North Carolina’s coastline is made up of long barrier islands, the northern part is known as the Outer Banks. This area, from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head, Avon Hatteras and Ocracoke Village became a tourist draw with the construction of bridges from the mainland to the barrier islands on the northern end of the barrier islands. There is also ferry service to the islands available where the barrier islands are further out and no bridges are practical. Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches along much of the state’s barrier island coast. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy this long, pristine beach with you. The area is dog-friendly with small inns and vacation rentals and makes for a great pet-friendly vacation spot.
Chattanooga is located on the Tennessee River up against Lookout Mountain and just across from the Georgia State Line. The town was founded by the Cherokee Indians in 1815. It served as a ferry to cross the river in its early days. In 1838 the Cherokees were forced out of the area along the “Trail of Tears”. The original ferry site is at the modern day Ross Landing in town. The city of population 150,000 was the home base of the 1940s band “Cattanooga Choo Choo” and hosts an impressive selection of greenways, parks and tourist attractions. Chattanooga is a success story on the dog-friendly front as well. Most downtown areas, including bridge walkways, the greenway along the river and dining were, as recently as five years ago off-limits to our four legged friends. The city worked to improve this situation, and Chattanooga now is one of the most dog-friendly cities of its size in the nation.
Sandpoint is a resort community located on the northern end of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. It is a mountainous area with a plateau in which the town of about 8,000 people sits. The town offers year round activities with lake activities, hiking and enjoying the quaint downtown area in the summer and winter activities centered mostly at the well-known Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The town has a number of interesting dog-friendly points of interest but the town’s City Beach and the nice park surrounding it are off-limits to dogs. Other parks in the city do permit dogs.