Spring is here, and time to celebrate the season by taking a family road trip. Your dog is part of your family so plan for dog-friendly destinations.
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We always plan our vacation to be dog-friendly. KORU BEAR is the best travel companion and makes our vacation more memorable. Lucky to live in Southern California. There are many dog-friendly places we can spend for the day, weekend or for weeks. We’ve gathered five of our favorite dog-friendly destinations for your spring break road trip with your dog.
5 Dog-Friendly Destinations For Your Spring Break Road Trip
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Carmel by the Sea (often simply called Carmel) is rated as the #1 dog-friendly town in America. The city of Carmel truly caters to pampering your dog for a pawsome vacation. Many restaurants provide doggie menus, and our favorite is the daily Yappy Hour at the famous Cypress Inn. Carmel offers many attractions; the white sand Carmel Beach is popular especially as dogs are welcome to play and swim off-leash. Do you love driving and scenic routes? You’ll enjoy the 17-Mile Drive; one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Phoenix, AZ / Sedona, AZ
The Southwest is known for the dry climate and breathtaking mountain views. Many hotels offer dog-friendly accommodation (especially for big dogs like KORU BEAR). If you love hiking with your dog and are up for a challenge, include hiking in your itinerary. Hike the Camelback Mountain located in the middle of Phoenix Valley. On our recent trip to Phoenix, we spent a day in Sedona, AZ ( about 115 miles; 2-hour drive). We strolled the town and hiked the dog-friendly Cathedral Rock Trail; 1.2-mile hike and an icon attraction in Sedona.
Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is well-known for an abundance of sunshine for more than 350 days a year. The weather is normally warm but early Spring is the best time to visit.
Many resort hotels accommodate big dogs and have a daily or weekly yappy hour. All restaurants with outdoor patios are dog-friendly. Attending the Thursday Villagefest on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is a favorite attraction and a great way to start the weekend fun with your dog. If you love plants specifically cacti and desert plants, visit the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium; 1-acre family-owned botanical garden.
Huntington Beach, CA
One of our favorite SoCal dog-friendly destinations is visiting Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA. Lots of dogs visit Huntington Beach daily. The Huntington Dog Beach is the main attraction for dog owners. Many places welcome dogs and hotels provide luxurious dog-friendly accommodations; one reason Huntington Beach is voted as one of California’s dog-friendliest.
San Diego, CA
San Diego has a great climate throughout the year and considered as pet paradise; ranked as America’s most dog-friendly city. There are so many fun places and things to do in San Diego with your dog. The most popular is going to the beach; Coronado Dog Beach, Del Mar Dog Beach, Ocean Beach Dog Beach, and Fiesta Island. San Diego is considered to have the most dog-friendly beaches of any major U.S. city.
5 Car Tech Features For Your Dog-Friendly Spring Break Road Trip
On our road trips, it is important that our vehicle (owned or rented) be equipped with features that can make our dog-friendly travel safe and enjoyable. Autotrader recently recommended 5 Car Tech Features You’ll Want on Your Spring Break Road Trip. These car tech features include Apple CarPlay, smart charging ports, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, and rear-seat entertainment. In this Autotrader article, you’ll find more detailed information on how these car tech features can make your Spring break road trip drive less stressful. Car technology is advancing, if you plan to rent or purchase a new vehicle, make sure to keep these car tech features in mind.
Are you excited to go on a road trip with your dog?
What dog-friendly destinations will you be visiting this Spring break?