Summer is peak travel period for families around the country, especially when the kids get out of school. Many pet parents like to take their four-legged family members on the road as well, which begs the question, Where should you go on vacation? It’s true that not every city is ideal to take your dog to, but there are certain cities around the country that are more pet-friendly than others. Here’s a look at a few that are a bark above the rest!

Orlando, Florida: For years, this has been a family-favorite thanks to Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal theme parks, and more. But did you know that Orlando is also a great place to take your pet? While you can’t take your pet with you into the theme parks, Disney actually offers five different kennels at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, The Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Fort Wilderness. They each cost about $15 a day and will pamper your pet while you and the kids are in the parks. Even better? Disney is planning a first-of-its-kind pet resort that will offer grooming, doggy day camp, and luxury suites for them to rest.

Colorado Springs, Colorado: Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state after Denver, but people love its quaint, small-town atmosphere. Your dog will too, thanks to the more than 10,000 acres of public parks including seven dog parks! What makes Colorado Springs truly unique is that dogs are welcomed at many of the city’s major attractions, like Red Rock Canyon, Bear Creek Nature Center, and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Many of the city’s hotels are also dog-friendly, including the five-star Broadmoor Hotel that offers food bowls, special bedding and complimentary treats.

Portland, Oregon: There’s no question that Portland is as welcoming to dogs as it is to people. If you’re planning a stay, consider the Hotel Monaco that has a Director of Pet Relations on staff. He’s a friendly yellow Labrador named Art who greets all of the guests, including every dog. About 20 of the city parks are off-leash, and many restaurants welcome dogs on the patio. For happy hour, head to Sniff, a dog hotel in the NW part of the city that offers a glassed-in bar for humans that allow you to watch your pet play at the complimentary doggie daycare.

If you’re a St. Louis dog owner who is searching for assistance with your four-legged family member, please contact us. We specialize in dog daycare and boarding in addition to offering elite canine training programs in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas.