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Dog Parks's March 2003 Newsletter's Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities in the United States - 2003  

Where should you  take your dog on your next vacation? has compiled its list of the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities in the United States for this year. Our ratings are based on the number and quality of Dog-Friendly places to stay and things for you and your dog to do together. Tops on the list is Lake Tahoe, in California and Nevada. An abundance of dog-friendly inns and rentals await the dog traveler, a gondola ride in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter. The rest of the list contains four vacation spots and six of the largest cities in America. Key West and Monterey-Carmel are unique in that a car is not needed to visit these places. Each of these places is highlighted in the City Guides, with direct links below to each one. 

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Get Ready for Spring with our Dog-Friendly Travel Guides
Get ready for the Spring Travel Season with a  Paperback Travel Guide Book from Our United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide and our California and Nevada Dog Travel Guide are available for shipment usually within 24 hours. These books are packed with places to travel with your entire family, including your dog, from large cities to small vacation areas.

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In Search of the Best National Parks for Dogs

Photo at the Grand Canyon
National Park, Arizona


National parks are one of the most visited destination spots in the United States for vacation travelers. Every year, millions of people visit their favorite national parks. But have you ever tried to bring your best friend along? The majority of national parks are not very welcoming to pets. But fortunately there are some exceptions, and some nearby dog-friendly national forests.


The general policy for national parks is that dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash at all times, are only allowed in parking lots, in your car, or within 50 to 100 feet of the road. Most of the parks allow dogs in campgrounds and in developed areas, but there can be exceptions to these rules. The majority of national parks do not allow dogs on any hiking or walking trails, any backcountry trails, any beaches or inside buildings. There are even a few lesser known national parks that do not even allow you to drive into the park if you have a pet in your car. This does not sound like a fun vacation to most dogs and dog owners.

But before ruling out a vacation to a national park, it is important to note that some national parks have exceptions to these stringent pet rules. Parks like the Grand Canyon National Park and Acadia National Park, allow dogs on some trails and are well worth a visit even with your pooch. For the majority of national parks that do not allow dogs on any trails, a fair amount of sightseeing can still be done. Keep in mind that the majority of visitors to national parks do not venture too far from their cars. This means there are typically many sites and points of interest to see right from the comfort of your own car (where dogs are welcome). But for people who actually want to go on a hike, dog-friendly national forests are adjacent to or located nearby many national parks. More





Before you visit an establishment or place, please contact them and verify that they are still dog-friendly and available, as policies and management change frequently. All places listed on require your dog to be leashed and under your direct control unless specified  otherwise by an establishments (including parks and beaches) management. Please be aware of local Breed-Specific Laws that may be in place where you are visiting. The information on this site is not a recommendation., Inc. makes no warranties or representations of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. If you find an establishment that no longer allows dogs, please let us know so that we may remove them from our list. For full Rules and Regulations for Use of This Site, including the legal disclaimer and copyright notices,  click here before using the site

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