The research and editorial teams are experts at California dog travel, with great stories about the best lodging and camping places across the state to stay where your dogs are as welcome as you are. Get the scoop on dog-friendly hotels and lodging, from luxury resorts to economical motels, rustic cabins to campgrounds, vacation rentals to B&B’s.

Find your oasis in dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs/@visitgreaterps.
If your vision of a perfect dog-friendly Palm Springs region vacation includes endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, swaying palm trees, and lots of tail-wagging fun in the sun, you've come to the right place: Greater Palm Springs.  Read more.

Book now for Lake Tahoe’s best-in-show dog camp

Wild Blue Dog Camp. Photo by Sharon Eide.
Four-paw fun at Lake Tahoe? While helping a dog-focused nonprofit? We're all ears... Wild Blue Dogs is now booking its 2023 camp experiences, and you’ll enjoy exclusive rates when you register and make a deposit by March 15 (summer camp) or April 30 (fall camp).  Read more.

Brews and views in Humboldt County

Trinidad, Humboldt County. Photo by Humboldt County Visitors Bureau.
Humboldt County is best known for its Redwood National & State Parks, freshwater lagoons and rivers, beautiful beaches, and Bigfoot. Whether your BFF (Best Furry Friend) is a forest explorer, a river runner, or a beach babe, Humboldt County has everything for the perfect pet-friendly adventures.  Read more.

An unforgettable ride in Mendocino county

Kayla ready to board the Skunk Train. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County is known for its breathtaking beaches, wineries and even some redwood forests. Hop aboard a historic train with your pup. This adventure takes “Wanna go for a ride?” to epic excitement levels. The century-and-a-half-old Skunk Train starts in Fort Bragg and winds through redwood groves, panoramic trestles and along a stunning river canyon. Pups are welcome on both open and clos  Read more.

Wags and wine in Lake County

Lake County is known for its crystal clear lakes and explorable wineries. In fact, they have the most dog-friendly wine country in the U.S. with over 30 wineries that welcome your dog. Discover 3,000 acres of private trails at Six Sigma Ranch & Winery. There is plenty to sniff out, from grapevines and moss-covered oak trees to wild turkeys (and of course, wine for their people).  Read more.

A bird’s eye view for your pup in Del Norte County

Pups can ride the SkyTrail gondola. Photo by Visit Del Norte County.
Del Norte County is known for its Redwood National & State Parks, sprawling beaches and two wild rivers with plenty of trail fun, but check out some of their most unique dog-friendly attractions, trails and lodging.  Read more.

Dog-approved adventures in California’s north coast region

Frenchie hiking the redwood forests of the North Coast.
Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and and your dog on the North Coast in Northern California.  Read more.

Hotels with a pup-friendly pedigree

Hunter at an Oakland dog-friendly hotel. Photo by Visit Oakland.
Oakland hotels extend a warm welcome to four-legged family members, whether you choose a trendsetting boutique property or stylish resort.  Read more.

Noyo Harbor Inn is inviting you this spring and summer!

Photo by Noyo Harbor Inn.
Year after year, DogTrekkers tell us that the North Coast is their favorite California coastal getaway and Fort Bragg is a popular home base for enjoying spring and summer canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. Welcome to the Noyo Harbor Inn where dog-friendly rooms overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authent  Read more.

Leave only paw prints® when visiting Yosemite

Leave Only Paw Prints when you visit Yosemite.
The Redwoods in Yosemite and Tenaya at Yosemite, featuring Tenaya Lodge and Explorer Cabins, are members of the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB), the destination marketing organization for Mariposa County.  Read more.

Spring in Yosemite: spectacular waterfalls!

Duke at Yosemite. Photo by @dukethechocolatelab.
Spring in Yosemite is incredible this year with bigger and more beautiful spectacular waterfalls, and no reservations needed! California dog parents are perfectly positioned for a visit. Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park are an easy drive from just about anywhere in the state. Head out to enjoy Yosemite’s magnificent waterfalls.   Read more.

