Thinking of a road trip with your pet? Here’s a list of top 10 cities for traveling with your furry friend(s)

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In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, BestPlaces and Motel 6 have partnered to present the best cities in the United States for visiting on a road trip with cuddly companions.

“When you’re on the road it’s important to enjoy the trip, and that means finding cities like these which not only have great resources but also plenty of activities and sights to see,” said Bert Sperling, BestPlaces president.

The best cities for traveling with your pet were selected by analyzing the availability of local dog parks, greenspaces, hiking and walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians, climate, and dog-friendly dining options.

Here are the top ten cities for traveling with your pet :

#1 – Santa Monica, CA:

It’s located right on the Pacific Ocean with hundreds of nearby hiking and walking trails to let you take full advantage of SoCal’s near-perfect climate. And you can share a meal with your fur-buddy by dining at the popular open-air patios.

#2 – Rockville, MD

Rockville is a great place to stop for a while on your road trip, maybe just an afternoon or even longer. It’s a good base for your exploration of the DC area and all its sights, with dog parks, greenspaces, nearby state and national parks, and local veterinarians.

#3 – Santa Fe, NM

Thehigh-desert setting has its own special beauty. Like our other top picks, it has plenty of pet-friendly amenities like pet stores, vets and a dog-friendly policy which allows them in outdoor dining venues.

#4 – Mount Pleasant, SC

Just north of Charleston is the city of Mount Pleasant. Visit or stay as you and your pet travel Highway 17 along the Atlantic coast. And its mild winter climate is a warm and welcoming change to the chilly Northeast winter.

#5 – Newport, RI

Newport has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. You and your pet can enjoy the brisk sea air and pleasant summer climate. You’ll find plenty of dog parks, greenspaces and parks to stretch your legs.

#6 – Gloucester, MA

The fishing town of Gloucester, MA is about an hour north of Boston, and steeped in New England history. There are a number of nearby hiking and walking resources, and plenty of pet amenities available when you need them.

#7 – Richmond, KY

If you’re taking a road trip through the South, you’ll want to consider stopping in Richmond, KY. Near St. Louis and just south of Lexington, it’s rich in history.

#8 – Bend, OR

Bend is fast becoming an outdoor recreation hotspot, with a strong dog-friendly culture. There are plenty of opportunities for your dog be part of your adventures in mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing and climbing. And Bend is in the drier high desert region of Oregon.

#9 – Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC loves its dogs. IBegin your journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which rambles nearly 500 miles northward from Asheville. There are literally hundreds of spots to take a walk or hike through the woods along the Parkway. Or you can just hang out in town and enjoy Asheville’s hip and laid-back, yet cosmopolitan vibe.

#10 – Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville is located just 30 minutes from the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches to the south along the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s plenty to do in and around Charlottesville too, which is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s famed estate, Monticello.

Here’s the rest of the list of the best places in every state to travel with your pet:

-Wasilla, AK
-Daphne, AL
-Bentonville, AR
-Tempe, AZ
-Fort Collins, CO
-Stamford, CT
-Newark, DE
-Tallahassee, FL
-Marietta, GA
-Kailua, HI
-Council Bluffs, IA
-Twin Falls, ID
-Naperville, IL
-Fishers, IN
-Leavenworth, KS
-Lafayette, LA
-Scarborough, ME
-Ann Arbor, MI
-Edina, MN
-Branson, MO
-Biloxi, MS
-Helena, MT
-Mandan, ND
-North Platte, NE
-Derry, NH
-Princeton, NJ
-Boulder City, NV
-Cooperstown, NY
-Lima, OH
-Edmond, OK
-State College, PA
-Rapid City, SD
-Chattanooga, T
-Frisco, TX
-Ogden, UT
-South Burlington, VT
-Seattle , WA
-Madison, WI
-Morgantown, WV
-Cheyenne, WY

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Study Highlights the Most and Least Pet-Friendly U.S. Vacation Spots

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Upgraded Points ( has recently unveiled the results of their latest study, which raties the degree of pet-friendliness for 50 of the most popular U.S. vacation destinations.

Cities with the Highest Pet-Friendly Ratings

The clear winner in this data study was the city of Asheville, North Carolina. It topped the list with a total score of 47.5 out of 50 points.

Asheville received maximum positive ratings for 6 of the 8 total criteria, including number of pet-friendly hotels and number of vacation rentals available that were considered pet-friendly.

The city also has a large number of hiking trails.

The number two city was Santa Fe, New Mexico. This city also had top-flight rankings for pet-friendly accommodations, pet-friendly vacation rental units and hotels.

The other most pet-friendly vacation spots are shown in the infographic below:

Most pet friendly cities infographic

The 15 Most Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots in the US

Cities with the Lowest Ratings for Pet-Friendliness

The lowest score was for Maui, Hawaii, which only received a 2.3 rating out of 50 possible points. It did get some rating for hiking opportunities, but failed to secure any points for accommodations that were pet-friendly or any points for pet-friendly activities (such as restaurants that were pet-friendly).

The major U. S. cities with poor pet-friendliness ratings were Los Angeles (ranked 14th out of 15), Chicago (ranked 11th), New York City (ranked 2nd poorest) and Philadelphia (ranked 8th out of 15).

