The Barking Zoo Restaurant: The Shake Shack Dog Park: Madison Square Park Adventure: Dog Walking Tour and Limo Rides. Lexi Dog Boutique Restaurant: Ocean Villa Inn Shopping: Ob Dog Beach Adventure: Family Kayak Adventure Center. B44 Bistro Dog Park: Water front strolls, live music, and The Blue Dog Pond home to an enormous statue of a blue dog are just some of the offerings of this west coast must. The Alexis Hotel Shopping: Three Dog Bakery Restaurant: The Pink Door Dog Park: Blue Dog Pond Adventure: Blake Island Adventure Cruise. Dog Mountain Studio and Chapel. Sung Harbor Inn is a highlight of this Midwestern town, offering quaint cottages, boat rides, and delicious local cuisine.
Snug Harbor Inn Shopping: Stove Dog Bakery Restaurant: There are only two people for every dog in Telluride, so dogs are welcome nearly everywhere! La Cocina De luz Dog Park: Telluride Town Park Adventure: The blending of Western American, Mexican and Native American cultures results in an exceptionally unique town, with pup furiendly terrain seemingly as far as the eye can see. Windmill Inn and Suites Shopping: El Charro Cafe Dog Park: Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac Shopping: Known as the Venice of the North, Brugge is one beautiful city—only made more beautiful by your pup! Walk along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, because nothing says romance like a great puppy date! A quintessentail glamour spot for celebrities and locals alike, St. Moritz specializes in pup-friendly cafes and glitzy walks, helping you and your dog alike have a taste of the champagne life-style.
Featured image via Ragley the Goldendoodle. Want more poop like this? Sign up for our BarkPost newsletter! You are now pupscribed. Albuquerque, New Mexico A classic Southwest town rich in history, this ultra- pup friendly town boasts plentiful brick pathways, lush gardens, chic shops and great restaurants. Congress Avenue Bats 3. Boise, Idaho This Northwestern city is essentially made for pups, especially in the summer months with waterways galore.
See Spot Walk 4. Boston, Massachusetts Take your little bean to bean town for some on-paw action. Walking the Streets 6.
Chicago, Illinois The Windy city is one of the most dog friendly off-leash urban areas around, with some 9-inning baseball fun pitched in for good measure. Colorado Springs, Colorado This resort town offers the best of both worlds- indoor luxury for hoomans, outdoor adventure for hoomans and pups alike. Garden of the Gods 9. Dallas, Texas Home to the largest urban art district in the U.
Party Animals Carriage Rides Huntington Beach, California Hit the waves in Surf City with plentiful water sports for fuzzy family fun. Huntington Dog Beach Echo Lakes Trail and Water Taxi Dog Walking Tour and Limo Rides San Diego, California Beach bum? Look no further for sun and surf than the water sports awaiting you in San Diego. Within the preserve you may visit the ,acre Imuruk volcanic fields or Serpentine hot springs Iyat in Inupiat amid granite spires.
Or you may remain on the life-thrumming coast. On the final night of my trip, we traveled along the Chukchi Sea coast toward Ikpek lagoon, across eroding strands of fine sand beaches.
I was on foot, despite having had hip surgery some weeks before, and suffering through a cough that would later result in a positive TB test. We built a driftwood bonfire and gathered starfish, shells, even plastic trash. The lagoon was still. We saw neither polar bear, nor walrus, nor seal. Neither did we visit whales on their migrations, yet the blue-white churn of the Chukchi Sea seemed to afford me and the dozen Inupiaq children who chose to spend the evening in the company of their visitors a moment to consider the cerements of the sea and our rightful, if imperiled, place on its shores.
Joan Naviyuk Kane has authored nine books and raises her sons as a single mother in Alaska.
