Win an Oakland DogCation® at the Claremont Club & Spa

July 10, 2024

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Oakland is a delightfully walkable, dog-friendly city that presents the Bay Area’s best – including creative small businesses, multicultural restaurant menus, waterfront trails, sun-splashed brewery patios and parks shaded by redwoods.

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. Read more…

Dog-friendly lakes not named “Tahoe”

June 26, 2024

A black Labrador Retriever in an orange life jacket sits on a boat, looking out over a calm, dog-friendly lake. The water is surrounded by forested mountains and the sky above is bright blue with scattered clouds.

On a sun-drenched summer afternoon, few activities feel better than splashing in a cool lake – and that goes for both pups and people. Lake Tahoe often springs to mind first, especially in Northern California. But when it comes to four-paw fun, including recreation, restaurants and hotels, California’s quieter lake regions shine. 

This summer, skip the crowds and explore some of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets. Here are four delightfully dog-friendly lakes well worth a visit. Read more…

Must-attend events this summer and fall

June 19, 2024

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Hungry labs looking for treats at the booth at Bark in the Park, San Jose.

Summer in much of California means bright days and warm nights – plus plenty of dog-friendly celebrations! Explore’s event section for upcoming gatherings that welcome two- and four-legged guests.

You’ll find everything from fundraisers, adoptathons and walks, to costume contests, tasting opportunities, and more. Here are our top event picks for this summer and fall. Read more…

Top five dog-friendly activities in Sacramento

June 13, 2024

A curly-haired dog in a patterned harness rests on the grass before a large white building characterized by columns and a dome. Sunlight illuminates the scene, with trees and palm trees in the background, creating a vintage postcard-like atmosphere.
Jagger DWagger at the Capitol. Photo by @jaggerdwagger on Instagram.

California’s capital city promises sun-splashed fun for families and their four-legged friends. From history and culture along the Old Sacramento waterfront to expansive parks with room to run, to farm-to-table restaurants that welcome pups on their patios, you’ll find engaging options in Sacramento all year round. 

This is also the gateway to Gold Country, Tahoe, Yosemite and beyond, so it’s a convenient home base for outdoor adventures. recently named Sacramento best in show for dog-friendliness. Start planning your getaway with these five dog-friendly Sacramento activities! Read more…

Win $500 in DogTrekker’s Go California Photo Contest

June 5, 2024

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Sammy swimming in the American River. Photo by Jane Chapa. 2015 Go California judges’ winner.

Do you have a passion for pups, photography and travel? You could win $500!

This summer, DogTrekker reintroduces its popular Go California Photo Contest. Designed to inspire dog-friendly adventures, this spirited competition brings the Golden State’s top destinations into focus. Read more…

California coasting with your dog

May 15, 2024

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Dogs love California coasting.

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, you’ll find exciting options. Outline your journey with this beach-trip bucket list, organized from north to south. Read more…

Explore Yosemite Mariposa County with your furry friend

May 8, 2024

White dog sits overlooking spectacular aerial view of Yosemite National Park.

Welcome to the home of Yosemite National Park—Mariposa County. Bring family, friends, and your furry companions to experience the wonder of Yosemite Valley and the living history of Gold Rush-era towns. Read more…

Four fabulous dog-friendly days in magical Mendocino

May 1, 2024

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Mendocino County makes headlines for so many reasons, including its 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, the pup-friendly travel options in Mendocino County are especially dazzling. It’s a dog’s life here – and that’s a great thing. Start planning your getaway with this four-day itinerary for magical Mendocino County. Read more…

Concord presents history, culture and accessibility for all

April 18, 2024

Brandy and pups in Concord.
Brandy and pups in Concord. Photo by Mario Lopez.

The city of Concord features all the elements of a memorable California getaway: think culinary treats, craft beer, cultural gems, rich heritage, and pretty parks in every direction. This dynamic community, just 30 miles from San Francisco, is also incredibly dog-friendly and proactively ADA-accessible, so it’s a great fit for family members of all abilities—and their four-legged best friends!

Book your pup-friendly hotel, stop by the Concord Visitor Center for a local introduction, and get out to explore. Read more…

Canine cool: Wild Blue Dogs summer camp

April 10, 2024

Photo by Sharon Eide.

Looking for fun new ways to experience Lake Tahoe with your dog? You can secure a spot at Wild Blue Dogs summer camp, an annual favorite of DogTrekker readers. Though winter is still lingering in the Tahoe-area mountains, warmer days are just around the corner. Plan now to enjoy the region’s famous fresh air, sunny skies, sandy beaches and hiking adventures.
The 2024 Wild Blue Dogs summer camp takes place June 3-9, and it’s a terrific way to welcome the season. You’ll enjoy a week of activities and education with your dog. Private beach access and pup-friendly lodging options are another highlight. Participants also support four-legged friends in need, which makes the experience extra special. Reserve your tickets today! Read more…

Welcome to spring – and the 2024 event season!

April 3, 2024

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Big dogs love the Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Wondering what dog-friendly events are coming up this spring and into summer? For the 13th year in a row, DogTrekker’s seasonal event section has you covered. The months ahead feature a range of dog-friendly, family-friendly things to do, including adoptathons, fundraisers, walks, costume contests, and opportunities for tasting and sipping.
Here are DogTrekker’s top picks from now through mid-summer. And remember, these events offer fun for you and your pup while also supporting life-saving services for our furry friends throughout the year. Read more…

Fresh air fun beckons in Big Bear Lake

March 27, 2024

Big Bear Lake in spring.
Big Bear Lake from the Castle Rock Trail. Photo by Visit Big Bear.

Itching to hit the road for your next adventure? Big Bear Lake is barking! Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, this epic alpine wonderland is an outdoor recreationist’s paradise.

Here, all dogs get the VIP treatment—whether you’re paddling on the lake and birding in the wild or hitting the hiking trails and meandering around The Village. Consider this your personal invitation to make Big Bear Lake your pup-friendly playground! Read more…

Pleasant Hill: Your basecamp for outdoor adventures

March 14, 2024

White terrier dog in East Bay Regional Park.
Chief in East Bay Regional Park. Photo by Sonia Ohldag.

Welcome to the heart of it all: Pleasant Hill. Set on the sunny side of the San Francisco Bay Area, this welcoming Northern California community serves as an ideal home base for outdoor adventures with furry friends.
From Pleasant Hill’s Paso Nogal Open Space and Dog Park to the wider East Bay Regional Park District – home to some of the most dog-friendly parks in the nation – Pleasant Hill offers easy access to healthy, open-air fun and restaurants catering to you and your pup. It’s truly a Dog’s World! Read more…

Explore California deserts with your pup!

