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May 2005 Edition
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Click here for Part 4 of the Great American Dog-Friendly Road Trip Announcing Its 3rd Annual Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit in North America

Chicago, Illinois has once again ranked cities in the United States and Canada to determine its newest list of the Top 10 Best Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit for 2005. This year we are doing something a little different from previous years. We are separating out cities and resort communities into two separate Top 10 lists. We feel that these two categories offer different environments with different expectations to the canine and human visitor. Click here to find out which cities made it to the Top 10 list.

Great American  /\  Road Trip
TM   Part 4
by Tara Kain, Editor,

PART 4: Fun in Rapid City, Living History in Iowa, and Dog-Friendly Chicago

Bear Country U.S.A, Rapid City, SD A dog-friendly cruise in Chicago, IL
As I had previously mentioned in Part 3, we had planned to stay in Rapid City, South Dakota for just one night. But after finding so many dog-friendly activities and sights to see, we stayed an extra night at the Holiday Inn in Rapid City. Rapid City seems to have many tourist attractions because of its relatively close proximity to Mt. Rushmore. Amazingly, many of these attractions allow and welcome pets. We had not expected Rapid City to be so accommodating to dogs, but it was a welcomed surprise. In fact, it stood out as one of our favorite cities visited throughout our 11,000 mile road trip.

Rapid City is host to dog-friendly attractions like a reptile zoo, dinosaur park, an underground waterfall, a real  piece of the old Berlin Wall, a wildlife drive-thru park and an outdoor air museum. For details about these and other fun dog-friendly places in Iowa and Chicago, read on...

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. 

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



Located in the southwestern part of South Dakota, Rapid City sits at an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level. This picture shows an overview of the city from  Dinosaur Park.
Dinosaur Park is a city park which welcomes leashed dogs.  This park is not just any ordinary park. It is listed on the official National Register of Historic Places. There are a handful of life-sized dinosaurs located next to a nice paved and slightly hilly walkway. Along with each statue you will find plaques like the one shown here which gives interesting details about each dinosaur and its relevance to South Dakota.
Here is a photo of the Brontosaurus in Dinosaur Park. Very tall and life-like. At this end of your self-guided walking tour, you can visit the onsite gift shop, but you will need to have a traveling buddy hold your dog as I  believe that dogs are not allowed inside the store. Click here to continue...

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