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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.
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.
Washington DC was carved out of Maryland and Virginia when President George Washington selected the sight on the Potomac River. The city was designed and laid out by Pierre L’Enfant with numbered streets going north and south, lettered streets going east and west and Avenues named after the states criss-crossing these streets. The city was divided into four quadrants, Northwest (the largest quadrant today), Northeast, Southwest and Southeast. The land that Virginia donated for the nation’s capital was returned to Virginia. Only the land donated by Maryland remains as Washington. Since Washington is a Federal district, its borders cannot expand and thus much of the activity has moved to Northern Virgina and Suburban Maryland, or the Suburbs. The vast greenways of the capital city are great for people with dogs and almost all are open to leashed dogs. The monuments make for very scenic walks and there are quite a lot of dog-friendly activities in the Washington area.