Looking for a scenic trip through the midwest with your pup? Then look no further than Interstate 70. With over 2,000 miles of road from Cove Fort, Utah to Baltimore, Maryland, there’s endless sights to see and things to do as you travel across the country.
For those interested in road-tripping with their dog, look no further than this I-70 Highway guide. We at DogFriendly have included some great hotels, parks, and other attractions we think are worth checking out along the way. But please note that this is not the only way to travel I-70! We’re just here to give you a few ideas or starting points.
Host of the western-most point of I-70 in Cove Fort, Utah boasts scenic state parks, skiing resorts, and a colorful history fit for any traveler. As part of the four corners, Utah is right in the middle of all the action in the west.
Utah’s stretch of I-70 is one of the less populated areas, so most of the attractions nearby require you to drive a bit off the highway. Though, I-70 actually led to the discovery of one of Utah’s most beautiful state parks; Fremont Indian State Park. Take your dog on a walk on through their gorgeous trails and discover the history of Fremont Indians.
And if you’re looking for a place to stay in the area, be sure to check out Super 8 by Wyndham. A pet-friendly hotel located just 23 minutes away from Fremont Indian State Park offers you and your pet comfort and convenience. Located in Richfield, Utah, it’s near several state parks, a golf course, and ATV trails.
Known as the Centennial State, Colorado boasts gorgeous views, incredible skiing and hiking, and a bustling city life. Approximately six hours east of Cove Fort is the popular vacation and skiing destination Vail. Whether you’re there to fish in the summer or snowboard in the winter, there’s plenty to do. If you’re looking to stay in town for a bit, check out the Chateau D‘Hiver. This 3200 square foot mountain getaway features a private hot tub, ping pong tables, four bedrooms and bathroom, and more. Plus, it’s only a 5 minute drive from the middle of Vail.
Looking to grab a bite to eat? Stop by Bully Ranch Restaurant for some classic bar food. Their porch allows well-behaved, leashed dogs to accompany you while you wine and dine.
As you continue east along I-70, eventually you’ll hit Denver; the mile-high capitol of Colorado. This bustling town boasts a population of over 700,000 people, and who knows how many dogs! And in the heart of downtown lies the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. This pet-friendly paradise features a restaurant and bar, fitness center, gift shop, and more for all types of guests.
Next on your trip is Kansas, also known as the Sunflower State. I-70 fortunately cuts through the state capital, Topeka, which offers plenty to see and do for those passing through. The Cyrus Hotel offers luxury accommodations such as a fitness center and an Italian restaurant. It’s also a great place to restock on pet gear at the Topeka PetCo. Who knows, Fido might even make a new friend while you’re there!
As you travel east from Utah, eventually you’ll come across the Show-Me State, Missouri. Home of the Gateway Arch, 1904 World’s Fair, and Silver Dollar City, Missouri offers the best scenery, entertainment, and lodging for any type of traveler. Approximately 18 hours away from Cove Fort is Columbia, Missouri. The home of the University of Missouri Tigers offers plenty of dog-friendly lodging, such as the Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia. Complete with a pool and hot tub, fitness center, and gift shop, this hotel is the perfect place to settle in for the night after a long day of travel. For those traveling by RV, there’s Cottonwoods RV Park, which features a dog-walk area adjacent to the campground.
Looking for something to do? Check out Twin Lakes Recreation Area. This beautiful park has a fenced-in doggy play area as well as lakes for fishing, swimming, and paddle boats. It’s the perfect way to get a little fresh air in between hours of driving
Further east is St. Louis, a bustling city filled with culture, music, art, and out-of-this-world food (if you have a chance to try Toasted Ravioli, definitely do!). For lodging, the Moonrise Hotel offers premier pet-friendly accommodations in the heart of the iconic Delmar Loop.
After crossing the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, you’ll find yourself in the great state of Illinois. I-70 luckily passes right through Effingham, a beautiful town known for its art and museums. Since Effingham is about 21 hours away from your starting point, you’ll likely need to rest up or take a break by the time you arrive. And what better place to do it then La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Effingham. Complete with a fitness center, business center, pool and hot tub, it’ll be easy to relax and unwind with Fido by your side. And for a chance to eat like a local, try grabbing a bite at Firefly Grill for some organic American Heartland grub.
Once you’re out of Illinois, you’ll find yourself in The Hoosier State (yes, that’s really its nickname!), otherwise known as Indiana. Indianapolis – which I-70 cuts right through – is especially known and loved for the Indy 500, and makes for a fantastic vacation destination for you and Fido. And what better place to stay while you explore than the Ironworks Hotel Indy? Complete with a rooftop restaurant, on-site shopping center, and fitness area, you’ll never want to check out! And for a daytime activity, consider checking out The Milano Inn Restaurant for high quality, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and more.
Exactly 25 hours away from Cove Fort is the Birthplace of Aviation; Ohio. With such amazing inventions like the phonograph, Superman, and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, it’s no wonder Ohio is the place to be on your cross-country trip. One town in particular that’s worth a visit is Dayton. With the University of Dayton and plenty of outdoor music venues, young people especially love to visit (and their dogs, too!).
For a unique place to stay and check out the sights, The Speakeasy Villa is the perfect place. This modern two-bedroom rental that was featured on HGTV is the picture of elegance and relaxation with a fenced in backyard, concierge laundry service, and Great-Gatsby style decor. Not in the mood to cook? No worries. Milanos’ outdoor porch is ready to accommodate you and your furry friend with calzones, soups, pizzas, salads, and more. What more could you ask for?
And just over an hour away is Columbus, home of the iconic Columbus Zoo and Ohio State buckeyes. Here, you can enjoy the up-and-coming feel of the city by getting in some retail therapy. The Twisted Vine allows leashed and well-behaved dogs in their store where you can check out some designer or vintage clothes.
While West Virginia is a picturesque state with a rich history and culture, you probably won’t be in the state long enough to stop and look around. West Virginia only contains 15 miles of I-70 and doesn’t pass by any major cities or monuments. Though, the drive across the Fort Henry Bridge is beautiful!
Once again, I-70 doesn’t pass through any major cities like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Though, it does reach the suburban town of Washington about 30 hours into the drive, making it a quaint spot to pull off for the night and relax. The Ramada by Wyndham Washington offers comfortable and budget-friendly accommodations complete with a pool, bar, restaurant, and hot tub.
Though, if you’re looking for a bit more excitement, check out the Hyatt Place at the Hollywood Casino. Directly attached to the Hollywood Racetrack and Casino, there’s no shortage of games to play or things to see, along with an on-site pool and restaurant.
As you cross the Pennsylvania border, you’ll find yourself in the last state of your cross-country road trip. Maryland is the home of the National Anthem and some of the best crab you’ll ever eat. With I-70 ending (or beginning, depending on which way you look at it) in Baltimore, it’s the perfect place to Plus, Canopy by Hilton Baltimore Harbor Pointe offers a scenic riverside place to stay complete with a seafood restaurant, fitness center, and waterfront terrace for you and Fido to unwind from the trip. And what better way to enjoy the water than boarding a cruise or going on a fishing trip? Luckily, Baltimore Adventures allows you and your furry friend to do just that!
I-70 is a gorgeous drive that allows you to experience the West, Midwest, and East all without getting off the road. Though, remember that this is not the only way to experience the drive or each state you go to. If you’re interested in seeing what else is out there for you and Fido, be sure to check out our Travel and Places page for more information. Happy road-tripping!