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Top 10 Cities For Dog Friendly Urban Hiking

The United States is filled with big cities that contain many parks and trails to explore with your dog. We teamed up with and created this infographic to highlight the top 10 cities in the U.S. for dog friendly urban hiking.

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Portland, OR

Portland is an urban hiker’s dream with the Eastside Esplanade running along the Willamette River and serving up some great shots of the city. And if that weren’t enough, Portland’s Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and International Rose Test Garden also welcome your dog to join you for a stroll.

Los Angeles, CA

At over 4,000 acres, LA’s Griffith Park is the largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States. If that’s not enough, head over to Runyon Canyon Park where dogs are welcome off-leash on 90 of the 160 aces, and celebrities are often seen walking their dogs in the shadow of the Hollywood sign.

San Diego, CA

At 1,200 acres, San Diego’s Balboa Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and it’s the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. In addition to open expansive spaces, the park has gardens and walking paths, and it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Austin, TX

Accessible from anywhere in downtown Austin, the Butler Hike and Bike Trail is a gravel-covered, 10-mile loop around Ladybird Lake, and offers an enchanting way to experience the city. Bikers, walkers, runners, and dogs on leash all enjoy this tree-lined gem.

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has two spectacular options for urban hiking. The first is the 12-mile interconnected web of trails surrounding Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet – otherwise known as the Chain of Lakes. The second opportunity is at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, which protects a 72-mile stretch of the iconic river that separates the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Milwaukee, WI

The Oak Leaf Trail is the crowning glory of the Milwaukee County park system and it connects all of the county’s major parks, with nearly a quarter of its 115 miles hugging the shores of Lake Michigan. For the best urban hiking experience, start with the section that winds through Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood and follow it down to the 3rd Ward.

Chicago, IL

Lake Michigan is one of Chicago’s main attractions, and the 18-mile Lakefront Trail is the perfect way for you and your dog to enjoy it! Don’t miss Navy Pier, where leashed dogs are welcome at most of the restaurant patios, and Montrose Dog Beach, if your pup likes to swim.

Washington DC

The National Mall in Washington, DC stretches for two miles and is home to some of our country’s most famous buildings, structures, and memorials, include the US Capital, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Of course, dogs are not allowed inside the buildings, but there’s so much that you can enjoy together, you’d couldn’t cover it all in a weekend.

New York City, NY

Of all the urban hiking we’ve done, nowhere is the contrast between metropolis and wilderness as striking as New York’s Central Park. This park covers 843 acres in middle- to upper-Manhattan, and is one of the most visited urban parks in the country.

Boston, MA

Boston’s The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route that leads you past 16 Colonial and Revolutionary historical sites, including Boston Common, Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. This trail is laid out on the city sidewalks with red bricks, so it’s easy to follow, and passes by some of Boston’s best eateries along the way.

Wherever you go, be sure to keep your pets safe by having them wear an external ID tag like PetHub’s QR Digital Dog & Cat ID Tag. Don’t forget to use to plan the most pawesome trips!

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