Pet friendly winter vacations
Winter vacations often include playing in the snow, hiking and getting cozy by the fireplace after a day of adventuring. Why wouldn’t your pet want to join in the fun?
Dog friendly winter travel tips
- Make sure your pet’s shots are up-to-date and carry documentation
- Have medications on hand
- Secure tags properly and carry vet/emergency phone numbers
- Create a home-like environment by bringing a crate, a familiar pillow or blanket
- Adhere to a regular feeding and sleeping schedule
- Bring a flashlight, an extra leash, a portable water dish, a first-aid kit and cleaning supplies
- Trim your dog’s nails and the hair around their feet to prevent chunks of frozen matter from accumulating in their fur
- Consider investing in all-weather booties to protect your pet’s paws from injuries caused by rough terrain
- De-icing materials like salt can be rough on sensitive foot pads, so use a paw wax or cream made especially for this purpose
- Depending on how thick your pet’s coat is, consider bundling them up in another layer
- Be respectful of the surroundings and bring baggies to clean up after your pet
Top cities for pet travel
San Diego, California
The entire state is known for its borderline obsession with dogs of all kind – from athletic surfer sidekicks to spoiled heiress accessories. You’ll probably feel welcome wherever you go, but San Diego is known for its leash-free beaches and the Dog Park at Otay Ranch Town Center, just south of the city.
They cherish their pets here, too. The Hike and Bike Trail is conveniently located downtown and nearby Hill Country is perfect for enthusiastic exploration. Pleasant weather all year round and plenty of restaurant patios ensure that you won’t miss out on a single vacation pleasure. Margaritas anyone?
People without dogs practically feel out of place here; coffee shops, breweries, the Rose Garden and the Saturday Market are all places to see and be seen with your dog in tow, and when you’re finished there you can head out of town for some mountain hiking in the Colombia River Gorge.
Your puppy pals may not be able to experience the joys of Splash Mountain alongside you, but there’s plenty to do outside the confines of Disney. Socialize at Winter Park and then head to Sam Snead’s, where you can order off the designated doggy menu.
It’s all about freedom here; dogs can ride the subway during non-rush hour, they can take boat tours, travel on the ferry and are welcome in the parks and at the beach as well. No wonder dogfriendly.com named this the number one dog-friendly city of 2007.