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Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs in the US on a Road Trip

While traveling cross-country in a camper, we were able to visit so many fun places which will hopefully provide you with some dog travel inspiration. Not sure about you, but I love bringing my dogs with me! I'm that person who misses them after a couple of hours apart. It was also so fun to see them pumped about the new places and smells. Especially my pug, Rhea.

Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs

1.White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument travel with dogs One of our first adventures with the pups was the White Sands Desert. This photo may look like it was taken in snow, but in actuality, it's gypsum sand! Of course Rhea proceeded to try and eat the sand. Does anyone else's dog do this? The strange things dogs enjoy eating... There are nice walking paths for you and your pup too. Just beware that the sand is a bit disorienting. I'd suggest bringing some water and a water bowl. (Apparently we need to make some cute water bowls too!) Of course we packed just that in Rhea's dog pack. I believe entry was $5.White Sands Desert Pug Cowboy

2. Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

Saguaro National Park, Tucson AZ French Bulldog

Another adventure that is an absolute must is Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ, and it's free! Saguaro cacti are so cool! Getting there involves a bit of off-roading, but it's well worth it. There are some great picnic spots so pack a lunch, some dog snacks and drinks. The dogs loved soaking up the sun. Toad (my french bulldog above) even got so comfortable that he fell asleep. Again, it is hot, so pack some water for the afternoon.Saguaro national park pug

3. San Diego Fiesta Island Dog Park

FullSizeRender The coolest dog park! It's an off-leash dog park on an island, pretty central to San Diego. The dogs loved running around on the beach and we enjoyed the most beautiful sunset.San Diego Fiesta Dog Park Pug Frenchie Dog Backpack   

4. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz / Felton, CA

Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs Although you can't take the dogs around the oldest redwood tree loop, there are miles of paths that you can hike with your dog. It's worth going to see the large ones at some point, but it's also a worthwhile trip to take the hiking paths with the dogs. It's all gorgeous. There's a small entry fee, but some folks choose to park on the street to wave the fee (I believe it's $10/car).Pug and Frenchie Redwood Forest Hiking

5. Mendocino Headlands State Park, CA

Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs Probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I've ever been. Between the gorgeous cliffs, sound of waves crashing, the fresh ocean breeze, seashell hunting, and luscious green scenery, it's fabulous. Not to mention, the historic town is quite cute too. Rhea was more agile jumping from rock to rock then I was. She loved it.

6. Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach California sunset pug frenchie If you want some untouched beach to walk around with your pups on the California coastline, this is it! Not only does it have tons of untouched beach, but the town itself is super cute and friendly. Walk the pier, beach, you name it!

Hopefully you found some dog travel inspiration. Any places we should add to this list? We'd love to hear! So many adventures to be had!


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