is located at the intersection of the Mississippi River and
the Missouri River. Long before the country had airports, highways or
trains St. Louis was a crossroads city. Boats from the Missouri or
Mississippi heading to the Gulf had to pass here. The city was founded
in 1764 by a French trading company led by Pierre Laclede and Auguste
Chouteau.The city joined the United States as part of the Louisiana
Purchase in 1803. The city of St. Louis has a current population
of about 320,000 but the region boasts 2.5 million residents. St Louis
is dog-friendly and is the location of the American Kennel Clubs (AKC)
Museum of the Dog.
There are many pet-friendly
hotels in St. Louis
. The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel is
dog-friendly as is the Sheraton St Louis City Center and the Sheraton
Westport Plaza. The Drury Inn chain, which also owns the Pear Tree
Hotels, is known for it's pet-friendliness. This predominently midwest
and southern chain has a number of locations around St. Louis including
one at the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Pear Tree Inn Union Station.
Dogs are also welcome in the Carondelet Building of the Crowne
Plaza St. Louis - Clayton Hotel. There are pet-friendly Hilton
Hotels in St. Louis also, including one steps from the baseball
stadium. If you are staying near the airport then the Renaissance St.
Louis Airport is a good choice. There are also pet-friendly
hotels near Six Flags and in most suburban areas. If you are
bringing a motorhome or travel trailer to St. Louis
there is the
KOA St. Louis West at Eureka near Six Flags, The Jellystone Park also
in Eureka and the Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles.
There are many attractions
in and around St. Louis for you and your dog to do together. As
previously mentioned, St. Louis is the home to the AKC Museum of the
Dog. Leashed, well-mannered dogs may go to the museum with you. If you
would like to view all sorts of planes, trains and automobiles then the
Museum of Transportation at 3015 Barrett Station Rd is for you. Your
dog may view all of the outdoor exhibits in this museum. You may bring
your dog for a walking tour of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical
Site. This 9.65 acre park is dedicated to the President and Civil War
General. You can follow the St. Louis Walk of Fame and see bronze stars
to famous St. Louis residents. You can also walk the self-guided tour
or just browse the Laclede's Landing. For a boat tour showing you what
the riverboats of the 1800s were like, you and your leashed dog can
board the Gateway Riverboat Tours for a one hour sightseeing tour of
the St. Louis portion of the Mississippi River. If you go to Six Flags,
there is an air-conditioned kennel on the premises for your dog.
Do not miss taking your dog to Forest
in St. Louis. This park once hosted the World's Fair. This
1200 acre park is much larger than New York's Central Park and has a
number of things for you and your dog to do. The Boathouse in Forest
Park rents rowboats and paddleboats. A rowboat would probably suit your
dog better and dogs can ride along with you on the rented watercraft.
Boathouse Restaurant in Forest Park
. This extremely dog-friendly
restaurant offers their signature dishes, soups and stews and
live entertainment in their mostly outdoor beer garden. This is one of
the most dog-friendly restaurants in the country. Other
to explore include the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park,
Mastodon State Historical Park and the Katy Trail from St. Charles to
Clinton. There are a number of fenced off-leash dog
around the city and suburbs for your dog to run.
There are many dog-friendly
scattered throughout the city and region. There
are also a number of dog-friendly wineries
. The wineries are a ways outside of town. Your dog
can visit the Three Dog Bakery or the Pets in the City stores for
things that may be of more interest to them. The Kirkwood Farmers'
Market and Crafts Market, held seasonally from April to September, is
dog-friendly. In October it becomes a pumpkin patch and in November and
December the Christmas Market is open.
Other nearby places to consider for a dog-friendly trip from St. Louis
and the Fantastic Caverns, Hannibal
of Mark Twain fame and Springfield