California’s Carmel Tops’s 2011 Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions

Although a good pet-friendly vacation can be had just about anywhere, these places go above and beyond in welcoming your pet.

Carmel/ Monterey California tops this year’s Top 10 Resort Areas to visit with your dog. This is a familiar place for Carmel on this list, where it has been at or near the top for years. Carmel Beach is off-leash friendly, there are numerous fine hotels and restaurants. The rest of this year’s Top 10 are:

2. Asheville / Blue Ridge Parkway – Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Biltmore Estate and Village, take a tour or take garden walks and stay at a B&B or hotel.

3. Sedona/ Grand Canyon – Take a leashed dog on the Grand Canyon rim, stay at a pet-friendly Sedona resort and hike or take a jeep.

4. Bar Harbor/Acadia – Acadia National Park is very dog-friendly with many trails. Take a boat, camp or hike. Dine in town or in the park.

5. Lake Tahoe / Virginia City– Stay at a nice vacation rental, enjoy winter or water sports, visit the old west in Virginia City.

6. Santa Fe – Stay at a B&B and dine at many pet-friendly patios. Walk the Spanish style downtown.

7. Black Hills – Camping and park options are everywhere. There are dog-friendly attractions to keep you busy for a while.

8. St. Augustine – Take a boat or ghost tour. Visit the Fountain of Youth. Lots of dog-friendly shopping around Old Town.

9. Cape Cod – Beaches, Boats and surf for you and your dog. B&Bs and patio dining in most of the towns.

10. Chattanooga – Shop and Dine along the river. Visit Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. 

Honorable Mentions: Amarillo, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, Hocking Hills, Mendocino.

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7 Responses to “California’s Carmel Tops’s 2011 Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions”

  1. sue hobart says:

    I have lived on Cape cod for 34 years and there is not a single dog friendly beach from may to october… off season yes..
    I have dogs and we are constantly shunned if i let them off leash.. and they are border collies with total off leash control.

    No way cape cod earns top 10 no way…

  2. i love dogs , i have two labrador puppies now , they are so lovely

  3. I agree Ranganathan should be on this list. Every book its reader….

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  5. Josette Nolan-Deleage says:

    I forgot to tell you in Carmel California


  6. Josette Nolan-Deleage says:

    I would like to find a ressort where the pets are allowed.
    I have a little Bichon Frise, his weight is around 10 pounds.

    Thank you for a quick answer.


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