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Embark on a paw-some adventure in Greater Palm Springs

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

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Pawsitively perfect patios of pooches

patio at Pink Cabana in Palm Springs

Dine al fresco with your pup at these dog-friendly restaurants. From lush gardens to exclusive dog menus, you and your

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Dog-friendly hikes

Two women hiking with a dog in Greater Palm Springs

Discover beautiful Greater Palm Springs trails on these dog-friendly hikes. Pack water, grab treats, and get ready to check out

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Top dog-friendly breweries

dog at table on outdoor patio in Palm Springs

Raise a glass (and a paw) to good times with your four-legged companion. Here are some of our favorite restaurants and breweries

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A sunny pup-cation in Greater Palm Springs

people walk in front of Boozehounds with dog on leash

With endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, and swaying palm trees in all directions, it’s hard to imagine a

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Pups, plates and patios

group of people at outdoor table looking at a dog with paws up on the end of the table at Boozehounds in Palm Springs.

In Greater Palm Springs, entire menus are created with canines in mind. Pups can order everything from egg bites and teriyaki

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

group of dogs sit on summit of a mountain with the city of Oakland behind

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...

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Southern California: Tail-wagging adventures await

dog in car with head out window

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Greater Ontario, California embraces dogs as part of the family. From welcoming parks and trails to pet-friendly

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Fall fun with Fido

Couple with a small yellow dog in forest

Greater Ontario, California offers the ideal setting for an autumn escape that will create cherished memories for you and your loyal companion.

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Trails & tails

Labrador retriever with leash is waiting for walk.

Greater Ontario, California boasts an array of dog-friendly trails that are a paw-fect fit for both canine companions and their outdoor-loving humans.

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San Luis Obispo (SLO)

yellow lab panting

Sunset likes the laid-back vibe, local, independent wineries, and public art of San Luis Obispo (SLO). From a dog-parent’s perspective,

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Oceanside (O’side)

vibrant sunset on beach in Oceanside

A dynamic surf heritage, playful boutique hotels and Michelin-recognized restaurants earned Oceanside its spot on Sunset's top cities list.

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Greater Palm Springs

group of people at outdoor table looking at a dog with paws up on the end of the table at Boozehounds in Palm Springs.

Southern California’s most storied resort oasis is a sun-splashed playground known for history, scenery and exciting adventures.

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Greater Ontario 

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 are a real treat

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Chow down in Greater Ontario

Illustration of Lazy Dog Restaurant.

Pet-friendly restaurants provide outdoor patios to enjoy a great meal for the entire family, including your dog. 

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Greater Ontario, gateway to the SoCal Experience

Labrador sitting next to a suitcase.

Dogs love to GO! With plenty of hotels in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga to choose from, several of them will accommodate your pet.

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Ten best places in California to take your dog

Dogs on a beach

California is a dream destination for dog owners, offering a variety of dog-friendly parks, beaches, and hiking trails to explore with your furry companion. From the sunny shores of Long...

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Favorite San Diego County beaches: Del Mar Beach and La Jolla Cove

View of wild brown California pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) in the La Jolla cove near San Diego, California

Del Mar Beach and La Jolla Cove are two of Southern California’s most beautiful and famous dog-friendly beaches. Located just a short drive from San Diego, these beaches offer a...

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Find your oasis in Greater Palm Springs

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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...

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Featured Hotel: Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

yellow lab sits in hotel room next to bed

Paséa brings winter magic to Southern California as their annual Ice Rink at Paséa Hotel & Spa returns November 25 - December 31.

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Temecula: A Southern California wine oasis

Temecula Valley with vineyard

Think Southern California, and beach towns, mountains and desert landscapes come to mind. But wine country? Yep, that’s what you get in Temecula, a high-desert town about 60 miles north...

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Soak up spring in Greater Palm Springs

mountains reflected in mirror-like lake

Spring is officially here, and there's no better time to plan a getaway to Greater Palm Springs. This Southern California oasis offers a blissful, sun-kissed escape, and you'll find plenty...

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Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

Dog and waterfall

Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some...

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Don’t pass on Pasadena with your dog

Pasadena sign

If you can just get off of those L.A. freeways (and you can!) a great place to gulp some fresh air and take in some flowy eye candy is Eaton...

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Enjoy the great outdoors in Greater Palm Springs

Dog and person outside 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...

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Big dog-friendly opportunities at Big Bear

Dog at Big Bear Lake

Just as Lake Tahoe is a vacation magnet for NorCal residents, so Big Bear Lake, two hours from LA, is a major draw for South State residents. Sister ski areas...

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Cove Oasis Loop, La Quinta

Taking a walk with a dog at the Cove Oasis Loop in La Quinta

The Cove Oasis Loop, nestled at the base of the Southern Santa Rosa Mountains,offers the perfect stroll for families and their four-legged friends. The mostly flat, gravel path begins at...

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Visit a close-in, dog-friendly campground

Dog at campground

Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations).

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Hit the trail

Dog walking with 2 people on a trail

When you and Duke want a dose of adventure, head out on one of the dog-friendly trails in Greater Palm Springs.

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Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation 2018

Dogs at Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation

Not long ago Phoebe (black) and Henry (blond) were tiny puppies, facing a bleak future in a rural California shelter with few resources and little foot traffic. Luckily for them,...

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Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Orange County

Black dog in the sand at Huntington Beach Dog Beach in Orange County

• Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Orange County. This salty-dog paradise encompasses a 1.5-mile section of a 3.5-mile-long beach that seems plucked straight out of a surfer movie (no wonder Huntington...

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San Simeon Cove, San Luis Obispo County

San Simeon Cove

Tucked beneath William Randolph Hearst’s famous castle, San Simeon Cove is a jewel of a place with emerald water and ample space for dogs to romp.

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Surf City USA, Gateway to the OC

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Huntington Beach with your pooch, you might be inclined to get comfortable and not leave the city. After all, when it comes to...

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The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Two dogs in the sand by the Waterfront Beach Resort

Love life by the beach with The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel’s new stylish oceanfront suites. The spacious suites feature a private furnished balcony overlooking the beach and ocean,...

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Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

Dog on bed at Pasea Hotel and Spa Huntington Beach

Just steps from the beach and the famous pier in “Surf City USA,” the 250 room Paséa Hotel & Spa, part of the prestigious Meritage Collection, features bright coastal décor,...

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Moseying around the Mojave

2 beagles sit in front of the entrance sign at Mohave National Preserve.

The name sounds intimidating, and the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County can certainly be that.

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Death Valley dalliance with your dog

Dog exploring Death Valley

Think Death Valley is nothing but a parched and endless patch of wind-blown sand? You’ve been watching too many old TV shows. This Southern California national park is in reality...

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Traveling with a dog in Huntington Beach California

Dog with ball running on beach

By Lauren Lloyd Voted as one of California’s dog-friendliest cities, Surf City USA welcomes four-legged kids with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels, along its paved beach path, and...

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If Everybody Had a Surf Dog…

Dog on beach in front of lifeguard stand

You’re sure to have a Beach Boys sound track playing in your head as you and your pup cavort on aptly named Dog Beach, the leash-free segment of 3.5-mile-long Huntington...

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Surf City USA with your dog

Two long haired dachshunds running on the beach.

Voted one of California's dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels; along its paved beach path; and even dedicates a stretch of...

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Waggin’ Trails 2017

Cute white dog at Waggin' Trails eent

Landing in a shelter is rarely a good thing if you're a dog. If you're in an overcrowded California rural shelter with no resources and less foot traffic, your prospects...

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Pawesome Places to Spoil Your Pup

Dog at dog cafe

Huntington Beach has incredible pet-friendly hotels, scenic places to take your pooch and a host of great restaurants for you and your beloved four-legged friends to eat. But what about...

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Chow For Your Chow Chow (Or Any Other Breed)

Wiener dog on the road

Living in Huntington Beach, we’re spoiled with beautiful scenery and often perfect weather. Our canine friends are also spoiled, especially when it comes to dining options. Me and my girl...

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Every walk in Surf City is special

Huntington Beach dogs

The Dog Beach here in Surf City has become famous throughout Southern California. More than a mile of undeveloped beach along one of the prettiest stretches of the coast

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HB Collection: Dog-passionate Hotels

Dog snuggling up on a bed 

Where to stay? Is it really possible to find a beautiful place near the beach for you and your pooch? In Surf City USA, absolutely. For years, many hotels in...

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San Diego bound

Lily Pond at Balboa Park, San Diego

In San Diego County, it’s a dog life when it comes to hiking, beaching, dining and sharing a hotel room with your pup.

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Pet Sounds of the OC

Dog on beach in Orange County

Even in November and December, you’ll find yourself humming a Beach Boys tune as you stroll the sands of aptly named Dog Beach, a leash-free segment of a longer strand...

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Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation

Dog walking at Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation

Location, location, location. If you're a shelter dog, it can make the difference between life and death. Especially in overcrowded, underfunded shelters in remote areas, conditions are often poor (like...

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Giacomo and Gelsomina’s mountain paradise

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever stands on log in forest

Although Mount Laguna is about 50 miles from central San Diego, the spectacular scenery and climate are well worth the drive. This 6,000-foot altitude alpine area is an evergreen tree...

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Soaking up scenery in San Diego

mountain view with clouds at Mission Trails Regional Park

San Diego epitomizes the laid-back SoCal lifestyle—and it just happens to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, to boot.

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Sniffing out dog-friendly trails in LA

trail kiosk in front of dusty trail and desert mountain

Los Angeles is lots more than jammed freeways, as anyone who’s taken time to explore its hilly terrain and beautiful beaches knows.

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Catalina adventure

Catalina Express

Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express, serving the island from...

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Kayla in Surf City

Huntington Beach dogs

DogTrekker.com's Chief Operating Dog, Director of Barketing and Research Lab, Kayla, recently visited Huntington Beach (aka Surf City, USA) and is still barking about it. Surf City is roughly 35...

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Dog-friendly San Simeon Cove

San Simeon Cove Beach

Nestled under the watchful eye of William Randolph Hearst’s famous castle is San Simeon Cove, a jewel in San Luis Obispo’s crown of beaches. Emerald-green water, abundant wildlife and ample space...

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Death Valley National Park

sunset over Death Valley road

Exceedingly pleasant temperatures—low 60s in the daytime, low 40s at night—make January and February the ideal time to visit Death Valley. This is one of the best drive-through parks in...

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Trekking in Temecula

Dog in a vineyard 

Southern California’s high-desert wine country is centered around the town of Temecula, 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego.

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Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego

Joshua Tree National Park

As at most national parks, regulations at Joshua Tree prohibit dogs from accompanying you on trails—but not from driving through to admire the scenery or enjoy a picnic at a...

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On being a good hotel guest

Woman with dog and luggage checking in to hotel

Too often, rules are in place because the human/canine parties who visited before caused trouble or annoyance to management or other guests.

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