Traveling with pets is becoming more common and to help pet-owners everywhere, more dog-friendly places have opened up. DogFriendly.com, a publisher of dog travel guides, came up with a list of the Top 200 Dog-Friendly Places in the United States and Canada
On the 2013 list of the Top 200 Dog-Friendly Places, DogFriendly.com listed places in every state and some in Canada. The list includes resort hotels that not only allow your dog but have amenities like doggy room service, dog activities, pet sitting and welcome baskets for dogs.
The list also includes dog-friendly outdoor areas such as beaches, parks and off-leash dog parks. Among the favorites are the Carmel City Beach, where dogs are allowed off-leash on a popular beach for people, San Diego Dog Beach, Jekyll Island Beaches in Georgia and Maryland's Assateague Island where you may also see some wild horses. The most pet-friendly National Parks are Arcadia National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
The list even includes dog-friendly restaurants. Some of them include Jordon Pond House in Maine, Portabella in Carmel, California, and Portland's Lucky Labrador.
There are also boat tours which allow dogs on board such as Chicago's Mercury Canine Cruises and Alexandria Virginia 's Potomac Riverboat, which offers tours of the Potomac in Washington.
"This is a sampling of the best dog-friendly places in the U.S. and Canada," says Len Kain , Editor of DogFriendly.com in a release. "We tried to make sure the list included top places in all 50 states and many provinces as well, so that there is something convenient to everyone. Each place on the list deserves to be highlighted as a top place for people with pets to visit."
While many shops don't let dogs inside, the list highlights dog-friendly shopping centers such as
Also included are a number of very dog-friendly shopping centers such as New York City's indoor Time Warner Center, Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond, Denver's Aspen Grove Shopping Center and San Diego's Otay Ranch Shopping Center which has its own dog park.
Other places on the list include gondola rides, outdoor museums, quaint downtown villages and historical museum villages, amusement parks and train rides.
To see the entire list of the Top 200 Dog-Friendly places, check out DogFriendly.com/top200. DogFriendly.com, which started in 1998, lists and highlights pet-friendly places where pet owners can bring their well-behaved, leashed pets. The top 200 just highlights some of the 40,000 places that are listed in the site's free online guides. The places that are listed represent more than 4,000 cities, so there's something for all pet lovers.