Top 5 Cities to Travel With Your Pet
If the explosion of pet travel products on the market tells us anything about pet parent habits, it’s that traveling with your pet is no longer out of the question. But even if pet parents have everything from the right car harness to collapsible travel bowls, that doesn’t mean the travel destination is ready to accommodate the pet.
RewardExpert—a site that helps travelers take full advantage of travel reward programs—released a report on the most pet-friendly U.S. vacation destinations. RewardExpert looked at 53 of the biggest cities (ones with more than 300,000 residents) across the country and analyzed them based on 10 qualities broken down into pet needs, pet recreation and the city’s profile.
Ranking overall best, the first stop for you and your pet should be Tampa, Fla. The city has more pet-friendly hotels per capita than any of the other cities in the report—32 hotels per hundred thousand residents. Tampa also has 50 dog parks for unlimited play and explore time. The weather's not so bad either...
In second place is the Golden City—San Francisco, which has 15 dog-friendly beaches, plus is ranked third of all the cities based on weather.
Next is another Florida spot: Miami. "The Magic City" boats more pet stores and veterinarians per capita than the other cities. Specifically, 75 pet stores and 141 veterinarians per hundred thousand residents.
Coming in fourth is the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., which, according to RewardExpert, offers “a wide variety of restaurants and cafes that allow pets, dog-friendly hiking trails and pet-related events.”
And rounding out the top five is Atlanta, with veterinarians per capita being its most prominent category. RewardExpert says what it lacks in pet recreation, Atlanta makes up for in pet-related businesses and pet-friendly restaurants.
As an added bonus, RewardExpert gave nods to four other cities in specific categories. Pittsburgh was named best place to take your pet on a hike with 18 hiking trails per thousand residents; Miami has the most pet-friendly restaurants and cafes per capita (more than 780); Portland is the “best city for playing catch” with its eight dog parks per hundred thousand residents; and St. Louis took the cake in best city for “pet-friendly fun” with 81 total pet-inclusive tourist activities.
When planning their next trip with a furry friend in mind, pet parents can take these stats into account based on their pet’s needs and interests. Check out the full report and its findings here.