DogFriendly.com's 2007 Top 10 Cities to Visit with a Dog in
the United States and Canada
5th Annual List - Which cities welcome people who travel with dogs
The May Newsletter
- DogFriendly.com's 2007 Top 10
Cities to Visit with a Dog in the United States and Canada
Another way to get a hotel suite
- Dogs on Trains:
The time has come to, like Europe, allow pets on Trains in America
- DogFriendly.com Website
Annual Report Card on Traveling with Dogs
in the U.S and Canada (from our
announces its 5th 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 criteria that includes the
Is the city an appealing vacation spot and appealing for people traveling
- Are there suitable pet-friendly hotels and lodging in the city?
Are any of the resorts extra special?
there dog-friendly side trips and weekend
trips that can be enjoyed during a visit to
Can you 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?
you eat with 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
- Can your dog visit any of the local beaches or parks?
Are there any off-leash dog
parks in town?
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 or state 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?
For Last Years 2006 list you can check
out this page.
DogFriendly.com's Top 10 Cities To Visit in the United
States and Canada:
1. Boston, Massachusetts
(see also Boston
Area) - In Boston, you can see most of the best tourist sites without
leaving your dog at home. Getting around Boston and the suburbs is easy as the Boston T (subway)
allows leashed dogs of all sizes during non-rush hours. Follow the red
arrows on the sidewalk along the 2 mile Freedom Trail, take one of a
number of boat tours or whale watching tours that welcome pups. Visit one
of the cities many parks including the Boston Common, Minute Man National
Historical Park or the Arnold Arboretum. You can ride a horse and carriage
ride together at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In Salem take a walking or
trolley tour or visit the Salem Willows Amusement Park. For a weekend
getaway near Boston you can take a dog-friendly ferry to Cape Cod,
Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket or visit the dog-friendly beaches of Block
2. Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada - Visit Historic Gastown, Granville Island
and the Capilano Bridge and Park with your pooch. Many ferries
allow leashed dogs of all sizes and the city's public
transportation allows small dogs in carriers. The city has many
outdoor restaurants and cafes and quite a few of the stores allow
you to shop inside with your dog. When in Vancouver consider taking
a dog-friendly trip to the Minter Gardens, Hell's Gate Airtram
and to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
While on Vancouver Island be sure to see the beautiful Butchart Gardens.
There are numerous beaches and parks that welcome you and your dog.
Vancouver boasts 7 off-leash dog beaches and over 20 off-leash dog
parks giving your dog ample opportunity to run.
New York City - Stay in luxury at some of New York's most fashionable
hotel addresses with your dog. The Regency, Soho Grand
Hotel, Novotel and many W hotels all welcome dogs. If
you want to stay outside of the city you can bring
your dog on the Metro-North trains from Connecticut or
the northern suburbs or on the Seastreak Ferry from
New Jersey. There are also a number of Pet Taxi services in the city that you
can call for transportation and some regular taxis will pick up dogs. Many of the famous stores and department stores in Manhattan
will allow leashed dogs to accompany you. Take a walking tour of lower
Manhattan, a carriage ride in Central Park, walk the Brooklyn Bridge or
visit one of the 30 off-leash parks in the city. Or
visit the William Secord Art Gallery on 76th Street.
For canine swimming, check out the man-made swimming
pond for dogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
4. San Francisco, California -
San Francisco is a great vacation site for a traveler
with a dog. There are so many parks, off-leash areas
and beaches. Try Baker Beach, Ocean Beach or Fort
Funston. There are many off-leash dog areas sprinkled
throughout the city. Visit Golden Gate Park, walk
across the Golden Gate Bridge or shop in many
dog-friendly stores in the Union Square area or
throughout the city. Stay at a number of pet-friendly
hotels including the Palace Hotel, the Four Seasons or
the Hotel Palomar. San Francisco is a compact city and
easy to walk around. Also, dogs are allowed on most of
the public transportation, including the
famous Cable Cars, Muni buses and trains.
Small dogs are allowed on the regional BART trains that run to the East Bay.
Every August the San Francisco Giants host their
annual Dog Days of Summer baseball game where your dog
is welcome to attend with you.
Texas - When visiting Austin you will have your choice of many fine
dog-friendly hotels and motels. You can stay at the
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort or one of the many La
Quinta Hotels, Red Roof Inns or other hotels
throughout the city. You and your dog can take a walking
tour of downtown, ride a horse and carriage or visit the Zilker Botanical
Garden Austin has a large number of dog-friendly
parks as well as ten off-leash dog areas. The
most interesting tourist attraction in town may be the Congress Street Bat
Colony. Around sunset from around March to November the bats all fly out
looking for food. You may dine with your dog at many dog-friendly patio
restaurants throughout the city.
Oregon - The Lucky Lab Brewing Company is a
landmark establishment for dog owners. In addition to
its two locations, a newcomer to the local dog scene
is the Iron Mutt Coffee Company with an off-leash
outdoor area to play in while coffee and food are
enjoyed. Portland boosts over 20 off-leash dog parks,
some of which are fenced; a city amusement park where
leashed dogs are allowed; the Hoyt Arboretum and of
course the Rose Gardens that the city is famous for.
Also visit the Portland Saturday Market which is
an open air market with artists, entertainment and all
sorts of shops including pet items. Nearby Portland is
excellent hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and
throughout the Portland region.
