6 of the best dog-friendly outdoor travel destinations in California


California is one of the most dog friendly states in the USA and many residents love to also travel with their furry friend. Handily this region is full of naturally beautifully places where you can have fun with your beloved pet. Here are five of the best… 

Lake Tahoe

With beautiful beaches, clean waters and restaurants serving deliciously healthy food, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to chill out and explore. Luckily for your four-legged friend, Lake Tahoe has plenty of places for them to sniff out too. There are beaches that specifically allow dogs to splash around, including Regan beach, which boasts shallow waters that are safe for your pooch and designated doggie areas so you can have some fun together. As well as a fantastic range of dog friendly hotels in Lake Tahoe there are also loads of restaurants that provide ample seating for dogs to sit out with you while you’re eating. Big Daddy’s in particular offers some of the best burgers in the city, and the best bit is that your dog can join you for dinner!

Solstice Canyon, Malibu

Most people head to Malibu for the beach and the cocktails but there are also many other beautiful areas to explore with your pooch. Head for Solstice Canyon a park within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Malibu where there are numerous trails from easy to  strenuous hikes. Expect very scenic views and even ruins of buildings, a waterfall, creek and spectacular views of the ocean. Just remember to take plenty of water for both you and your dog before setting off!

Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail. San Diego

This trail is the only one in Cabrillo National Monument where dogs are allowed to join. The hike itself is about 0.5 miles, during which expect to spot lots of local wildlife, including seafaring birds and small sea creatures. You may also see surfers in the distance catching some waves. It’s a mini slice of heaven and makes for a rewarding hour’s-long walk that will tire both you and your pooch. Just remember your pup will need stay on the leash when you reach the tide pools.

Seventeen Mile Drive. Carmel

If you head to California, you must take a trip along the Seventeen Mile Drive. This scenic route features miles and miles of stunning coastline, with endless views and picture-perfect photo opportunities for you to enjoy. You can drive it, cycle it or walk it. All trails are completely dog-friendly, too. Feel free to let your furry companion off the leash and watch them sniff new foliage, run around the parks and maybe meet some new doggie friends. It’s a perfect day out for all.

Buccaneer Beach Park. Oceanside

Buccaneer Beach is the smallest beach with a lifeguard tower in Oceanside. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area but look to the other side of the street and you’ll see Buccaneer Park. There’s so much to do there, with barbeque grills, tables and chairs, a shower and snack bar, amongst other facilities to enjoy. While dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, the park is fully open and available for your leashed four-legged friend to enjoy a day out with you.

Huntington Beach

A hotspot for surfers, Huntington Beach is California’s dog heaven. Pups are more than welcome, and there are plenty of amenities to cater for them, including doggy waste bags and grassy sections for them to sniff around in. They also host regular beach cleans for you to get involved in, where everyone brings their pooch along to help out. Nearby you’ll find Hilton Waterfront Resort and Shorebreak Hotel, which are both dog-friendly and offer a relaxed, comfortable stay for both you and your furry companion.

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