Summer Trippin’ With Fido

I was reading the AJC this morning and came across an article offering advice on places to vacation with your dog. Towles Kintz shares five...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jun 19th 2009


I was reading the AJC this morning and came across an article offering advice on places to vacation with your dog.

Towles Kintz shares five dog friendly locations to visit and have a little summer fun. He goes from the beach to the mountains, and a few places in between.

1) Washington, DC

Although monuments and great museums might first leap to mind when you think of the nation’s capital, the city and its Northern Virginia suburbs offer a surprising number of dog-friendly and dog-centric activities. Take a boat ride with your pooch to tour Alexandria’s seaport with Potomac Riverboat Co.’s Canine Cruises (dogs ride free), hike the Mount Vernon Trail, which runs between Alexandria and Mount Vernon, take a hike on Roosevelt Island. Dog-friendly bars and restaurants abound here.

Dog Treat: There are more than 20 off-leash dog parks in the area, and open-air monuments mean that families and their dogs can take in great tourist attractions together.

2) Orlando, FL.

Disney may have a corner on the market in Orlando, but the city has recently been applauded for its efforts to become more dog-friendly. The Winter Park area, which is home to a great off-leash dog park and Sam Snead’s, a restaurant made famous when Gov. Jeb Bush signed the doggy dining law, is particularly welcoming to pets, and there are plenty of hotels – and even some posh resorts – that now accommodate families traveling with their canine companions. Add to that Florida’s natural beauty and state parks (there are eight in the Orlando area), and you’ve got yourself one happy dog.

Dog Treat: Lots of dog-friendly outdoor dining and more than seven off-leash dog parks in the area.

3) Asheville, N.C.

Walking trails and a dog-friendly downtown with lots of outdoor eateries make this a great vacation spot to share with canine companions. Asheville’s residents are known for their laid-back attitudes and carefree spirits, and they are particularly amenable to canine-accompanied tourists.

Dog Treat: Dogs are welcome everywhere, even the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, and the city also boasts two dog parks and a dog-friendly national park.

To find out the final two destinations, along with some great places to stay, read the full article on the AJC.

* Photo courtesy Joe Warwick