Dog-friendly Road Trips

Dog-friendly Road Trips

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Winery dog
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The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is one of the oldest in the state, known primarily for producing pinot noir, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Dog-friendly wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled through the county’s hills and towns.

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11 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 10/16/2020
View of Mendocino County
Beginning in Southern Mendocino County, Highway 128 stretches a very scenic 55 miles from Cloverdale in the south to the coast where it meets Highway 1. Along the way, you’ll travel through the Yorkville Highlands and Anderson Valley wine regions. Dog-friendly wineries abound as you travel the road from Yorkville to Boonville to Philo to Navarro. more »
14 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 10/15/2020
Mcnab Ridge winery dog
Photo courtesy: McNab Ridge Winery
Heading north along highway 101, about 90 miles from San Francisco, you'll reach the beginning of Mendocino County's wine country. The quaint and quiet historic town of Hopland is your starting point and as you continue to Ukiah and then to the Redwood and Potter Valleys, you will discover small family-owned tasting rooms where pets are considered part of the family. more »
15 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 10/15/2020
Penelope at Blue Victorian Winery
Penelope at Blue Victorian Winery
Photo Credit: @penelopethecattledog
The Suisun Valley in Solano County is one of the wine country's best-kept secrets. Although the area’s winemaking tradition dates back to the late 1800s, planting began to expand steadily during the last 20 years.

A short ride from Vacaville, wineries in what is described as Rustic Wine Country are a must-visit attraction, and as a bonus, your pup gets to join you. Vacaville hotels and inns are some of the most reasonably priced around. In fact, they can be up to 50% less expensive than lodging in nearby Napa or Sonoma. more »
3 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 10/16/2020
dog at winery

Most Californians know Gilroy is the garlic capital of the world, but few may have discovered that the surrounding area is one of California’s oldest premium wine-growing regions. Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, home to more than 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, those below, dog-friendly.
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14 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 10/15/2020
dog-friendly tuolumne County Wine & Craft Beer Trail
Gianelli Vineyards - Photo Credit: @miles_chorkie_sisters
We can’t begin to count the ways you and your pup will be enchanted and entertained in the heart of Gold Country, but we can start you off on the Tuolumne County Wine and Craft Beer Trail, where we highlight five dog-friendly establishments, one of which is actually a lush, 160-acre preserve producing hard- and spirits. more »
5 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 4/30/2019
Jackrabbit Brewing Company
Jackrabbit Brewing Company - Photo credit: @brewswithbuster
Sacramento might be situated smack in the middle of the Central Valley, but its location on the Sacramento and American rivers made it a central player in the 1849 Gold Rush, when a waterfront boomtown (now preserved as Old Sacramento) sported saloons aplenty catering to thirsty prospectors headed to and from the Mother Lode. more »
22 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 4/23/2019
Red Bus Brewing Company
Red Bus Brewing Company - Photo Credit: @doodthepood
Just a blink up Highway 50 from Rancho Cordova, Folsom is a Gold Country gateway rich in pioneer history. It boasts tons of recreational opportunities, a captivating Old Town district with vibrant dining options, and four beer trail havens for DogTrekking brew lovers craving a taste of local ale. more »
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Lava Cap Winery
Lava Cap Winery - Photo Credit: @gullys_travels
 
Although sprawling El Dorado County has quite a few craft breweries, it’s better known for its wine, apples and other fresh produce. The EDC Wine Trail features more than a dozen wineries on both sides of Highway 50 that welcome dogs and provide scenic rural vistas in the process. more »
16 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 5/14/2020
Nala at Boulder Creek Falls. Photo Credit: @larryvaupel
Nala at Boulder Creek Falls. Photo Credit: @larryvaupel

The Shasta Cascade Region is the undisputed Waterfall Capital of California, with ten of these waterfalls within close proximity of Redding.

This is especially exciting for DogTrekkers as the trails leading to these waterfalls are all dog-friendly. Use Redding as your basecamp to explore the great Shasta Cascade and take the waterfall challenge by visiting these waterfalls over three days.

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10 stops in this itinerary. Last edited on 7/22/2021
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