March 7, 2024

Two dogs sit in the California desert with Joshua Trees and hill in the background.
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 outdoor excursions, from exploring the whimsical Joshua Tree National Park to hiking scenic trails in Greater Palm Springs. Whether you seek solitude under starry skies or thrilling hikes with panoramic views, the California desert region beckons both two-legged and four-legged adventurers alike. Read more…

Frosty winter fun for four-legged friends

February 29, 2024

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Korra at Big Bear Lake. Photo by Bending Energy Photography/Visit Big Bear.

Winter snows started later than usual this year, but it only took a few storms to blanket the California landscape. Snow-covered playgrounds now cover the Golden State, and the biggest challenge is deciding where to stay and play.
Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder or simply want to make snow sculptures with your furry best friend, you’ll find countless DogTrekker-approved ways to experience the season. Here are several winter ideas suited to both veteran and novice snow-venturers. Read more…

Pawsport 2024: Sip some wine, support Napa Humane

February 21, 2024

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Pawsports are now on sale. Photo by Napa Humane.

When it comes to wine country events, Team DogTrekker has always loved Napa Humane’s Pawsport. This dog-friendly wine tasting weekend is expanding to a full month in 2024, and that makes it even easier to support life-saving programs and services for Napa Valley companion animals.
This March, enjoy exclusive tastings, dog treats, retail discounts, and much, much more! Visit participating Pawsport wineries with or without your pooch. Either way, each purchased ticket grants you one Pawsport that provides 2-for-1 tastings at all participating wineries, plus other great Pawsport Perks. Save $10 off Pawsport booklets using the code TREKKER24. Read more…

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

February 14, 2024

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.

With the blank notebook of a new year open before us, it’s time to grab a pen and dream. What dog-friendly sights do you hope to see in 2024?
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 pups. Here’s why spring is a great time to visit. Read more…

Share your thoughts, and we’ll donate a meal to a shelter dog

February 1, 2024

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Over the past decade, your ongoing engagement has enabled to support hundreds of dog rescue organizations statewide! As we launch the 2024 DogTrekker Reader Survey, your opinions will influence where we go next – while also helping us provide continued coverage of dogs who need forever homes.

Your valuable feedback shapes the stories we create for DogTrekker readers. Thank you, as always, for sharing your thoughts and championing DogTrekker’s mission of leave no dog behind! Read more…

Embark on a paw-some adventure in Greater Palm Springs

January 25, 2024

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City of Indian Wells. Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.

It’s a dog’s world in Greater Palm Springs, and we’re just living in it! From sipping craft beers at local breweries to conquering scenic trails, your furry family member won’t have to leave your side while exploring this pet-friendly oasis. With 300+ days of sunshine, breathtaking mountain landscapes, an endless horizon of swaying palm trees, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll find paw-some adventures around every corner. Read more…

Lake Tahoe unleashed: Wild Blue Dogs Camp

January 18, 2024

What’s more fun than a week with your dog at Lake Tahoe? How about a package that bundles those adventures with dog training, accommodations, splash zones, photography, and an opportunity to help pups in need? Summer (June 3-9) and fall (September 16-22) camps by Wild Blue Dogs offer these all-inclusive, action-packed weeks with other dog lovers and their furry friends. Reservations begin today.
It’s a tail-waggin’ good time with a greater purpose: Wild Blue Dogs events raise funds for canine cancer treatments and research. Here’s everything you need to know about this DogTrekker favorite. Read more…

Happy New Year 2024!

January 3, 2024

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As we paw our way into 2024, we continue our journey of discovering the best dog-friendly destinations across California. Join us in exploring dog-friendly scenic trails, welcoming hotels, and delightful restaurants. Whether it’s a peaceful walk on a beach, a leisurely paddle in a kayak, or a cozy stay in a cabin, we’re here to guide you through these adventures. Read more…

Happy Holidays and more top destination stories of 2023 part 2

December 20, 2023

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Last week, we wished you a happy holiday season and listed the first five top destination stories of 2023. Here is part two of that popular series.

Once again, the DogTrekker team wishes you and your two- and four-legged loved ones a safe, fun, and barkingly good end to 2023. We will be back in the new year with fresh looks at some familiar places, plus new discoveries we’ve made across the dog-friendly map of California. Read more…

Happy holidays and top destination stories of 2023 part 1

December 14, 2023

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. Your engagement means everything to us, and to the rescue and adoption organizations we support. As we wish you this season’s warmest greetings, we’re also happy to share some of our top 2023 travel stories. Click on each image to read the entire newsletter.

These destination stories will spark inspiration for your 2024 California journeys, whether you’d like to marvel at nature, sample charming small towns, or explore dynamic urban landscapes. These dog-friendly destinations across the Golden State are all paw-tested and approved by the DogTrekker team.  We hope you enjoy these featured stories again, and we’d love to hear about your adventures in the year ahead. Read more…

Season of Giving: Support animal welfare organizations in California

November 30, 2023

dogs in animal shelter behind the fence.

As the season of giving unfolds, the DogTrekker team turns our hearts and pocketbooks towards those rescue/adoption organizations that make lives more joyful and meaningful – especially the lives of our loyal canine companions. Throughout California, numerous animal welfare groups tirelessly work to ensure that every dog experiences the love and care they deserve.
This festive time presents an exceptional opportunity to support such important efforts. By contributing to dog rescue and adoption organizations, we celebrate the spirit of generosity and help provide safe havens, medical care, and loving homes for dogs in need. Your donations, whether of money, time or resources, significantly impact the lives of countless dogs and families across the state.
Here are a few of our favorites, moving north to south. This list doesn’t include two senior dog rescues featured in the past month: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, both which are very special organizations needing your support. Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker, and seasonal specials for you!

November 22, 2023

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This time of year, the DogTrekker family likes to “paws” and reflect on all we’re thankful for. First off, we thank you for being such supportive, engaged and responsive readers. Whether you’re digging into our stories while planning your dog-friendly California travels or sharing valuable feedback about the new, we’re always happy to connect with you.

We’re also grateful for your generous support of DogTrekker’s shelter, rescue and adoption partners. When you donate, foster pups in need, or welcome a dog into your home forever, you change the lives of our four-legged friends. Thank you!

This holiday season, we’re happy to share seasonal lodging specials from our partners in Mendocino County. These outstanding hotels and motels roll out the red carpet for pups and their people, and we hope you’ll enjoy some quality time there as 2023 comes to a close. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at DogTrekker! Read more…

Pleasant Hill: It’s a dog’s world!

