The Best Spring Break Getaways for You and Your Four-Legged Friend

The Best Spring Break Getaways for You and Your Four-Legged Friend

by Scritch

A recent survey by Rover revealed that 37% of pet parents would skip a vacation so they could stay home with their pet. But pets are part of the family, and the travel industry is recognizing that with pet-friendly hotels and destinations, which means you can enjoy a fun spring break getaway without having to leave your beloved furball behind. If you’re still working out your travel plans, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the top pet-friendly destinations in the United States for your spring break vacation. 

San Diego

If the sunshine and beaches weren’t appealing enough, San Diego also offers a warm welcome to your pet with its pet-friendly patios and off-leash dog parks. According to SmartAsset’s 2018 study of dog-friendly cities, San Diego has the second-most dog-friendly restaurants and the fourth-most dog-friendly shopping centers.

Places to check out:

  • Coronado Dog Beach
  • Fiesta Island Dog Park
  • Barbarella Restaurant and Bar
  • Slaters 50/50

Tucson

Not only is Tucson a very affordable city to visit, but SmartAsset claims there are 246 dog-friendly restaurants and 4 dog-friendly shopping centers, so it won’t be hard to find a dog-friendly stop when hunger strikes. There’s plenty to do in Tucson where your furry friend can come with. Stroll through the Tucson Botanical Gardens, visit the massive Pima Air and Space Museum, or let your dog run free off-leash at one of the many dog parks. 

Places to check out:

  • Noble Hops
  • La Encantada Shopping Center
  • The Loop

Miami

Feel like a celebrity as you stroll the beautiful beaches of Miami, pet in tow. The city is home to a variety of dog parks and dog-friendly beaches and dog-friendly outdoor shopping malls. According to a study by RewardExpert, Miami is the third most pet-friendly travel destination, and has more pet stores and veterinarians per capita than other cities, which means you can be sure this city will welcome your furry friend with open arms.

Places to check out:

  • Lincoln Road Mall
  • Hobie Beach
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Seattle

With more pets than children within Seattle city limits, you can count on your pet having a good time in this very pet-friendly city. Seattle boasts 14 different off-leash areas in the city, including Magnuson Park which has lake access for water-loving dogs. Dry off and grab a drink at a dog-friendly brewery or coffee shop, or stroll through the famous Pike Place Market where you and your curious pet can watch fish fly.

Places to check out:

  • Norm’s Eatery & Ale House
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Belltown Pub
  • University Village

Key West

Come for the beautiful beaches, stay for a relaxing time with your pet. The southernmost city in the US offers a relaxing, barefoot getaway that is also surprisingly pet-friendly. Stay at one of the many pet-friendly hotels that will greet your pet with treats and a water dish. Rent a kayak with your pup or relax on a dog-friendly beach before grabbing a bite and a drink at Schooner Wharf Bar.

Places to check out:

  • Island Dogs Bar
  • Higgs Beach Dog Park
  • Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
  • Key West Aquarium

Austin

This trendy, pet-friendly city is a great destination for those looking for fun activities. Rent a kayak or canoe at Zilker Park Boat Rentals and hit the water with your pet, or visit Austin Doga where you and your dog can take a yoga class. Afterward, grab a bite and a drink at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants or bars. 

Places to check out:

  • Groovy Dog Bakery
  • Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
  • Auditorium Shores Dog Park
  • Barton Creek Farmers Market

Portland

Regularly ranking among the most dog-friendly cities in the US, Portland is an excellent destination for you and your four-legger. Grab a bite from one of the famous food trucks, or take your pup to a dog-friendly bar or patio. The city has 34 off-leash dog parks, so it won’t be hard to find a place to let your pup stretch his legs and socialize.

Places to check out:

  • The Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
  • Tin Shed Garden Café
  • International Rose Test Garden

Regardless of your destination, the ScritchSpot app makes it easy to find pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, bars, parks and more across the country. Download the app on iOS or Android to check out the handy mapping tool as well as share all of your awesome travel photos with the ScritchSpot pet parent community. And if you’d rather take a pet-free vacation, we’ve got you covered there, too! ScritchSpot lets you easily book pet sitting services provided by Rover.