25 Most Dog-Friendly Cities In America (Your Dog Will Thank You!)

Posted by , Updated on November 25, 2022

Even though dogs are popular pets in America, some cities make it hard to have one. It’s a shame. As the saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. Why not make living more comfortable for them? Well, you’ll be happy to hear some American cities are very dog-friendly. From restaurants to dog parks, these cities have gone out of their way to make your pup happy. Fortunately for you, we’ve ranked them. Curious to see which ones made the list? Here are 25 Most Dog-Friendly Cities In America (Your Dog Will Thank You!)


Sacramento, CA

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With plenty of dog parks, trails, and even a dog-friendly carriage ride, Sacramento definitely loves their dogs. They’ve even got a place called Paws and the Palette Dog Bakery.


Henderson, NV

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If you’re planning a stay right outside of Las Vegas, Henderson, NV features a wide variety of pet-friendly hotels. They’ve also got plenty of pet-friendly restaurants so you’re not having to keep Fido in the hotel while you’re away.


Long Beach, CA

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Long Beach is a great, dog-friendly city with 10 dog parks and dozens of dog-friendly businesses. From the downtown dog park to the dog beach, there’s plenty to do with your pup in this city.


Cincinnati, OH

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From dog parks, hardware stores, brewing companies, BBQs, and pubs, Cincinnati offers plenty of options for you and your dog. You can even cheer on the Cincinnati Reds at the “Great American Ball Park.”


Oklahoma City, OK

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Oklahoma City has a plethora of places for you and your dog to visit and services to consider. From dog parks, hotels, and bar and grills, you and your pup will feel right at home.


Atlanta, GA

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With the size of Atlanta, GA, you’d hope they’d be dog-friendly! Fortunately for those living there or visiting, they’ve got several dog parks, hotels, and restaurants to accommodate you and your pup. The Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area looks like an especially fun place to visit.


Birmingham, AL

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From Black Market Bar to Chez Lulu, you and your dog will be eating like kings in Birmingham, AL. They’ve got plenty of dog parks and trails as well, including the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center.


Tampa, FL

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With fifteen dog-friendly activities, 208 dog-friendly restaurants, and 78 dog-friendly hotels, you and your dog can get some serious rays, beach time, and do tons of stuff together without worry.


Scottsdale, AZ

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Arizona is known for its dog-friendly environments and Scottsdale is no exception. It’s jam-packed with plenty to do for you and your dog. With hundreds of hotels, restaurants, and dog parks to choose from, Scottsdale is absolutely dog-friendly.


Boston, MA

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Boston has a ton of great dog-friendly outings. From the Boston Harbor Island Dog Cruise to the Freedom Trail, there’s plenty of things to do and see in Boston while walking your dog.


Colorado Springs, CO

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From Bear Creek Dog Park to Seven Falls, Colorado Springs offers plenty of dog activities. But they truly excel at the number of restaurants that are dog-friendly. With 144 different options to choose from, you and your dog won’t go hungry.


Chicago, IL

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Chicago offers great activities from cruises to visiting the Montrose Dog Beach. However, it looks like the number of dog-friendly restaurants is their true claim to fame. With 525 dog-friendly restaurants, you’ll probably be asking what restaurant isn’t dog-friendly.


Austin, TX

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Austin has built a reputation for being dog-friendly. They even have dog-friendly places that might surprise you. Zilker Park is a 350-acre must visit for dog lovers. Then, if you’re in the mood for shopping, The Domain has 100 shops, many of which allow dogs to come in with you.


Seattle, WA

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Seattle is ripe with dog-friendly policies, parks, and businesses. If you don’t have a car and need to take your dog with you on the bus, you can do that. Most cities allow for dogs out on the patio, but in Seattle, there are restaurants that allow for you and your dog to eat inside. With trails, dog parks, cruises, and even kayaking and canoeing, you’ll be right at home with your dog in Seattle.


Portland, OR

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Much like Seattle, there’s a ton of great dog-friendly opportunities in Portland, Oregon. From shopping at the Portland Saturday Market to playing with Fido at Sellwood Riverfront Park, Portland’s got it all.


New York, NY

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When you’re one of the largest cities in the world, you should probably be dog-friendly. Fortunately for all the New Yorkers, New York City is pretty dog-friendly. With 500 dog-friendly restaurants and 48 dog activities to choose from, you and your dog will be able to survive the Big Apple together in some comfort.


Tucson, AZ

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When it comes to dog-friendly places, Tucson, believe it or not, is like dog heaven. It has plenty of dog-friendly hotels, delicious restaurants, and dog activities. One particular activity to check out is the Pima Air and Space Museum with your dog.


Minneapolis, MN

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While it certainly gets cold during the Minnesota winters, Minneapolis is about as dog-friendly as they come. With plenty of walking trails all over the city, dog-friendly restaurants, and dog parks, your dog will love it in the Great White North especially if they have a heavy coat and love to play in the snow.


Orlando, FL

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In Orlando, you can take your dog on an excursion through Bear Creek Nature Trail, let them roam free at Yucatan Dog Park, or go grab some food at Dexter’s in Thornton Park.


Plano, TX

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If you’re looking to spoil your dog in Plano, then you won’t have to look too hard. From the Jack Carter Dog Park to Hawaiian Falls, there are lots of fun activities to do. Plus, they’ve got a Three Dog Bakery full of delicious treats for your dog.


Albuquerque, NM

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Albuquerque has hundreds of dog-friendly hotels and restaurants. They’ve also got plenty of dog parks and trails as well. But more unique to their city is the bookstores, hair salons, and trolley rides that welcome your pup, too.


San Diego, CA

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From the Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail to the Doggie Street Festival, San Diego is one of the top dog-friendliest places in America. They’ve got over 500 restaurants to choose from that’ll accommodate your dog and tons of dog parks and activities as well.


Denver, CO

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Located near Lowry Air Force Base, Lowry Dog Park is a great place to take your pup off-leash and let him go for a nice run. Afterward, you two can visit Forest Room 5 or the Watering Bowl, two out of the two hundred dog-friendly restaurants available in the Denver area.


Las Vegas, NV

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If you’re visiting or living in Las Vegas, they have many great options for your dog. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar might be a good first place to stop. With a name like that, you already know they’re dog-friendly. There’s also Red Rock Canyon and Desert Breeze dog park to consider as activities for your pup.


San Francisco, CA

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From hotels and restaurants to shopping and playing at a dog park, San Francisco has pretty much everything you and your dog would want in a city. You can take them down to Golden Gate Park and then get a bite to eat at Park Chow. Plus, there’s great events like a Halloween costume contest.

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