Virginia (see also Washington,
DC) - During the summer months you may
cruise the Potomac with your dog on the Potomac Riverboat Co. Canine
Cruises. Visit the outdoor areas of historic Mount Vernon, the Iwo
Jima Memorial, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Roosevelt Island.
Hike the Mount Vernon Trail from Washington DC to Mount Vernon or visit
over twenty off-leash dog parks with your dog. In historical
Alexandria you can treat your dog to a carriage ride or attend the
Doggie Happy Hour at the Old Town Holiday Inn Select during the summer
months on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While in Northern Virginia you can visit
the National Mall in Washington, where you and your dog can see all of the monuments
from the outside and enjoy a visit to Georgetown and the C&O Canal.
Florida - Orlando, long a popular people
destination, has recently greatly improved it
popularity with our four-legged friends. There are some
fabulous pet-friendly resorts such as the Sheraton
World Hotel and the Portofino Bay Hotel among many
others. While there you can take a boat ride on the
St. Johns River with your dog, shop in the
dog-friendly Winter Park area and dine at Sam Snead's,
the center of Florida doggy dining. It was here that
former Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Florida's
doggy dining law. Fleet People's Park in Winter Park
is an excellent off-leash dog park.
Diego, California - San Diego is known for its
beaches and, for dogs, it doesn't disappoint. There
are two major off-leash beaches in San Diego and
Coronado plus many other beaches that allow dogs on
leash. With its warm, yet not too hot year-round
weather, San Diego is perfect for those outdoor
activities that shine during vacations with pups.
There are many nice outdoor dog-friendly restaurants
in San Diego, La Jolla and throughout the region.
While in San Diego visit the very pet-friendly
Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center with an off-leash dog
park built into the shopping center.
- While in Dallas ride a carriage with your dog, take
a walking tour or visit Pioneer Plaza. There are many
fine hotels that are dog-friendly to fit all budgets.
Fort Worth offers your dog Fort Woof, one of the
countries nicest dog parks and a visit to the
Stockyard Stations to watch the daily cattle
drives. Dallas this year joined fellow Texas
city Austin in officially allowing dogs in outdoor
dining areas ending years of ambiguity on where you
can eat in the city with your dog.
Honorable Mentions - While these five cities did not make our top ten this
year they did make our honorable mentions as the five next best cities to
vacation in with your pet.
Lake City, UT
Another way to get a hotel suite:
If you're looking for more room for you, your
family and your dogs then you get in a standard hotel
room and don't want to pay the higher pet cleaning
fees charged at most suite hotels, then you can
consider doubling up two rooms at a lower cost hotel.
Many hotels have connecting rooms, which, if available
allow you to walk back and forth between your two
rooms without going outside. Most Motel 6 hotels as
well as other hotels have such rooms. To find out if
those rooms are available call the hotel and ask for
connecting rooms. Especially if you are only staying
for one or two nights, suite hotels can have much
larger pet fees and you can often save money on the
room itself. However, you do have to do without some
comforts, especially kitchenettes and sofas. And if
you plan on staying a long time (5 days or more) then
you may want to consider staying at a suite hotel as
the pet fee is spread out over the length of the stay.
Dogs on Trains - The time has come to, like Europe,
allow pets on Trains in America
Since the 1970's, after Amtrak consolidated
various railroads into a nationwide monopoly, dogs and
cats (yes, even the little ones in carriers) have been
forbidden to set foot on the trains in the United
States. Before this, dogs were allowed on some trains
and in sleeping cars. Given the ban against all dogs
on Greyhound buses (another national monopoly) people
with pets are often forced to drive simply so that
they can bring their pet with them on a trip. This is wrong. There is
hardly a lack of precedent for dogs of all sizes on
trains. Leashed dogs of all sizes have been and are allowed on
the National Rail in England. French, German and most
other short and long distance trains in Europe
allow leashed dogs, as did many American trains in the
past. Dogs of all sizes are allowed on some regional
trains in the U.S. including the subway and
buses in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco
and the subway in Toronto also allow dogs on the
subways and buses. In addition, well-behaved, leashed
dogs are allowed on the Metro North Trains serving New
York City and points in the northern New York Suburbs,
points up to the Catskill area and New Haven, Connecticut. As gas prices
exceed $3.00 per gallon and calls are being made for people
to reduce their driving, drive smaller cars and
conserve fuel, an unnecessary ban on pets on Amtrak
trains forces the over 20 million pet owners who
travel annually with their pets into larger vehicles.
For many of these travelers, trains could replace cars for the drive up
I-95 from Washington to
New York or Boston; from Detroit to Chicago or Dallas
to Austin; or on west coast routes from Portland to
Seattle, San Diego to Los
Angeles or Sacramento to San Francisco and San Jose to
name just a few.
Amtrak is constantly losing money and requiring
handouts from the government (taxpayers) to continue
service year after year. Before the next visit by
Amtrak officials to Congress to ask for yet another
subsidy, they should not turn away willing and paying
customers. We receive daily emails from people with
dogs seeking alternatives to driving. Dogs do not need
to travel free, in Europe leashed dogs are
usually charged 1/2 of a 2nd Class Fare. Allowing pets
on trains would bring significant benefits
including fuel savings, emissions reductions,
less congestion on our
highways and lower subsidies to Amtrak. Trains really
have no excuse to not allow pets as they can restrict
them to one of the many cars on the train (for
example, the rear car) so that nobody who has any reason to be uncomfortable with
dogs or cats would ever have to share a train car
with them. Let's make 2007 the year when dogs and cats
return to the rails in America again.
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