Washington State: Dog Friendly Places
by Kristy Alpert
Washington State offers tons of great adventures for you and your dog on your next vacation or road trip to the Pacific Northwest. With hundreds of parks, cabins, cafes, and coffee shops to relax at with your dog, here are just a few of the great spots around the Evergreen State:
Kalaloch Ocean Lodge
This city, made famous by the recent Twilight series, boasts more than fictional stories of vampires and werewolves. With its soaring bluffs and pristine beaches bordering the Pacific Ocean, the city is perfect for leashed excursions. The Kalaloch Ocean Lodge makes for a great escape after a long day exploring the Olympic National Park and Forrest area. Cozy fireplaces, nearby hiking trails, and Four-Legged Friends packages welcome the two of you.
San Juan Island National Historic Park
San Juan Islands, Washington
Although you'll need to board a ferry or seaplane to get here, this dog-friendly destination is well worth the trip. From whale watching and beachcombing to hiking and shopping, this area has a lot to offer you and your leashed dog.
San Juan Coffee Roasting Company
Friday Harbor, Washington
Looking to taste some of the local flavors of Washington? Look no further than the San Juan Coffee Roasting Company. This local coffee shop and roaster is located right next to the ferry landing and offers coffee that is only 24 to 48 hours out of the roaster. A wrap-around patio invites you and your dog to sit back and take in the view and fresh air while you enjoy a cup of great coffee.
This National Historic District boasts Seattle's oldest neighborhood. Promenade past historic buildings, stop by the First Thursday Art Walk, or sit down to eat at one of the many outdoor cafés and coffee shops so characteristic of the Seattle culture.
Mount St. Helens
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted over more than 150 square miles for nine hours. The site is now a national monument, and offers you and your dog a great opportunity to explore the area and see how it is recovering from the decades old eruption. Leash up and take to the hiking trails that are scattered throughout the park to get a more “paws-on” view.