November 16, 2023

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Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by

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 created an unforgettable Pleasant Hill pup crawl itinerary just for DogTrekker readers. Start planning your getaway today. Read more…

Seasonal delights at the Stanford Inn

November 8, 2024

festive Christmas tree at 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, 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 an array of seasonal decorations to greet visitors. Read more…

Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino County

October 25, 2023

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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 on for inspiration and click through to their site when outlining your next dog-friendly Mendocino journey. Read more…

Help DogTrekker raise $75,000 during Saving Senior Dogs Week 2023

October 19, 2023

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Sara woofs her appreciation. Photo by Lily’s Legacy.

Leave no dog behind. That’s the DogTrekker mission and the principle that guides our work with California’s animal welfare organizations. A few of those organizations specialize in senior dogs, which is why we’re proud to join Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary – a terrific Petaluma nonprofit that finds homes for large-breed senior dogs – in support of the fifth annual Saving Senior Dogs Week.
From October 23-29, 2023, Lily’s Legacy, DogTrekker and other dog-passionate partners will work to raise at least $75,000 for senior dog rescues nationwide (including 10 in California.) Through the DogTrekker Challenge, we’re giving $1,000. We encourage our readers to donate, too. Together, we can build a better world for vulnerable four-legged friends. Read more…

Southern California: Tail-wagging adventures await

October 12, 2023

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With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Greater Ontario, California embraces dogs as part of the family. From welcoming parks and trails to pet-friendly eateries and accommodations, this destination is an ideal playground for canines and their owners alike. With plenty of tail-wagging opportunities and a community that appreciates the bond between pets and their owners, Greater Ontario invites you to explore, relax, and create cherished memories. Read more…

Sunset’s annual travel awards spotlight four-paw cities in California

October 4, 2023

group of dogs sit on summit of a mountain with the city of Oakland behind
Artwork by Cody Ransom.

DogTrekker team members are big fans of Sunset, the iconic publication that’s celebrating 125 years in 2023. The California-based magazine recently announced its Sunset Travel Awards, including several must-visit standouts on the Best City Getaways list. Here are a few of our favorites from that selection, from Gold Country to wine country, and from the coast to the desert – each with a dog-friendly twist. Read more…

Fall in Yosemite: Captivating color and wagging tails welcome

September 20, 2023

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. You and your four-legged guests will be treated like VIPs at these Yosemite Mariposa County favorites. Start planning, and book your national park stay today. Read more…

Noteworthy on California’s North Coast: The Noyo Harbor Inn

September 13, 2023

Noyo Harbor art with seals on a boat

California’s North Coast is especially beautiful this time of year when sunny, late-summer afternoons give way to warm evenings with lingering golden light. Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor Inn is spectacular – and seriously dog-friendly – basecamp for enjoying the season. This upscale 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. Read more…

North Lake Tahoe: Wildly beautiful and perfect for pups

August 30, 2023

A golden retriever swims in Lake Tahoe

In the four-season wonderland of North Lake Tahoe, autumn stands out for its unforgettable beauty. Changing leaves lend gorgeous color to the mountain landscape, and sunshine sparkles off crystal-clear waters. Temperatures are mild, and traffic is quieter than during the summer rush or buzzy winter ski weekends. It’s a peaceful time that promises engaging outdoor options for people and their pups.
Natural wonders take center stage here, whether you’re hiking an alpine trail, splashing in the lake, helping with a local beach clean-up, or gazing at the stars. And, like Team DogTrekker, North Lake Tahoe takes environmental stewardship seriously. Start planning your fall trip with this guide to the Lake Tahoe adventures beloved by DogTrekker readers – and learn how to make your trip safe, fun and sustainable. Read more…

Win a Mendocino County coastal DogCation®

August 23, 2023

The DogCation® is the most widely anticipated and engaging promotion in the history of DogTrekker. We celebrate fall in Mendocino County by offering our readers a chance to win one of three prize packages in the North Coast town of Fort Bragg. Enter to win a two-night stay at the dog-passionate Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or Beach House Inn.

Each prize package includes bike rentals from the Beachcomber Motel, four adult tickets along with two dog tickets on the Redwood Route of the world-famous Skunk Train, and a $100 gift certificate at the North Coast Brewing Company. Read more…

Was Calistoga really founded by a dog?

August 9, 2023

San Francisco’s Emperor Norton had his dogs Bummer and Lazarus. Calistoga’s Sam Brannan had Leonitus.

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 thriving resort town. Brannan, with Leonitus’ watchful gaze and quiet camaraderie, transformed the wild land into a flourishing community.

Their bond was not just a partnership but a friendship, one that resonates with every dog lover who understands the silent understanding and unwavering support that only a faithful four-legged friend can offer. Read more…

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

August 2, 2023

Aerial view of beautiful grounds 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 comprehensive wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining. The Stanford Inn is a paws-itively relaxing resort that’s beloved by people and pups. Start planning your visit with Dogtrekker-approved ideas. Read more…

Welcome fur babies to Greater Ontario

July 20, 2023

A beautiful dog comes up close to the camera while on a hike

When it comes to the “pawfect” road trip for Fido and the family, the cities, historic downtowns, and mountain trails of Greater Ontario is a real treat. There are lots of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants to keep the entire family wagging for days.

Experience an abundance of charming tree-lined neighborhoods, parks, and historic wineries. Shop with your fur baby in flagship malls where retailers and restaurants will treat them to free belly rubs and bowls of refreshing water. Woof. Read more…

Navigating California rattlesnake season with your dog

July 13, 2023

Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Summer is finally here and as heat intensifies throughout California this week, hikers may notice an increased presence of snakes along their favorite trails. Rattlesnakes tend to emerge during warmer weather to navigate their surroundings, potentially resulting in more interactions with people and their canine companions.
While rattlesnake bites are rare, our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District have rattlesnake safety tips, what to do when you see a rattlesnake, and what to do if you or your pup is bitten by a rattler or other type of snake. This is part of’s Vet Buzz series. Read more…

Epic summer road trip 2023: Route 395 in the Eastern Sierra

July 6, 2023

Dog sits in front of a beautiful lake with mountains behind it.
Photo by Visit Mammoth.

It’s summer and traveling is easy along dog-friendly Eastern Sierra. The federally designated Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway runs 150 miles between Bishop in Southern California and Topaz Lake, near the Nevada border.

With relatively light traffic, you can enjoy a stress-free drive and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the region. Make sure to stop and explore the town of Mammoth Lakes, a dog-passionate destination that will captivate both humans and hounds. Here’s our DogTrekking guide, south to north. Read more…

Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

June 28, 2023

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This 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.
The very dog-friendly Little River Inn knows that pups are cherished family members. Staff members serve up welcome treats for furry guests, and you’ll find pet-friendly accommodations, dining options and activities galore. Read more…

Check out these events for a cause!

June 21, 2023

People and a dog in front of the DogTrekker booth at Bark in the Park, San Jose.
DogTrekker at Bark in the Park, San Jose.

