When we think about dog-friendly places - cities aren’t necessarily the first places that come to mind. We see images of grassy parks and wide-open spaces for pups to roam and wander. However, many cities are emerging as equally wonderful pet-friendly places for all family members - four-legged ones included.
We’re celebrating the five top emerging dog-friendly cities in the United States, according to a survey conducted by Zillow and pet sitter/dog walker database Rover. Some are known for mountains and hiking, others are famous for beaches and sunshine - but all of them are becoming increasingly popular for dog owners.
Whether you’re planning a vacay with your dog or looking to move - we hope this list gives you a little extra information and inspiration.
5 Most Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities (2021): Pet-friendly Beaches, Restaurants, and Hotels
1. Denver, Colorado
Meet the #1 dog paradise! From scenic hiking trails to dog-friendly beaches, you and your dog will love all the outdoor activities in Denver, Colorado. Plus, there are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, breweries, and even bakeries. No matter what you’re into - beer, brownies, or beaches - chances are you’ll be able to bring your dog along with you. In addition, Denver is known for being extremely bike-friendly with 267 miles of paved biking paths - if you like the idea of biking with your BFF.
2. Orlando, Floria
Proudly named the second most emerging dog-friendly city in the U.S. - Orlando is home to so many dog-friendly places. Farmers’ markets, breweries, beaches, and dog parks are just some of the many spots in Orlando that both you and your BFF will have at your fingertips/paws.
3. Anaheim, California
Anaheim earns the third spot for dog-friendly cities. This southern California city offers parks, trails, and beaches that happily welcome dogs. And if you’re visiting for a weekend, you’ll also have no trouble finding a dog-friendly hotel.
4. Charlotte, North Carolina
Like the other cities on this list, Charlotte is home to dog-friendly parks, beaches, breweries, and so much more. And if you love the changing seasons, Charlotte delivers with four distinct seasons - so your dog can enjoy snow and sun each year.
5. Birmingham, Alabama
With tons of dog-friendly restaurants and parks, along with easy access to veterinarians - Birmingham, Alabama is a happy place for dogs and pet parents alike.
Other pet-friendly cities
The other emerging pet-friendly cities in the United States include:
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Glendale, AZ
- New Orleans, LA
- Tampa, FL
- Fayetteville, NC
- Fort Worth, TX
See the full list of emerging dog-friendly cities.
Walkable cities in the U.S. for dog lovers
We also know the value of walkability when it comes to finding a happy home for you and your dogs. Not only is walking hugely beneficial for the physical and mental health of both people and dogs, but it is also beneficial for the environment and finances.