5 Dog Friendly Cities to Add to Your Bucket List

by Olivia Wickstrom January 12, 2021

5 Dog Friendly Cities to Add to Your Bucket List

Who else misses the buzz of airports, the smells of a new city, the taste of local cuisines? The Sam & Nala team are hopeful that travel and exploration will be a part of our lives again this year. In the meantime, we’re daydreaming about these five getaways— ideal for exploring with four-legged friends in tow. 

Geneva, Switzerland 

Not only do a majority of the city’s swanky hotels and restaurants accommodate canine guests, Geneva’s compact layout and outdoor spaces are ideal for taking long, explorative walks alongside your four-legged friend. Fun fact: In the early 2000’s Switzerland passed a law requiring all dog owners to complete a theory exam before adopting pups— part of a larger animal protection law, we admire how far the Swiss will go to care for and protect their furry friends. 

Krakow, Poland

From museums to movie theaters, Krakow’s attractions welcome humans and pooches alike. Hungry? Look no further. A few local favorites offer exclusive dog menus with treats all pups will love. The city even has a “dog cafe” hosting breed get togethers and adoption meet and greets while providing a space for socialization and play. Might this be doggy heaven? We think so. 

Austin, Texas, USA

Calling all beer drinkers and dog lovers. With 50+ pup friendly breweries this city is a must visit for those seeking the perfect IPA. Austin’s nearby hiking, off leash spaces, and great weather make this our top pick for year round visits.  

Tel Aviv, Israel

With four dog-friendly beaches and 70 dog parks, Tel Aviv calls itself the most pup friendly city in the world. It recently launched “Digi-Dog,” a digital service used to equip dog owners with the tools they need to thrive including vaccination reminders, lists of nearby veterinarians, and directions to the closest dog park. Still not convinced? The city hosted its first dog festival in 2016 complete with a sushi bar and animal spa. Held yearly on International Dog Day, they named the festival Kelaviv, Hebrew for dog. 

Seattle, Washington, USA

We’re completing this roundup with the city boasting the highest number of dogs per capita, Seattle. The rain won’t bother your four-legged friend with the number of nearby trails, urban hikes, and off leash parks to enjoy. Oh, and did we mention pups are allowed on public transit? Hop on the bus, metro, or ferry with your furry friend to explore the city’s most iconic sights. 

P.S. Looking for dog friendly travel gear? Our canvas totes and bag holders are must haves while exploring new cities alongside your pooch. 

Olivia Wickstrom
Olivia Wickstrom