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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Second Stop: Hwy 50, Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

Dexter hiking Horsetail Falls. Photo Credit: @lmcarbonell
Dexter hiking Horsetail Falls. Photo Credit: @lmcarbonell

Of the two primary ways to get to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento (Interstate 80 or Highway 50), 50 is by far the more scenic—especially this year, with the American River raging at the side of the road east of Placerville. Need a rest stop? You’ll have to pay a day-use fee to park and pause in the CalTrans lot at Twin Bridges (86 miles and about an hour and a half from Sacramento), but it’s worth it to take a short walk to Pyramid Creek and the base of 800-foot-high Horsetail Falls, perhaps the most spectacular cascade in Northern California and at its peak this month. 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 »

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 »

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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