2006 Top 10 Cities to Visit with a Dog in the United
States and Canada
DogFriendly.com has announced its
fourth annual Top 10 Cities to Visit in the United
States and Canada . In determining the Top 10 Cities
to Visit, Dogfriendly.com's researchers used the
- Is the city an appealing vacation spot and appealing
for people traveling with dogs?
- Are there suitable pet-friendly hotels and lodging
in the city?
- Can one get around the city easily? Does the public
transportation system allow dogs?
- If you can't go on the public transportation, can
you get around fairly easily by car?
- Are there attractions, such as boat and carriage
rides, tours, tourist sites, and side trips that
welcome your dog?
- Where can you eat wtih your pooch, other than in
your hotel room? Are there outdoor cafes that welcome
pets, or local dog-friendly parks where you can bring
a picnic lunch?
- Can your dog visit any of the local beaches or
parks? Are there any off-leash dog parks in
- Is the city supportive of the more than half
of the population who own pets and the over twenty
million people annually who travel with them? Does the
city regulate or over-regulate what you can do with
your dog? Has the city helped create more dog-friendly
areas or has the city limited and restricted access to
people with dogs, including travelers?
find out which cities made the top ten this year,
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Renting A Car With Your Dog
Have you wondered what the policies for some of the major
rental car companies are when it comes to bringing your best friend with
you? We called some of the major rental car companies to find out. Most do
allow dogs - with some restrictions. Here is a summary of some of the
companies standard policies. As usual, you need to check with them when
renting to make sure that these apply in your situation and location.
Enterprise (800-261-7331), Budget (800-527-0700), and Avis
(800-352-7900): These rental car companies allow dogs with no fee unless
there is special clean up or damage required. The fees will vary depending
on the damage. They also suggest you vacuum the car before returning it if there is a lot of hair.
Hertz (800-654-3131), Alamo (800-GO-ALAMO): Dogs are
allowed, there are no scheduled cleaning fees, but individual rental
locations policies may vary.
Dollar (800-800-5252), National (800-CAR RENT) and Thrifty
(800-THRIFTY) all want the dogs in a crate at all times they are in the vehicle, or they will charge a cleaning fee. It varies depending on how much clean up. There should be none if they are crated. The extra cleaning fee for Dollar is anywhere from $50 to $100. None of the other rental
car companies would specify the potential fee.
/\ Road TripTM
Tara Kain, Editor, DogFriendly.com
8: San Antonio, Texas and Steins Ghost Town in
New Mexico and Finally Back Home!
and Toby on the Riverwalk in San Antonio,
view of the Riverwalk in San Antonio
On the last leg of
our cross-country journey, we decided to stop in
San Antonio, Texas. We had heard that dogs were
allowed on the Riverwalk but we wanted to see
first-hand what it was like and what else there
was to do with our pooch. After leaving New
Orleans, we headed into Texas.
Stop in Texas
This was one of the rest stops in Texas. I
believe there was a pet walk area on both ends of
the rest stop. A nice amenity was all of the
garbage cans located right next to the parking
lot. That can always come in handy on a road trip.
Before coming into Houston, we passed many
manufacturing plants along Interstate 10. I
believe the photo above shows some kind of coal plant.
The photo below is one of Budweiser Beer's
manufacturing plants. Cick
here to continue Part 8 of this dog-friendly
trip article (includes San Antonio, Texas
and Steins Ghost Town in New Mexico)
On August 25, 2004, my family and I
set out on a trip across America. My dog Toby, a black
standard poodle, came with us on our adventure.
Click here to read Part 1: California to
Salt Lake City, UT
Click here to read Part 2:
On the Road to Jackson Hole, WY
Click here to read Part 3: Grand Tetons
and Yellowstone in Wyoming & Mt.
Click here to read Part 4: Rapid City/Mt.
Rushmore, Living History Farms, and
Click here to read Part 5: Dog-Friendly
Hocking Hills, Gettysburg, Washington D.C., and
New York City.
Click here to read Part 6: The Dog-Friendly
Side of Harpers Ferry, Williamsburg, Savannah
and Jekyll Island..
Click here to read Part 7: Doggone Fun at
St. Augustine in Florida, a visit to the Kennedy
Space Center and New Orleans.
Trip Fast Facts:
Miles Traveled: Over 11,000
States Visited: 28
Days on Road: 79 (2.5 months)
Nights Away from Home: 78
Nights at Hotels & Motels: 55
Nights with Family/Friends: 23
Dates Traveled: Aug 25 - Nov 11
Major Interstates Traveled
(with detours to smaller roads!):
From Cal. to NY: I-80 & I-90
From NY to Florida: I-95
From Florida to Cal.: I-10
Click here to continue
reading Part 8
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