California's dog-friendly Gold Country hugs the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The interactive map below features the seven counties and two cities that have received the DogTrekker.com Paw of Approval.
Roll over the destination you want to experience and use the navigation on the left side of the page to find dog-passionate lodging, restaurants, hikes, splash zones, attractions, local services and emergency care.
Road Trip! Photo Credit: Kip Leland
The farther you roam from metropolitan areas, the more relaxed the rules. Fall is a great time for a scenic-drive vacation, and it would be hard to find more options than in the Shasta Cascade region, which boasts 12 designated scenic byways, each with its own intrinsic qualities. The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which winds through the least populated part of California, is one of just 21 routes nationwide designated an “All-American Road” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. more »
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »
Tahoe beach dog. Photo Credit: Reno Tahoe (CC)
After Labor Day, tourist crowds vanish from Lake Tahoe and locals take a breather. DogTrekking visitors can take a deep breath, too, with easy-to-get reservations at pet-friendly properties including North Shore fave Holiday House, an affordable find offering six pet-friendly lakefront suites with kitchens in Tahoe Vista. more »
Hayley at Rainbow Bridge, Lake Natoma. Photo courtesy: @visit_folsom
Yes, country legend Johnny Cash put Folsom on America's musical map—and soon there will be a 2.5-mile, Class I bike trail named in his honor. It will cross Folsom Prison property and connect to the miles of existing trails that help make this vibrant little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country such a recreational magnet for DogTrekkers. more »
Kona Bear visits Andis Winery. Photo Credit: @konabear_wolfdog
If there’s one part of California wine country getting an exceptional amount of buzz this past year, it’s Amador County—and specifically the Shenandoah Valley AVA, best known for its robust zinfandels. Most of the 20-plus wineries in this relatively compact area welcome dogs in their picnic areas if not their tasting rooms, but you’ll want to get settled into the night’s lodging before setting out to sip and swirl. more »