Pets in the West

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Top 22 dog-friendly vacations

You can take your best pal with you on these getaways around the West

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carmel dog beach
Photo by Impact Photos / Alamy; written by Peter Fish and Loren Mooney

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Play: Welcome to Monterey Bay’s pooch paradise. Centrally located Carmel City Beach has delightfully soft sand and refreshingly few land mines—poop bags are provided. Scenic Rd. from Ocean Ave. to Martin Way;

Shop & eat: Spoil your pooch at pet store Diggidy Dog (Ocean Ave. and Mission St.; 831/625-1585). The shopping center Carmel Plaza has a dogs-only watering spot, the Fountain of Woof ( For dog-friendly dining, we like Casanova ($$$$; and the Forge in the Forest ($$$; 


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