establishment for your every craving, including:

  • King Neptune's Lounge
  • Christie's on the Lake
  • Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ
  • The Breakfast Spot
  • The Docksider Restaurant
  • Lake George Beach Club
  • Pizza Jerks
  • A&W Root Beer Drive-In
  • Caffe Vero
  • Lake George Baking Company
  • The Old Goat and the Grumpy Bear
  • Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen
  • 163 TAPROOM
  • Ben & Jerry’s

Conclusion

Do you RV often? Why not try to tick all these dog-friendly travel destinations off your bucket list in your next few trips? The only thing that makes a new place with beautiful views better is being able to share the experience with the ones you love - including your furry friend.

Remember to double-check state dog laws before heading there. Also, take along a clean-up kit and first aid kit (for humans and pups) so you don’t get in trouble with the authorities and you and your pup don't get injured or ill.


Have fun, and don’t forget to read up on how to keep your RV clean when traveling with a pet! 

Aug 13th 2021 Mike Powell

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