BestPlaces and Motel 6 launch top pet-friendly road trip destinations

BestPlaces found the best cities for traveling with pets by analyzing the availability of local dog parks, green spaces, hiking and walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians, and dog-friendly restaurants.

PORTLAND, Oregon., April 42022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — In honor of National Pet Day on April 11BestPlaces and Motel 6 have teamed up to showcase the best cities in United States to visit during a road trip with your cuddly companions.

“When you’re on the road, it’s important to enjoy the journey, and that means finding cities like these that not only have great resources but also plenty of activities and sights to see,” said Bert Sperling, president of BestPlaces. “We chose the best cities for traveling with your pet by analyzing the availability of local dog parks, green spaces, hiking and walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians and dog-friendly restaurants. The climate local has also been taken into account, as it is a challenge to explore when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees or there are snowdrifts.”

In each state, BestPlaces has determined the best place to stop to rest, adventure or explore. “Each of these places is interesting enough that you even want to make it your ultimate destination for sightseeing and relaxation,” Sperling said.

Here are the ten best cities to travel with your pet and a brief profile of each:

#1 – Santa Monica, California
#2 – Rockville, MD
#3 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
#4 – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
#5 – Newport, RI
#6 – Gloucester, MA
#7 – Richmond, Kentucky
#8 – Fold, OR
#9 – Asheville, North Carolina
#ten – Charlottesville, Virginia

#1 – Santa Monica, California
When you and your pet are on the road, there’s no better place to hang out than our #1 pick, Santa Monica, California. It’s located directly on the Pacific Ocean with hundreds of nearby hiking and walking trails for you to take full advantage of SoCal’s near-perfect climate. And you can share a meal with your furry friend while dining on the popular outdoor patios.

#2 – Rockville, MD
Rockville is a great place to stop for a while on your road trip, maybe just an afternoon or even longer. It’s a good base for your exploration of the DC area and all of its sights, with everything your pet needs, such as dog parks, green spaces, nearby national and state parks, and local veterinarians.

#3 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
You will definitely want to visit Santa Fe with your pet. The dramatic high desert setting has its own special beauty that you won’t forget. Like our other top picks, it has plenty of friendly amenities like pet stores, vets, and a dog-friendly policy that allows them in outdoor restaurants.

#4 – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
just north of Charleston, South Carolina is the city of mount pleasant. It’s a great place to visit or stay while you and your pet travel Highway 17 along the Atlantic coast. And its mild winter climate is a warm and welcoming change from the cold winter of the Northeast.

#5 – Newport, RI
Newport has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. You and your pet will enjoy the crisp sea air and pleasant summer weather, making it an ideal place to stop and stay on your journey along the Atlantic coast. You will find plenty of dog parks, green spaces and parks to stretch your legs.

#6 – Gloucester, MA
The fishing village of Gloucester, MA is about an hour north of Bostonand steeped in New England history. Gloucester scores the highest on our list for the number of nearby hiking and walking resources, and plenty of pet-friendly gear is available when you need it.

#7 – Richmond, Kentucky
If you’re on a road trip down South, you might want to consider stopping at Richmond, Kentucky. Close Saint Louis and just south of Lexington, it is rich in history that deserves a visit, especially when the weather in the North turns cold and freezing. And here you will find everything your pet needs on the road.

#8 – Fold, OR
Fold, OR is fast becoming a mecca for outdoor recreation, with a strong dog-friendly culture. There are plenty of opportunities for your dog to be part of your mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing and climbing adventures. And Bend lies in the driest desert region of Oregoneast of the sodden Willamette Valley.

#9 – Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina loves his dogs and has everything you will need on your road trip. It’s the perfect place to start your journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs nearly 500 miles north of Ashville. There are literally hundreds of places to walk or hike through the woods along the boardwalk. Or you can just hang around town and enjoy from Asheville trendy and relaxed, yet cosmopolitan atmosphere.

#ten – Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlotteville is located just 30 minutes from the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches south along the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is plenty to do in and around Charlotteville also, which houses the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson reputable area, Monticello.

Here’s the rest of our list of the best places in every state to travel with your pet:

Wasilla, AK
Daphne, AL
Bentonville, AR
Tempe, AZ
Fort Collins, CO
Stamford, Connecticut
Newark, DE
Tallahassee, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Kailua, Hawaii
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Twin Falls, ID
Naperville, IL
Fishermen, IN
Leavenworth, KS
Lafayette, LA
Scarborough, Maine
Ann Arbor, MI
Edina, MN
Branson, Mo.
Biloxi, MS
Helena, Montana
Mandan, North Dakota
North Platte, NE
Derry, NH
Princeton, New Jersey
Boulder City, Nevada
Cooperstown, NY
Lima, Ohio
Edmond, okay.
State College, Pennsylvania
Rapid City, SD
Frisco, TX
Ogden, UT
South Burlington, Vermont
Seattle WA
Madison, Wis.
Morgantown, West Virginia
Cheyenne, Wyoming

About BestPlaces
With over 3 million monthly users, BestPlaces ( is the nation’s premier source for finding your best place to live. Founded by author and researcher Bert Sperling over thirty years ago, BestPlaces has helped people make informed decisions about where to live, work and retire. Bert’s bestsellers “Cities Ranked and Rated” and “Best Places to Raise Your Family” are published by John Wiley & Sons, and he was named “The Guy Who Picks the Best Places” by the New York Times.

About Motel 6
Motel 6 is a budget lodging brand with company-owned and franchised locations across United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the slogan “We’ll leave you with the light on®” for over 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the budget lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long distance access charges, and an extensive line of cable channels. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit


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