If you could not attend any of the numerous events organized by California non-profits this spring, don’t worry, the event season is just starting.’s event section is filled with a wide range of things to do with the entire family, including adoptathons, fundraisers, walks, costume contests, and opportunities for tasting and sipping. Here are our best picks from now through the fall. Read more…

June 15, 2023

dog sitting in vineyard

DogTrekkers love exploring Northern California, and one regional destination stands out for its convenient location and four-paw experiences. Vacaville is tucked between San Francisco and Sacramento, and it’s within an hour’s drive of three wine country favorites – Napa, Sonoma and Suisun Valley.

The community has dynamic public art displays, a rich culinary scene, and scenic parks that welcome pups and their people. Best of all, eleven affordable lodging properties roll out the red carpet for dogs. Start planning your trip today, and see how Vacaville lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline. Read more…

Majestic, dog-friendly mountain towns

June 8, 2023

a dog sitting on top of a grass covered hillside.

Let’s admit it. DogTrekkers are spoiled here in sun-kissed California. We escape to places where palm trees sway, and waves crash against sandy shores. We’ve got gorgeous parkland and open spaces. Mountain towns boast breathtaking landscapes, inviting trails and crystal-clear lakes. And many of these jewels welcome dogs.
In the California mountains, you’ll find enchanting towns just waiting for people and pups who seek adventure on a grand scale. These communities are also home to charming and dog-friendly places to stay, dine, hike, swim, and play. We’ll explore a few mountain towns today, beginning our 5,000-foot-plus journey near Lake Tahoe and moving south. Read more…

Lake Tahoe, dog training, and you

May 24, 2023

golden retriever dog leaps into Lake Tahoe

Dreaming of Lake Tahoe’s mountain landscapes, fresh air and hiking adventures? Interested in private beach access, plus a full week of fun and education for you and your pups? Next week’s Wild Blue Summer Camp is sold out, but there is still plenty of room for the Wild Blue Dogs Fall Camp, taking place September 17-23, 2023.
Wild Blue Dogs, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for canine cancer treatment, has led several years of successful dog camps on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. A good time and do-good vibes are guaranteed for all. Choose between several lodging options, including a dog-passionate lodging property and classic 4-H camp cabins, or make your own reservations at an off-site property. Read more…

Placer County promises trails, thrills and tasty surprises

May 17, 2023

Couple and dog

Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville and Rocklin, to the serene Gold Country foothills, to rugged Sierra landscapes near North Lake Tahoe, Placer is the place to live life at its peak.
Visit the California Welcome Center in downtown Auburn for expert trip-planning advice. (And save time for a self-guided neighborhood walking tour!) Then, choose your own northern California adventure. In Placer County, there’s hiking, water fun, wine and beer, cultural highlights, culinary surprises and more. Read more…

Top dog, meet Capital City

May 11, 2023

Spring is a great time to visit Sacramento, as the city comes alive with a variety of outdoor activities, events, and plenty of opportunities to explore the city with your furry friend. Join us on our journey as we wag through Old Sacramento and Midtown, play in some great parks and check out the dog scene at dog-friendly Sacramento hotels.

Old Sacramento is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sacramento. The area is steeped in history, having played a significant role during the 1849 Gold Rush. Today, visitors can take a stroll along the waterfront, explore the many historic buildings, and learn about the city’s past at the California State Railroad Museum or the Sacramento History Museum. Read more…

Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

May 3, 2023

aerial view of beach
Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.

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.
The Beachcomber MotelSurf & Sand Lodge and Beach House Inn each offer a welcome kit for pups, plus dedicated dog play areas and convenient access to outdoor dining, Glass Beach, the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail, the famous (and very dog-friendly!) Skunk Train, and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Read more…

Spring in Yosemite: Spectacular waterfalls and no reservations needed!

April 27, 2023

chocolate lab at Yosemite with Half Dome in the background.
Duke at Yosemite. Photo by @dukethechocolatelab.

As seasonal sunshine melts heavy snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the waterfalls of Yosemite National Park are springing to life – and this year, they’re bigger and more beautiful than ever. Now is a terrific time to view these powerful, postcard-perfect natural wonders that draw awe-struck visitors from all over the world.
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. And, with no reservations needed to enter the park in 2023, exploring Yosemite is even easier. Pack up the family (including four-legged family members!) and head to Yosemite’s magnificent waterfalls. Read more…

Celebrate Earth Day the DogTrekker® way

April 19, 2023

California’s legendary, dog-friendly landscapes draw millions of pet parents and pups every year. The Golden State promises extraordinary adventures, whether you’re splashing in alpine lakes along Sierra trails or playing fetch in the neighborhood park.

It’s our duty to protect these mountains, trails, beaches, parks and urban playgrounds, which is why we’ve built stewardship and sustainability into the DogTrekker brand. Join us in protecting our precious natural lands, on Earth Day and always. Read more…

Win an Oakland DogCation® at the Claremont Club & Spa

April 12, 2023

Win an Oakland Dogcation

Oakland is a proudly creative, multicultural, endlessly walkable Bay Area destination that’s incredibly dog friendly—whether you and your pup prefer waterfront views, redwood-shaded trails or city shopping trips bookended by beer tastings.

Now, DogTrekker is partnering with Visit Oakland to present the ultimate Oakland DogCation®! Register today for your chance to win two nights at the dog-passionate Claremont Club & Spa, $50 gift cards from Drake’s Dealership and plank, and Petco shopping credits. Read more…

A sunny pup-cation in Greater Palm Springs

April 5, 2023

Palm Sptings Dogs
Photo by

With endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, and swaying palm trees in all directions, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful and relaxing destination than Greater Palm Springs — and humans aren’t the only ones who get to soak in the sunshine and breathtaking views.

If you’re planning a vacation with your pooch, this Southern California oasis offers plenty of pet-friendly properties and experiences, whether it’s sniffing out an adventure together on a morning hike or treating yourselves to a locally sourced brunch.

Check out some of our favorite dog-friendly things to do in Greater Palm Springs. Read more…

Walk, play, eat & stay: Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash is turning 30!

March 29, 2023

Join the Sacramento SPCA’s 30th annual Doggy Dash at William Land Park on Saturday, April 22, 2023! Dog-gone fun festivities include a 2k/5k dog walk and the popular Bark in the Park Pet Festival—complete with food, drinks, games, demos, prizes, chances to meet adoptable dogs, and much more. 

Your Doggy Dash registration and participation help the Sacramento SPCA provide direct care to more than 35,000 animals in the community each year. Funds raised at this annual event provide medical care to sick and injured animals, plus low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services, behavior training, and humane education. Read more…

Concord presents history, culture and accessibility for all

March 22, 2023

Brandy and pups in Concord. Photo by Mario Lopez.

