Beyond California - Dog Friendly Stories

Beyond California

Sure, California is a great state. But there’s a reason so many Californians vacation in (and even move to) Oregon. Our neighbor to the north offers not just a change of scenery and zero state sales tax, but dog-friendly opportunities at every turn. Here’s a look at some of the most dog-friendly destinations in the Beaver State, along with the resources you need to find more places the two of you can roam.
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Kayla at Nick
Kayla at Nick's Cove

DogTrekker.com pioneered the Four-Paw Promise:

  1. We provide you, our readers, with localized, dog-friendly listings for 18 regions, 58 counties and over 700 towns and municipalities.
  2. We share accurate details that simplify the trip-planning process.
  3. We tell engaging stories about where, when and how to have tail-waggin’ fun with pups across California.
  4. We remain committed to supporting the Golden State’s rescue and adoption organizations.
Our writers and editors draw upon 250 years of collective on-the-road and on-the-trail experience to spotlight the best places to stay, dine, swim, sip wine, camp, canoe and enjoy dozens of other dog-friendly activities. Some options will surprise you!

Find more ideas for dog-friendly California fun… more »

Finally, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder!

Bailey at Wild Blue Dog Camp
Bailey at 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. more »

Puppy Love in Portland

Bogart spends a sunny day at Mt. Tabor in Portland, Oregon. <br/>Photo Credit: Lulu Hoeller (CC)
Bogart spends a sunny day at Mt. Tabor in Portland, Oregon.
Photo Credit: Lulu Hoeller (CC)

Yes, it’s a long drive from California (650 miles and 10 hours minimum from San Francisco), but Portland-with-pup is worth the time-and-money investment. “Portlandia” (also nicknamed PDX, after its airport code), is a city of neighborhoods, so keep that in mind as you choose a base camp, plan your dog-friendly activities and plot how to get from place to place. more »

Coasting Oregon With Your Tail-Wagger

Cannon Beach - Oregon Coast. Photo Credit: Judd Hall (CC)
Cannon Beach - Oregon Coast. Photo Credit: Judd Hall (CC)

We Californians think our Highway 1 and Big Sur coastline are scenic, and they certainly are. But Highway 101, which runs a bit inland along California’s North Coast and continues over the state line into Oregon, gives it a run for the money. The road hugs 363 miles of Oregon shoreline, much of it given over to beaches. Almost all those strands are open to leashed pets, and many (outside state park boundaries) offer off-leash privileges as well. more »

Backcountry Oregon: Where Nature Rules

Columbia River Gorge - Photo Credit: Melissa Delzio (CC)
Columbia River Gorge - Photo Credit: Melissa Delzio (CC)

Oregon is a big and diverse state, but perhaps its biggest assets for DogTrekkers are the thousands of square miles of public lands where you and yours can enjoy nature unleashed. Pet-friendly yurts and cabins in 22 of Oregon’s 361 state parks take the “ruff” out of roughing it, but be sure to reserve well in advance. more »

Bend and Stretch in ‘Dog Town USA’

Elvis enjoying a snowy run along the Deschutes River. <br/>Photo Credit: @photographybylynnmarie
Elvis enjoying a snowy run along the Deschutes River.
Photo Credit: @photographybylynnmarie

Situated smack in the middle of the state and straddling a geographic divide—high desert on the east side, typical Northwest evergreen forests on the west—Bend is a sophisticated town of 82,000 that’s been drawing California refugees (and their four-legged friends) for decades. Dog Fancy magazine named it Dog Town USA in 2012, and in the years since, even more establishments have opened their doors to dogs. more »

Beach Bliss at South Lake Tahoe

Kody at Echo Lake. Photo Credit: Vicky Lim
Kody at Echo Lake. Photo Credit: Vicky Lim

Looking to spend some quality beach time with your four-legged pal at Lake Tahoe's South Shore? We've scouted out the spots where Sparky is welcome to romp in the sand and dip his paws in the Big Blue. more »

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