Sit, stay and play in mammoth lakes

Photo by Visit Mammoth Lakes.
Mammoth Lakes is a DogTrekker favorite located in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's known for its natural beauty, dog-friendly hiking trails and activities, and a range of accommodations and dining options.  Read more.

Big fun in big bear lake

Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County might be an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the-heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century.  Read more.

Dog-friendly rooms for all kinds of families

Pups love staying in the Hannah Madison Cottage. Photo by Little River Inn.
Anchored around a charming 1853 home, the Little River Inn has stylish accommodations with dog-friendly amenities like water dishes, waste bags, welcome treats and pet towels.  Read more.

Dog-gone good dining at the Little River Inn

Maya on her way to dinner under the tent at Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
After a day spent hiking the Big River Trail, swimming at nearby Van Damme State Beach, or simply lounging on your ocean-view deck, you’re bound to get hungry.  Read more.

Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This very dog-friendly jewel just south of Mendocino overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean, and it’s a short walk from state beachfront and trails. The locally owned resort has extended a warm welcome to couples, families and four-legged companions for more than 80 years.    Read more.

Greater Ontario 

When it comes to the “pawfect” road trip for Fido and the family, the cities, historic downtowns, and mountain trails of Greater Ontario are a real treat  Read more.

Canine-centered and eco-friendly at heart

Maya inside at the Stanford Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Sustainability is woven throughout the Stanford Inn experience. This dog-passionate, purpose-driven destination employs biodynamic and organic gardening methods,  Read more.

Family fun with a pup-friendly pedigree

Kids and dogs love the Stanford Inn. Photo by the Stanford Inn.
The Stanford Inn is a family-friendly jewel with plenty of four-paw delights – think hiking trails, a heated saltwater pool, scavenger hunts, canoes that accommodate dogs,  Read more.

Paddle, pedal and play with your pup

Check-in time at the Stanford Inn is a joyous moment. Pups and their people linger in the lobby, sharing stories about their favorite outdoor adventures. Dogs are welcome across the resort’s guestrooms, grounds, bookstore and lobby, of course, but leave some time to explore the region’s pup-friendly beaches, parks, waterways and trails, too.  Read more.

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years and counting, this charming getaway by innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford offers an earth-minded experience with wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining.   Read more.

Was calistoga really founded by a dog?

San Francisco’s Emperor Norton had his dogs Bummer and Lazarus. Calistoga’s Sam Brannan had Leonitus. Archive photo.
The charming Sam Brannan and Leonitus story In the early days of Calistoga, California, a man named Sam Brannan and his loyal Newfoundland dog, Leonitus, embarked on a journey to shape a … Continued  Read more.

Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino county beach dogcation®!

Win a two-night DogCation® at one of the three Beachcomber Hotel properties in Fort Bragg: The Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or the Beach House Inn. In addition, each prize package will include a Skunk Train family pack, bike rentals, and a $100 gift certificate good at the North Coast Brewing Company. DogTrekker respects your privacy and will never sell or rent personal information.  Read more.

Noteworthy on California’s north coast: the Noyo Harbor Inn

The Noyo Harbor inn is a Craftsman-style dream with spa treatments, waterfront dining and access to adventures for you and your four-legged family members. From here, it’s easy to explore coastal paths, canoe routes, train rides and restaurant patios across Mendocino County. Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor Inn is a spectacular – and seriously dog-friendly – basecamp for enjoying the season.   Read more.

Base yourself at the redwoods in Yosemite

Eddie at the Redwoods. Photo by The Redwoods in Yosemite.
Sit, play and stay longer at The Redwoods in Yosemite, which offers a free seventh night when you settle in for a week. Located inside Yosemite National Park,   Read more.

