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12 of the Best Places to Take Your Dog on Vacation

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puppy rolls in grass on vacation Want to plan a getaway someplace where your dog is also welcome? Check out these great dog-friendly destinations. | iStock.com/erdinhasdemir

A family vacation looks different for everyone. Maybe it wouldn’t be a getaway without your spouse and children. Perhaps you can’t really relax on the beach unless the only person with you is your significant other. Or maybe you can’t really get into vacation mode unless your siblings and their families go along, too. And if you own a dog, maybe a family vacation doesn’t feel complete without your beloved pet. In fact, taking your dog on vacation with you is a great alternative to kenneling or finding a sitter.

But traveling with a dog requires some advance planning. Not everybody takes their dog on their summer vacation or weekend getaways. So you’ll need to choose airlines and hotels that will welcome Fido. Plus, you’ll want to pick a destination that offers plenty of attractions and activities you and your dog can enjoy together. Want to plan a getaway for you and your furry companion? Read on to check out some of the best dog-friendly destinations.

1. Asheville, North Carolina

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trees show fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains When you visit Asheville, you can enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. | iStock.com

With mountains, waterfalls, and pet-friendly activities galore, Asheville, North Carolina, might be the perfect vacation spot for you and your dog. Asheville is home to Aloft, which USA Today readers chose as the most dog-friendly hotel in the United States. And dogs are allowed on the grounds of Asheville’s most famous attraction: the Biltmore Estate. The grounds are the perfect place to spend outdoor time with your dog. And the estate offers kennels where Fido can nap if you want to check out the mansion. Foursquare users have compiled a list of dog-friendly places in Asheville, including breweries, restaurants, and ice cream shops. 

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