Archive for September, 2013
Detroit, the Motor City, was founded in 1701 by a French fur trader named Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Prior to being the center of the automotive industry the city was home to a shipbuilding business and then built railroad cars. Henry Ford began making cars here in 1896 and by the early 1900s Ford, GM, Chrysler and Pontiac had all set up shop in Detroit. Detroit once had over 1.5 million people, but it now has roughly 700,000. However, the Detroit Metro Area still has 3.7 million people and is one of the largest cities in the United States. Much of the activity in Southeast Michigan has moved from the city of Detroit to the suburbs and even further afield. When visiting Detroit and Southeast Michigan with a dog you will find a lot to do. You will have to drive, however, as things are spread out.
Monterey California is one of the most pet-friendly destinations there is. Coupled with nearby Carmel, this place is not to be beat as a dog-friendly vacation haven. Carmel provides the quaint village, one of the nation’s best dog-friendly beaches and Monterey provides long ocean beaches, walking trails, larger hotels and more selection in city amenities. Monterey, named for the Count of Monterrey, was first explored by Europeans in 1602. It served as the Spanish Colonial capital of California until the gold rush when the capital moved to San Francisco temporarily. It is primarily a fishing town. To see it’s Spanish heritage you can walk in the center of town at the Monterey State Historic Park.
First settled in 1887 as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad and then a prominent stop along the famous Route 66 Amarillo today serves as the economic center of the Texas Panhandle region. The Amarillo Livestock Auction here is where cattle is bought and sold. 185 thousand people now live in Amarillo. Amarillo is a routine tourist stop along Interstate 40 coast to coast travel and a vacation spot on its own due to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the United States. There are a lot of things for people traveling with dogs to do here.