The city of Concord features all the elements of a memorable California getaway: think culinary treats, craft beer, cultural gems, rich heritage, and pretty parks in every direction. This dynamic community, just 30 miles from San Francisco, is also incredibly dog-friendly and proactively ADA-accessible, so it’s a great fit for family members of all abilities—and their four-legged best friends! Book your pup-friendly hotel, stop by the Concord Visitor Center for a local introduction, and get out to explore. Read more…

North of Ordinary! Leash up for endless dog-approved adventures

March 9, 2023

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 – LakeMendocinoHumboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and fido on the North Coast in Northern California. Pack up your pup to explore dog-friendly redwood national park forest adventures, ocean and lake view lodging, wineries and more. Read more…

Throw us a bone—take DogTrekker’s 2023 reader survey

March 3, 2023

The all-new launched late last year. We designed the site to give you, our dog-loving, dog-traveling readers, a more searchable, user-friendly, and engaging resource. Our team extends a sincere thanks for sharing your experiences with the new site. We appreciate your fresh story ideas, too. Your feedback helps us inspire others to explore California with their pups.

When you complete the annual DogTrekker reader survey, you help decide the dog-friendly destinations, accommodations, activities and attractions that we spotlight on the website. Your notes guide us in providing timely, relevant information and content. Read more…

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

February 16, 2023

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). These six-night, all-inclusive getaways on Lake Tahoe’s southeast shore promise unforgettable fun and incredible value – complete with treats, training events, guided hikes, pet photography, and special surprises for you and your furry friends. You’ll also enjoy festive meals with fellow dog lovers, and local lodging options let you customize your stay.
It’s a tail-waggin’ good time with a greater purpose: Wild Blue Dogs events raise funds for canine cancer treatments and research. Here’s everything you need to know about this DogTrekker favorite. Read more…

Your pup-friendly guide to California snow season 2023

February 1, 2023

Here in California, 2023 kicked off with a flurry of snowfall and storms. That means packed ski resorts and endless winter activities for families and their four-legged friends. To celebrate – and to help you make the most of this spectacular season – we’re running DogTrekker’s annual snow issue a little early this year!

The recent record snowfall created unbeatable ski conditions and brought flakes to dog-friendly SNO-Parks, snowshoeing trails and more. Whether you’re a seasoned snow-venturer or planning your first snow-zone trip with the pup, dream big with this guide to dog-friendly winter travel in the Golden State. Read more…

Find your oasis in Greater Palm Springs

January 19, 2023

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.

Greater Palm Springs is an oasis for pet lovers of all kinds, from foodies dining with Fido to adventurers searching for epic hikes to families and everyone in between.

Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly spots and experiences in Greater Palm Springs. Read more…

DogTrekkers, please be safe out there

January 12, 2023

We take a break from our normal California dog-friendly destination newsletter to encourage all DogTrekkers to be as careful as they can be during these unprecedented and unrelenting storms that have been pounding our state.
Visit California, California’s leading tourism marketing agency, offers this advice for thoughtful and safe travel throughout our state Read more…

Happy New Year—plus a few favorites for 2023

January 4, 2023

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 dreams, you can count on the all-new

As the ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California travel, we spark inspiration while spotlighting thousands of Golden State activities and destinations waiting to welcome you and your furry family. Read more…

Happy holidays to all DogTrekkers!

December 22, 2022

2022 was filled with many amazing moments for dogs and their humans. DogTrekker found an exciting new online home. We continue to uncover more and more destinations throughout California that are welcoming dogs.

In addition, we have all learned a great deal more about protecting sensitive environments when traveling without pups, ensuring continued access to these areas. Read more…

This winter, find a cozy place to stay at Yosemite

December 8, 2022

2 dogs sticking their heads out car window at Yosemite National Park

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…

Four-paw winter accommodations

November 30, 2022

Tenaya Lodge in snow at night
Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.

Tenaya at Yosemite is one of those popular, across-the-board places. It’s a cool setting in all seasons, including winter. And the resort’s appeal extends beyond humans and right into the animal kingdom.

Yes, Tenaya at Yosemite is a terrific destination for those looking to travel with their dog. In the Sierra Mountains, you’ll find a variety of places to explore and activities to enjoy, along with one-of-a-kind, pet-friendly lodging.

In winter, our yard goes on and on. Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker, and lodging specials from our Mendocino partners

November 17, 2022

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and our dog and human families at DogTrekker are so thankful to have such a supportive, engaging, and responsive group of dog parents to share our California dog-travel stories and insight throughout the year. We also love the feedback we have received about our exciting all new!
We are also so thankful for the selfless support DogTrekkers continue to show for dogs in the shelters we promote, either by providing a new forever home, fostering or donating much needed funds. We and the dogs thank you!
In addition, we want to share with you fall/winter specials from our premier lodging partners in Mendocino County. All of these hotels and motels go out of their way to make the pups feel just as welcome as the humans that follow. We encourage you to fetch some of these barkingly great deals! Read more…

‘Tis the season at the Stanford Inn

November 3, 2022

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. Joan and Jeff Stanford recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary as innkeepers here, and they’re busy unpacking a collection of holiday decorations as they prepare to extend a warm welcome during the festive months ahead. Read more…

Welcome to the all-new!

November 19, 2022

Millions of pet parents have trusted DogTrekker for California travel inspiration and pup culture updates for the past decade. Technology is constantly changing, and we’ve been working like dogs to make our website more searchable, user-friendly and dog-gone fun to use. Now, we’re thrilled to introduce the new! Read more…

Saving Senior Dogs Week

October 13, 2022


At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco’s Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we’re building a better world for all four-legged friends.
That’s why we’re thrilled to launch a new DogTrekker Challenge benefitting Saving Senior Dogs Week. This dog-gone good campaign raises awareness and funds for more than 30 senior dog rescues nationwide, including nine groups here in California (click for a complete list). DogTrekker will kick off the drive by donating $1,000 during this year’s Saving Senior Dogs Week, October 24-31. Please join us and help organizers reach their $75,000 goal! Read more…

Savor and sip with your pup: Fall winery trekking

September 27, 2022

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.
We feel that to be able to meet a winemaker and not be rushed or scheduled or hit with large tasting fees or have to sit in traffic to get to or away from a winery, is important. Here are our DogTrekking suggestions for affordable, impromptu wine country getaways. Read more…

Mammoth Lakes is the ultimate pup-cation

September 14, 2022


You know that awesome spinning in circles routine your pup does before going on walks or getting a treat? It’s going to happen a lot in Mammoth Lakes. Between all the dog-friendly hiking trails and activities — not to mention all the dog-loving people, accommodations, and establishments — your best pal can live its best life year-round in Mammoth Lakes. Read more…

Welcome back to Yosemite Mariposa County

August 31, 2022

Kessler at Glacier Point, Yosemite. Photo by Annie Nagel.

