The Top Dog-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Dog on Hillside in San Francisco, California

If you are thinking about traveling or moving to a new place with your dog, there are many dog-friendly cities in the U.S., but only a few that take the biscuit. Namely, they are:

1. Portland, OR.

Number one by far, Portland has 33 off-leash dog parks, plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails in or near the city (Forest Park, anyone?), and 19 pet massage therapists!

Many restaurants allow dogs to eat with you on their patios. Couple this with many local dog-friendly stores and brew pubs, and you’ve got a recipe for a happy doggy!

Portland, Oregon Skyline

2. San Francisco, CA.

With 27 beautiful dog parks, ample dog patio dining, and a gym that allows you to work out with your dog (assuming your dog has any idea what is going on), San Francisco is one dog-friendly city.

Much of the public transit—including BART—allows you to bring your dog with you if they are in a carrier.

Poodle Playing Fetch in San Francisco

3. San Diego, CA.

San Diego loves dogs and surfing so much that they have festivals dedicated to just that—there is a National Dog Party Day and a dog Surf-a-Thon. For your more everyday activities, there are 16 dog parks to enjoy, including one in beautiful Balboa Park, which is also home to the San Diego Zoo.

Dog in California Park

4. Seattle, WA.

The Emerald City has 11 off-leash dog parks, and ample trails in the nearby Cascade mountains for adventure-seekers. If shopping is on the agenda for the weekend instead, the University Shopping Center has many outdoor stores in a relaxed and dog-friendly setting.

Dogs are also welcome on the bus lines, light rail, ferries, and even some sea planes!

Dog on Dock in Seattle, Washington

5. Austin, TX.

Dining out with Fido year-round is a possibility in Austin, where the weather is temperate and the patios are dog-friendly. There is even a mobile food truck for dogs called Bow Wow Bones.

After your post-lunch rest, head over to Red Bud Isle for a nice swimming spot. If you want to get in some sight-seeing, check out Zilker Botanical Gardens or rent a canoe or kayak all with your dog in tow!

Many shopping settings are dog-friendly as well, and, for a real kicker, there is even a studio where you can do yoga with your dog!

Dog on Austin, Texas Tile in Austin

6. Boston, MA.

Want to bring your dog on the subway? You can do it during the off-hours in Boston! If you’re visiting, there are cruises of the harbor that include time to explore an uninhabited island with your dog.

Be sure to check out the Freedom Trail—many of the historic features are outside so you can learn your history with your dog by your side.

Dog on Boston Beach

7. Albuquerque, NM.

With lovely weather year-round and 33,000 acres of dog parks to play in, you’ll never have the excuse of “we’ve seen all the parks” in Albuquerque!

Cool Labrador with Sunglasses on Face

8. Chicago, IL.

While it has lots of dog-friendly bars, hotels, and shops like many other large cities, Chicago stands out because you can bring your dog to a White Sox game in the spring during Dog Day.

If you want to check out Lake Michigan, there are 18 miles of hiking trails where you can take your pup. Visit Montrose Beach if you want to go for a swim or an off-leash jaunt.

Dog Smiling on a Walk in Chicago

9. Colorado Springs, CO. (and Boulder, and Denver!)

While all these cities have easy access to amazing mountain trails, Colorado Springs allows visitors to tour the Bear Creek Nature Center, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and the Garden of the Gods Park with their pooch.

Depending on where you are, some transportation and museums are dog-friendly as well.

Dog in Colorado Outdoors

10. Minneapolis, MN.

With plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, trails, parks, and breed-specific meetups, there are plenty of dog-friendly things to do in Minneapolis.

When the weather is nice, you can attend a Canine Carnival, and the Beer With Your Buddy program allows you to bring your four-legged friend along with you to brew pubs.

Minneapolis Skyline

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other amazingly dog-friendly cities in the U.S. that are worth a visit. And if your city isn’t? Start a meetup, ask, or petition to change that! If it can work in these cities, all-around dog-friendliness can work in yours, too!

Happy exploring!

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