Guide to dog-friendly vacations 2020

Published August 2020


More than 60 million households in the U.S. have a dog in their family, so we know many of you will be observing National Dog Day on August 26, right around the corner. What better way to celebrate than to treat your best friend (and yourself!) to a memorable vacation? We may be in the midst of a pandemic, but you can still make safe travel choices for you and the furriest member of your crew.

We dug into our proprietary data to better understand what dogs and their owners want most during vacation, so we could provide the best possible travel recommendations. We pulled together a handful of trends and determined the top pet-friendly vacation rental destinations in the U.S. Then, we examined the benefits homeowners gain by welcoming dogs into their vacation rentals.

Now, before we jump in, let’s take a moment to admire this pack of traveling corgis who stayed with us at Linton Loop in Bend, Oregon. Squad goals.

A group of corgis in the mountains in Oregon

5 takeaways about dog-friendly vacations

1. Travelers are hitting the open road, but sticking close to home.

  • This summer, the average driving distance is down 19%, or 73 miles, across the U.S.

2. So, unsurprisingly, more people are bringing Fido along on vacation.

  • Compared to 2019, the percentage of reservations in pet-friendly units increased by 5%.

3. Dog parents are selecting larger homes with plenty of room.

  • The most commonly booked vacation rental type is a three-bedroom home, followed by a four-bedroom home.
  • Dog owners are statistically more likely to book a cabin or a house over a studio or apartment.

4. Travelers are booking longer vacations with their dogs—because they deserve it.

  • Pet-friendly Vacasa homes saw 11% longer stays in 2020 than the year prior.

5. Dog owners are shelling out more cash to make sure their furry best friend is happy.

  • In 2020, the average spend for a stay in a pet-friendly vacation rental is $2,209—representing a 20% increase year over year.

Top 10 dog-friendly destinations

Bearing in mind that dog owners are road-tripping and selecting larger homes for longer stays, we sought to uncover the best dog-friendly vacations across the country. We ranked our U.S. markets by where we’ve seen the highest percentage of reservations with pets so far in 2020. So, when you arrive at any of the vacation spots on our list, you’re sure to be surrounded by fellow dog lovers and smiling furry faces.

Plus, the majority of these locations are off the grid and serve as a gateway to dog-approved outdoor activities—like bodies of water perfect for swimming, and mountain ranges with plenty of squirrels to chase!

3 reasons to welcome dogs into your vacation home

If you’re a vacation rental owner and you’re considering opening your home to pets, here are three reminders to keep top of mind:

1. Your vacation home will be in higher demand.

Less than a quarter of vacation homes in the U.S. allow pets, and we’ve seen a 6% decline this year alone. That means your home will stand out to dog owners, who have a 10% higher likelihood of booking than those who aren’t searching for a pet-friendly rental.

2. You’ll experience greater financial returns and earn more repeat guests.

Vacation homes that welcome dogs have 10–20% higher vacation rental income and overall higher occupancy than those that don’t. And, this trend holds steady during peak season and in the off-season. Guests and their dogs will love your home, and keep on coming back.

3. Your vacation home can remain in pristine condition.

Professional vacation rental property management companies can handle cleaning and maintenance of your home, so you don’t have to worry about paw prints, damaged blankets, or worn furniture. We’ll take care of everything, so you can focus on the people, activities, and animals that matter most to you.

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Photo of Arlo the border collie courtesy of Bryce LaDuc.

Photo of Maple and Morty the corgis and their friends courtesy of Kingsley Choi.

Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

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