Archive for September, 2013
The Tampa Bay area is made up of three different communities that grew up for largely different reasons. Tampa, with 300,000 residents, was settled by the Spanish in 1539. It grew in the 1800s when Henry Plant extended his railroad to the city. St Petersburg (population 250,000), Clearwater and the beach areas grew up as a retirement location in the late 1800s. And Sarasota was built in large part by money from John Ringling, of Ringling Brothers Circus fame. The three cities all have appealing downtowns, with Tampa having Franklin Street, which is a pedestrian area. St Pete has a number of restaurants and shops downtown and Sarasota has a waterfront and storefronts with crafts and artwork. Your dog will like browsing these areas with you as well.
Dallas-Fort Worth is the commercial and financial capital of Texas. It is not the biggest city. That honor goes to Houston. It is not the state captal, Austin is. But Dallas is the hub of things in Texas. It has a bustling downtown, with tall glass buildings and sprawl to as far as you can see. Neighboring Fort Worth and Dallas are now relatively inseperable, as the metropolis connects the two cities 40 miles apart. Many people know Dallas from the TV series with the same name, and Southfork Ranch is a dog-friendly destination in the area. Dallas is dog-friendly, the city has officially sanctioned dogs at patio restaurants in town and there are many places to stay and visit with Fido in tow.
Miami grew from a small trading post into a large metropolitan area of 2 million people in the last 100 years. Known, of course, for its beaches, climate and warm weather year round, Miami is a very popular tourist destination. Main tourist areas in Miami include Miami Beach (South Beach), Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. Dogs who visit the city will find it facinating for it’s dog-friendly lodging, shopping and dining, but not so much for its beaches. There are two dog-friendly beach areas in the city.