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Many travel nurses can’t imagine hitting the road without their pup in the passenger’s seat. Having your pet along for the adventure means you’ll already have a buddy in your new city and a friendly face to come home to in your new living space.
But some cities are more welcoming to our four-legged friends than others. While most cities have some green spaces, not all are meant to be enjoyed by pets. Other cities feature off-leash dog parks and beaches, and some even welcome dogs in restaurants and shopping centers.
Which U.S. cities are the easiest for pet owners to enjoy? We’ve done the research and identified the top five. Read below for details.
5. Boston, MA
It’s easy to have an adventure with your pet in Boston, where leashed, well-behaved dogs of all sizes are welcome aboard the Boston T, the area’s public trains and subway cars. Many of the city’s most well-known parks welcome dogs, including Boston Common, the Arnold Arboretum and Back Bay Fens. Need a dose of history? Take your pup for a walk along the 2-mile Freedom Trail through downtown, marked by red arrows on the sidewalk, to see Boston’s most significant sights and discover the rich history of the American Revolution.
4. Nashville, TN
Visit Nashville’s famous Centennial Park for some prime canine adventures! Besides an off-leash area, there’s a replica of the Greek Parthenon, so your dog can get a healthy dose of exercise as well as culture. The park also hosts concerts, outdoor movies and art fairs throughout the year where dogs are welcome. Need a caffeine fix? Visit one of Nashville’s many dog friendly coffee shops and cafés, including Frothy Monkey and Fido Café.
3. San Diego, CA
Not only does San Diego have 16 off-leash dog parks, but this sunny paradise also offers off-leash beaches for you and your dog to enjoy. Dog Beach and Fiesta Island allow dogs to run freely through the sand and surf. You can also head for the hills with a number of scenic hiking trails. When you need a break, enjoy San Diego’s many pet-friendly outdoor dining options, including Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt which offers a soy-based ice cream treat for dogs.
2. Portland, OR
Portland’s dedication to its pups is clear. With 33 dog parks, PDX has more per capita than any other large city in the country! But the adventures don’t stop when the leash goes back on. Many restaurants, coffee shops and breweries welcome dogs, like the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company where you can enjoy a local craft beer on their dog-friendly patio. Want to meet up with other fans of a particular breed? Portland has fun special events like the Pug Crawl and Pit Bull Parade.
1. Austin, TX
Year-round warm weather means outdoor, pup-inclusive patio dining anytime in Austin. But unique to ATX, check out Bow-Wow Bones, a food truck for dogs. Leashed dogs are welcome on guided walking tours of the city, a great way to check out your new surroundings. You might even pass one of Austin’s 18 off-leash dog parks, a great social scene for those on four and two legs. Need to cool your paws? Check out Red Bud Isle, a popular dogs-only swimming spot. For another way to chill, visit Austin Doga, yoga for dogs and their humans!
Can’t imagine traveling without your pet? You don’t have to! Travel Nurse Across America will help you find the pet-friendly destination of your dreams. And, our housing specialists will make sure you and your best friend have housing options that are perfect for you both.