One of the most popular cities to visit in America is Los Angeles, California. After visiting LA you will have a lot to talk about with your friends. And, of course, there will be a lot more to talk about if you take your dog with you.
This way, you don’t have to think about finding a good accommodation for your dog and leaving them with strangers, but instead you get to enjoy the trip together. Here is a dog friendly LA guide that will point out some key elements you need to consider before setting off on your trip.
Look for Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Los Angeles
You’ll be happy to know that LA is generally very pet-friendly. Since there are lots of places in Los Angeles where dogs are allowed, there’s really no reason not to bring your fur baby along on your trip.
You’ll find plenty of sunny beaches, hiking trails, leash-free dog parks and pet-friendly restaurants. That being said, you should also check out dog friendly hotels that fit your budget and choose where your fur buddy and you will be staying.
Keep in mind that, while there are a lot of pet-friendly accommodation options, some of them may charge extra for your dog, so do some research and find an option that suits you best.
The Best Time of Year to Visit LA with a Dog
Generally speaking, the best time to visit LA is any! But keep in mind that Los Angeles can get quite hot during summer months, so if you want to avoid exposing your doggo to such high temperatures, consider visiting LA somewhere between March and May.
Alternatively, if you wish, you can visit LA in November and the following months, but do know that LA can get quite cold and rainy from December to February.
Choose the Right Neighborhood
As mentioned earlier, many cafes and restaurants allow their visitors to bring their pets, and some of them even offer a special treatment for your furry buddy. You probably already know that every Starbucks has Puppuccino in their regular offer, but they are certainly not the only ones.
Additionally, when leashed, pets are also allowed in some stores that don’t sell food and groceries. However, it’s important to note that some stores have a limit regarding the size of the pet.
In order to ensure that both of you enjoy your trip to the fullest, choose to stay in a quiet neighborhood that is close to open spaces and dog parks.
A Word About Beaches
Even though we’ve mentioned that you can take your furry buddy to the beach, not all beaches in LA are pet friendly.
Luckily, you can always go visit Rosie’s Dog Beach which is technically 25-30 miles away from LA, Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu or the infamous Huntington Dog Beach in Orange County.
Go Hiking with Your Dog
Arguably the best way to spend some quality time with your dog is to take them hiking, and LA certainly has a lot of places to offer.
Griffith Park is a 4000-acre rugged park with lots of hilly wilderness, walking trails and an amazing view of the Hollywood sign. The park opens up every morning at 5am and stays open till 10:30 pm, which gives you plenty of time to explore its breathtaking flora and fauna. However, if you decide to visit, remember to keep your dog on a leash, as pets are not allowed to go wandering on their own.
What’s more, while here, you can also check out horse-riding trails, an observatory, a zoo and a Greek theater, as well as public golf courses.
Alternatively, you can also hike at Runyon Canyon which is located in Hollywood on the east end of the Santa Monica mountains. It has fantastic views over Hollywood, and it is one of the most attractive hiking destinations. Runyon Canyon is officially a dog park with areas where dogs can run leash-free.