AAA Travel Tips / 9 Pet-Friendly Vacation Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

9 Pet-Friendly Vacation Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

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By AAA Travel Editor Katie McPhee
July 01, 2019
AAA knows a thing or two about planning trips with the whole family in tow—including dogs! From paw-approved restaurants to hotels that embrace furry travelers, we’ve got you covered with expert recommendations and tips. Here are a few of our favorite spots for pet-friendly vacations in the Pacific Northwest. (For even more ideas, check out AAA’s Pet Travel website.)
Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.
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Bend, Oregon
If you and your pup enjoy outdoor adventures, consider a weekend getaway to Bend, Oregon. The town serves as a great home base for exploring nearby Deschutes National Forest, where dogs are permitted off leash in most areas. To see the forest and its snowcapped peaks on four wheels, take a scenic drive on the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Where to Eat: There are dozens of dog-friendly restaurants in Bend. Don’t miss Chow and McKay Cottage Restaurant for breakfast, or Bend Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery & Public House for dinner and local brews.
Where to Sleep: The Oxford Hotel is close to all the downtown action and provides beds, bowls, organic treats and maps of nearby dog parks and trails.
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Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Plan a pet-friendly vacation at the lake that has been called one of the most beautiful in the world—Lake Coeur d’Alene—in the city of the same name. You and your four-legged friend can see the lake by boat with Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises on a daytime cruise, or on foot at The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s floating boardwalk and the trails at Tubbs Hill.
Where to Eat: Cricket's Restaurant & Oyster Bar has a nice patio for people watching on Sherman Avenue. Reward good behavior with a dog sorbet at Abi’s Ice Cream just a block away.
Where to Sleep: The Coeur d'Alene Resort has luxurious pet-friendly rooms with commanding lake views, while The Roosevelt Inn and Spa welcomes pets at its charming location in a converted schoolhouse.
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Hood River, Oregon
Soak up beautiful views of the Columbia River while strolling the 2.8-mile Hood River Waterfront Trail, one of the best things to do with your dog in Hood River. The paved path provides access to a large sandbar where dogs can splash and play off leash, and it offers the perfect vantage point for watching windsurfers and kiteboarders on the river.
Where to Eat: Grab a seat on the patio at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom for pizzas, sandwiches and microbrews.
Where to Sleep: Affordable pet fees are a perk at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, the only downtown hotel on the riverbank, while Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa has a scenic clifftop setting.
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McCall, Idaho
McCall earns a spot on this list of pet-friendly getaways for its outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. Nestled on the southern end of Payette Lake, the year-round resort town offers outdoor fun in Ponderosa State Park, where you and your pet can hike through an old-growth forest or explore the Payette River by canoe or stand-up paddleboard (for well-behaved dogs only).
Where to Eat: Bistro 45 Wine Bar & Cafe is a popular gathering spot with a shaded patio, an outdoor bocce ball court and board games.
Where to Sleep: One of the best hotels in McCall for travelers with pets is Shore Lodge, which has a low nightly pet fee and magnificent views of Payette Lake.
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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
If your dog loves a good car ride, consider a trip through Mount Rainier National Park. While pets aren’t permitted on park trails, they are allowed anywhere that cars can go, including at turnouts like Sunrise Point (the highest point accessible by car on Mount Rainier); scenic drives like Stevens Canyon Road and the East Side Road (SR 123); and area campgrounds. Late June through late September, dogs can ride free with their owners on the Mount Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain Resort and access dog-friendly trails at the summit.
Where to Sleep: Alta Crystal Resort at Mt Rainier accommodates travelers with pets, as does Nisqually Lodge near the west entrance to the park.
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Newport, Oregon
Some of the best places to travel with dogs in the Pacific Northwest are the seaside towns along the Oregon coast. In Newport’s Historic Bayfront district, you can walk the boardwalk to see ships, shops and even sea lions. Just a short drive up the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (US 101) are two dog-friendly beaches worth a visit—Agate Beach State Recreation Site and Beverly Beach State Park—with views of lighthouses and offshore rock formations.
Where to Eat: Open on weekdays only, Canyon Way Restaurant & Bookstore is a good option for travelers with pets and serves soups, pastas, bakery items and espresso drinks.
Where to Sleep: Hallmark Resort Newport provides beach towels, water bottles and Frisbees for four-legged guests.
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Olympic National Park, Washington
What can you see in Olympic National Park with your dog? Plenty with a little planning! Leashed pets are allowed on a handful of park trails, including one near the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles and a couple more near Lake Crescent and Lake Quinault. After a forest hike, take a scenic drive on U.S. 101 out to Kalaloch and Ruby Beaches; both are pet-friendly. Well-behaved dogs can even earn a “Bark Ranger” badge at the nearby Kalaloch Ranger Station.
Where to Sleep: On the west side of the park, Miller Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast, Manitou Lodge and Kalaloch Lodge allow pets. You’ll find additional hotels in Port Townsend at the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula.
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Portland, Oregon
Portland is packed with options for pet-friendly vacations. Stroll along the Willamette River at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park or the Eastbank Esplanade to get a feel for downtown, or opt for a nature hike at Forest Park. A few popular Portland attractions admit pets, too, including the International Rose Test Garden (lots of blooms to sniff!) and Hoyt Arboretum.
Where to Eat: Dine on the flower-filled patio at McMenamins Kennedy School Courtyard Restaurant, a renovated 1915 elementary school turned into a hotel and pub.
Where to Sleep: Dogs, cats and all creatures in between stay for free at Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland, Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland.
Alexander Calder's "The Eagle" at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Washington.
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Seattle, Washington
Last but certainly not least on this list is Seattle, where there are more things to do with your dog than you can shake a stick at. See the city from the sky with Kenmore Air Scenic Flight Tours (one dog or cat is permitted on each flight), or admire the scenery while stretching your legs at Discovery Park, Olympic Sculpture Park or the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Dogs are allowed on buses, streetcars, water taxis and ferries in Seattle, which makes it easy to get around.
Where to Eat: The Pink Door is a downtown favorite and accommodates pets on an outdoor patio.
Where to Sleep: There are dozens of AAA Rated pet-friendly hotels in Seattle. Pets stay free at Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle and Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle.
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