In the next few weeks DOGTV’s Production Assistant, Mike, will be reporting from the road, on his US trip, and share with us his observations about the United States of Dogs.
“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart.” – Walter Cronkite
My home-base is San Francisco, California, a city where there’s a common belief that there are more dogs in residence than kids. After living here for over four years, I can tell you that the city is dog friendly to a point. The city by the bay consistently ranks up there as one of the most dog friendly in the country, but before you decide to bring Fido everywhere you go, you should consult some resources, so you’ll be sure to have a great experience. Here are a few lists that should help:
- San Francisco Dog Friendly 12 Dog-Friendly SF Bars and Restaurants
- The 11 Best Dog Parks In San Francisco
“From them comes silence and awe” – John Steinbeck
There is so much to see and do in Northern California: San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Wine Country, the state’s capital, and the list goes on. I grew up here, so I decided to go to a place I had never been before: Redwood National Park.
Steinbeck got it right. The trees that give this park its name are truly something to behold. Redwood National Park is in the very northwestern corner of California. In addition to the trees, Redwood includes vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild rivers, and miles of rugged coastline. Redwood is a beautiful and relaxing park to visit. I enjoyed it because due to its location, it doesn’t get the massive crowds that many of the other California parks get.
Is it dog friendly?
If you’ve traveled to any National Park, then you already know about the challenges that come with bringing your dog to one. Redwood does follow the standard rules regarding dogs in the park and on trails, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great experience there with your pooch with a little bit of planning. There are number of trails and beaches around the park that welcome dogs. Check out the official Pet Brochure that has a map of 12 different spots that are dog-friendly.
You can also let your dogs off their leashes and run free at any of these beaches:
- Clam Beach
- Big Lagoon
- Mad River County Park
- Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
And if there are a few spots you want to check out where dogs aren’t allowed, it’s almost always cool temperatures in the area, so you can leave your pup in the car for a short while if necessary.
Until next time,