When it comes to dog-friendly cities, there are a plethora of them all over the world. If you are an international traveler and want to show your dog some sights, head to Geneva, Switzerland or Rome, Italy. Also, Berlin and Paris top the list. But did you know that some of the best dog-friendly cities are right here in the United States? It’s true! The US has some of the most catered to dogs, and our cities tend to show it. So pack up the pooch and head for one, or all of the 3 best dog friendly-cities in the US.
What Makes a City Dog-Friendly?
To make our list of dog-friendly cities, your town must go beyond the typical dog park. We want to see restaurants that welcome dogs in their outdoor seating areas. Brewpubs and wineries that allow humans to bring in their pups. Hotels that pamper pooches with dog-loving amenities. Employers who welcome dogs into their office spaces. Copious amounts of veterinarians. Nearby hikes and beaches are a big hit with us too. Plus, honestly, having some of the best dog parks with unique attributes don’t hurt.
What Are The 3 Best Dog-Friendly Cities In The US?
Here are our top picks, in alphabetical order. If your city didn’t make the list, it’s likely that we didn’t have enough information. Drop us an email and or leave a comment below letting us know what makes your town fabulous for dog lovers.
Truly one of the most original cities in the United States, Austin is for people who love Tex-Mex food almost as much as they love their dog. This laid-back city is full of places to hear music (some even dog-friendly) and has some of the most colorful and tasty restaurants around. Austin is home to some of the best street graffiti art in the world – and this will come in handy as you walk your pup all over this fabulously friendly town. Depending on the outdoor temperature, you may have to get out early to beat the heat – but trust us, it’s worth it. With hiking in the hills, tubing in the lake and numerous dog parks, Austin can’t be missed. Also, there are quite a few dog groomers and veterinary offices to help keep your pooch in tip-top shape.
Our Austin Picks for Best Dog-Friendly Cities in the US
Food. With nearly 300 dog-friendly restaurants, it’s hard to pick just one! It’s a tough job what we do – bringing you the best for dogs. While it would be easier to identify un- dog friendly places, we thought you’d enjoy knowing that with all of the outdoor seating most Austin restaurants are dog-friendly and delectable. So with that in mind, we select The ABGB (Austin Beer Garden and Brewery) for our pick! The ABGB is home to award-winning brews, has live music every night, and is home to incredibly delicious and diverse food (with options that your dog will love). You sit outdoors at The ABGB and enjoy meeting other people and pups at their family style seating. Hands down, a winner – particularly since they help support Austin Pets Alive.
Play. The winner here is Red Bud Isle. This 13-acre lakefront off-leash dog park snakes along the Colorado River (which also feeds Lake Travis and Lake Austin). Red Bud Isle has plenty of recreational space, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking – it’s a great place to spend an entire day with your pup. The park has numerous walking loops and spots to take a dip for your dog – or you, we don’t judge. The fun starts right from the parking lot where dogs can run through the trails and woods – that’s why the water is such a big hit, it keeps them cool.
Stay. After a day of play with your pooch, you will absolutely love the Hotel Van Zandt. This hotel is in the thick of it and serves as the perfect launch pad for all of your Austin exploring. The staff at the Van Zandt love dogs and ensure their stay is top notch. With complimentary dog beds and bowls, as well as their own concierge service for dog walking, as well as dog sitting. We love hotels that have no breed or size restrictions, another plus for the Hotel Van Zandt. The location of the hotel is perfect, as there are dog parks and groomers very nearby.
This hipster town is a mecca for dog lovers as it has the most dog parks per capita of any city in the United States. There are roughly 93 dog parks and 80 dog-friendly beaches in Portland. This Pacific Northwest city is home to many veterinarians and 24-hour clinics ready to take care of your dog. Plus, your dog will have a fun time hanging out with you for hikes, restaurants, and craft beer brew pubs. Some places even having special nights for discounts if you bring your dog with you. Portland is very walkable, and if hiking is your thing then take a 45-minute drive to Mount Hood where you and your pup will have loads of fun.
