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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Waterfront Dog-friendly Delights in Mission Bay

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Hanging out in Mission Bay. (CC) Bhautik Joshi
One of the fastest changing parts of the city is Mission Bay, a South-of-Market shoreline neighborhood in the midst of a redevelopment boom. Start this three-mile jaunt at AT&T Park, crossing McCovey Cove on Third Street to reach China Basin Park, a thin strip of green space facing the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. On game days, the park is crowded with fans and the energy level can get frenetic, but at other times, you and your four-legged sidekick can explore the Giants History Walk or simply cuddle on a bench and enjoy the spring sunshine and the views. more »

Places to Play in Golden Gate Park With Your Dog

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Otto up a tree in Golden Gate Park. (CC) ejbSF
Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco what Central Park is to New York, but oh-so-much better, at least in our dog-centric opinion. Its 1,017 acres encompass dog-friendly gardens, lakes, picnic groves, trails and many other attractions. On weekends, when the roads running through it are closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrians and pooches rule the roost. more »

Chasing Waves on Ocean Beach With Your Dog

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Traveling in Style at Ocean Beach. (CC) torbakhopper
If your dog has a reliable recall and can be trusted not to jump on people, bring her to Ocean Beach, a four-mile strip of sand at the foot of Golden Gate Park. The section between stairwells 1 and 21 is off-leash territory, and dogs go wild chasing waves, fetching balls and dodging the throngs of humans who congregate here on weekends.  more »

Sit, Stay and Snore in Dog-friendly San Francisco

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Taking in the view at Fort Funston. (CC) Racingmix
If there’s a more dog-friendly city than San Francisco when it comes to lodging, we don’t know about it. The City by the Bay boasts dozens of hotels, motels and B&Bs that welcome pets. They range from upscale establishments in the Kimpton and Joie de Vivre chains to simple motels in outlying neighborhoods. more »

San Francisco is for Dog Lovers

Dog at Fort Funston
Addie headed for fun at Fort Funston. Photo by Heather.
If there’s a more dog-friendly big city than San Francisco, we at DogTrekker.com certainly don’t know about it. An abundance of open space available to the canine set is one of the City by the Bay’s main attractions for dog lovers. Well behaved pooches are allowed to exercise and socialize off-leash in two dozen places within city limits, including several—Bernal Heights, Crissy Field, Fort Funston—with views to drool over. more »

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