Nine dog-friendly vacations to celebrate National Dog Day

Ashley with her dog Lamothe in a hot tub.
small white dog on a beach of a lake

Our furry friends play a significant role in our lives and deserve to share in our adventures. Discovering dog-friendly accommodations can be a hassle, but Vacasa has identified nine vacation destinations where you'll not only find welcoming pet-friendly rental options but also an abundance of enjoyable activities for the entire family, Fido included. So why not celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th by emBARKing on a dog-friendly getaway? Pack some treats, grab the leash, and let's give our furry friends an unforgettable retreat.

The view of Haystack Rock with a hot tub at a vacation rental in Cannon Beach.

1. Oregon Coast

Featured vacation home Haystack Views Vacation Rental

The Oregon Coast boasts 300 miles of dog-friendly beaches. Cannon Beach especially is an ideal spot for well-behaved dogs to enjoy the sand beneath their paws. Leashes are not required at the beach, and it’s never too crowded, making it an ideal spot for a game of fetch.

The view of the water from the deck of a pet-friendly rental in Sunrise Beach, MO.

2. Missouri

Featured vacation home Life on the Cove, Unit 3D

​Show your dog a good time in the "Show-me" State. There are a few activities in the area that dog owners can enjoy with their furry friends, such as Purina Farms, Bar K Dog Bar, and Forest Park.

The backyard pool area of a dog-friendly vacation rental in Tucson, Arizona

3. Southern Arizona

Featured vacation home Skyline Bel Air Estates

Southern Arizona is known for its beautiful desert landscapes. Grab your leash and your pup and explore Tucson’s passport by experiencing a plethora of pet-friendly activities. Rosie’s Barket offers DIY baths for your dogs, Dogs-N-Donuts serves doggie doughnuts, cookies, and other treats, and leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum.

The back area of a vacation rental in Georgia.

4. The North Georgia Mountains

Featured vacation home Enchantment Cabin

North Georgia, known for its stunning and majestic mountains, is another great spot for a dog-friendly getaway. Leash up your pup and discover rushing waterfalls, pristine lakes, and ample hiking opportunities. This region warmly welcomes dogs into a variety of establishments, including wineries and restaurants. Additionally, furry companions can join in on the outdoor fun with dog-friendly activities such as exploring nature attractions and scenic walking trails.

Drone shot overlooking Lily Bay and a vacation rental on the water in Maine.

5. Moosehead Lake, Maine

Featured vacation home Moose Dance

Moosehead Lake is an outdoor lover's dream. What better way to enjoy this waterfront destination than with your furry friend? Put on your hiking shoes, grab your pup's necessities, and enjoy a walk at one of Moosehead Lake's dog-friendly trails.

The backyard pool area of a pet-friendly vacation rental in Palm Springs, CA.

6. Coachella Valley, California

Featured vacation home Palm Springs Pool Bungalow - 1491

Coachella Valley, home to Palm Springs, is a beautiful desert oasis. As one of the most dog-friendly places to visit in California, the Coachella Valley offers an array of activities to partake in with your pup. Start your day with coffee at one of many dog-friendly coffee shops, then head to Desert Hot Springs for a hike in the Mission Creek Preserve. If you still have energy left, you can explore the city by way of The Buzz, which transports people and their pets around Palm Springs on a 30-stop loop.

The perspective from the a back deck overlooking the vibrant property at a vacation rental in Port. St. Joe.

7. Forgotten Coast, Florida

Featured vacation home Sea-Ya on Joe's Pass

Nestled in Florida’s panhandle within the last remaining stretch of unspoiled, pristine Gulf Coast beaches lies the Forgotten Coast. Explore the area’s dog-friendly beaches, dine at dog-friendly restaurants, or shop around with your dog in tow. Don’t forget to capture memories with a beach photoshoot.

The pool and back area of a Sonoma County vacation rental.

8. Sonoma County, California

Featured vacation home Great Oak Main

From pet-friendly wineries and shopping to parks, hikes, and outings, Sonoma isn’t short on activities for your fur friends to enjoy. Here, you'll find a wealth of dog-approved fun beyond the doors of your vacation rental and exquisite comfort upon your return.

The exterior at a charming vacation rental in Fredericksburg, TX.

9. Fredericksburg, Texas

Featured vacation The River House

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is the perfect place for a getaway with your four-legged friend. This city offers various pup-friendly activities, including dining at pet-friendly restaurants, enjoying a glass of wine with Fido, playing at the Fredericksburg Dog Park, and, of course, leashing up and exploring the area’s many hiking trails.

In celebration of National Dog Day on August 26th, why not honor our furry companions with a well-deserved dog-friendly vacation? Vacasa has made it easier than ever to emBark on unforgettable getaways with your four-legged friends. From the pristine beaches of Oregon's coast to the stunning landscapes of Southern Arizona, the majestic North Georgia Mountains, and beyond, there's a perfect destination for every dog-loving family.

With welcoming pet-friendly accommodations and a plethora of activities for both humans and dogs alike, it’s the perfect time to create cherished memories with the whole family. So let's make this National Dog Day special by treating our beloved pets to the adventure they deserve.

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