Time to pack up the kids and the dog and get out and see our beautiful country! Vacations with kids and pets can be a lot of fun, as long as you know where to go. Dog-friendly destinations exist around the country and not only can you and the kids have fun, but your pooch will enjoy the getaway just as much.
When you will be gone from home for an extended period of time, and your dog is accompanying you, it may be good to learn some tips for happy travel before you leave. Here are a few:
- Ensure you have your pet's vaccinations up to date - Before starting on your trip, get your pet examined and ensure shots are up to date. Many places, such as state or national parks, where pets are allowed will need to see the documentation that your pet has all vaccinations before permitting entrance.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a tag - Your dog should have a collar with a tag containing your home address and telephone number. A microchip is also an option. Take a photo of your dog and carry it with you, because if he should get lost, you will always be able to show others what your dog looks like.
- While traveling, take frequent breaks - Take regular breaks when driving so your dog can stretch. A little exercise and some potty breaks go a long way in making your dog more comfortable and happy. This is good practice for you and others in your family too!
- For extended vacations, travel in an RV - An RV is perfect for traveling with kids and pets. Since your dog loves to have familiar things close, an RV motorhome vacation permits you to bring along all our pet's favorite bedding, toys, dishes and the like. When you go to attractions that don't allow pets, you can leave Fido in the RV with the air conditioning running. Saves the cost of kennels!
- Starting from the East Coast and working westward, you will find pet-friendly destinations throughout the U.S. Orlando, Florida is a wonderful place for a family RV vacation. When visiting the top attractions, such as Walt Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios, you can either leave your pet at home in your RV or you will find kennel services at each of these parks. Costs range from $10 to $15 a day per pet. Another great place to go where your dog will run with you along the paths is Lake Eloa Park
- Chicago, Illinois is a fascinating city, one that is perhaps the most dog-friendly in the Midwest. Take your dog on a jog along the lakefront or visit the dog-friendly Montrose Beach. Go north to Evanston to tour the Ladd Arboretum and Ecology Center where you can wander the 23-acres of park with your dog on a leash.
- Texas is a scenic and fun place to go, and Austin, Texas is right in the famous Hill Country. In Austin you will find a great place to jog along the Colorado River in downtown, or visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens where your pet can come too. Austin has twelve off-leash parks where you can take your dog to play.
- Moving along to the West Coast now, we take up Seattle. What a thrill to go sightseeing in this marvelous city. There are RV parks close by and you can enjoy relaxing in your "home" in between adventures. Take your furry pet to the Sand Point Magnusun Park where he or she can romp. You can even take your dog on the ferry as long as he is leashed. Seattle boasts a wide array of off-leash parks.
- Have you ever thought about taking the family to Lake Tahoe for a holiday? Dogs love to go hiking with you, and enjoy river rafting as well.
- Further south in San Diego, you will find a city that loves pets (and their owners). Off-leash areas at Ocean Beach and Coronado Beach make for amazing summer or winter vacation excitement and water activities.
About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. You can see more great RV vacation ideas in their Monty's Musings RV Travel Blog.