Phoenix is a sprawling desert metropolis that is home to plenty of pet-friendly attractions. Jodie Snyder, author of “Happy Dog Phoenix,” knows this well.
“For seven months of the year (October through April), we have very pleasant weather so you can walk, hike or run with your dog,” says Snyder. “You are never more than 30 minutes away from getting out into nature with your dog.”
Consider taking your dog to South Mountain, the largest municipal park in the country, and hike up to Dobbins Outlook to get one of the best views of the whole city.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar is one of the most stylish and dog-friendly hotels around. Guests can enjoy plush pet beds, food, water bowls and mats.
Then, grab a bite at Short Leash Hot Dogs, which has a dog-friendly patio where you can sample this spot’s signature gourmet hot dogs served on naan.
The Phoenix area is also home to one of the most notable dog parks in the country. The 17-acre Gilbert’s Cosmo Dog Park features a lake, four fenced areas, pet drinking fountains, two dog washing stations, and a play area.