Regular DogTrekker readers know we love Yosemite Mariposa County. This special corner of California faced destructive summer wildfires, but the danger has passed. Now, your support will jump-start the community’s recovery. Read more…

Eastern Sierra Highway 395 road trip

August 17, 2022

We are pretty cool dogs!

Looking for a road trip that will have your dog wagging her tail the whole way? Free up four or more days for a leisurely junket on the federally designated Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway (Highway 395). It runs 150 miles between Topaz, just over the state line in Nevada, and Bishop in Southern California, skirting the Eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada, including our friends at Mammoth Lakes. The views are stunning, traffic is (usually) light and there’s much to explore along the way. Here’s our DogTrekking guide. Read more…

Ruff it up with a late-season dog-camping getaway

July 28, 2022

Lake time!

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.  Read more…

Choose Redding – Chase Adventure

July 21, 2022

Woman and dog on bridge
Sundial Bridge Redding.

Redding anchors UpState CA, California’s under-the-radar adventure capital. You’ll find forests, mountains, national and state parks, countless lakes and fishing streams, too, plus patio dining and \pup-friendly hotels and motels. Check out Choose Redding’s new website for itinerary ideas and special deals. Read more…

Mammoth Lakes is the ultimate pup-cation

July 6, 2022

Woman and dog and waterfall.
Time to chill with your pup

Between all the dog-friendly hiking trails and activities — not to mention all the dog-loving people, accommodations, and establishments — your best pal can live its best life year-round in Mammoth LakesRead more…

North Coast dog-passionate Noyo Harbor Inn

June 29, 2022

Dog at Noyo Harbor Inn
It’s a ruff life for Maya at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

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 authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century. For dogs, it is truly a ruff place to stay. Read more.

All aboard! Take a dog-friendly train ride to summer fun

June 23, 2022

Skunk Train.
Skunk Train. Photo by Brendan McGuigan

There are many dog-friendly “all aboard!” choo-choo options in California. Here are a few of our favorites, including some tail-wagging surprises. This issue is powered by Mendocino County’s Skunk TrainRead more…

Plan a great Gilroy getaway with your dog

June 15, 2022

Alfresco in Gilroy

Follow your nose (as well as your dog’s) to Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World! You’ll find plenty of dog-friendly places, including hotels and RV parks, restaurants and wineries, hiking trails and parks. Read more…

The Best of Mendocino County

May 25, 2022

Best of Mendocino
Coastal dogs rule!

Mendocino County may be within a day-trip drive of most of the Bay Area, but we encourage you to snuggle up with your pup at one of our dog-passionate lodging partners. Go north along the coast from Little River to Fort Bragg to find the Little River Inn, the Stanford InnBeach House InnBeachcomber MotelSurf & Sand Lodge and the Noyo Harbor InnRead more…

Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

May 19, 2022

Wow that’s green!

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both established and emerging wineries, this Northern California community lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline. Read more…

Santa Cruz: Waves, wine and wilderness plus woof, of course!

May 12, 2022

On the beach in Santa Cruz.

Sun, sand and tail-waggin’ good times are all to be found in Santa Cruz. If you and your pup don’t live on the coast, you probably crave some surf and sand from time to time. Read more…

Coastal Mendocino: sustainable by nature

May 5, 2022

Dog on lawn
Yes, I’m a regular here. And you?

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, the Stanford Inn and Eco-Resort is a dog-friendly California destination that weaves wellness, relaxation and earth-friendly elements into each stay. Read more…

Visit dog-friendly Mendocino County wineries!

April 26, 2022

Kristi Chales and Sahsa at FourSite winery
Kristy and Sasha at Foursight Winery in Anderson Valley. Photo by Roger Coryell

Looking for a friendly wine-tasting getaway with your four-leggers? Mendocino County, just north of the Bay Area, is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in California, and has dozens of dog-friendly wineries! Read more…

Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

April 20, 2022

The trestle in Fort Bragg

Coastal Fort Bragg is a great basecamp for exploring Mendocino County. 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…

Explore Concord with free doggie visitors guide

April 13, 2022

“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. In fact, this dog-friendly city just produced a dog-gone great guide to the Concord Perro Trail. This free, downloadable map covers Concord’s very dog-walkable downtown plus nearby parks and open spaces.Read more…

Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge

March 30, 2022

Header image

Summer lasts just 92 days, so it’s wise to make the most of it. An absolutely splendid idea is spending some of these precious days in Yosemite. This beautiful region is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge. Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable summer moments for the entire family—including your four-legged friend. Here’s how to enjoy a wonderful summer escape packed with family-friendly fun. Read more…

Bucket list cottages and cabin escapes

March 16, 2022

Because readers tell us that cabins and cottages are their top lodging preference, we asked Maya, DogTrekker’s Director of Barketing, to do some digging. She’s traveled California in search of dog-friendly cabins and cottages, and here are three of her favorites. Read more…

Paws up: Sacramento here we come!

March 9, 2022

Postal Dog

Wherever you look in Sacramento – Restaurants, craft breweries, and entertainment venues , parks and hotels – check out Old Sacramento and environs! Read more…

Playtime with your pup in the East Bay’s big back yard

February 23, 2022

woman and dog

Head to the East Bay to 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. Read more…

Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history

February 17, 2022

Roaring Camp Railroad
Roaring Camp Railroad. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.

From restored 19th century Victorians to old lime kilns that helped build San Francisco, Santa Cruz County has many unique and historical treasures waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and sniffed – sniffed? Read more…

Lake Tahoe, dog training, and you

Feb 10, 2022

Wild Blue
Wild Blue Dog Camp. Photo by Sharon Eide.

Summer and fall camps by Wild Blue Dogs combine play with purpose, offering an all-inclusive, action-packed week with other dog-lovers and their furry friends in Lake Tahoe. Read more…

Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

February 3, 2022


Waterfall season! Here are some late winter/early spring hikes with watery rewards at the end. Read more…

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

January 19, 2022

Keeping dog eyes safe from the glare while playing in the snow.

Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. It’s easy enough to visit­—and no need to leave your four-legged sidekick behind. Read more.

Happy New Year and a tribute to our best friends

January 12, 2022

Happy New Year

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. You can count on as the go-to guide for dog-friendly California travel with thousands of places and activities to enjoy with your furry family members. Read more.  

Winter in Yosemite, the Tenaya Lodge way

December 16, 2021 

Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.