Other least pet-friendly vacation spots are shown in the infographic below:

least pet friendly infographic

The 15 Least Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots in the US

For this study, data was compiled on the following 8 criteria:

  1. Number of dog parks per 100K population
  2. Number of pet stores
  3. Number of pet-friendly hotels
  4. Number of vacation rentals that will accommodate pets
  5. Number/extent of pet-friendly restaurants
  6. Availability of veterinarians per 100K population
  7. Total miles of hiking trails available
  8. Total number of hiking trails per 100K persons

The 8 criteria, when summed, gave each location a possible maximum value of 50. Each city rated was then ranked numerically according to their calculated score.

For a fuller discussion of the weighting and details of the various ratings, visit the full report HERE. Upgraded Points also provides useful tips for traveling with your pet and a list of pet-friendly airports.

About Upgraded Points LLC

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Upgraded Points is a travel company that provides insider strategies on maximizing travel points and rewards. Launched in 2016 by Alex Miller, Upgraded Points uses targeted research efforts and in-depth studies to give travelers, as well as those looking to travel a real understanding of how to maximize their points and miles.

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Your dog can be a Bark Ranger this summer!

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LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) — Americans are more likely to consider visiting a U.S. national park as a vacation option than a theme park, according to an April 2019 National Park Awareness Survey, conducted by L.A.-based special interest news network PASHpost.

While 78% of respondents put a higher premium on vacationing at a national park than a U.S. theme park, 97% of those surveyed believe America’s national parks hold an important place in the country’s cultural legacy, worthy of maintaining. The survey was conducted among Americans age 18+ in recognition of National Park Week, the presidentially proclaimed week beginning April 20.

National Park Week began in 1991 as a celebration of the National Park Service’s 75th anniversary. Each day of National Park Week has a different theme, with Saturday, April 27 being designated as BARK Ranger Day. 


Enjoying National Park Week without the company of man’s best friend would truly be a ruff experience. Per the PASHpost survey, over half of pet owners take their pets on vacation with them.

Thankfully, your pooch can get in on the national park celebration by becoming a BARK Ranger, which involves following these principles:

Bag your poop

Always use a leash (6-feet max)

Respect wildlife (give them their space)

Know where you can go (which trails/areas are pet-friendly)

Acadia National Park is one of the most dog-friendly parks and founded the BARK Ranger program in 2015, which has since spread to several other national parks. With over 120 miles of hiking trails open to leashed dogs, you can take your pet practically everywhere in this rugged coast and woodland national park—they’re even welcome on the free shuttles that circle Acadia.

For more on visiting Acadia National Park with your dog, click here.

National Park dog mapFor a quick way to find out which National Parks dogs are allowed at, click here to find an easy-to-use map that lists all National Parks and shows where pets are and are not allowed.


Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours launches ‘Ultimate Dog-Lover’s Adventure’ eco-tour for dog lovers

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(PRWeb)—Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours recently announced the first all-inclusive eco-tour of the Grand Canyon, Utah’s Mighty 5Ⓡ national parks and the American Southwest designed specifically for humans and their canine companions.

Most every dog lover has imagined enjoying a safe, hassle-free vacation with their dog. But more often than not it never materializes, often because it comes with finding lodging, activities and transportation options that will accommodate dogs.

Happy Tails is providing an eight-day eco-tour across the Southwestern United States’ most incredible natural monuments. Interested parties can learn more and sign up here at

Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours is created by David Blank, a professional dog trainer and 27-year veteran adventure tour operator.

“I’ve spent the better part of my life traveling the world and serving as a guide in countless natural environments,” said Blank, founder and COO of Happy Tails Adventure Tours. “Some of my most precious memories are of me camping and hiking with my dogs. But too many times I was forced to leave my favorite companions at home due to rules, logistics, lodging … the reasons kept coming. I knew there were others out there like me that want to experience the great outdoors with their best friends, so I had to create this experience on my own.”

Happy Tails handles all logistics and costs for lodging, transportation, activity fees, and most meals, so the only thing left for dog owners to do is to be there and have fun with their canine sidekicks.

Dogs and their human companions are given the opportunity to explore the best that the Southwest has to offer with Happy Tails’ Peaceful Paws – A Canine/Human Spiritual Adventure. The Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Monument Valley Tribal Park are just a few of the attractions that will be visited, with activities and adventures to choose from, ranging from hiking to boating to jeep tours with the dogs.

On top of that, professional adventure guides, will guide travelers throughout the whole journey and will make sure that dogs and their humans will travel in tremendous safety and comfort. Happy Tails can even provide a canine friend for the whole tour duration, upon client’s request.

In addition to eco-tour activities, the Peaceful Paws tour is a one-of-a-kind tour including daily meditation, yoga and discussions on holistic living with dogs.

VIP Host Amanda Ree, founder of Sama Dog: Wellbeing for Dogs + Their Humans, and lead educator at the Deepak Chopra Center for Wellbeing, will share her unique teachings of natural, spiritual living with dogs and will provide an enriching, mind-centering, heart-expanding, memorable experience.

Peaceful Paws is just one of many tours that Happy Tails is developing. To keep up-to-date with the latest tours, please visit or  follow on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to learn more.

You can also download a free copy of our E-Book “Everything You Need To Know To Travel With Your Dog”.