Picture yourself in a dazzling city filled with culture and entertainment. Or maybe you'd rather walk through the towering redwood forest? Perhaps stretching out on a world-class beach is more your speed. No matter what your preference, it's all possible in California! From its celebrated coastline to its bountiful wine country and granite Sierra peaks, this state has something for everyone. Whether it's from the balcony of a five-star hotel or through the flaps of your tent--seeing California with your pet is truly a golden experience.
Best Time To Visit
Although most of California enjoys mild temperatures year-round, the climate varies considerably as you move north to south. Winters can be rainy and chilly in San Francisco, with snow in the mountains. While in Los Angeles and San Diego, temperatures typically remain in the 70s and 80s all year. Depending on what you and your pet like to do, California can be a fantastic pet friendly destination in any season.
Things Not To Miss
Carmel's famous beach, a mile-long stretch of golden sand, is a must for dogs that like to romp off-leash.
Enjoy views of El Capitan and Half Dome from Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park. While pets aren't allowed on the trails, they can join you on the paved roads, sidewalks, and bicycle paths.
Great wine tastes even better with your best friend as your side! Fortunately, many wineries and vineyards in California's spectacular wine country are pet friendly.
Departing from Fort Bragg and Willits, the 131-year-old Skunk Train offers pet friendly tours through the redwoods. All aboard!
Explore the 53 miles of pet friendly trails, fire roads, and bridle paths, all in the shadow of the Hollywood sign at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Experience the rugged rock formations, stark desert landscapes, and bristled Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park where pets are welcome on miles and miles of rarely traveled unpaved roads.
Snap a pic with the iconic "End Route 66" sign on the Santa Monica Pier, then head to Rosie’s Dog Beach or Huntington Dog Beach to play in the waves.
Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing are all exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors in Lake Tahoe.
Pack a picnic and spend the day strolling the lush paths, gardens, and trails in San Diego's 1,200-acre Balboa Park.