Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - West

From a lovely cove at Lake Tahoe, Nev., to one of the country's best off-leash parks in Redmond, Wash., Bark readers reveal their favorite dog-oriented destinations for summer in the West.


We live in beautiful North Idaho, where we are surrounded by pristine lakes, including Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Spirit Lake, Hayden Lake, Priest Lake and more. We love to go kayaking, as does our two-year-old yellow Lab, Jake, who wears his own dog life vest. — Kathy Schneider


It’s anything but a secret here in Northern California, but Carmel-by-the-Sea is probably the most dog-friendly spot you can find. The beach is available for off-leash dogs, and all sizes and shapes, mutts and purebreds, romp in the surf and chase balls. Afterwards, on a walk into town, you’ll find many places that welcome dogs, including quite a few outdoor restaurants. Of course, everyone is very conscientious about poop pickup, which helps keep it a great experience. — Teddy Wilson


Zephyr Cove beach at Lake Tahoe, on the Nevada side, has a dog-friendly portion on the far end. A wonderful place to take dogs. My two learned how to swim there just last summer. —  Karis Daphne


Spend the weekend in Redmond, Wash.: The outstanding 40-acre, off-leash dog park at Marymoor Park is doggie heaven. Dogs are welcome at the Redmond Saturday Market (open from May to October), outdoor movies, restaurant patios, many stores and miles of trails. —  Mary Schilder


If you are traveling near Portland, Ore., try Sandy Delta Park; most of it is off-leash. Lots of trails and access to the Sandy River, which is great for wading and playing in, and easy on bare feet and paws. — Victoria Bettancourt


The North end of Stinson Beach, California. This is a haven for any dog who simply likes to be near the ocean and in the fresh cool air of the California coast! Just past the lifeguard stands (the public portion of Stinson Beach) dogs are free to roam off-leash and anywhere on the beach and in the waves. If you forgot the Frisbee or the the ball, not to worry...there is an endless supply of fetching sticks, beach logs and kelp ropes—not to mention the almost two miles of pure beautiful luscious sand for an afternoon of digging indulgence! — Ashley Hathaway


Haven't made it up there yet, but I am dying to take our pup Corbin to Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn, do some hiking and hopefully swimming in the lake. I was in Squaw Valley over the winter and saw dogs everywhere! Been dying to go back with my own dog ever since. — Natalia Martinez


Hotel Indigo in San Diego rocks! There is a terrace with an enclosed dog potty area and you dog is welcome everywhere in the hotel including the restaurant and bar! — Jaqi Minyard


San Diego is a dog's paradise! We have several dog beaches, many off-leash parks, restaurants that allow dogs on the patios and outdoor malls where you can bring your dogs. It's truly the best city for a dog to live! — Maggie Alexander


Moonstone Lodge in Cambria, California. Very dog friendly accommodations in cottages. The beautiful Central California coastline with dog friendly beach areas. Dog friendly outdoor dining in town and a great big dog park for off leash fun. — Edna Ball


If you are in the California Redwoods near Eureka, California, there is a beautiful hiking trail called The Headwaters. The walk is easy with lots of dogs. Beautiful ferns, oaks, redwoods and a stream for a doggie quick-dip. I haven't been there for a year since the death of my dog, he loved it. It was our place. I advise checking it out for beauty and tranquility. —Kathe Gruenthal


Don't forget Shoup Park in Los Altos, CA. Dogs must be on leash, but there is a great stream, Adobe Creek, to play in. There are picnic tables and a tot play area for pup's human brothers and sisters. —Sheryl Keller


We go to Beach Camp with our friends from dog training class in Cayucos Beach, California. Cayucos is an extremely dog friendly town. We stay at Cayucos Beach Inn, a dog friendly hotel for all size dogs (they even have a dog potty area and a doggy bath to clean off your salty, sandy dog). We take the dogs down to the beach where they are allowed to run off leash and play. Many of the restaurants in town are dog friendly as well. We look forward to the trip all year and have a blast while we are there. —Elisa Becker


The Grey Rock hiking trail, off Poudre Canyon in Colorado, offering great scrambly-up rocks, breath-taking views for humans, and wonderful new smells (everything from deer and elk to rabbits!) to entertain the enquiring nose! — Kris Paige


My own back yard! I live an hour out of Las Vegas, in 'high plains desert', and my dog is not fond of car travel. But my Mastiff Chico likes to walk in the cool mornings, watch others swim in the pool from his spot in the shade of the patio, and then go inside for an ice cube and a nice nap on cool tile. — Pat Chapin


Are you planning your Las Vegas vacation for next March? Your furry pal enjoys nice weather too! There are various dog-friendly hotels on the strip. Don't miss out on Pet-a-Palooza every March, and enjoy the nice weather with your pup at one of the five dog parks in an 8 mile range from the south part of the strip. — Julie Plasencia


Historic Taft beach on the Oregon Coast has the best dog friendly hotel. We stayed at the Looking Glass Inn and were treated like royalty. The rooms are spacious and we got a special basket with towels, bowls, sheets( dogs can sleep on the beds) and treats. What is super great is the beach access is right out the door! There is lots of sand and driftwood to explore, not to mention sea lions swimming right off shore. Gryfyn ( my 8lb Brussel's Griffon) and I especially like seeing all the other dogs and their humans. We met a great Dane named Duke and many others. Taft is located on the South end of Lincoln City. Many great shops in walking distance. Truly doggie beach heaven. — Shelly Senter


Taking in all the Summer Dock Dog events. Great friends, wonderful dogs, and the event cant be beat for enjoying a nice summer the one at the Bite of Seattle. — Tom Guffey


Bring your dog to Whidbey Island's Greenbank Farm. Located in the heart of Whidbey Island near Seattle, the Farm has a generous off-leash area for your dog to enjoy, with both open fields and forest providing several miles of trails. Just be sure to pick up after your puppy as the Farm is also home to organic farming programs. Enjoy wonderful loganberry pies at the Whidbey Pie Cafe or taste locally crafted afterwards. —Sharon Dunn


Our Greyhound Rescue Adoption group, Royal Hounds Greyhound Adoption, has informal walks with different names, The Ski Patrol, in the Greater Tacoma, WA. area, and the Green Lake Gallopers, in the greater Seattle area. Both groups pick different parks, trails, and other venues to walk their own personal hounds, and Greyhounds in foster care. —Lee Higley


Countless trips to the local dog park/swim area are on the agenda for Homer and I this summer, but our big adventure will be traveling to Cody, Wyoming. We've rented a house along a river and there is plenty of hiking nearby. — Kristen Hellstrom


If you're in San Francisco, visit Crissy Field and Baker Beach! Crissy Field is an off-leash dog beach with a shallow marsh for the water-averse in training. Baker Beach offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is dog and family-friendly. The cool Bay Area waters will keep your dog from overheating during warm summer days while you enjoy the sun and a picnic on the beach. — Deandra Ludovice

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