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My dog, Daisy, is such a big part of our family that it’s hard to board her when we travel. Don’t get me wrong, that place is great, but we’d prefer to have Daisy with us. But that’s not always possible, since not all vacation destinations are pet friendly.

Motel 6, the hotel chain where pets always stay free, has come out with their list of the Top Pet Friendly Road Trip Destinations. They judged locations on things like access to dog parks, green spaces and hiking trails, plus proximity to pet stores and veterinarians, dog-friendly restaurants, patios in the area, and more.

Topping the list is Santa Monica, California, thanks to its hundreds of nearby hiking and walking trails, plus plenty of dining with open air patios that let folks bring their pets. However, you don’t have to travel that far to find other pet friendly spots. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina also rank in the top ten.

Top 10 Most Pet Friendly Road Trip Destinations

  • 1. Santa Monica, CA

    Santa Monica, CA

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  • 2. Rockville, MD

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  • 3. Santa Fe, NM

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  • 4. Mount Pleasant, SC

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  • 5. Newport, RI

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  • 6. Gloucester, MA

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  • 7. Richmond, KY

    Richmond, KY

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  • 8. Bend, OR

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  • 9. Asheville, NC

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  • 10. Charlottesville, VA

    Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

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