Top Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots

As you know, the popularity of traveling with our pets has been growing yearly and all this extra time at home during the pandemic has brought pets and their owners closer than ever before! So it should come as no surprise that pet travel is expected to jump to even greater heights as travel begins to rebound later this year and into 2022. Analyst expect air travel to be back to 2019 levels by 2023 or 2024.





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Top Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots

Looking at the top 50 vacation destination, created a report listing the top 15 most pet-friendly vacation spots based on factors like the number of pet stores, pet-friendly hotels, rentals, vacation rentals, restaurants, dog parks and more using data from sites like,, and even Twitter.

#1 is Asheville, NC with a score of 47.5 out of 50. Asheville has lots of hiking trails to enjoy with your pet.


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#2 is Santa Fe, NM with a score of 42.2 with lots of pet-friendly accommodations


#3 is Orlando, FL with a score of 39.9 with a high score given for vacation rentals that allow pets.


#4 is Savannah, GA with a score of 39.3


Savannah is basically a dog’s paradise! Learn how your pooch can have the best visit ever.


#5 is Key West, FL with a score of 39 but the highest number of lodging options per 100K people.


See the full list at


Also, Joy Organics has put a great list together of the US states that spend the most on their pets.


Pet-Friendly May Include Fees

One thing you have to remember is that “pet friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not a hefty pet-fee. So check that when you travel. I use which let’s me filter out hotels that charge a pet for or choose ones that are $25 or less. Book using to find just the right hotel.


And if you’re looking for a great Florida day-trip idea with your pet that’s driving distance from the Sun Coast, head over to Miami’s Coconut Grove. Located right on Biscayne Bay, there are lots of parks, weekend markets, pet-friendly restaurants and even an original Pan Am Terminal where the seaplanes used to take off to Latin America and the Caribbean in the 1930’s.


Least Pet-Friendly for Travelers:

When it comes to the least pet-friendly vacation spots, Maui, New York City, Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Detroit have some work to do according to the report. You’ll always be able to find hotels and other establishments who are ready to welcome you and your furry family members by using sites like

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