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They're a Traveler's Best Friend

Learn the ins and outs of the most pet-friendly destinations and hotels, as well as special amenities and travel gear that your 4-legged companion can enjoy on the road. Think travel is just for humans? Consider a petcation, such as a weight-loss camp or surfing competition for your pooch.

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Ritz Carlton, New York
Ritz Carlton, New York

Ritz Carlton, New York

Four-legged visitors’ special needs and requests are taken just as seriously as their owners’ at the Ritz Carlton overlooking Central Park. The Pampered Pooch package includes a bone-shaped pet pillow, aromatherapy and homemade dog treats. And when it's raining, pets and their owners can borrow Burberry raincoats. 960 1280

Ritz Carlton  

Onyx Hotel, Boston

Onyx Hotel, Boston

This boutique hotel welcomes furry friends free of charge without size or weight restrictions. Your pet will be pampered with amenities such as dog-walking, dog-sitting, and for those pets who want to stay in, an in-room dining menu that includes an 8-oz sirloin with kibble, along with gourmet dog and cat food. 960 1280

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

When pets check into Mandarin Oriental, Miami, they are given a keepsake golden collar tag to easily identify these special guests. Pampered pooch amenities include plush pet beds, dog-walking services and pet-friendly in-room dining menus. Specialized packages include a workout with a certified dog trainer, a play date with a pet butler and grooming. 960 1280

Mandarin Oriental  

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami, caters to pet lovers and their four-legged friends just as much as their human guests. A petcation on the beach is perfect year-round at the Mandarin, even at Christmas when the dogs dress up in festive attire. 960 1280

Mandarin Oriental  

The Muse Hotel, New York City

The Muse Hotel, New York City

At Kimpton’s The Muse Hotel in New York, pet-friendly offerings include a “Hers and Furs Pet-icure,” where owner and pet can indulge in a pedicure. Also offered is the “Pampered Pooch” package for the on-the-go pet, which includes: deluxe accommodations, a special canine concierge welcome from Ginger (director of pet relations at The Muse), road trip treats such as a "woof warrior" travel pack that includes a portable water bowl, organic bones and a $25 gas card. 960 1280

  

Hotel Monaco, Portland

Hotel Monaco, Portland

Ever wonder what is really going on in your pet’s head? Wonder no more when you stay at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Portland, where the resident pet psychic will work with you and your pet to solve behavioral issues and improve your relationship. The pet psychic is available to guests during the complimentary wine hour in the lobby, so you mingle with all the four-legged animals and their two-legged companions at the hotel. 960 1280

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, in Cabo San Lucas caters to your jet-lagged furry friends, with stress-reducing neck massages and walks on the fine-sand beach by the resort staff. Designed especially for the resort, portable pet cabanas are available to so your pup can lounge in shady comfort at the beach or pool. 960 1280

Las Ventanas al Paraiso  

Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

The Palomar is a stylish boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco that has an open-arms policy toward pets -- almost any type and weight can stay for free. Guests can fill out a "Pet Preferences" card to ensure their pets get the most out of their stay. In the lobby, guests will be greeted by Maverick, the hotel's Director of Pet Relations, a friendly Labrador Retriever. 960 1280

Palomar  

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

L'Ermitage has the most impressive pet room service we've seen, but it is Beverly Hills after all. Pets can choose (with their owner's help) between Tuna Tartar, Fois Gras, Osetra Caviar with Hard Poached Eggs, among other lavish meals on the menu.  And if Sparky doesn't do generic, don't worry; the hotel will have your brand of dog food on request. 960 1280

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills  

Hotel Marlow, Boston

Hotel Marlow, Boston

It's not all about the furry variety, when it comes to pet-friendly hotels. If you're looking for a quieter travel companion, you can request a goldfish to stay overnight with you at Hotel Marlow in Boston. The "Guppy Love" perk is offered at many of Kimpton's Hotels, and guests don't even have to worry about feeding their fish, as that is covered by the staff-on-hand daily. 960 1280

Kimpton Hotels  

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Camping With Dogs

Camping With Dogs

Not all state and National Parks campgrounds allow dogs but many do. It's not covered in standard park admission, but, for an additional fee, you can pitch a tent and cuddle up with your best furry friend. 960 1280

  

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

This is one of the few National Monuments that allow dogs to backcountry camp with you. For just $3, Max and I snuggled in our tent and watched the sunset. 960 1280

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Tahoe National Forest, California

Tahoe National Forest, California

The William Kent Campground ($28 per night) in Tahoe National Forest is a great camping spot for dogs. After a long day of traveling, Max and I took a hammock break to swing between the trees. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley is a magical place. It's even more magical since camping with your dog is free at the Wildrose Campground. 960 1280

  

California Coast

California Coast

Kirk Creek campsite in Big Sur is situated over a bluff. Camping along the California coast is pricey (around $35) but the views are worth it. Max checked out the view here from the pop top. 960 1280

  

Hot Springs in California

Hot Springs in California

Along Highway 395 in Northern California, you can find many hot springs that are free and open to the public. The hunt to find them is worth the reward of lounging in the natural hot tub. 960 1280

  

The Wave, Arizona

The Wave, Arizona

Some parks and attractions are so popular they offer camping permits through a lottery system. Max and I went to the ranger station early one morning at The Wave and were lucky enough to win one of 10 permits given out that day. Dogs are welcome at The Wave with an additional fee. The three-mile hike each way was completely worth taking the chance on the lottery. 960 1280

  

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

For a $10 entrance fee and $20 camping fee, we got to wake up with this sunrise at the Valley of Fire. Max prefered watching comfortably inside of the pop top while I got a better view outside perched up on a red rock. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Alvord Dessert, Oregon

Alvord Dessert, Oregon

Max loves wide open spaces with sand. When we're traveling, I will seek out these types of places so he can run around and I don’t have to worry about coyotes or cars. This was the case here at the Alvord Desert in Southeast Oregon. Even better: It's free to camp with a dog. 960 1280

  

Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park, Canada

I have a life jacket in the van at all times for Max in case we are able to rent a boat or go swimming. At Honeymoon Lake, you can rent canoes and your dog can ride with you. For $15.70 plus entrance fee, it's worth it. Life jackets for humans are provided for free. Jackets for dogs are not mandatory but it's always a good idea for your pup, espesially if they're not a good swimmer. 960 1280

  

This pooch is all for peace at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

Sugar being lifted in harness out of the tub, with Patty, at Morris Weight Loss Camp. 960 1280

  

Tina Chiu holds a small dog dressed up in a pink and black outfit at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

This pooch is all for peace at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

Richard sitting with Louie on the beach, next to the surfboard, after surfing at the Loews Coranado Resort. 960 1280

  

Tiffany and Whitney, the animal handlers, with a dog, and the cheetah in the lobby of the Affinia Hotel. 960 1280

  

Matching outfits for this pair at the Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

Owners and dogs, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire on the beach in Carmel, CA. 960 1280

  

These pooches are pretty in pink at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

Louie hangs 20 (paws, that is) at the Loews Coranado Resort. 960 1280

  

It's all gone to the dogs at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

A bulldog skateboards down the street at Woofstock Festival. 960 1280

  

A man and his best friends enjoy the view overlooking the ocean in Carmel, CA. 960 1280

  

An animal handler feeds one of the penguins in a room at the Affinia Hotel. 960 1280

  

A woman paints the nails of a dog pink at The Club, in Beverly Hills, CA. 960 1280

  

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