Pet friendly travel: Top 5 North American destinations to explore with pets


By Krista

Travel & Tech Writer

pet friendly travel

Travel should be fun for the whole family, including our furriest members (read: pets, not your hairy grandpa).

If you’re seeking a holiday destination that excels in pet friendly travel, welcoming your pet on-site and at local attractions, here are 5 North American suggestions for you and Rover to consider.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Head to the west coast of Canada to Vancouver, British Columbia. Known for its stunning natural beauty and laid-back vibe, Vancouver offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun with your furry friend. Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or take a stroll through Stanley Park, where you’ll find scenic walking trails, off-leash dog parks, and even a designated dog beach along the Seawall where your pup can splash around in the waves. This city is a fantastic choice for pet friendly travel.

2. Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff, Alberta is another popular road trip destination befitting of furry family travels. Your pups will love paddling in the crystal-clear lakes or traipsing along the endless hiking trails. It’s an outdoor paradise for all, situated with a stunning mountain backdrop. Be sure to keep your dogs on a leash in Banff National Park and check out the pet-friendly cabins that feature fireplaces for the ultimate cozy spot for your dog to curl up at the end of an adventure. 

3. Portland, Oregon, United States

Check out the cool, quirky vibes of Portland, Oregon. Take a leisurely leashed stroll through Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the USA, or explore the city’s many cafes and coffee-tasting rooms that welcome dogs indoors while you sip your beverage. 

4. San Diego, California, United States

Soak up the sun in San Diego, California, where you’ll find endless opportunities for fun with your furry friend. With its miles of pet-friendly beaches, scenic hiking trails, and vibrant waterfront neighbourhoods, San Diego is a paradise for pets and their humans. 

Be sure to check out Balboa Park, where you can stroll through lush gardens, catch a live performance at the outdoor amphitheatre, or treat Fido to some off-leash time in one of several dog parks

5. Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Visit the charming mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hit the trails at nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along the road while on-leash. Afterward, head to the Twisted Laurel restaurant, which even features a doggy-specific menu. 

Hot tips for pet friendly travel

• Many cities offer pet-friendly guides prepared by the municipality or local business associations. 

• Pack to stay and play, by including food, a water dish, bedding, and any medications and vaccination records. 

• Get an aloSIM eSIM to keep in touch when you road trip across the boards. Have your veterinarian’s number on hand (just in case).

• Be mindful of other travellers and locals. Even in pet-friendly spaces, be sure to keep your dog on-leash in public, pick up after them, and keep an eye on any posted regulations. 

• Once the novelty of hanging their head out the window wears off, dogs require a bit more frequent break times than humans. Let them out to stretch, drink some water, and relieve themselves often throughout your travels. 

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