Anyone who owns a pet can understand why you might be reluctant to leave them while going on vacation. At the same time, pet ownership doesn’t need to mean you should feel trapped at home. In fact, there are many pet-friendly destinations in the United States, and specifically on the East Coast, that could mean taking your furry friend on the road for shared memories.

With some planning and consideration to the ways you’ll travel with your small dog, puppy, or any breed or species, you could soon find yourself on an amazing adventure with your four-legged friend. For some things to consider when thinking about pet-friendly destinations on the East Coast, read on.

National Parks

If you’ve always wanted to explore New England but have been leery about taking your dog, the reality is that you need to look no further than Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is about 160 miles from Portland, Maine, and 50 miles from Bangor. The sweet town of Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, shares its borders with the park and is a popular home base for those visiting.

Taking a trip to Acadia with your pup could be as simple as ordering a no-pull harness and booking a campground or pet-friendly Airbnb or hotel in Bar Harbor. You and your pooch could be exploring the rocky shores or smooth sand beach in no time at all.

If it’s the wrong time of year to head north, you could also consider heading south to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. You could watch the sunrise with your big dog or spend a day hiking with your favorite furry family member. With the right harness and leash, you and your pup could even try some off-trail hiking.

When thinking about travelling with your pet, it’s always a good idea to check with the National Park Service about rules at each park. While some parks are entirely pet friendly, providing you have your pup or cat on a leash, others have rules about whether your furry family member is allowed on the beach. This will be important to know ahead of time.

Dog Parks

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If you already live on the East Coast but want to explore the area more, you could always add dog parks to your travels. Major cities up and down the East Coast have dog parks where you can bring your pup out on its best no pull dog harness for some playtime with others. Not every travel destination has to be far from home, and by keeping the right training tool or leash in your vehicle, you might be able to bring your pooch alone for more adventures than you think.

Some people hesitate to bring their dogs or other pets near the cities. Concerned about how they’ll walk their pets, it can be tempting to board pets or leave them with a friend instead of bringing them to a favorite city. With a little research ahead of time, you might be surprised to learn just how many cities are pet-friendly.

Pet-Friendly Cities

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If you love traveling with your pet to the beach, check out the famous and historic Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. There are numerous pet-friendly accommodations, with a few that allow pets free. You can explore the recreated village and gardens with your leashed pet and time travel back to the 19th century together.

Love mountains and the woods? Another great destination could be Vermont. Home to Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, Vermont is an internationally renowned destination for dog lovers. Dogs are welcome on Dog Mountain both on and off the leash. There are plenty of hiking trails and ponds for both of you to explore.

If you’re hoping to travel to or through the East Coast this year and want to bring your pet, a little planning and the right packing list could mean an amazing adventure neither you nor your furry friend will soon forget. From casual walks up Maine’s coastline to a quiet picnic on Cape Cod, you and your canine or feline could explore new places while securing that bond. Happy travelling to you and don’t forget to pack the camera.