Fall in Yosemite: captivating color and wagging tails welcome

Yosemite National Bark!
Few places are prettier than Yosemite in fall. Blue skies and mild temperatures make for pleasant outdoor activities, while vast stands of maples and dogwoods put on a colorful show. Traffic is lighter during the fall season, and hotels in this dog-friendly paradise roll out special lodging deals this time of year, too.   Read more.

Begin your dogcation® with river views at Yosemite view lodge

Yosemite View Lodge has welcomed humans and their four-legged companions for nearly five decades. It offers abundant amenities with 335 rooms and suites, making it the perfect year-round choice. View Lodge has welcomed humans and their four-legged companions for nearly five decades. It offers abundant amenities with 335 rooms and suites,  Read more.

Oceanside (o’side)

This is next to Carlsbad and San Diego.
A dynamic surf heritage, playful boutique hotels and Michelin-recognized restaurants earned Oceanside its spot on Sunset's top cities list.   Read more.

Downtown sonora

Dragoon Gulch Trail, Sonora. Photo by Visit Tuolumne County/Menka Belgel.
The modern present meets a Gold Rush past in downtown Sonora, recognized by Sunset for its shopping, dining and headline-making hotels.  Read more.

Pet-friendly accommodations

Discover affordable places to stay in GOCAL!
Greater Ontario, California warmly welcomes you and your four-legged friend with an array of pet-friendly accommodations.   Read more.

Five-star stays for four-paw friends

Your pups will love Mendocino!
DogTrekker readers rave about Mendocino County’s dog-friendly accommodations. Just south of Mendocino, Stanford Inn and Little River Inn are known for coastal charm  Read more.

Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino county

Kayla celebrating harvest at the Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County captivates those who travel with furry family members, and it has also enchanted DogTrekker readers for decades. With mist-cloaked valleys, ancient redwood stands, and stunning state parks that unfold along the coast and across inland peaks, you’ll discover magical landscapes at every turn. Our friends at Visit Mendocino County just unveiled a new website showcasing that magic.  Read more.

Tail-wagging fun at Stanford Inn

Maya checks into the Stanford Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Nature is central to the Stanford Inn experience. The grounds are gorgeous, of course, and gourmet, plant-based breakfasts crafted by a   Read more.

Seasonal delights at the Stanford Inn

Holiday welcome at Stanford Inn. Photo by Stanford Inn.
Autumn presents an ideal opportunity to explore California's North Coast. The Stanford Inn, nestled in picturesque Mendocino, invites guests and their dogs to experience a special retreat this holiday season. Innkeepers Joan and Jeff Stanford mark more than 40 years of dog-friendly hospitality; and as DogTrekker recently observed while at the Inn, they are gearing up for the festive period with a  Read more.

Pleasant hill: it’s a dog’s world

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by Stay Pleasant Hill.
Pup-friendly Pleasant Hill puts Northern California’s best within easy reach. Hike scenic East Bay canyons with your furry friend. Hop over to San Francisco for family attractions and culture. Sample world-class wines in Napa, Sonoma or Livermore. Then, relax at Pleasant Hill restaurants and hotels that roll out the red carpet for dogs. Our friend Tshaka Zulu, a travel-loving Dalmatian, has cre  Read more.

Perfect dog-friendly patios in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Welcome to the ultimate guide for dog lovers in Greater Palm Springs! As a dedicated pup parent, you’re always looking for the ideal spot to soak up some sunshine with your furry friend. Get ready to explore the most tail-wagging, paw-some dog-friendly patios that this SoCal oasis has to offer.    Read more.

Surf and sand lodge

Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
The Surf & Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg promises laid-back luxury set to a soundtrack of crashing waves. It offers accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies, Pacific views and plenty of room to stretch your legs.  Read more.

Plumas county: majestic peaks and pup-friendly trails

Plumas County extends along the southeast corner of the Shasta Cascade region, midway between Mount Lassen and Lake Tahoe. National forest covers more than 75% of this scenic county, with meadows, canyons, ridges and lakes that offer views of Sierra Nevada and Cascade peaks.  Read more.

