By Jason Toth
The dog days of summer are nearly here again, and what better time to bring fido along on you next vacation? Try a Washington DC vacation and enjoy a city with so much to offer its pet travelers. Not only do the overwhelming majority of Washington DC hotels now allow pets, some properties take it a step further.
The Hotel Palomar DC and its sister branch in Arlington, VA offer high-end amenities to both human and canine guests. The Arlington location hosts a doggie happy hour once a week, check with the hotel for additional details. The Palomar properties are both part of the Kimpton group which has 11 hotels in the DC area, all of which offer pet amenities at no additional fee.
There are numerous places for you and your pooch to get out together in Washington. The city has a huge variety of dog parks to explore (check out this map for locations). Rock Creek Park cuts a green swathe through the city that gives everyone their chance to be outdoors. The massive park stretches almost seven miles — double the size of New York City’s renowned Central Park. The National Mall is also a great destination for pets. The areas closer to the river are particularly attractive, but try to avoid the major monuments and their crowds. And if your pooch needs a day off from sightseeing, there are several dog day care and pet spas in downtown to take advantage of.
Jason Toth is the Washington, DC market manager for Orbitz Worldwide and travels extensively with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie.