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Click here for Part 8 of the Great American Dog-Friendly Road Trip's 2006 Top 10 Cities to Visit with a Dog in the United States and Canada has announced its fourth annual Top 10 Cities to Visit in the United States and Canada . In determining the Top 10 Cities to Visit,'s researchers used the following criteria:

- 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 town?
- 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? 

To find out which cities made the top ten this year, continue here...

NEW FOR 2006!'s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide's 3rd Edition now adds more city guides, an off-leash dog park guide, dog policies of the National Parks and a more detailed Highway Lodging Guide for people traveling with dogs. Also including in this latest, 720 page edition is a section of color photographs. ISBN 0971874255

Travel with more than one dog? Have you had trouble in the past finding hotels or are concerned that you won't be able to find places that allow more than one dog? Worry no more, this new book lists in its lodging directory and highway guides, over one thousand places that may allow 2, 3 or more dogs of all sizes.

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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.

Great American  /\  Road Trip
TM   Part 8
by Tara Kain, Editor,

PART 8: San Antonio, Texas and Steins Ghost Town in New Mexico and Finally Back Home!

Tara and Toby on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

Another 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.

Rest 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. Rushmore, SD. 
Click here to read Part 4: Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore,  Living History Farms, and dog-friendly Chicago.
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.

Road 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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Would you take you dog on an airline  trip if you have to place your dog in the cargo section beneath the airplane?

Yes - But only if absolutely necessary
No - I would find another way
Don't Know

How much would you pay to buy an airline seat for your dog?

My dog is small enough to go in the cabin now. That works fine for me.
I would not take my dog on an airplane, even in the cabin.
I would pay only a minimal amount (up to about $75 - $100) per flight
I would pay the same amount as I pay for my own ticket for my dog.
I would be a premium price up to full coach fares (for example: about $2000 r/t from coast to coast)

If only one airline allowed your dog in the cabin would you try to use that airline for all of your flights, even those without your dog?


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