Over the past 10 years, DogTrekker’s team of veteran writers and editors have crafted more than 2,500 stories about all of the things you can do with your dog in California. Happy DogTrekking! Remember to travel lightly and always Leave Only Paw Prints®!

Find your oasis in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs/@visitgreaterps.
If your vision of a perfect Southern California 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.  Read more.

Go to the SNO with your pup

Lola, dad Jeff and grandpa Dave head out for the SNO-Parks.
The recent record snowfall in California has created unbeatable ski conditions and brought flakes to dog-friendly SNO-Parks, snowshoeing trails and more.  Read more.

SNO many options for fun

Lola, dad Jeff and grandpa Dave, head out for the SNO-Parks.
Here's a DogTrekker secret: Stories about California SNO-Parks are among our most-read each year! There's lots to bark about when it comes to these dog-friendly, snow-covered playgrounds scattered on U.S. Forest Service lands.  Read more.

Tahoe’s tail-waggin’ winter highlights 

Snow dog at Kiva Beach, Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe promises classic fun in any season, but this slice of California really sparkles during the winter. The destination is known for ski hills, cross-country trails, and more spectacular scenery than you can shake a stick at.  Read more.

Day 4: Barking ways

“All-Paw-Drive” in National Forests.
Hit the trails with your four-legged friends. All vacations come to a close, or else we’d all be living a dog’s life! Enjoy your last day to its fullest with … Continued  Read more.

Capital sipping experiences

Sacramento is not only the star on the map of California, it’s a fabulous base camp for exploring wineries in and within a short distance of town (check out our list of great dog-friendly places to stay).  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.

Sip and savor with your pup: Fall winery-trekking

It’s fall! Besides cooler weather, ‘tis the season for wine-tasting experiences with your pup by your side. So why not celebrate the winding down of harvest and crush seasons by trying something new? Explore an unfamiliar wine region or two, snag a picnic table or a fire-pit seat, talk wine, be social (you and your pup) and be informed.  Read more.

Four-paw winter accommodations

Photo by Tenaya Lodge.
In the Sierra Mountains, you’ll find places to explore and activities to enjoy, with one-of-a-kind, pet-friendly lodging at Tenaya Lodge.  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.

When and where to go in the Eastern Sierra

Fall color in the the Eastern Sierra. Photo by Jennifer Chen.
Summers are glorious for dogs in the Eastern Sierra while winters are devoted to snow sports,but the best time of year, especially if you’re into photography, is late September into mid-October.   Read more.

First time paws-ing in Redding?

Sundial Bridge. Photo by Choose Redding.
If you’re new to Redding and the eight-county UpState CA region, start at the Shasta Cascade Welcome Center that’s just down the road in Anderson. Open daily and packed with free maps, brochures, exhibits, geocaching guidance, gifts and even a waterfall pond with wild trout, it's your gateway to the area’s experiences. The DogTrekker team has also outlined a few of our favorite dog-frien  Read more.

Wag your way through the Central Valley

Photo by Chris Howe, Western Railway Museum.
Redwood forests and mountains might be more scenically impressive, but there’s a different kind of ambience to be had in California’s flatlands. And the dog-friendly excursion trains that operate here provide plenty of diversions. Take, for example, the electric trains of the Western Railway Museum, a repository of history from the pre-Interstate days when Northern California communit  Read more.

Unsure about your dog on a train? Try a small-scale starter train

Photo by David McSpadden (cc).
Don’t know if your dog will like riding the rails? You can always try a training ride on the Tilden/Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. It’s an authentic miniature steam train featuring more than 30 pieces of rolling stock. Call ahead if bringing a dog. One of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel   Read more.

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