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Taking A Road Trip With Your Dog – Plan Your Trip

Check out our ideas for road tripping with your dog. There are lots of places to take your dog to play, eat and stay when traveling.

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So you’re solo for the exception of your furry friend and you want to take a little vacation on the road? You’re probably wondering where are the best dog-friendly spots and attractions and what you should bring. This list will help you out with all of that.

What Do You Need?

Aside from the obvious food and water necessities, you should pack some things that will comfort your dog and keep the ride enjoyable for you both.

  • Chew toys
  • Collar, leash, harness
  • Crate
  • Bed/Blanket
  • Wet wipes (for the slobbering ones)
  • Nausea medication – just in case you don’t know what to expect or this is your dogs’ first road trip

The following is also recommended from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

  • Your veterinarian’s contact information
  • List of Veterinarians and 24 hour Emergency Hospitals along the way and close to your destination
  • Identification: Current color photo of your pet
    ID tag should include:Owner’s name, current home address and home phone number. Travel ID tag should include:Owner’s local contact phone number and address. Contact information for your accommodations (hotel, campground etc). The microchip registration should be updated with your current contact information including a cell phone number.

If you don’t want to kennel your dog then I suggest a dog harness that can be attached to the seat to keep your pet from roaming all around and distracting you from driving. If you don’t think this will be an issue then roll the window down and all is right in the world. Please also remember to never leave your precious pet in your vehicle unattended for an extended period of time, especially when it is hot, or even warm outside. Temperatures within the vehicle can climb 19 degrees within the first 10 minutes, and up to 45 degrees within the hour.

Where Are You Going?

You want to pick a route with lots of rest stops in between so that your dog can use the bathroom frequently and also get a light 5 or 10-minute exercise in. This route takes you and your dog to 3 spots in the southern United States: Cali, Texas, and Florida. 


Carmel’s Dog Beach will cater to mans’ best friend with park trails, beaches, dog-friendly restaurants, and pet-friendly hotels. Take your pet to the sand and let them run around and expel some of that pent up energy from the ride in. There are amenities such as water bowls, mess bags, and treats sprinkled throughout Carmel. Check out our guide on the ultimate California road trip itinerary.

Hog’s Breath Inn

Hog’s Breath Inn is a pet-friendly place to stop in and get some grub. Some of their featured entrees are Hog’s Baby Back Ribs, Australian Lamb Chops, and Seafood Pasta. Happy hour runs from 4 to 5 pm with discounted drinks and apps. 

Vagabond’s House Inn

Vagabonds’ allows your dog to stay with you, they can even sleep in the bed if you say so! They also offer complimentary after-the-beach wash stations and Doggie pick up bags. You can even hire a pet sitter at the front desk. 


The San Antonio Riverwalk and Cedar Bark Park are two destinations that you and your dog will love. You can walk along the path next to the river or head for the historic market square for some of the best Mexican food and souvenirs. Cedar Park Bark is a 5-acre fenced in dog park with a natural pond and dog showers. They even have a festival once a year all about the dogs. 

Freetail Brewing Co.

Have a beer with your pal out on the patio at Freetail. They offer apps, salads, pizzas, pies, and sandwiches, from their very own brewery they have Bat Outta Helles, Rye Wit, Soul Doubt IPA, and more. They hold several events throughout the year so be sure to look out for those and see if you can plan your trip accordingly. 

The Westin Riverwalk & More

There are several hotels in San Antonio that will off you and your pup to rest your heads. You can choose from the Westin Riverwalk, Omni La Mansion del Rio, Residence Inn, and the Crockett Hotel. They are all very similar in amenities and price so I would go off availability.  


Happy Tails Dog Park has unique features like a leash free run area, an exercise area for agility training, and an area exclusive to small dogs. They hold various canine activities throughout the year as well as events. Bring your favorite frisbee and head outside because you and your pet will have a ton of fun at this park. 

Sicilian Oven

Dogs can eat outside at Scicillian Oven. They have all the favorite and classic pizza, wings, and pasta for you and your dog to enjoy. Afterward, pick your favorite local ice cream shop and grab your pooch an ice cream cone to cool off. 

Honorable Mentions

Other dog parks that you can travel to with your pup:

  • Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park in Lancaster, PA
  • Red Bud Isle in Austin, TX
  • Locust Point Dog Park at Latrobe Park in Baltimore, MD
  • Quarry Run Dog Park in Portland, ME
  • Barkin’ Basin Dog Park at Wayne Bunker Park in Las Vegas, NV

Also, road tripping to National Parks is another great way to bring your dog along. With endless fields for them to roam in and trails to navigate, you can’t go wrong stopping at a national park on your trip. Here are a few of our top recommendations.

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