Dog-friendly Parks and Gardens

Dog-friendly Parks and Gardens in California

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Go take a hike: dog-friendly trails and parks in Gilroy, CA

Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Looking for some fun outdoor adventures you can share with your dog? Plan a getaway to Gilroy, California and find plenty of dog-friendly parks and hiking trails to explore. You will also find some nice camping options in the area. more »

Special adventures for furry friends in Mendocino

Water Dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Water Dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.

Mendocino County has so many dog-friendly activities that you might want to stay a few extra days. The Skunk Train is a northern California classic that departs from depots in coastal Fort Bragg and inland Willits. If splashing around with your pooch is more your style, book the Water Dog Package at the Little River Inn. Or, take to the waves with a specially designed canine cruiser from Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, at the adjacent Stanford Inn. Check out our full list of pup-centered attractionsmore »

Parks for pups and their people

Maya and her crew that follows. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya and her crew that follows. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

After a day spent shopping (don’t miss Sweet Pea’s Pet Boutique!), hiking in places like Rockville Hills Regional Park, or sipping your way through wine country highlights, unwind back in Vacaville. Close to town, some great dog parks let you take in the scenery while dogs stretch their legs. Lagoon Valley Dog Park presents 30,000 square feet of fenced-in fun, complete with benches, tables, water stations and safe, tail-waggin’ adventures. more »

Paws up: Sacramento here we come!

Story of Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot at the California State Railroad Museum. Dogs welcome outside. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Story of Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot at the California State Railroad Museum. Dogs welcome outside. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

It’s a new year and Sacramento has come thrillingly alive again. Restaurants, craft breweries and entertainment venues are humming – and wherever you look, you’ll see people with dogs! Join us in our journey as we wag through Old Sacramento, play in some great parks and check out the dog scene at dog-friendly Sacramento hotels.

Discover some DogTrekker favorites in Sacramento:

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Play in a park with your pup

Bonnie plays with friend at Partner Park. Photo by Janet Fullwood.
Bonnie plays with friend at Partner Park. Photo by Janet Fullwood.

Sacramento has a couple of nicknames. For the last decade or so, it’s prided itself as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” due to its location in the agriculture-rich Central Valley. But it’s been known since the mid-1800s as the “City of Trees” for the robust canopies that shelter its many parks and older residential neighborhoods. The tree-planting binge started by early residents never stopped, and today, Sacramento’s parks provide shady refuge for DogTrekkers, even on the hottest summer days. more »

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash goes live

Maya at 2019 Doggy Dash. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya at 2019 Doggy Dash. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

The annual Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash in William Land Park is back in person on April 23 after a two-year pandemic hiatus. It’s one of Northern California’s largest dog events, with 2K and 5K walks plus the festival, attracting up to 5,000 dog-accompanied humans. Registration for the walk is $35, but attendance at the festival, featuring many vendors and canine activities, is free. All funds raised will benefit the compassionate work of the Sacramento SPCA. more »

Putting paws to paths around Concord

Pups love the Mt. Diablo Region.
Pups love the Mt. Diablo Region.

Get tails a’waggin’ on trails at one of the East Bay Regional Parks District preserves serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The 73 preserves include between them 125,000 acres of open space and 1,250 miles of trails. Yes, that’s a lot! Start, perhaps, by exploring Lime Ridge Open Space, held jointly by Concord and Walnut Creek. Its 1,200 acres are criss-crossed by 25 miles of dog-friendly pathways. more »

Stay and play in Vacaville

Maya & Parents at Lagoon Valley Park.
Maya & Parents at Lagoon Valley Park.

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

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

Dog-passionate San Francisco Bay Area.
Dog-passionate San Francisco Bay Area.

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

Here are some of our favorite destinations in the dog-friendly East Bay:

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs
Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more (with your four-legged best friend in tow), then start planning a getaway to Greater Palm Springs. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, this Southern California oasis offers a blissful, sun-kissed escape during the winter months, and you’ll find ample opportunities to get outside, enjoy the mild weather and soak up some rays.
 
Fetch and frolic at one of several sprawling dog parks, where mountains and palm trees provide a breathtaking backdrop for off-leash fun. Or pick a pet-friendly hike, like the Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail, to experience the destination’s scenic, natural beauty.
 
Here are more Greater Palm Springs experiences that make tails wag:

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