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Top Ten Pet Friendly Cities in the United States
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The Top 10 in the United States
Three Texas cities: Houston,
San Antonio and Austin top the list of North America’s most accommodating
cities for travelers with pets, based on the number of pet-friendly lodgings
included in the latest edition of Traveling with your Pet: The AAA PetBook®.
The AAA PetBook, with more than 13,000 listings of hotels and other
accommodations that allow pets, is a comprehensive travel guide for pet
“Nearly 70 million U.S.
households have at least one pet — a sizeable and lucrative market segment
for the travel and tourism industry,” said AAA Publishing executive editor
Bill Wood. “We’ve seen significant growth in the number of pet-friendly
hotels, up 28 percent since 1999, and a widening scope of services,
activities and treats for four legged tourists and their human companions.”
According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), 29 million travelers
have taken a pet with them on a trip in the past three years, and 29% stayed
in hotels and motels with their pets. Dogs are the most common type of pet
to take along (78%), with cats a distant second (15%), according to the TIA.
In addition, of the people who said that a hotel's pet policy made an impact
on their decision of where to stay, 35% said it was the most important
factor in their decision.
This ranking of cities is based on the number of AAA Approved and Diamond
rated pet-friendly hotels. The list also notes pet-friendly AAA Approved
attractions, the number of local dog parks listed on official city Web sites
and other outside sources, and the number of American Animal Hospital
Association (AAHA) accredited animal clinics.
TX – This Texan city made it to the top of our list with an incredible
108 pet-friendly accommodations available, including three AAA-RATED Five
Diamond hotels. The city of Houston reports maintaining two off-leash dog
parks, and 20 AAHA accredited emergency veterinary hospitals.
TX – You won’t have any problems finding a place to stay with Fido while
visiting the Alamo. San Antonio boasts 98 AAA-RATED lodgings that accept
pets, maintains one dog park and nine accredited emergency vet hospitals in
TX – The live-music capital of the world is a great place to vacation
with your pet, with 72 AAA-RATED hotels and motels that accept pets, ranging
in price from $39 to $405 per night. There are 15 accredited animal
hospitals, and the city of Austin reports maintaining 12 off-leash dog
NM –This southwestern city has 300 years of history to share with you
and Rover. While you’re there, choose from Albuquerque’s 66 AAA-RATED
lodgings and visit one of the city’s eight dog parks. The city has 10
accredited animal hospitals.
AZ – Known for its native artwork and laid-back atmosphere, Phoenix also
welcomes four-legged friends in 64 AAA-RATED accommodations, and encourages
them to take a vacation of their own at one of the city’s five leash-free
dog parks. There are 12 accredited animal hospitals, just in case.
TX – “Dallas extends its reputation for hospitality through 62 AAA-RATED
pet-friendly hotels and motels, two city-maintained dog parks, and 13
accredited animal hospitals.
NY – The city that never sleeps provides 62 AAA-RATED locations for Fido
to rest his head alongside his owner. There are 44 dog parks for him to meet
new friends, and 22 accredited animal hospitals.
FL – Orlando is a magical place for kids, adults, and animals alike! Not
only does Orlando boast 57 AAA-RATED pet-friendly lodgings, it also offers a
city-run dog park, 10 animal hospitals, and attractions that welcome your
pet. Three pet-friendly attractions (Walt Disney World Resort, Sea World
Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort) are listed in the AAA PetBook guide.
TN – Come to the city where country music stars are made. And while
you’re at it, bring along your furry friend since there are 50 AAA-RATED
lodgings she can stay at with you! And, if you require veterinary care,
there are six emergency animal hospitals in town.
AZ – If the great outdoors is your thing, bring along your pet to
explore the wilds of the desert. Tucson rounds out the list of top
pet-friendly cities with 43 AAA-RATED accommodations that welcome pets, six
dog parks, and 22 emergency animal care facilities.