As North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte is about two-and-a-half hours from Asheville and offers dogs and their owners both urban and outdoor adventures. Stay within the city and you can sip java with your dog at the Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery or enjoy a drink where off-leash dogs can roam inside and outside at The Dog Bar.
If you want to soak up the great outdoors, consider making a trip out to U.S. National Whitewater Center—a nonprofit outdoor center that’s dedicated to promoting an active outdoor lifestyle and serves as a U.S. Olympic training site. Located on 1,300 acres on the Catawba River, the center allows water-loving dogs to join their owners on kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, leashed dogs are welcome on the more than 35 miles of hiking trails on the grounds.
“The Charlotte area’s abundance of pet-friendly accommodations make the city not only a great place to live with pets, but also to visit,” says Laura White, director of communications for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “Our city boasts plentiful green space and dog parks as well as a countless restaurants, bars and breweries that welcome dogs.”
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