If you love dogs, you’ll love Denver. At the town’s Watering Bowl Tavern, you can drink beer and eat pizza while your dog frolic in a 7,000 square foot fenced dog park. Spend the night ? Rooms at the Crawford Hotel include a dog bed, food and water bowls, chew toys and treats for the four-legged guest. At the Curtis Hotel, photos of the dogs are displayed in the lobby.
Denver was named America’s Best City for Dogs in an April 2021 survey by dog walker research site Rover.com and real estate site Zillow, but many other cities, parks and hotels across the country are eager to see your pooch’s belongings (and yours too). Here are some of the funniest destinations in the country.
Some cities have a good reputation among pet owners.
Portland, Oregon, for example, has many pet-friendly trails and 34 dog parks, the second highest number per capita in the United States, according to the “Trust for Public Land” (Boise, Idaho, is number one). If you go, take a look at the Mount Tabor Park Dog Park: after your dog has played in the off-leash area, you can walk to the top of a sleepy ash-cone volcano, admire the city center or have a picnic near the reservoir.
Many Portland restaurants and over 70 breweries have outdoor patios that welcome pets. The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub even hosts an annual “Dogtoberfest” that claims to be Portland’s biggest dog wash (try the Black Lab Stout before rubbing your dog).
New York City has more dog parks in its five boroughs than any city in the country. Not only can you walk your dog through most of Central Park (some places, such as ball fields and water features are off limits), but from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. your dog may be off-leash in some areas. To treat your dog to a Big Apple dining experience, head to Madison Square Park, home to the very first Shake Shack. While you’re gorging on a burger and fries, your dog can eat a Bag O ‘Bones (five dog biscuits made by the town’s Bocce Bakery).
Louisville, Kentucky, was ranked number one on a 2021 Orvis list of 100 dog-friendly cities due to its many dog parks and restaurants with puppy-friendly patios (the Old Louisville Brewery even has a dog fenced Region). In F ort Lauderdale, Fla., Shooters Waterfront Restaurant hired a veterinary nutritionist to develop a pet menu (diners can choose from turkey, chicken, or beef). You’ll also find plenty of parks, including the city’s Bark Park at Snyder Park, with holes for canine swimming.
Other options: Chicago has the most dog-friendly restaurants in America (558, followed by San Diego, with 555), and Austin, TX has the most dog-friendly shopping malls (28), according to a 2020 study from SmartAsset.com.
To find fun dog-friendly places across the country – from restaurants to beaches and shopping – check out the Bark Happy app and BringFido.com.