Nick’s cove plans to rebuild the boat shack

For DogTrekkers familiar with Nick's Cove, located on Tamales Bay in West Marin County, the Boat Shack at the end of their 300 foot long pier has been an iconic and beloved feature. Sadly, a fire on January 7th of this year completely destroyed the Shack. Plans are now under way to rebuild.    Read more.

Ruff-ing it in Shasta County

Hiking dog-friendly Whiskeytown Falls trails. Photo by Choose Redding.
The community of Redding anchors Shasta County, and it's the gateway to recreational opportunities across the Shasta Cascade region. Set  Read more.

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Turn travel dreams into real itineraries with the all-new Your ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California adventure sparks inspiration while spotlighting destinations like the Shasta Cascade region (aka Upstate CA). This eight-county playground has more than a dozen national and state parks, plus countless trails, lakes, fishing streams, restaurants and hotels that welcome pu  Read more.

Pleasant Hill has gone to the dogs!

Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash.
Pleasant Hill, California is one of the most centrally located and pet-friendly destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great home base for pet parents who are eager to explore all Northern California’s many attractions, including some mountainous parks where dogs can roam off leash. To begin, Pleasant Hill has its own canine global travel critic, Tshaka Zulu, who recently shared  Read more.

Traveling with your dog in the California deserts

Embark on a canine adventure through the California deserts! From Death Valley's awe-inspiring vistas to Anza-Borrego's rugged trails, explore the raw beauty of the desert landscapes while creating unforgettable memories with your furry friend. Remember to pack essentials, respect park regulations, and prioritize safety.   Read more.

Explore California deserts with your pup!

Tail-wagging adventures await in the desert. Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Spring is the perfect time to plan an adventure through California's awe-inspiring deserts! Discover pet-friendly accommodations and endless  Read more.

Pet-friendly accommodations in the California deserts

Discover pet-friendly accommodations in the California deserts! From Ridgecrest's rugged charm to Death Valley's stark beauty, find welcoming places for you and your furry friend. Stay at Heritage Inn in Ridgecrest or Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley for comfortable lodging amidst breathtaking landscapes. Explore the California deserts!  Read more.

Things to do with your pets in Yosemite Mariposa County

Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
The Yosemite Mariposa County region offers an adventure-filled vacation not just for humans but for their four-legged companions as well. The stunning scenery and outdoor activities that evoke feelings of joy and awe in humans are bound to elevate the happiness of dogs too. From sniffing pine cones to exploring misty waterfall trails and encountering an abundance of sticks, dogs can revel in the s  Read more.

A guide to pet-friendly lodging in Yosemite Mariposa County

Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
Traveling through Yosemite can be the experience of a lifetime; sharing the experience with your favorite furry companion is a priceless memory you both will cherish. However, navigating the park's regulations for pets requires some preparation. Luckily, the region is filled with pet-friendly accommodations no matter what portion of the park you plan to see.   Read more.

Four fabulous dog-friendly days in magical Mendocino

Mendocino County makes headlines for so many reasons, including its dog-friendly trails, rails, rivers, peaks and Pacific splendor. This wonderous playground presents unforgettable surprises, whether you’re hiking redwood-shaded routes, sampling local wines, touring a lighthouse or shopping at small-town galleries. With accommodations, amenities and activities tailored to four-legged guests, th  Read more.

California coasting with your dog

Summer in California means sandcastles, swimming, shoreline walks, and patio dinners at sunset – all with your dog in tow. As we look ahead to this year’s splash season, the DogTrekker team has put together pup-tested itineraries for some of the state’s best coastal destinations. Slap on the sunscreen and get ready to roll. Whether you want to surf, watch waves, or paddle tranquil rivers,   Read more.

