Top 10 Best Pet-Friendly Fall Road Trip Destinations

dog happy in car on fall road trip.

Fall is a wonderful time to plan a majestic road trip with your furry companion. The weather is cool, the leaves are changing, and there are an abundant amount of exciting pet-friendly travel destinations to discover. So, grab the jackets, snag the camera and pack the snacks because we’re going on a festive fall road trip adventure. Check out our top 10 best pet-friendly fall road trip destinations that are a must-see on your travel itinerary.

Top 10 Incredible Pet-Friendly Fall Road Trip Destinations

Explore the Blue-Ridge Parkway

The beautiful Blue-Ridge Parkway stretches 400-plus miles spanning from Cherokee, NC to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. This picturesque parkway ride allows many opportunities to stop and partake in the scenery. Although pets are allowed on the Blue Ridge Parkway, they must remain with their owners at all times and kept on a leash for safety. Also, the Blue Ridge is a historic parkway and is protected by the NPS. While traveling, there is a Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Plannerapp that you can download to help plan your fall road trip experience.

lab enjoying fall road trip.

Adventure in Asheville, North Carolina

Likewise, a stop worth mentioning on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the artsy town of Asheville,North Carolina. Because the town is incredibly pet-friendly, there are 200-plus pet-friendly hotels, 150 pet-friendly restaurants, and a multitude of quaint shops. You and your furry companion can ride a kayak along the French Broad River, or take in the luxurious views and landscaping of the Biltmore Estate. Similarly, the Biltmore Estate allows pets on a leash over the entire property except inside the estate house itself.

Wondrous Views at Crabtree Falls

Just off the beaten path of the Blue Ridge, through the crescent of the Virginia landscape, is the wondrous Crab Tree Falls. Your furry companion can view the majestic falls with you along the paved trail. Likewise, there are also several overlooks where you can view numerous falls. The trails range from easy to challenging and pups must be on a leash.

owner and pup hiking on trail during fall road trip.

Take a Drive (or Hike) on the Skyline

The Skyline Drive spans over 100-plus miles through a scenic highway among the spectacular Shenandoah National Park. There is a multitude of viewing areas where you can observe nature’s beauty with your pup. Shenandoah National Park is one the few National Park’s that allows leashed dogs on trails, so take into consideration your pet’s energy level and regime when picking one of 100-plus hiking trails to adventure on.


Potomac-Heritage National Scenic Trail

Potomac- Heritage National Scenic Trail works its way through Washington D.C, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – a perfect trail to stretch your paws (and legs) as you visit the unique terrain of this region. Take this opportunity to learn more about the network of diverse trails and its roots in our history. This family-friendly and pet-friendly scenic trail experience gives you the chance to explore via hiking, boating, and bicycling.

dog enjoying lake during fall road trip.

Discover the Wonder of Lake Placid, New York

While on your road trip, a must-see is the picturesque Lake Placid. This town has some gorgeous views for you and your best mate to enjoy. Take a dip at the pet-friendly Mirror Lake, which features a beach and walking trails, or lodge at the pet-friendly 46 High Peaks Resort. Lake Placid takes their leaf season seriously and provides a foliage report on their website. So you can pick the purrfect time to travel!

Fall Foliage Galore in Connecticut

Connecticut not only offers gorgeous fall foliage and views but an abundance of terrains you can tackle with your pup. There is something for everyone to explore in the Nutmeg State, from TopstonePark in Redding to the Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam. Connecticut offers over 25-plus outdoor adventures with glorious sights that are all dog-friendly. Make sure to stop by Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic for some tasty bites.

Ready for Rhode Island

The road trip continues and we’re ready for Rhode Island. A great place to take in some history and catch the turning leaves is Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island. Take your road trip to Newport for a stroll along the cliff walk before checking out the historic sites at Fort Adams State Park and the NewportTour & Guide. Pups of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to attend.

puppy enjoying trails with owner on fall road trip.

Take the Mohawk Trail

Mohawk Trail is an ideal traveling path on your road trip while in Massachusetts. Established in 1914, this striking roadway was among the first of its kind and offers ample picture opportunities with lush forests, state parks, and colorful leaves. Similarly, stay the night at the pet-friendly Berkshire Hills Country Inn or grab a bite outdoors at Pera Mediterranean Bisto. It sounds like a tail-wagging trip for you and your pup!

Leaf Ready in Vermont

Whether you are choosing to travel to the central, south, or north region of Vermont there is a versatile selection of pet-friendly accommodations and dining opportunities. A stay at the pet-friendly Colonel Williams Inn in Brattleboro provides gorgeous views while stopping for a bite to eat at the Artisan Restaurant is a must. Your furry friend will love the outdoor views on the patio.

dog enjoying the open road on the fall road trip adventure.

Whether you choose to take your fall road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic Virginia trail, or to see colorful leaves in New England, there is a multitude of pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, and sight-seeing accommodations. These top 10 pet-friendly fall road trips provide wonderful opportunities to explore new destinations and experience a fun and bonding time with your best mate. As with any travel, consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s safety. Where is your favorite place to travel with your furry companion?



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