Yosemite is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge. Located just two miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable winter moments for the entire family—including family members on four paws. Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker

November 18, 2021

Thanks indeed.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. This year, our dog and human families here at DogTrekker are thankful to have such a supportive, thoughtful, and responsive group of pup parents engaged with our California dog-travel stories and insight. Read more…

Saving Senior Dogs Week

October 26, 2021

Saving Senior Dogs Weel
We love our senior dogs!

At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco’s Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we’re building a better world for all four-legged friends. DogTrekker donates every year to this campaign. We hope you will too!

Plan a pawsitively perfect getaway in Greater Palm Springs

October 20, 2021

Photo by Greater Palm Springs.

Traveling with your four-legged best friend? With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, sprawling open spaces, and a welcoming atmosphere for people and pups alike, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect spot for your next getaway. Bring Fido along for an unforgettable trip to this Southern California oasis, where pet-friendly activities and amenities abound—think early morning hikes, afternoons by the pool, and fine dining with a view. Read more…

Fall is prime wine time in California

October 14, 2021

Wine Time
Thanks for sneaking me a bite, Mom!

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special event With the advent of fall and the busy harvest and crush season winding down, things are calmer and there’s plenty of room for you and your pooch to relax and enjoy. Here are a few tips and insights on wine areas ripe for visiting. Read more…

Fall into Mendocino County

October 7, 2021

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride.  

For families, you’ll find the most unique dog-friendly lodging properties anywhere in the state. Add in dozens of coastal and inland parks, lakes, hikes, vineyards, attractions and a powerful perch along 90 miles of Pacific Coastline, and you have the recipe for fall fun! Read more…

Yosemite Open Without Reservations

October 1, 2021

Time for a snooze before the rest of the hike.

As of October 1, guests will no longer need advance reservations to enter Yosemite! And remember, you never need reservations to visit Yosemite’s Highway 140 gateway, magnificent Mariposa County. In celebration of fall, our friends at Visit Yosemite Mariposa County have outlined a wonderful dog lover’s itinerary that helps you enjoy the best dog-friendly fun this region has to offer. You’ll find sunny days, cool nights, fewer crowds, and lots of tail-waggin’ things to do. Now is the time to visit, you lucky dog! Read more…

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup

September 22, 2021

Bella visits the capitol, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities. Read more…

Surf’s Up

September 9, 2021

Huntington Dog Beach. Photo by Visit Huntington Beach.

If you think summer’s over because autumn begins in a few weeks, consider this: it’s really the sunniest time of year on the California coast. This is a season of great light, warm days and calm air along the Golden State’s shores. This long-tail summer, from now through early November, features sunny beaches and lots to do, including events and fun celebrations for the entire family. Here’s a DogTrekker sampling. Read more…

Four-paw accommodations: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

August 25, 2021

Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.

Anybody who has ever traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others. At Tenaya Lodge, you can fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy.

If you like adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge is perfect. Read more…

DogTrekker turns 10. That’s 70 in dog years!

August 12, 2021

DogTrekker Director of Barketing Emeritus Kayla. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Ten years ago, we first introduced to a few hundred friends and family. Our new website covered all things dog-friendly in Northern California, from travel news to rescue campaigns to care tips for four-legged friends. While it doesn’t seem like yesterday, it certainly doesn’t feel like a decade since that initial newsletter.  Read more…

Best in show, Noyo Harbor Inn

July 14, 2021

Noyo Harbor
Photo by Noyo Harbor Inn.

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. It also serves as an upscale home base for enjoying canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. The historic line travels Mendocino County’s classic Redwood Route, providing a dog-friendly introduction to the region’s scenic highlights. Read more…

Redwoods, Railroads and Mendocino County magic

July 8, 2021

California Western Railroad has traveled through majestic Mendocino County redwoods for 135 years. Affectionately known as the “Skunk Train,” this celebrated attraction welcomes guests and their four-legged friends on five historic trains traveling two unforgettable routes. The experience anchors an array of dog-friendly adventures on California’s rugged North Coast, from sampling local brews in Fort Bragg, to hiking more than 20 state parks, beaches and reserves dotting Mendocino County. Punch your ticket and start planning today. Read more…

The best dog-friendly cabins

June 30, 2021

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage, and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are some of our favorites. Read more…

Tap into adventure in Concord

June 9, 2021

Dogs welcome here
Photo by Visit Concord.

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds through town.

Dog-friendly hiking paths unfold in every direction, and a new passport program in place through June 30 spotlights a thriving regional craft beer scene. Stay for a day or spend the weekend. Either way, Visit Concord shares engaging itineraries and suggestions for families traveling with four-legged friendsRead more…  

Best Dog Hikes in Redding

June 2, 2021

Turtle Bay
Let’s go! Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts about 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.

Trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks and plenty of water. Before you put paws to path, request a free trails brochure or check out the virtual guides online. And as always, pack it in, pack it out, and Leave Only Paw Prints™! Read more

Rest and Recharge in Coastal Mendocino

May 19, 2021

Stanford Inn
Photo by Stanford Inn and Resort.

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionaStanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast. Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. Read more…

If It’s Summer, It Must Be Dog Camping Time 

May 6, 2021

Are there treats in there??

As the weather warms up, the great outdoors calls. With COVID restrictions lifted somewhat and more and more recreational sites opening up, there’s a feeling of freedom in the air. Your dog is sure to feel it, too. So what are you waiting for? Prepare ahead of time, pack up your tent, your hikers and your pup and get out there! Of course, be sure to Leave Only Paw Prints™ Read more.,,

Best Hikes in Santa Cruz 

April 29, 2021

travel with dogs’s recent reader poll ranked hiking as the #1 activity that you want to experience at destinations you visit in 2021. In a recent blog, our friends at Visit Santa Cruz, who also get the same requests, put together a list of hikes in Santa Cruz County that will really get those tails wagging. Here are a few of our favs, with links to many more. Read more…

Time to Get Your DogTrekking Show on the Road 

April 21, 2021

travel with dogs
Woo hoo! We’re goin’ on a road trip!

After a year of color tiers and various stages of COVID lockdown, it’s time to get your dog show on the road. So, plan ahead using, make your reservations, download or update the DogTrekker mobile app, pack the leash, bowls, beds and whatever else your pup needs, and take off on a fun-filled road trip! Here are some of our favorites. Read more…

Yosemite is Open and Calling 

April 15, 2021

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Spring is here and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite, but will be required beginning May 21.That means that if you are staying outside of the park, you will need an advance reservation; which begin on April 21. Here is the complete guide from our friends at Read more…

Ready, Set, Zoom for the Rescues 

April 1, 2021

tailwags and handbags
Ooh la la!