Great places to sit, stay and play

Capital canine discoveries. Photo by Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.
Sacramento’s lodging properties include both major brands and boutique gems. You’ll find amenities galore and alternatives for any budget, whether  Read more.

Discover dog-friendly Pleasant Hill

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by Stay Pleasant Hill.
Pleasant Hill is a picturesque town with scenic views where you'll find a variety of dog-friendly activities that will keep both you and your furry companion entertained and happy. Here are the top 10 dog-friendly things to do in or near Pleasant Hill.  Read more.

Discover dog-friendly Oakland: A canine paradise

Cappuccino the Dog is a beloved statue located at the intersection of Alcatraz Avenue and Racine Street in North Oakland. The statue was created by artist Devyon Harrison and represents Cappuccino, a terrier-lab mix.
Oakland is a fantastic place to visit or live with your dog. It’s sunny when San Francisco is foggy, and it’s very dog-friendly when some communities try to discourage dog people. Some of the best parks (can you say towering redwoods?) to hike with your dog are right here, and the Oakland food scene with its dog-friendly diversity of delicious food and drink is not to missed. Let's look at all  Read more.

Water fun and wineries in Lake County

North checks out Clear Lake at sunrise. Photo by Jennifer Waicukauski.
Fresh air, bright skies and pretty scenery distinguish Lake County. Tucked about two hours north of San Francisco, it’s anchored  Read more.

Have a dog-gone good time at Folsom lake

Sacha enjoying the water in Folsom Lake. Photo by Gretchen Wolf.
While the rules for four-legged visitors vary across California’s state parks, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) offers a very pup-friendly experience.  Read more.

Big Bear Lake: A cool canine retreat

Big Bear Lake, a hidden gem in the San Bernardino Mountains, is a respite for dog lovers seeking a cool alternative from the heat of the adjacent desert and Southern California areas. This picturesque mountain town, renowned for its mild climate and breathtaking alpine vistas, offers a refreshing escape for both dogs and those who follow.  Read more.

Win an Oakland DogCation® at the Claremont Club & Spa

For the second consecutive year, DogTrekker is proudly partnering with Visit Oakland to give away an Oakland DogCation®! Don’t miss your chance to win this incredible prize package featuring two nights at the pup-passionate Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel, plus a $100 gift card for food and fun at plank in Jack London Square. Enter now!   Read more.

Yosemite Mariposa County 4 day dog-friendly itinerary

Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County.
Yosemite Mariposa County is a premier travel destination for all adventurers, no matter how many legs they have. You and your furry companions will have numerous activities and amenities at the tip of your fingers, or paws. Here's a detailed itinerary for four pet-perfect days in Yosemite Mariposa County:   Read more.

Stay and play in dog-friendly style

Pups love staying in the Hannah Madison Cottage. Photo by Little River Inn.
The Little River Inn’s pet-friendly rooms range from ocean-view accommodations with gas fireplaces to suites surrounded by gardens, to spacious,  Read more.

Ruffing it in Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge in Winter. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
Winter in Yosemite National Park means quiet landscapes and five-star fun for four-pawed travelers and their human companions. Leashed dogs are welcome on most fully paved roads and paths within the park (at many park campgrounds, too), so there’s lots of room to roam.  Read more.

Happy new year from

The new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hand. Or, maybe it’s in the paw of your four-legged best friend. However you document your 2023 travel aspirations and dreams, you can count on   Read more.

This winter, find a cozy place to stay at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is a four-season playground with dog-friendly appeal. The destination shines during the quieter winter season, when sunshine sparkles off snowy peaks and icy waterways. Frosty forests set the backdrop for snowshoeing, skiing, skating and more. Some lower-elevation trails are plowed, too, so it’s easy to explore Yosemite Mariposa County with four-legged friends.   Read more.

What to do near wawona and the redwoods

Robbins unpacking. Photo by The Redwoods In Yosemite.
While Yosemite Valley headliners like Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall attract many visitors, Wawona is a lesser-traveled gem that promises one-of-a-kind experiences.  Read more.

