St. Louis is located at the intersection of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River. Long before the country had airports, highways or trains St. Louis was a crossroads city. Boats from the Missouri or Mississippi heading to the Gulf had to pass here. The city was founded in 1764 by a French trading company led by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.The city joined the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The city of St. Louis has a current population of about 320,000 but the region boasts 2.5 million residents. St Louis is dog-friendly and is the location of the American Kennel Clubs (AKC) Museum of the Dog.
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.