By VICTORIA HEUER
June 9, 2009
Thinking of heading out of town for a little R&R, but don't want to leave your pup behind? Save the money and guilt that would have been spent boarding your dog in a kennel, stop worrying about who you can call to pop in to your house to take your dog for a walk, and plan a vacation that both you and your dog can enjoy.
Dogfriendly.com has released its annual list of dog-friendly U.S. cities to visit, with San Francisco topping the list for their better than average amenities like dog friendly beaches and recreational areas, restaurants that allow your dog to hang out on the patio with you while you eat, and pet friendly hotels. Whichever city you choose, you can bet that you will have a great time, and you won't have to Photoshop your dog into any of the pictures this year!
#10 Ann Arbor, MI – Dog-friendly canoeing, gardens and farms, and don't miss Nichols Arboretum, the 123-acre botanical collection at the University of Michigan.
#9 New York, NY – Dog-friendly luxury hotels, Central Park, lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk till you can't walk no more!
#8 San Diego, CA – Take your dog shopping with you at the Otay Ranch Town Center and hang out at the dog park after, go hiking or take your dog to one of the friendly beaches.
#7 Chicago, IL – Take advantage of this gorgeous city on the water by taking your dog on a Canine Cruise, or just hang out and be amused at Navy Pier. And you'll have plenty of culinary delights to choose from with Chicago's dog welcoming patio restaurants.
#6 Charleston, SC – See this historic town in all its glory. Charleston has a number of tours that you can take your dog along to, including the Boone Hall and Magnolia Plantations. Or you can go on a ghost tour (don't forget the Scooby snacks!), and wind down after a night of fright with a day of fun at the beach.
#5 Portland, OR – First thing's first. The beginning of any vacation should start with a relaxing drink, and the Lucky Labrador is just the place to serve it up. The Lucky Lab has three fresh brew locations that you and your pup can check out while you're in town. Plus, make sure to visit the well-known Rose Gardens and the Saturday Outdoor Market.