‘tis the season at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

Holiday welcome at Stanford Inn. Photo by Stanford Inn.
Fall is a wonderful time to travel, especially to the North Coast of California. This holiday season, the Stanford Inn in scenic Mendocino is your “natural” choice for the entire family—including dogs, of course.  Read more.

Fall moments await at tenaya lodge

Dogs welcome at Tehaya at Yosemite Explorer Cabins. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
As the season changes, an entire new world opens up in and around Yosemite National Park. It is a great time of the year to hike, explore, relax and enjoy the fall foliage. Now is the perfect time to plan your fall getaway at Tenaya Lodge with family and friends, including your four-legged ones.  Read more.

Woof it up in vacaville

So…what do you and your pup know about dog-friendly Vacaville and its slice of Solano County? Maybe not much if all you’ve done is zoom past the exits on Interstate 80.  Read more.

Day 1: woof this way

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park.
The open road beckons, the journey begins. Mariposa County is located within easy driving distance for most Californians.  Read more.

To bridgeport and beyond in the eastern sierra

Bodie at Mono Lake. Photo by Cathy Crnkovich.
Oh, so many dog-friendly overnight choices! The town of Bridgeport, about 100 miles south of Carson City in Mono County, offers multiple options: The historic Bridgeport Inn (dog-friendly rooms are in a motel-style building out back, but you can both enjoy dinner on the porch); the Ruby Inn, Big Meadow Lodge and Walker River Lodge.  Read more.

Fort bragg: affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

Northern California is known for dog-friendly adventures, and one destination really rolls out the red carpet for pups: Mendocino County. Coastal Fort Bragg is a great basecamp for exploring the region. You’ll find affordable nightly rates, modest pet fees, and standout amenities for furry family members at all three Beachcomber Hotel Group properties.  Read more.

Widescreen Yosemite adventure

Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
Home to towering waterfalls and 200-foot-tall giant sequoias, there’s no place like Yosemite. And Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite puts you just two miles from Yosemite National Park.  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge with the kids

Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly endless natural beauty  Read more.

Ruff it up with a late-season dog camping getaway

Fall hiking.
Where, oh where did the summer go? If your annual family camping trip (including your pup, of course) didn’t quite come together this year, fear not: There’s still time. While campgrounds during this first post-pandemic summer were filled to the gills, demand is sure to slow after back-to-school and Labor Day.  Read more.

Dog-camping motto: be prepared

Be prepared!
OK, you know how to pack for a camping trip. But add a dog to the family mix, and there are extra things to consider. For starters, how will he/she travel, as camping equipment takes up a lot of space in the SUV? Sleep (crated or pacing around your tent)? Stay put at a campsite (dogs wandering loose can get you in trouble)? And what about bears? Here are some thoughts.  Read more.

Bark for some of our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds

Favorite campgrounds.
California is incredibly rich and varied in terms of geography, and its thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds are equally as diverse. From the mountains to the ocean to the desert, there’s no shortage of places to pitch your tent, park your RV or cuddle up in a cabin with your pet if you so desire. We can’t begin to spotlight all of them, but here are a trio of our favorites dog-camping destin  Read more.

How to snag a dog-friendly camping rez

On the road with the pup.
A couple of caveats to bear in mind before you get ahead of yourself: Most developed campgrounds in California close mid to late October, no matter how delightful the weather. Be aware, too, that with few exceptions, four-leggers are not allowed on dirt trails in national or state parks.   Read more.

By land or by lake with Redding as a basecamp

Exploring Shasta State Historic Park. Photo by Choose Redding.
Much of what makes California great rugged mountains, serene lakes, top-shelf food and wine, culture, and community charm anchors the Redding and UpState CA experience. This wide-open wonderland is dotted with all kinds of activities. Hike storied Shasta Cascade trails. Marvel at magnificent waterfalls. Get travel tips from the locals over happy hour drinks. Then, overnight in Redding and enjoy ne  Read more.

