Dog-friendly Attractions

Dog-friendly Attractions

California has a rich bounty of dog-friendly attractions. Here you will find our best stories about trains, bridges, historical places, farm trails, summer ski lifts and more, curated by the DogTrekker.com editorial staff.
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Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 1 and Santa Cruz

Theo at Its Beach, photo by: @theothebulldog
Theo at Its Beach, photo by: @theothebulldog

It’s no secret that California Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) is considered one of the most scenic routes in the country. All the better, then, that it leads to Santa Cruz, arguably one of the most scenic sun-and-surf towns in the state. You’ll love it there and so will your dog, given all the fun activities you can do together. more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 128, Mendocino County

Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe
Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe

Leaving Highway 101 at Cloverdale (Sonoma county), and heading on CA-128 West, this scenic road offers up many delights, from the Boonville General Store (think deli goodies from pizza to soups and sandwiches) in southern Mendocino County, to Leggett, on the Eel River in the north. In between? Let us count just a few of the ways along this 55-mile stretch of road to make your DogTrekking trip memorable. more »

Ruff-ing It in Yosemite National Park

Ruff-ing It in Yosemite National Park

“Is Yosemite dog-friendly?” That’s one of the questions most asked by DogTrekker readers. The answer depends on how “Yosemite” is defined. We at DogTrekker define it not only as inside the park, but dog-passionate Mariposa County, affectionately known as the "Mother of Counties" because it initially encompassed one-fifth of the state of California, Including Yosemite National Park.
 
Inside the park, leashed dogs are allowed on most fully paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths, unless there is a sign that specifically forbids them. more »

Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

You’ll find dog-lovers and dog-friendly Yosemite lodging options throughout the region. To review them all, visit the lodging page on Yosemite.com, choose the general type of accommodation you prefer – hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, cabin rentals or camping. Then use the Advanced Filter to show pet-friendly options inside and outside of the park. You can also use the feature to choose what area you would like to stay, from Yosemite Valley to Wawona and Fish Camp to Mariposa. more »

Raving About Redding

Kayla hiking on the trails near the Sundial Bridge
Kayla hiking on the trails near the Sundial Bridge

March is perhaps the prettiest and most temperate month of the year in Redding, a Northern California city that can warm up in summer (although there are some fabulous lakes where you can always cool off). With hills in vibrant-green mode and orchards bursting with pink-and-white blossoms, you’ll enjoy some great scenery along with your dog hike. more »

Romp ‘n’ Roll at a Sno-Park

Romp ‘n’ Roll at a Sno-Park


Yep, they’re open! California’s 19 Sno-Park sites, most in the Tahoe basin but some farther afield on the flanks of the Sierra, are white oases for winter fun. Jointly maintained by CalTrans, the USDA Forest Service and other agencies, they offer plowed parking and trails, some groomed, where you can ski, snowshoe and hike with your dog.  Some offer snowmobile trails and sledding hills, as well.

Check the individual area you are interested in by going to the Sno-Parks website and scroll down to find your favorites. more »

Open Air Dog-friendly Activities Perfect for Social Distancing

Mendocino Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Botanical Gardens

By now, we all know the drill: wash your hands, cover your face in public, maintain six feet of “social distancing” between yourself and anyone else who is not a member of your household “bubble.” So where does your dog fit in? Right by your side, as always! In Mendocino County, you’ll have access to many activities that let you have fun while still adhering to the guidelines. Here are a few suggestions. more »

So, What's to Do With Your Dog in Concord?

So, What

The short answer: Lots and lots of things to get tails a-waggin!  Start off with a romp at Baldwin Dog Park or the Paw Patch dog park in 126-acre Newhall Community Park, then hit the trails at one of the East Bay Regional Park District preserves just minutes away. more »

Redding Family Fare (Dogs Included of Course!)

Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge
Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge

Bringing the gang to Redding? Bunk down at a pet-friendly hotel like the Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge. It is on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions and makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »

Unique Outdoor Adventures

Moorten Botanical Garden / Photo: @thefrenchietrekker
Moorten Botanical Garden / Photo: @thefrenchietrekker

If you think the only outdoor activities in Greater Palm Springs for you and your dog can be found on hiking trails and at dog parks, we have a surprise for you. The destination boasts singular attractions that promise engaging experiences for everyone. From polo fields to one of the world’s top air museums to lakeside camping and fishing, these dog-friendly attractions welcome canine visitors on leash. more »

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