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Ultimate dog bucket list

Dogs have dreams too—they love to travel and want to see all the same famous places their favorite person gets to see! Luckily, many notorious places around the world welcome four-legged travel companions, so you and your best friendly can experience it all together. Now, your pup can have a bucket list, too.

1. Acadia National Park.

Located on Maine’s rugged, rocky coast, Acadia is one of the most dramatic national parks. It features not only electric blue ocean waters, but the highest mountains on the east coast. Bring your dog on the hiking trails, ones that don’t require climbing equipment, drive the park loop, and even camp.

2. Biltmore Estate.

One of the most lavish homes in America welcomes dog to roam the lush, vast land surrounding the astonishingly gorgeous, historic structure. Only humans are allowed in the actual house—located in Ashville, North Carolina—but the gardens are none-the-less impressive and fun.

3. Centennial Olympic Park.

When the Olympics were in Atlanta during the 90’s, Centennial Olympic Park was established. Today you can play in the Olympic rings fountain, see commemoratory plaques and inscribed bricks or lounge under shaded trees. A little onsite restaurant serves shakes and burgers.

4. Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is probably on everyone’s bucket list, and while not all of this famous area is dog accessible, the south rim is. You’ll fid lodging and spectacular hiking trails.

5. Yosemite National Park.

With 1200 square miles of meadows, waterfalls and wilderness, there’s more here to explore than your pup could ever dream. The California park allows dogs in nearly every area, just be sure they are leashed.

6. Kailua Beach.

Of course, Hawaii has to be on the list. This beach near Waikiki (Honolulu) has crystal blue waters and a mountainous background. Perfect for snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and just lounging, it’s also dog-friendly.

7. Central Park.

Visit one of the most notable places in New York, just be sure to keep your fur baby on a leash!

8. Calistoga Ranch.

This is a beautiful Napa Valley, California retreat that allows your pup to tag along. Not only can you roam the grounds, there’s actually a bacon scavenger hunt for dogs set up in the vineyard! Literally, they put bacon everywhere and they can sniff it out.

9. Leaning Tower of Pisa. As if your dog wouldn’t be stoked enough about being in Italy, wait until they get their photo in front of the infamous leaning tower. Visitors even report there is a grassy area for pee breaks right onsite.

10. Banff National Park.

Dramatic mountains and other worldly blue waters await in Banff of Alberta, Canada. Dogs are welcomed in Canada’s gorgeous parks, but they must be on leash unless in a designated off leash area, of course.

11. Bow Wow Brunch Cruise. Dog friendly cruises are few and far between, and the ones that do allow pups often require them to remain in an onboard kennel facility. Hornblower Cruises in

12. San Diego. This dog-friendly, California city offers a special doggie sail along the bay, and both humans and four-legged passenger get to chow down on food and drinks until their hearts are content.

13. The French Quarter. Dive into the amazing food and culture of this New Orleans gem with fur babies in tow! Many carriage rides, stores, restaurants and markets welcome and even treat dogs. Just keep in mind it can get very busy, so you might need to avoid certain spots like Bourbon Street.

14. Magnuson Park. Located in Seattle, this huge off-leash park offers both views and lake access!

15. Blue Heaven. One of the most notable restaurants in Key West welcomes pets! The outdoor seating area is extensive, and quite beautifully decorated and shaded with trees. Enjoy a mile-high slice of key lime pie while the pups enjoy watching the roaming roosters.

Bonus: Shinkansen. The super speed train in Japan does allow smaller dogs to take a ride. Be sure to bring a crate. Together you can speed through Tokyo, Kyoto and other major spots.

Taking your dog to all these amazing places will not only check off an incredible bucket list for them, but for yourself. The world awaits with these, plus more, iconic spots to take your best friend. So, get packing and start crossing destinations off.


Karyn Wofford is a “Mom” to her fluffy, sweet dog Halli. She spends much of her time traveling and advocating for Type 1 diabetes—and Halli sometimes accompanies her on her adventures. You’ll find Karyn’s work on sites like Mother Earth Living, and in magazines such as Diabetes Forecast.

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