Seattle is the best city to travel to, or live with, your dog. I may be a bit biased because we live here and I know all the “secrets” but I have not been to a pace that I found to be as dog friendly as Seattle.
Here are 11 reasons Seattle is really dog friendly and the best place to travel with your dog.
1. Seattle Has Many Off-leash Dog Parks
The Seattle area has a LOT of them. There are 14 off-leash areas just inside the City of Seattle and 10 or so in the surrounding areas. The crown jewel of Seattle off leash dog parks is Magnuson Park. The 9-acre park is fully fenced, has a separate area for small dogs, and provides access to a portion of beach along Lake Washington. Check out the 5 Seattle Area Dog Parks to Delight Your Small Dog.
The concept of dog friendly restaurants may not be so unique. However, a lot of them only allow you to dine on the patio with your dog. Whats different about Seattle are places like Norm’s Eatery & Ale House and The Leary Traveler that let you eat INSIDE with your well-behaved dog (which is great in rainy Seattle). Check out the Dog Gone Seattle blog for many more dog friendly restaurants and bars.
Hiking dogs will love Seattle! Just outside of Seattle is a mountainous playground and almost all but National Park trails are dog friendly. One of the classic Seattle trails, Rattlesnake Ledge, is only 30 minutes from the city, takes only a few hours to hike and ends at a vantage point high above the Snoqualmie Valley. One of the biggest bangs for your buck (or workout) is the Snow Lake trail, which offers spectacular mountain and lake views. If you visit Seattle with your dog and can only hike one trail, I highly recommend one of these two.
4. There Are a Lot of Urban Hiking Opportunities
Seattle has 4 large, wooded city parks that are great for some urban hiking: Discovery Park, Carkeek Park, Ravenna/Cowen Park, and the Washington Park Arboretum. In fall you can see salmon spawning in Carkeek Park. On a clear day, Discovery Park offers awe-inspiring views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
5. Your Dog Can Ride the Bus
No car? No problem. You can hop on the bus with your well-behaved pooch and see some of the best Seattle sights. Depending on where you are staying, you may be able to catch the bus to one of the parks above.
Every summer, City Dog Magazine and Argosy Cruises partner to offer a “Dog Day on Elliott Bay” for you and your pooch. The cruise offers amazing Seattle waterfront views on your way to Blake Island, a 475-acre state park. You can wander the island beach with your dog and enjoy a traditional Native American salmon bake before heading back to the City.
Green Lake Boat Rental allows you to rent one of the above and cruise Green Lake with your dog. Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved, and popular, parks. Once you are finished paddling the 259 acre lake, you can take a stroll along the 2.8 mile paved path surrounding the lake or park yourself on a bench and people watch.
As with dog parks, this city has a lot of them. There are over 70 hotels that let you stay with your dog in Seattle. Seattle is home to the Alexis Hotel which was named one of Travel and Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World. There are no fees or size restrictions for dogs and they provide a complimentary bed and bowl with distilled water for your pooch. If you are on a budget you can choose to stay at a Motel 6 where well-behaved pets stay free. Check out Trip Advisor’s list of pet friendly hotels in Seattle.
The the University Village, an outdoor mall, has a whole lot of mid to high end shops that are dog friendly. Seattle is home to several quality, independent pet stores where you can find premium treats, toys, and accessories. A few of our favorites are Paddywhack in Mill Creek, Eastside Dog in Redmond and Health Mutt in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
10. You Can Take Your Dog to Daycare
Seattleites are more likely to own a dog than have children (there are more dogs than children living within the City limits). This dog obsession has led to an explosion in pet-related businesses. There are at least 15 doggie daycares in Seattle where you can drop your pooch off to play for the day.
11. You Can Find Premium Pet Care Options
The Seattle area is home to ACCES – the Pacific Northwest’s premier veterinary specialty, 24-hour emergency and critical care center. There are several places in the City where your dog can get acupuncture or massage to help with injury or stress. Seattle is also home to several dog spas and many grooming facilities. For example, WellSprings-K9, the very first licensed and warm-water swim therapy pool for dogs in the US, can be found in Seattle.
What is the most dog friendly City you have visited?