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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - West
Dozens of destinations for you and your co-pilot


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





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