Autumn is a spectacular time of year when Mother Nature sets off her fireworks and illuminates the hills with color. This is the perfect excuse to pack the car, fasten your puppy and enjoy a few pet-friendly trips!
Opportunities to peek at the leaves abound throughout the country! We have collected our 10 best photos for travel, suitable for pets, where autumn greenery is the main attraction. Of course, it’s also fun to find a new place of your own!
Trips suitable for dogs in the fall
Named after a tree, you can bet that the city of Aspen will not disappoint when it comes to autumn greenery. At the end of September, the Aspen Forest turns bright yellow. Against the background of evergreen and rugged mountain peaks, the effect is truly exceptional.
Autumn is also the perfect time of year to enjoy the silence that settles over the city just before the crowds descend on this world-famous ski resort.
Aspen has no shortage of activities suitable for pets. Pamper yourself with a 5-star lunch at the Terrace Bar in The Little Nell, where your puppy will have their own pet menu.
Then enter the area outside the Smuggler Mountain Road. And don’t miss the picture in the Continental Divide of Independence Pass – just 19 miles southeast of Aspen on CO-82.
Pet Friendly hotels in Aspen, Colorado
Bar Harbor, Maine
Surrounded by Acadia National Park and embracing the rocky shores of Maine, Bar Harbor is a sight you can see at any time of the year. But the autumn greenery gives this area a special glow.
Bar Harbor is an old-fashioned seaside village full of boutiques, galleries, inns, sidewalk cafes, specialty shops and guest houses. Visitors here can immerse themselves in the autumn colors by car, bicycle, boat and on foot.
Spend your time exploring 165 miles of pet-friendly hiking and carriage trails in Acadia National Park. Or choose to admire the shore aboard a schooner cruise suitable for dogs.
During your visit, be sure to visit the swimming pool and play area outside the leash at Little Long Pond between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor.
Pet Friendly hotels in Bar Harbor, Maine
Bend’s sunny days and fresh, cool evenings are the epitome of autumn. And the autumn perfection does not end here in this high desert city.
The bright greenery is only part of Bend’s attraction, as the city called Beer Town USA celebrates Oktoberfest – full of live music and annual Wiener Dog Races!
Take a map of the National Picturesque Cascading Lakes Road and enjoy a 66-mile drive. There are many places for you and your dog to explore along the way.
Don’t miss 10 Barrel Brewing Company, our first choice for delicious food in the pub. And if you like it, check out more than two dozen local restaurants around the Bend Ale Trail.
Pet Friendly hotels in Bend, Oregon
The quiet hardwood forests of the Midwest meet the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. Highway 61 is all that separates the lake and the national forest, winding through sleepy cities and past lighthouses that are constantly monitored.
Accent of pet-friendly travel enjoys the hospitality of the locals you will meet.
Stretching four miles on Superior Lake, Duluth’s Downtown Lake Walk is not to be missed. And for some real hikes, check out the pet-friendly waterfall trails on the North Shore.
Don’t forget to take a picture of the Ariel Bridge on Duluth. And if your puppy loves to spray, go to Park Point Beach, where dogs can enjoy swimming!
Pet Friendly hotels in Duluth, Minnesota
Hudson Valley, New York
Just 90 minutes north of Manhattan, the Hudson Valley stretches along the ridges of Catskill Mountain. Filled with history and natural beauty, this area is most vibrant when red, yellow and orange autumns paint the slopes.
Get ready to be dazzled while you and your pet enjoy views of Bear Mountain State Park. And enjoy a tasting in the courtyard of Brotherhood Winery – the oldest winery in America.
Pet-friendly trips to the Hudson Valley would not be complete without a stop at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where you can truly embrace the spirit of the season.
Pet Friendly Hotels in Hudson Valley, New York
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South of Grand Teton National Park, just on the border of Bridger-Teton National Forest, is the small town of Jackson, Wyoming. The magnificent nature is a given here, but in the beginning until the middle of October Mother Nature takes out all the stops and makes a show that you have never seen.
With the snow-capped peaks in the background, the larch trees in the area turn into shining gold among the evergreens. This is an impressive site. And if you’re lucky, you’ll notice some wildlife!
Enjoy the scenic 43-mile drive through the national park, but keep in mind that pets are not allowed on any of the trails there.
To have fun with dogs, explore the trails in the national forest. The Snow King is a favorite because of its convenience in the city and the inspiring view of the city of Jackson.
Hotels that accept pets in Jackson, Wyoming
Natchez Trace Parkway
Winding 445 miles between Nashville, Tennessee and Natches, Mississippi, Natchez Trace is a favorite travel destination suitable for pets.
What began as buffalo trails became Native American trails and then became one of America’s most famous border routes. The National Park Service now administers a two-lane highway that runs parallel to the original trail, so you can experience the scenery as it always has.
Stop at one of the visitor centers at both ends of the park and get a map with descriptions of the historic sites. As you travel along the Trace, stop to enjoy scenic views, picnic areas and hiking opportunities. The mile markers are clearly marked and you will find many interesting places for you and your pet to stretch their legs.
You can also find campsites and accommodations in the cities along the route.
Pet Friendly hotels in Nashville, Tennessee
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Portland, Oregon and the Columbia Gorge
Just east of Portland’s dynamic neighborhoods, the Columbia Gorge crosses the Cascade Mountains. The dazzling contrast between cosmopolitan and wild beauty will exceed every traveler’s expectations.
And autumn is the perfect time for travel suitable for pets. The leaf is on top from mid-September to mid-October – just before the rainy season!
With more than twenty bakeries that turn out to be the most creative dog treats you can imagine, Portland can be your puppy’s favorite destination. When it’s time to walk away from these treats, Forest Park offers more than 70 miles of hiking and walking trails suitable for pets.
Don’t miss the numerous waterfalls along the gorge – more than 90 on the Oregon side alone! The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, so pet leashes are welcome to join you on all trails.
Pet Friendly hotels in Portland, Oregon
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah’s wooded valleys, cascading waterfalls and tranquil views reach the height of their autumn blooms in mid to late October.
Skyline Drive offers the best benefits as it winds 105 miles along the crest of Blue Ridge Mountain. Each of the 75 views along the route will leave you breathless.
When traveling through Shenandoah, plan to stop the car and enjoy the trails. There are more than 500 miles of park trails and most of them are suitable for pets. Plan a picnic lunch or pick up your tent and make the weekend trip!
Pet Friendly hotels in Charlottesville, Virginia
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Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Stowe is the ticket to one of the best demonstrations of greenery you’ll find in New England. Take the popular Green Mountain Byway on the mountain peaks between Waterbury and Stowe for amazing views. Beech, birch and maple trees are decorated in their autumn colors from mid-September to early October.
For panoramic views of the area, take a dog gondola ride to Stowe Mountain Resort. Then take the 5.2-mile Stowe Entertainment Trail, a cobbled trail that winds along the city’s river.
Be sure to stop by Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor in Waterbury to stock up on your favorite flavors. Introduced pets are welcome on the territory!
Pet Friendly hotels in Stowe, Vermont
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