Top 50 Dog Friendly Road Trips

50 Best Road Trips for Dogs

By Michael Alexander

Milk-Bone dog biscuits has compiled a guide to the top dog friendly destinations. By cross referencing online review sites with data on dog-friendly restaurants and hotels, the brand has compiled the ultimate list of pup-approved parks and landmarks and assigned each spot a “Milk-Bone Biscuit Score.”


The Top 50 Dog Friendly Road Trip Destinations (Milk-Bone biscuit score in parenthesis: 50 is highest score)

 #1: The Original Dog Beach (San Diego, California) (50  biscuits)
#2: SF Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, California) (49)
#3: Fort Tryon Park (New York City, New York) (48.5)
#4: Runyon Canyon (Los Angeles, California) (47)
#5: Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert Island, Maine) (46)
#6: Pike Place Market (Seattle, Washington) (45)
#7: Carmel (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California) (44.5)
#8: The Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina) (44)
#9: Central Park (New York City, New York) (43)
#10: Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market  (Denver, Colorado) (43)
#11: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (Houston, Texas) (40)
#12: The Trail System at the US National Whitewater Center (Charlotte, North Carolina) (39)
#13: Mammoth Mountain (Mammoth Lakes, California) (38)
#14: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (Atlanta, Georgia) (37)
#15: Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) (37)
#16: Yosemite (California) (35)
#17: Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia) (34)
#18: Nashville (Tennessee) (33)
#19: Key West Aquarium (Key West, Florida) (33)
#20: The Cascades at Lake Mohegan (Fairfield, Connecticut) 32
#21: Broad Ripple (Indianapolis, Indiana) (31)
#22: Mercury Canine Cruise (Chicago, Illinois) (30)
#23: National Mall (Washington, D.C.) (29)
#24: Arlington National Cemetery (Washington, D.C.) (28)
#25: Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio) (27)
#26: Point Reyes National Seashore (Point Reyes Station, California) (26)
#27: Olympic National Park (Port Angeles, Washington) (25)
#28: Shenandoah National Park (Virginia) (24)
#29: Bow Wow Beach (Stow, Ohio) (23)
#30: Royal Gorge Bridge (Cañon City, Colorado) (23)
#31: Fantastic Caverns (Springfield, Missouri) (23)
#32: Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, Virginia) (23)
#33: Old Charleston Ghost Tour (Charleston, South Carolina) (22)
#34: Crazy Horse Memorial (Crazy Horse, South Dakota) (22)
#35: Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park, California) (22)
#36: Hot Springs National Park & Riverboat Tour (Hot Springs, Arkansas) (22)
#37: Mount Hollywood Trail (Los Angeles, California) (21)
#38: White Sands National Monument (Alamogordo, New Mexico) (21)
#39: Washington Crossing Historic Park (Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania) (21)
#40: Dog Beach at Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne, Florida) (20)
#41: Tombstone (Tombstone, Arizona) (20)
#42: Southwest City Dog Park (St. Louis, Missouri) (20)
#43: Good Hart (Good Hart, Michigan) (20)
#44: Dinosaur National Monument (Maybell, Utah) (20)
#45: Mammoth Cave National Park (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky) (20)
#46: Dallas Heritage Village (Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas) (20)
#47: Minute Man National Historic Park (Concord, Massachusetts) (20)
#48: Veterans Park Lagoon (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (20)
#49: Paw Playground & Beach De Soto (St Petersburg, Florida) (20)
#50: Penn Valley Dog Park (WWI Memorial) (Kansas City, Missouri) (20)


Milk-Bone’s in-house team of behavioral experts also shared their ‘Top 3 Doggie Do’s’ to keep your pooch happy while you’re on the go, so use these tips and watch their tail wag:

Was your pup’s last ‘road trip’ a trip to the vet? If so, chances are they’re going to get nervous when they hear your keys jingling. Take them on a short ride to the park to make the car a place where fun things happen, too.

Make your dog’s crate a safe and happy place. Do a “test crating” and reward them with lots of treats; soon they’ll be drooling every time they crawls inside.

Last but not least, reward your pup for good behavior. Treats help to build positive associations with the new sights and sounds of a road trip, and reminds them that you love them and that they are having fun!



Michael Alexander, AKA Vegan Man is inspired by the evolution of media, consciousness and our diets. A born foodie and disruptor, Michael loves challenging convention and is happy to play a small part in ensuring that viewers worldwide can opt out of mainstream news and access vibration raising information and inspiring stories. Michael is an avid yogi, a passionate but “wish-he-went-more” snowboarder, and a enthusiastic raw vegan chef and OG (organic gardener).

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