Redding hotels for hounds and the humans who follow

Photo by Dave Kendrick.
In a region with so many dog-friendly adventures, it’s only natural that lodging properties would roll out the red carpet for pups. In Redding, hotels, motels, B&Bs and RV parks offer thoughtful amenities ranging from water bowls to dog beds to menus for four-legged travelers. Best of all, these comfortable accommodations are just minutes from the trails, lakes, museums and restaurants that ma  Read more.

Plan a great gilroy getaway with your dog

Follow your nose (as well as your dog’s) to the Garlic Capital of the World! Gilroy California is a great place for a getaway with your four-legged friend. You’ll find plenty of dog-friendly places to stay, including hotels and RV parks, with room to run around and relax. Gilroy also has many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries that welcome pets in outdoor areas. And there are numero  Read more.

Become a water dog in mendo county

Ah, Mendocino! This Northern California county’s beautiful stretch of coastline is a perfect place to retreat to in summertime, especially when the Central Valley is a bit warmer (don’t forget a sweatshirt—you may need it). And you can’t choose a more beguiling place to stay than super dog-friendly Little River Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. A  Read more.

A hotel for every budget

Vacaville is a convenient wine country gateway that’s also a short drive from both San Francisco and Sacramento. You’ll find some of the most reasonably priced accommodations around. Vacaville hotels and motels can cost up to 50% less than those in nearby wine destinations, and there are hospitality experiences to suit every travel budget. Check into centrally located properties like H  Read more.

Your home base for fun

Tucked conveniently close to towering redwoods and coastal adventures, Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a welcoming favorite among four-legged guests and the humans who follow. From here, it’s a short trip to the Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can ride the rails with your pooch. Or, head over to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and West Glenwood Open Space Preserve for   Read more.

Where to stay in Concord

The Concord Perro Trail guide spotlights five pup-friendly properties, all close and convenient to adventures in Concord and the surrounding area. (Please be sure to confirm any weight and breed restrictions or pet fees before you book.) Settle in for a stay at the Hilton Concord, which offers an outdoor pool and Mount Diablo views. The property is certified “Clean & Safe” by th  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge with the kids – summer

Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly-endless natural beauty waiting in Yosemite Valley. As just one example, Glacier Point offers outstanding stargazing.  Read more.

Treat your pup to a Yosemite vacation

Maya enjoying the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Feeling a little spring fever? Now is the perfect time to plan a getaway with your furry friend. The Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge are designed for pet-lovers, making dog travel a breeze. These modern, two-bedroom cabins are tucked on 27 wooded acres—perfect for adventuring with two- and four-legged family members—and they’re just minutes from the main lodge and more resort ame  Read more.

Paws up for these dog-friendly hotels

If you’re like many visitors, you want to stay in a central location just a short jaunt from the attractions on your “must experience” list. Fortunately, central Sacramento is chock-full of dog-welcoming choices.  Read more.

Playtime with your pup in the east bay’s big back yard

Yes, San Francisco traffic congestion can be a turnoff, but head to the East Bay and you’ll be amazed by all the open-to-the-public lands at your disposal – not to mention dozens of boutique wineries and, in spring, emerald-green, oak-dotted hills that beckon as invitingly to dogs as to their people. Here are some of our favorite destinations in the dog-friendly East Bay: Stay and p  Read more.

Stay and play in vacaville

Sure, you could drive home after a day of hiking or just romping with your dog the fabulous, 3,000-acre fenced canine playground at Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Park or the newer Centennial Park. But you could also put paws to pillow a comfy spot like Vacaville’s centrally located Hyatt Place or Residence Inn by Marriott. They’re among nine dog-friendly lodgings in this valley town just mi  Read more.