Our Portland Picks for Best Dog-Friendly Cities in the US
Food. For the brew pub lover, we recommend the Tin Shed Garden Cafe. The Tin Shed is a culinary masterpiece that has a dog menu to boot! Oh, and your dog can eat free on Thursday nights after 4 p.m. Everything is made with local, wholesome ingredients, by passionate people. Your pup can chow down on chicken and sweet potatoes and have house-made peanut butter and banana ice cream topped with a dog biscuit.
Play. After all of the good eats you’ll share with Fido, you have to check out 43 acre Council Crest Park that runs parallel to the Willamette River and offers gorgeous views of downtown Portland. Or, perhaps the Portland International Raceway Dog Park is more your speed. This dog park is in a real racetrack and when there are no cars zooming around dogs are welcome to let their fur fly free. Another hit is the Wildwood Trail Forest Park, a 30-mile point-to-point trail that leashed pups enjoy frolicking through.
Stay. If you want to go to sleep to the sounds of a river, then the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is for you. Situated on the banks of the Willamette River, the RiverPlace loves dogs and has no breed or size restrictions. This hotel even has a concierge that can assist with pet sitting and dog walking services. However, the hotel stretches out along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park walkway, so you may take care of your dog’s needs yourself.
The saying is true, there are more dogs than babies within Seattle’s city limits! Home to Amazon, one of the most dog-friendly employers in the US. Amazon’s Seattle headquarters welcomes over 6,000 dogs. Because of this, the downtown area welcomes dogs at nearly every outdoor restaurant and bar – and there are waste bags and trash cans on every street. Seattle is home to amazing scenery, and you can see much of it with your pup as their bus system and the Monorail are both dog-friendly. This city is inundated with dog parks and veterinary services galore – plus specialty veterinary care like neurology, cardiology, and oncology.
Our Seattle Picks for Best Dog-Friendly Cities in the US
Food. There are so many places that you can take your dog, it’s hard to pick just one. But, since we have to make a choice, we recommend Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse. Norm’s is so dog loving that they welcome well-behaved and leashed dogs inside their restaurant! Norm’s also has a dog menu that serves up beef stix, cod skins, chicken feet, bacon cupcakes, peanut butter and pumpkin pretzels, and a bow-wow bowl made with either chicken or beef.
Play. Truly, the dog parks in Seattle are amazing. But one sticks out – the 350 acre Warren G. Magnuson Park. Their 9-acre off-leash dog section is truly second to none as it sits on the banks of Lake Washington where dogs are free to frolic and pounce about in the crystal blue, fresh water. There’s even a small dog section for the wee ones and shy dogs. You can spend an entire day at Magnuson Park, taking in all the sights and letting your dog get all the exercise his/her body can stand. Which is a good thing since a tired dog is a good dog – and in Seattle, you will definitely have a good dog.
Stay. For those that love the hustle and bustle of being right downtown, then the Alexis Hotel is for you. Just steps from the iconic Pike Place Market, the Alexis welcomes dogs of all sizes and breeds. This luxury hotel also makes pupcakes for your pooch and is able to provide pet sitting and walking services. The Alexis’ location makes it ideal for trips to see the things that make Seattle worth visiting – and most places welcome dogs.Some awesome tips on where to eat, play, and stay in 3 of the best dog-friendly cities in the US! Click To Tweet
Best Dog-Friendly Cities Are Everywhere
There’s a big dog-friendly trend happening all over in the United States. With restaurants, pubs, wineries, and yes, even retail shops, welcoming dogs into their establishments. It makes sense – pet parents love to take their dogs with them everywhere they go… You simply can’t leave a family member behind, now can you? We think not! So, drop us a note in the comments about your city. We’d love to share what makes it so doggone dog-friendly with our readers.