Dispensers for dog waste bags also will be available. Boothbay Park Corner of Edgewtaer Blvd. Forest Service, Mill Creek Canyon allows dogs off leash only on trails on odd-numbered days. The park offers water fountains for people and dogs, as well as a spigot for filling water bottles. All seven of the Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of north Africa are made up of extinct ancient volcanoes in different stages of erosion. Much of the Adirondacks had been cut over before the state government began protecting the land, but with a century to grow back, and with the wet climate that marks the north-east, the forest has returned to the point where moose, bear and eagle are common. Off-Leash Exercise Areas Citiparks offers several special areas where your dog can legally run without a leash:
On Veterans Day last November, I traveled to one of my favorite hidden gems: Manassas national battlefield park. I rode a horse through the battlefield, taking in the sights and sounds of a now-peaceful landscape that once saw intense fighting between fellow countrymen. As I rode and looked out on Manassas battlefield, I was amazed at how visitors could see the way the terrain shaped the battle and troop movements over years ago. I was also encouraged to see engaged volunteers rebuilding fences and maintaining the park. Manassas national battlefield park is one of many lesser-known parks that are worth a visit.
Many Americans do not have to travel very far to enjoy one of these treasures — in some cases, they are just down the street. I encourage all Americans to get outside and enjoy a park this summer with their families. Ryan Zinke is the US secretary of the interior. Newhalem, Washington, miles north-east of Seattle Best place to stay: Goodell creek campground, small and central, along the Skagit river Best hikes: Hidden Lake trail strenuous , Maple pass trail moderate.
Glacier national park, located in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, is home to 26 glaciers, a world-famous scenic drive, a healthy wolf and grizzly population, and a rare triple continental divide. North Cascades, about two hours north-east of Seattle, houses over glaciers, more than any other US park outside Alaska.
It has the wildlife: It has the glacier-fed alpine lakes, the steep mountain peaks, the backpacking routes and the scenic drives. What it does not have: North Cascades was the 40th park we visited during our whirlwind year of visiting all 59 national parks, finishing up on the National Park Service centennial in August We had traveled north from the much-loved parks along the west coast and were ready for a break from humanity. North Cascades gave us what we needed: Much of the hiking was inaccessible and snow covered when we visited in early May, but peaceful camping in the nearly-empty Newhalem campground, lower-elevation hiking to spots like Thunder Knob and Ross Dam, and stunning views straight off the road at Diablo Lake overlook and all along the North Cascades Highway made for a good consolation.
Chimney Rock trail 1. If you want to experience the natural beauty preserved just outside of the urban San Francisco Bay Area, drive just 90 minutes north. Visit the Point Reyes national seashore on a good day and you may see elephant seals, tule elk, or migrating gray whales.
Round a corner on its miles of hiking trails and catch a view of white caps on the Pacific. From February to late August, enjoy spectacular wildflower blooms along the hillsides and in the valleys. In winter, keep an eye out for red and white-speckled fly agaric mushrooms or the booted knight mushroom. When the tide is high, Alamere falls cascades over a 30ft shale cliff directly into the Pacific Ocean. For a less strenuous day, try a stroll to the Point Reyes lighthouse. History buffs can take a 0. Camille T Dungy is the editor of Black Nature: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History.
North Kaibab trail into the Grand Canyon Caveat: The North Rim closes between 15 October and 15 May. Then as night fell, we threw sleeping bags in the back of the wagon and were lulled to sleep by the whooshing of canyon winds stirring the pines. Marble Canyon offers a first view of the Colorado river and glimpses of river runners. The road winds on to the Kaibab plateau, and the first ponderosa pines appear on limestone cliffs. Arizona and Grand Canyon and more than 60 visitor guides to the natural and cultural history of the American west and the national park system.
Midway between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona Best place to stay: Humphreys Peak trail, near Flagstaff. Franklin Martin stands on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Far below the striped sandstone cliffs, I can see the blue ribbon of the Colorado River flowing through the bottom of the great gorge.
A silvery side creek flows into it, the Little Colorado, with a blur of turquoise water where the two rivers meet. Few tourists have heard of it. Franklin and his wife, Anna, run a tiny family tour business, Sacred Edge Tours, that brings a maximum of seven people at a time in an SUV across scrubby wilderness, a few miles from the nearest highway, to this unspoiled rocky edge.