OK, enough already about the over-abundance of Zoom calls, meetings, appointments and conferences we’ve had to sit through this past year. The silver lining for those of with pets: we’ve had our furry critters by our sides during most of the year! Read more…

Spring is Springing; Time to Put Paws to Path! 

March 11, 2021

Woman with dog

Wow, has it been a year already since COVID-19 came along and “shelter in place” orders and mask mandates were issued to keep us safe? A lot more is known now than then, and the bright side, as we wait for vaccinations and the gradual lifting of restrictions, is that we’re a lot more free to get out and about with our canine companions. Here are some suggestions for dog-friendly hikes this sprinRead more…

Sacramento’s Dog-friendly Dining Scene 

Feb. 18, 2021

Where’s mine?

Sacramento’s restaurant scene, if not in full bloom, is at least budding again. No, you can’t yet eat indoors, but heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with stay-at-home orders lifted and the weather generally mild, people (some accompanied by their dogs) are eating out again—socially distanced, of course. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites. Pay them a visit with your pup and help save SAC restaurants!  Read more…

Finally, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder! 

January 14, 2021

Dog on dock
Photo by Wild Blue Dog Camp.

We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness. Read more…

Get Out of Your COVID Rut With Some Dog-Friendly Snow Play! 


Ruff and ready to play.

Woof-woof hooray! With Governor Newsom’s recent lifting of stay-at-home orders, California has recovered some of its dog-friendly mojo. While many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place (don’t take that mask off yet and stay safer at 6 feet), we can dine outdoors again (with our pups) and enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. Here’s a look at some possibilities for the month of February. Read more…

DogTrekker Season of Giving: Senior Mutts Need Homes Too 


Muttville Senior Dog Rescue volunteers holding dogs
We love these mutts and we cannot lie.

All Donations Now Matched at Muttville! So many dogs are suffering and need your help right now. Some are the casualties of unavoidable tragedy – people who have lost homes, gotten sick, or died. Some are victims of neglect. No matter why a senior dog ends up in a shelter, their chances of ever getting out are not good. No matter how wonderful, senior dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive. Read more.

Support Those in Napa Valley Who Do the Heavy Lifting 


Can Do Give Guide Logo

DogTrekker has long promoted nearly 300 Napa Valley dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries, attractions, and local services. As part of our mission to provide local and accurate listings, engaging travel content, and support for animal welfare organizations, we regularly feature a number of Napa Valley adoption, rescue, and shelter services, all that need financial assistance on an ongoing basis.

This year we are pleased to recommend CanDo’s Napa Valley Give!Guide 2020 that supports a culture of year-end giving. This guide raises awareness of 57 local non-profits, both animal welfare-related and community-focused organizations. Over 2.3 million dollars has been raised through the guide in the past seven years by providing easy one-stop giving to these groups. Read more…

Color-Coded Outings With Your Dog


Sunset with my people.

Yellow, orange, red or purple? Keeping up with ever-changing pandemic color codes and associated restrictions can be confusing, but your dog doesn’t care: She just wants to be with you, whether for an hour, a weekend or more. In Northern California, we have limitless options for safe, dog-friendly getaways. So leash up, keep an eye on the rules, get out and enjoy our big Bay Area backyard. Read more…

Dog, You’ve Earned a Yosemite Vacation 


Dog in Mountains
Photo by Lauren Burtz.

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of November 1. Read more…

Dogs in the Vineyards 


Solis Winery
Photo by Solis Winery.

October is’s official winery month, covering not only the “usual suspects” around the Bay Area, but smaller, more out-of-the-way destinations you may not have heard of or explored. The California wine community is taking extra precautions this year to keep visitors, residents, employees and their families safe and healthy during the pandemic.  Read more…

Put Your Pup on Cruz Control 


Running on beach with dog
Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.

The change of seasons brings shorter days—and, perhaps, a sense of urgency to score a little “away” time following six months of pandemic travel restriction. What better place than Santa Cruz? Fresh air, pounding surf and dog-friendly activities abound. Read more...

The Air is Clearing 


Fire Trucks
Have a go-bag for you and your pups.

For avid DogTrekkers, late summer and early fall have been difficult, to say the least. Coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic, fires throughout the state have impacted many Californians with some of the worst air quality in the world! Read more…

Digging the Gold Country With Your Dog 


Dog in car with head out
Go for the gold!

By now we all know the COVID-19 drill: Mask up, wash your hands, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, etc. But with summer in full flush, DogTrekkers are getting restless. And so, after months of staying close to home, it’s time to hatch, of course with caution!  Gold Country welcomes responsible visitors, dogs included. Here’s a sampling of places to go and things to do during the time of COVID-19 in California’s Gold Country,  An Amazing American Road Trip! Read more…

Support Our Rescue Community, Virtually for Now 


DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering and attendance at adoptathons and other special events during the year. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many of these events have had to be canceled or postponed. The good news, and for now the new normal, is that many organizations have moved to staging virtual events. Here are some upcoming fundraisers DogTrekker recommends, virtually. Read more…

Mendocino County: Connect with Your Inner Dog 


Downward dog on the beach.

As Californians begin hatching from months of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the itch to travel (safely) is growing stronger. Mendocino County is one destination that’s cautiously reopening to visitors. Their “Clean and Safe” commitment (download #SafeMendocino Visitor Guide)  is geared to responsible travelers—including those accompanied by four-legged friends—who long to connect with nature, scenery and fresh, clean air. Read more…

Four Dog-friendly Activities in Yosemite Mariposa County 


Yosemite Dog
Ready, set…

We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park. Read more…

Concord is Ready When You and Your Dog Are 


Did someone say Taco Trail?

Ready to get paws outta Dodge?  You’ll find a multi-faceted, drive-distance gem in the East Bay in the community of Concord, which is slowly and safely reopening to visitors after months in various phases of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit this Mount Diablo Region town for a day or come for a weekend; either way, you’ll find a variety of places and spaces to explore, with the safety of visitors and locals a top priority everywhere. Read more…

California Coastal Beaches Now Reopening 


Tips for beaches

Summer is here and as California begins to open up its coastal beaches, state and local officials urge all visitors to continue to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for you, your family and the dedicated park staff that is working hard to provide us with these important outdoor experiences Read more…

Ready for Redding? You and your furry friend are welcome back 


Shasta Dog
What a view.

After almost four months in lockdown, Californians are ready to roam—and Redding, nucleus of the eight-county Shasta Cascade Region, is ready to welcome DogTrekking visitors back. Wide-open spaces and clean air await, and dog-friendly businesses are open with new sets of procedures aimed at keeping customers safe. From scenic trails and gushing waterfalls to comfy lodging and gorgeous lakes, it’s all waiting for you and yours to put paws to path! Read more.

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