Dog friendly adventure travel can present some unique challenges.  Here are some dog-friendly places and products that Bailey and I have enjoyed! (And before Bailey, old man Duke was my first well-traveled dog!)

Dog-Friendly Destinations

Bailey and I have been on the road seeking out dog-friendly destinations. Here are a few that I’ve published:

Dog-Friendly Hotels

Always call ahead to verify pet rules and fees. Pet fees can vary from zero to $100 a night, so as much as I prefer to be spontaneous on a road trip, it helps to do a little research ahead of time.  Our preferred hotel chain is IHG, specifically Holiday Inn Express as they usually have the most reasonable pet policies and a good rewards program.  I know La Quinta is also dog friendly, but I haven’t stayed at any of those yet.

Rocky Mountain Region

  • Holiday Inn – Frisco, CO.  We’ve stayed here several times before and after our mountain adventures.  Dog friendly and the laundry room is a bonus!
  • Staybridge Suites – Denver/South-Park Meadows.  Pleasant surprise on the East side of Denver.  Almost exactly as far as I can drive in one day from Illinois. Pet fees are extremely reasonable!
  • Topaz Lodge – Buena Vista, CO. When a cold forces you off the trail and you haven’t budgeted for a hotel stay…
  • Colter Bay Cabins – Grand Teton National Park.  Back when I was terrified to camp in bear country, I ponied up almost $200 for a cabin.  Since National Park trails are not dog friendly, it was nice to have a place to leave the dog.
  • Alpine Motel – Cooke City, MT.  Great little dog friendly lodge on the edge of Yellowstone
  • Days Inn – Glendive, MT.  Passing through in a rainstorm?  This will suffice.

Midwest US

  • Lafayette Hotel – Marietta, OH – cool historic hotel that also allows pets!
  • White Pine Lodge – Munising, MI. Snowmobilers paradise.  Few dog friendly options in Munising, so be prepared to spend a little extra!
  • Edge of Town Motel – Sister Bay, Door County, WI
  • Sheraton Suites – Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  No pet fee!
  • Holiday Inn– Austin, MN – good stop en route to Montana!
  • Ramada Inn – Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Residence Inn – Roseville, MN

Duke at our hotel in Minnesota.  He doesn't mind camping, but he loves big comfy beds!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Lunch at Extreme Pizza in Breckenridge


While bringing my dog along is always preferred, sometimes there are places they can’t go, like in a kayak or whitewater raft!  It’s much better to let them stay with a trusted professional than to leave them in your car while you’re off adventuring!

  • Lucky Dog – Chicago, IL.  My sister and I have both been bringing our dogs here for over 15 years!  You can really tell the owner loves what she does and I feel 100% safe bringing my dog here for any amount of time. (Convenient hours are awesome, too!)
  • Mountain Parks Vet Hospital – Evergreen, CO
  • Hickory Hills Kennels – Madison, WI.  Madison is a great adventure hub – I’ve used this kennel when kayaking nearby on the Wisconsin River.
  • DogVacay – I had one great experience and one mediocre experience with DogVacay homes, but think of it as Airbnb for your pup!

Dog Products

Starting out in the rain towards Judd Falls

  • UltraPaws Dog Boots – read my review here.
  • Ruffwear Highlands Bed
  • Ruffwear Palisades Pack – read my review here.

So…what is your pup’s favorite spot?

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