Archive for October, 2013
Yellowstone National Park is actually a huge volcano or super volcano. This plateau has over half of the world’s geysers and hot springs and is visited by millions of people annually. Grand Teton National Park is a group of mountains with very sharp peaks. These young mountains rise quickly above the plains. Jackson Wyoming is located near the two National Parks and serves as a good base to visit both parks. There is also dog-friendly lodging in both parks. If you are arriving from the east to Yellowstone you may also visit Cody Wyoming, which also has some dog-friendly activities.
The area that is now Albuquerque was occupied by Natives hundreds of years before Europeans came to North America. Some of this history is on display at the Petroglyph National Monument just west of town. The city was named after the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque (the city later dropped the “r”). It was founded as a Spanish colony in 1706 and still has many of the buildings in Old Town that were built in the 1700s. As with most Spanish cities the city was built around a plaza and that plaza remains in Old Town Albuquerque. Albuquerque is very dog-friendly and has been ranked high on many dog-friendly lists in the past. It has very many dog-friendly hotels and has recently benefited from New Mexico passing a law clarifying that dogs may sit with you at patio restaurants. Thus there are more restaurants that are dog-friendly here than ever before.
Phoenix was founded in 1860 in the Salt River Valley and, as it grew, absorbed one town after another. It is now a huge, sprawling city that looks a lot like Los Angeles. There are now three million people in the Phoenix area. Phoenix gets very hot in Summer, with temperatures regularly above 110 degrees F. This is very hot for your dog who can get overheated much quicker than a person can. So temperature must be considered when planning a dog-friendly trip to Phoenix or for the local residents. Winter is Phoenix is excellent, with termperatures that both people and dogs can love. It’s a great time to visit.