A visit to the East Rim not only provides a uniquely clear and private view of the river — in the company of someone like Franklin it is a way of connecting with that deeper history. More recently, too, the Navajo have been instrumental in defending the canyon from big business: Navajo voters recently saw off plans by an outside developer to build a giant tram system and resort on this spot. As a cool breeze wafted up from the gulch, Martin remarked that the canyon was sighing with relief.
Joanna Walters is a freelance news, features and travel journalist, based in New York City. Stanley, Idaho, about miles from Boise Best place to stay: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch , a small, rustic-luxe lodge with a prime view of the Sawtooth range Best hike: Seven miles one-way from Tin Cup trailhead, 18 miles south of Stanley, to Alice lake, a gorgeous alpine lake ringed by peaks.
Established in and overseen by the US Forest Service, the Sawtooth national recreation area is , acres — with miles of rugged, sun-drenched hiking trails, or so locals who live in the tiny, dusty town of Stanley, more than alpine lakes formed from receding glaciers, and a staggering, godly range of some 40 peaks 10,ft tall. We were winding our way up, up, up through groves of aspens and fields of bright-yellow balsamroot to a picnic at a nameless alpine lake beneath a snowcapped spire known as Thompson peak. Not all outings call for a guide. The best way to kick off a day in the Sawtooths is to stop, first, at Stanley Baking Company for fluffy sourdough pancakes and a fresh-baked berry scone before choosing your own adventure: Or a relatively lazy hike that begins with a brief speedboat shuttle across Redfish Lake to a trailhead that leads a gently undulating four miles to Bench lake.
Rachel Levin is the author of Look Big: Western North Carolina Best place to stay: Black Mountain campground, where you blessedly lose cell phone service Best hike: Table Rock mountain and its panoramic payoff overlooking Linville gorge. The hazy-blue Great Smoky Mountains drew more visitors than any other national park in America last year, who all seemed stuck behind the same ponderous RV with Florida tags on the main mountain pass between Cherokee, North Carolina , and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Drive less than two hours to the Bohemian boomtown of Asheville, and Pisgah national forest offers the same Appalachian reward in a roomier retreat.
Pisgah rings Asheville with rock-hopping rivers and waterfalls, firefly-lit campgrounds and hikes through temperate rain forest that can feel more like the Pacific north-west than the American south. The tallest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell, rises 6,ft from the artsy South Toe river valley. Every summer, Pisgah holds new surprises for the kids as they grow. At Sliding Rock, line up for a turn to shoot down a 60ft waterfall into Looking Glass creek. Cynthia Barnett is the author of three water books including Rain: A Natural and Cultural History , and is the environmental journalist in residence at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.
North and west of Columbia, South Carolina Best place to stay: Whetstone Horse campground Best hike: Foothills trail for autumn color and spring warblers, Lick Fork Lake for fishing. It has a single spectacular national park, Congaree, which exists in old-growth, bottomland-swamp splendor less than an hour south of the state capital, Columbia. But I often favor the back roads and byways leading to more remote treasures. In total there are more than , acres to hike, hunt, camp or simply find solace in tall trees and birdsong.
The landscape offers recreational forays as wild and remote as even the most adventurous would demand but is tame enough around the edges to embrace the novice. North-eastern Minnesota Easiest entry point: Lake One a number of campsites available without portaging; quota permit required and reservations recommended Best hike: Well past dusk on my birthday in late August , I paddled my kayak as loons called and air chilled rapidly around me. I kept one eye on a steadily darkening opening in the trees — my path out of the Kawishiwi river and towards my bed for the night. I was alone in the Boundary Waters canoe area wilderness BWCAW , exhilarated by the night and the encounter I had just had with a family of river otters.
