By Madeline Klein on August 16, 2019.
Feeling the need to hit the open road, but don't want to leave your four-legged best friend behind? Simple solution: Take them with you! Really. A dog-friendly road trip seems like it might be challenging to manage, but with some planning ahead, it'll be no big thing. The hardest part will be deciding where you want to go.
There are plenty of dog-friendly destinations if you keep your eyes and ears open. Because we love our furry friends as much as the next person, we've got some memory-worthy destinations lined up in our Say states.
1. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City is a deceptively decent place to travel with a dog. It's got some dog-friendly hotels in prime locations, but also has a ton of fun activities that you and your dog can enjoy. One spot to hit up is Bar K Dog Bar. It's a restaurant, coffeehouse, and dog park, all rolled up into one. You can grab a bite to eat while your dog gets some energy out and makes new friends.
It may not be a well-known fact, but dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It's the perfect spot for some ball time and maybe even a picnic for the humans of the group.
2. Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge seems like it was made for the dogs. There's a seemingly endless number of trails that will provide adventure for both you and your pet. Just be sure to keep them on a leash and make sure the trail you choose isn't too strenuous.
Pets are also allowed on Breckenridge Ski Resort's gondola that flies over the town. Take your dog on the ride of their life and get a breathtaking view of the city while you're at it. Afterward, be sure to walk around the picturesque downtown area. Quite a few shops are dog-friendly and would be great to browse while you’re strolling. There will be smiles and tail wags all around.
3. Chicago, IL
In Chicago, you get to enjoy big city life with some big dog benefits too. One of the most well-known tourist attractions is the Navy Pier, and it just so happens to be very dog-friendly. Your dog can go off-leash as you stroll, and you both can enjoy all the sights and sounds at the pier.
Baseball fan? Take in a game to see the Chicago White Sox during one of their Bark at the Park nights. People throwing and hitting balls? What's not to love for dogs! And after the game, be sure to hit up one of the many beaches and parks for dogs.
4. Nashville, TN
Music City is a must-do destination if you're looking for a fun trip with a four-legged friend. A big draw of the city is Bicentennial Mall State Park. It's a 19-acre state park near downtown Nashville. It's pet-friendly as long as your dog is on a leash.
The Trails at Fontanel are another outdoor spot if your dog needs to burn some energy. Your dog will love the walk, and the pretty scenery will be relaxing for you. It's a win-win, really. And after your exercise, check out some of the restaurants in downtown Nashville. They'd be a great pit stop after a day full of exploring.
5. Wichita, KS
If you're looking for a place to stop during a road trip with your pup in Kansas, Wichita is the place to go. There are multiple breweries to visit if you're staying the night, and most allow dogs to partake in the fun. And, there are quite a few restaurants with patios so that you can enjoy your dinner with your dog at your side.
Dogs and road trips
Dogs can have just as much fun on road trips as humans. Just make sure you plan around your four-legged friend's needs on a road trip. Some planning ahead will help your trip run smoothly for both you and your pup.