They're tons of fun, sometimes mischievous, and the cutest part of your Christmas card every year. We’re not talking about your kids, but about the family pet, who can often be hard to leave behind for a day, let alone for an entire vacation. So why not plan a trip where you can take the little rascal with you?
We’ve rounded up a list of five destinations that will please both people and pets, with tips on how to get there, where to stay, and the best bets for two- and four-legged fun.
San Francisco: This eclectic and compact city boasts 1,000 acres of green space, and many of its top attractions welcome dogs, so you won’t have to leave him in the hotel room to see the sites.
Portland, Ore.: This mecca of microbrews and trendsetting facial hair is also one of the dog-friendliest cities in the U.S., with the most off-leash dog parks per capita (32).
Boston: Well-behaved dogs on leashes can ride the T (Boston’s subway system) outside of rush hour, and smaller pets in carriers can travel on your lap anytime.
Chicago: In neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and Bucktown, it seems like almost everyone has a dog. Venture out to these popular areas and dine among the locals on a dog-friendly patio, or hit the downtown hot spots with your pet in tow.
Myrtle Beach: Dogs on leashes are allowed on the beach in this seaside South Carolina town before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. through Labor Day, and anytime September-April.
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