Conquer Concord with your pup

Looking for a new, not-faraway place to explore with your dog for a day or a weekend? Think Concord— and bring your appetite and your hiking shoes. You’ll need them both in this East Bay city at the foot of iconic Mount Diablo. Settle in for a night or two at the dog-friendly Hilton Concord, certified “Clean & Safe” in light of the fading Covid-19 pandemic.  Read more.

Snow dogs! where to ruff it up in the white stuff

Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. Even if you don’t live in a snow zone, it’s easy enough to visit—and no need to leave your four-legged sidekick behind. Here are some of our favorite places and tips for a fun snow trip with your dog: And Sno It Goes Tahoe Snow  Read more.

Mammoth lakes winter woof

It’s a beautiful drive whether coming from north or south on Highway 395, the Eastern Sierra byway that rivals (if not exceeds) the more famous coastal Highway 1 in terms of scenery. The year-round resort area centered around the Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain ski areas welcomes winter DogTrekkers with dozens of dog-friendly places to stay and endless wild open spaces to explore.  Read more.

Enjoy the great outdoors in Greater Palm Springs

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more (with your four-legged best friend in tow), then start planning a getaway to Greater Palm Springs. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, this Southern California oasis offers a blissful, sun-kissed escape during the winter months, and you’ll find ample opportunities to get outside, enjoy the mild weather and soak up some rays.  Read more.

Cozy winter lodging in Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge in winter. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
This winter, treat yourself to a family and dog-friendly California experience that lets everyone feel like a kid again. Offering mountain adventures, family fun, unforgettable dining and spa options, and evening conversations around the cozy fireplace, Tenaya Lodge makes seasonal getaways seamless.    Read more.

Tenaya Lodge with the dog

If you're planning to visit Yosemite Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs, you have the option of reserving a limited spot at Tenaya Lodge’s indoor dog kennel.  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge for couples

After spending an active day skiing, snowboarding, exploring Badger Pass on a guided cross-country tour, or snowshoeing near Tenaya Lodge, you’ll be ready to relax at the Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge.  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge with the kids

Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area is set to open this weekend, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Embark on downhill skiing and snowboarding adventures (or set beginners up with some lessons!), slide down the rugged hills by snow tube, or explore the scenery on snowshoes.  Read more.

Fall into Mendocino county

Photo by Mendocino Grove.
California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County.  Read more.

Mendocino: more than a day trip

Mendocino sunset. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County is a DogTrekker favorite for so many reasons. That is why we have partnered with so many hotels, inns, resorts, cabins and glamping properties over the years. You will find accommodations to fit any taste and budget. The Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little River Inn, Noyo Harbor Inn, Sheep Dung Cottages, Baechtel Creek Inn, Beachcomber Properties and Mendocino Grove luxury camping are  Read more.

Tail-waggin’ fun in folsom and surrounding areas

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend.  Read more.

Capital canine discoveries

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure.  Read more.

Leave no dog behind when visiting Yosemite

Think about it this way. You’re with your dog just about every day. Do you really want to be apart from them on vacation? At Tenaya Lodge, you don’t have to leave a friend behind. Here, friendship travels.   Explore our yard today. You can learn more about Tenaya Lodge’s cool, dog-friendly accommodations and offerings at  Read more.

Headed for Yosemite? you lucky dog!

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin.
In Yosemite, you’ll embark on a getaway you and your little buddy will never forget. Together, you can explore the wonders of the Sierra region at a full-service resort that offers 75 acres of outdoor recreation and accommodations.  Read more.

Dog-friendly rooms with a view

Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Almost half of the Noyo Harbor Inn’s 15 spacious rooms accommodate pups. Choose from king and queen options with soaking tubs, fireplaces and decks—plus views of gardens  Read more.

Best in show: dog-friendly Noyo Harbor Inn

Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Welcome to Fort Bragg, where dog-friendly rooms at the Noyo Harbor Inn overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century.  Read more.



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