WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 — If you live around the Washington area you won’t need to travel far to enjoy a little “staycation” or “daycation” with your four legged best friend. With Washington D.C. coming in at number five in a recent list of dog-friendly cities compiled by the NerdWallet.com, there are plenty of things to do right in the playland of the nation’s capital.
First of all, Washington D.C. is a great city for dog lovers because it’s extremely walkable, has loads of dog friendly parks and surprisingly, welcomes leashed canine family members at several of the city’s famous tourist attractions. Dog lovers can enjoy the iconic sights with faithful canines in tow.
Sightseeing with Dogs in Washington D.C.
Take an afternoon to enjoy a calming boat ride on the Potomac with Capital River Cruises. You and your dog can spend an hour floating by most of the major attractions downtown, including the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and Roosevelt Island along with the many unforgettable monuments. Or, you might choose to steer your own boat by renting one from the historic Fletcher’s Boat House that has been around since the 1850s. You and your pooch can fish for stripers from the shore of the Potomac River, enjoying the Cherry Blossoms blooming in spring.
The FDR Memorial park is dog friendly. Have your picture taken at the statue of FDR with his loyal dog Fala. Bordered by the Smithsonian Institution, leashed dogs are also welcome at the National Mall featuring spectacular views of the White House, the Washington Memorial and the Capital Building. Locals are known to show off their pet’s Frisbee skills on the lawn there.
Doggie High Tea for Two
On Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm, spend the afternoon at the Hotel Helix enjoying a Doggie High Tea with special goodies for both humans and pets on the outside patio. Not only will you and your dog have fun but you will also know you did something good for canine society as a portion of your check will be donated to the Washington Humane Society. The Hotel Helix is just one of the many outdoor dog-friendly restaurants in D.C. Have a cocktail and some spicy Tex-Mex delights at Guapos Mexican and Cantina. If you, or your dog, is in the mood for Thai food, check out Bangkok Bistro. The desserts are reportedly something to howl about. Go for an Italian brunch in Georgetown at Paper Moon, then take a stroll with your furry best friend in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington DC.
Let your senses take flight with the sights and smells of the blossoming flowers and majestic trees at the National Arboretum or check out any of the dog friendly parks in the city, such as Rock Creek Park. Enjoy an afternoon hiking the trails of this huge and scenic city park and bring a picnic lunch for both of you to enjoy along the creek bed. Glover Park Dog Park and Montrose Park both welcome leashed pets and dogs are allowed to romp in special off-leash areas at Shaw Dog Park and S Street Dog Park.
Dog-Friendly Hotel Stays
If you want to get away for a weekend in luxury, there are many dog friendly places to stay in DC. Spend the night at Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge, which has a designated pet floor for traveling canines. Rates start at $119 a night and dogs of all sizes are invited without the requirement of an additional pet fee. The Madera, also a Kimpton property, asks guests to let them know ahead of time that their dog will be joining them. The hotel provides special pet amenities including treats, squeaky toys, bowls, tags with the hotel’s info in case a pet gets lost, and dog walking services. Rates start at $127 a night with no additional pet fee.
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