The most difficult part of planning your pet friendly trip to Virginia could be choosing from the state's many tempting things to do. Exploring the natural wonders, discovering history with a modern twist, soaking up the sun along miles of pristine beaches, and savoring the local produce and award-winning wines are just some of the options. Whether you choose to hit the trails in Shenandoah National Park, visit the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown, sample your way along the Virginia Oyster Trail, or enjoy some of the state's 300 wineries, your time in Virginia will feed your body and soul.
Best Time To Visit
Summer is the most popular time to visit Virginia, with people flocking to the beaches along the Chesapeake Bay and hitting the trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But Virginia is never too hot or too cold, so avoid the crowds and plan your pet friendly trip for spring or fall! Whether you're hiking, biking, camping, or boating, the weather is pleasant year-round, and pets are allowed on more beaches in the off-season. You'll also find better hotel deals by avoiding the peak travel season from May to September.
Things Not To Miss
Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, where living history demonstrations provide insights into colonial life. And keep an eye out for Liberty--Colonial Williamsburg's doggy mascot!
Revel in the stunning views, peaceful wilderness, and cascading waterfalls as you ride along Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive. And be sure to allow time to choose from more than 500 miles of pet friendly hiking trails along the way!
Enjoy the views and peaceful surroundings at Virginia's majestic Natural Bridge, just north of Roanoke.
Hit the hiking trails around Roanoke at Crabtree Falls, Roaring Run Furnace, and the Roanoke Greenway.
Experience the charm and colonial ambiance of Alexandria with a 40-minute Seaport Cruise aboard the Potomac Riverboat Company Canine Cruise.
Partake at some of Virginia's popular breweries, like Big Lick Brewing Company in Roanoke, and Parkway Brewing Company and Olde Salem Brewing Company, both in Salem.
Embark on a week-long road trip around the Chesapeake Bay Loop, where the cities, waterways, history, and culture make for a perfect pet friendly vacation.
Explore George Washington's 45-acre Mt. Vernon estate, perched high above the Potomac River, and don't miss the four gardens designed by Washington himself.