How do you plan fun road trips with your dog? You know we love to travel, except for Bailie. It’s so much more fun when we have fun things planned to see along the way. How do we find the oddities we take photos of? Today we have a few tips for our friends traveling with their dogs.
Planning ahead is key! The most important piece of the puzzle is your hotel(s). Not all hotels will allow dogs, most have number, size, and/or weight restrictions. You need to book hotels in advance. Remember to always leave your room and the hotel grounds the same or better than you found them so they will continue to allow dogs. Nelson is modeling the closet at a Drury Inn. It must be cooler in there and he likes it cooler if possible. We google pet friendly hotels in the cities we would like to stay in and go from there.
Safety is always an important issue. If we are not familiar with the area, we check with the front desk before going out on walks. They are also a great resource if you are looking for a good place for a walk. We got the tip to drive downtown in Cedar Rapids and walk along the river from the guy at the front desk. Not only is it nice for walking, we found a few nice photo ops.
Speaking of photo ops, google the city you are staying in and ask for best photo opps. There are always a lot of things that pop up. We googled Rockford and found these fun letters. A lot of times if you find one thing online, when you arrive, you will find more things in the area. In Rockford there was so much to see along the river, Olivia said we have to go back another time to capture it all. Who knew?
Planning should begin before leaving home. State and National Parks can be fun places to visit on your travels. Not all are dog friendly, so check that out first. Theodore Roosevelt National Park was beautiful and had a great sign for a photo op. Mount Rushmore is not dog friendly, but by studying the location in the Black Hills, we found some places better than the “tourist” spot to view the faces and take photos from the Needles Highway.
Roadside America is a great place to find the weird things along the highways. We always look there before we travel to a new place. The silly pink elephant is one thing we found using that website. We have also found giant otters, Paul Bunyan, and other oddities.
If you are interested in keeping track of the states your dog visits, the welcome centers are important. There are a lot of really poor ones out there, but some are amazing like the Virginia one. If you are not on a major highway, it may only be a sign on the side of the road. Use utmost care getting out with your dog to take a photo. Never let you dog off leash on the side of a road.
Touring a big city can be a good experience for your dog. Mom took me and Bailie to downtown Chicago in 2017. We had been to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, but not a “real” big city. It was very crowded and loud. The L trains overhead were spooky as were the emergency vehicle sirens. Still we managed to find some fun places to visit, walk and take in some culture. The SeaDog boat tours are dog friendly. We went out on that for a nice ride until we hit a wave and got all drenched. Bailie was not happy. Mom would take us to a big city again but just for a day as it is stressful for us since we are not used to it.
Murals are something else we love to find. It all started with the Greetings Tour Mural Postcards. They have a map with all their mural locations, even in Hawaii and Alaska! We always check their site before leaving on a road trip to any new places.
People always want to know how we find all the things we take photos with and these are a few of the things we use. Mom also has a list of things she sees online so we don’t forget if we hear about something. Keep your eyes peeled too as there are often unplanned things at exits and gas stations. Not only are the photos fun memories, it gets everyone up and out of the car for a few minutes every so often. We are thankful we have traveled a lot and found so many fun, funny, and historic things to pose with.
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