Pet-Friendly Travel Destinations

Pet-friendly trail

One of many pet-friendly trails

Traveling is always better with a friend. That’s why we’re sharing ways to travel with woman/man’s best friend. Here are a few pet-friendly travel ideas on the Olympic Peninsula

Olympic National Forest is a combination of five wilderness areas. Pets are welcome on Olympic National Forest trails and in campgrounds. Leashes are requested, though not always required. All wilderness areas of Olympic National Forest can be reached from Highway 101, which loops around the Olympic Peninsula.

The 120+ mile Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) is another pet-friendly option. The ODT connects the towns of the North Peninsula (Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles) to the Pacific Coast near LaPush. Travelers can hike shorter segments or tackle the entire trail which covers mountains, coasts, rivers, forests, and more. The ODT is pet and equestrian-friendly.

Kalaloch-Beach.jpgWhile most of Olympic National Park is off-limits to pets, some ares including campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, and a handful of trails allow dogs on leash. Dogs are allowed on the following Olympic National Park trails and beaches:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail
  • Peabody Creek Trail
  • All Kalaloch Beaches
  • Rialto Beach (0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek only-day use only).

Many business in downtown Port Townsend and Forks have pet treats stashed under the counter. If exploring nearby trails, make sure to stop in. If you want to let your pup socialize, Sequim has a one-acre dog park.

There are pet-friendly accommodations across the peninsula. A few pet-friendly hotels include: Red Lion in Port Angeles, Fort Worden State Park Officer’s Housing, Quileute Oceanside Resort in LaPush.

Some local hotels roll out the red carpet for your four-legged friend. The Swan Hotel in Port Townsend provides doggie beds and baskets of chew toys. Sunset Marine Resort in Sequim has extra towels and sheets for your dog. The Resort at Port Ludlow has pet-friendly dining tables, complimentary dog treats, and additional pet amenities. Hotels may charge a pet fee or have restrictions. Check with your hotel about their pet policy when booking.

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