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Our top five pet-friendly destinations to give you and your fur baby a rewarding experience.

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Palo Alto, California

A world away from the celebrity hotspots and busy coastlines synonymous with California, Palo Alto is an enclave designed for a relaxed pet-friendly getaway. A college town at its core – centered around Stanford University – much of the city is meant to be explored on foot.

One-of-a-Kind Pet Getaways

Enjoy a day at the local farmer’s market with your pet.

All the elite area hotels are pet-friendly, including The Epiphany, an ultra-modern hotel that boasts extra features like a mini-fridge full of healthy items to share with your pet. Each time I’ve visited, I’ve stayed at the Sheraton, another pet-friendly hotel with a central location and a serene atmosphere that feels like home.

Start with a morning walk through the Stanford campus, featuring open-air vistas and pathways to guide you along while you admire the distinctive architecture. For an appetizing break, head to University Avenue, lined with fine dining and local favorites to satisfy your taste buds – many restaurants will let you sit outside with your dog as long as he is on a leash. For even more local tastes, if you’re visiting on a Saturday, check out the Downtown Farmer’s Market for fresh fruits, pastries and a chance to mingle with residents, who will definitely admire your pup as well.

The outdoor Stanford Shopping Center is the perfect place to complete your Palo Alto experience with some retail therapy together with your pet. Shop the many high-end stores like Burberry, MaxMara, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney and of course blame all extravagant purchases on your furry friend!

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

    Reader Discussion: 29 Comments

    1. My baby would definitely enjoy these travels. I swear, next year I’m going to plan a trip for the two of us. I feel like he’ll have more pictures than me but that’s alright! I love my furbaby so much and he deserves to see the world as often as I do. I never thought of these things and there aren’t really a lot of articles like this that share travels to places that are pet friendly. Who knew, traveling isn’t just for humans. It’s also for our fury little ones that are so adorable.

    2. Super adorable article. I currently don’t have new pets because I still can’t get over the death of my pet for a few years now. I’m just scrolling here until I’m ready to adopt a new one.

    3. Juana Gross

      I’m so excited to take my furbaby on a trip. It’s my first time reading something like this and I learned so much! I’m listing down all the places here and we’re going on a travel spree! Wuhoo!

    4. Johanna Kelly

      I never knew there was so much pet friendly places that you can go to. The only problem is that you can only go to those specific places because not all the places there will allow pets.

    5. Erika Burgess

      It’s too much of a hard work to find places that are pet-friendly when you travel. It would be a waste if I can’t come to a nearby shop just because they don’t allow dogs inside. I love my fur baby but I think traveling really far stresses them out. Dogs can take a while to adjust to their environment even if they’re with you. It’s highly suggested that you travel with your dog in places that are not a plane away. Maybe a hour car drive would be enough. Not all dogs feel okay with traveling on a plane for the first time.

      • That’s why the hotels offer dog-sitting and even has recommendations for pet-friendly locations.

    6. Marsha Jennings

      Hotels and places like this should advertise more of their pet-friendly locations. It’s really great!

    7. Nicole Ramos

      I wonder if pets really do enjoy traveling? My dog hates car trips already. I can’t imagine putting him on a flight.

    8. Lena Tamburini

      I didn’t know that Austria is so pet friendly. I would love to take my baby Roxy there!

    9. Other dogs love the beach but how come my dog is like a cat and dislikes water so friggin’ much??? ?

    10. I have been to Austria before. Never have I ever seen so many fur parents in 1 location. I had a grand of a time there. really worth the travel.

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