A million wet blue acres, this watery paradise of glacial lakes and pine-scented air in north-eastern Minnesota boasts 1, miles of canoe routes. In the BWCA, days fill with paddling, fishing, and swimming; nights blanket you with layers and layers of stars while wolves howl and beaver tails splash the dark waters. In your sleeping bag on the still-warm ledge rock, occasionally you will be treated to meteor showers or an unforgettable show of northern lights.
You can also connect to the history of this canoe country.
Some say the canoes in these Anishinaabe rock art images are traveling the Path of Souls. When I lift my paddle in this country, sometimes I feel myself following. Kimberly Blaeser , the past Wisconsin poet laureate, is the author of Apprenticed to Justice. From the El Camino del Cerro trailhead to the top of Wasson Peak via the Sweetwater trail — best done in cooler weather. To the indigenous people of the Sonoran desert, the saguaro is a sacred being. Uniquely adapted to the rigors of the desert, the saguaro forests, alongside the palo verde and ironwood forests, with all the beings they shelter and sustain, form a single interlocked ecosystem of great diversity and tenacity.
The fruit that the saguaro cactus bears is dependable even in drought years, so that humans and others owe their survival to the beneficence of the saguaro. Saguaros bloom from April to June, but the radiance of the direct sun this time of year can paralyze one at midday. This dissuades a great many from coming to experience the great flowering of the desert forests.
So we should become desert creatures of the dusk and the dawn. Start at the El Camino del Cerro trailhead. It is good to set out from the parking lot while there is still light from the sun behind the mountains. At the intersection of Thunderbird trail and Sweetwater trail, turn right on to Thunderbird. The earth here is mostly chalky white volcanic ash that makes the trail visible under the moon. It is only a quarter-mile to a hilltop vantage point. This desert glows in green waves of energy. The saguaros are so tall that they are the first to catch the glow of the moon as it appears.
The saguaro flowers shimmer iridescent white. In the moonlight the saguaros are entirely different beings; we all are transformed by the moonlight. If one is blessed, one may catch a glimpse of something wonderful perhaps from another dimension. The winds sway with them and then after midnight it may be the saguaros walk. Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of Ceremony and other books.
About miles west of Bismarck, North Dakota Best place to stay: Rough Riders Hotel , Medora Best hike: The Wind Canyon trail. This is where our 26th president spent his wilderness years as a rancher, hunter and naturalist, and this desolate stretch of ridges and bluffs is beyond ethereal. Buffalo graze in every direction giving meaning to the song Home on the Range.
The prairie dog villages are among the most impressive in the world. The gateway hamlet to the national park is Medora. This Little Missouri river community has happily eschewed fast-food franchises and strip-malls: The local specialty is ribeye dipped in cheese steak fondue. In the summer, Burning Hills amphitheater hosts a kitschy, Lawrence Welk-esque variety show, and there are folksingers strumming six-strings performing Gene Autry and Ian Tyson standards in cozy venues. The true star attraction, however, in both Medora and the adjacent national park, is the wind.
It is fierce and fresh, and blows all the way down from the Arctic, which, as one cannot help but recall, is now melting away. I find Theodore Roosevelt national park to be an all-around good place to study extinction. Theodore Roosevelt and the Land of America. New Orleans, Louisiana Best place to stay: The French Quarter Best place to explore: The former US Mint, for artifacts and performances. Wynton Marsalis once said: Jazz was born from this open celebration and fusion of musical inspiration, and as I stood where my ancestors stood I could almost hear in my mind the drumbeats that are a part of jazz today.
This musical heritage is celebrated at the New Orleans Jazz national historical park. National parks can be more than beautiful landscapes. Enormous numbers of vacationers take the Natchez Trace parkway, a mile scenic drive extending all the way from central Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi.
Tours highlight areas in and around the French Quarter that have a rich history in jazz, like the birthplace of the guitarist and banjo player Danny Barker on Chartres Street. Be sure to stop by the National Parks Service visitor center here, too, and check out shows by local jazz legends and emerging talent in the state-of-the art performance space.