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Pawesome Adventures: 5 Dog-Friendly Destinations

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For a number of Americans, dogs are considered members of the family. So why would they ever leave Duke or Cuddles behind when venturing on a vacation? Because, historically, most destinations weren't designed with dogs in mind. But that's slowly starting to change as more and more hotels, retailers, and recreation sites begin to recognize the buying power of pet owners. To that end, here are five U.S. cities you'll definitely want to check out with your best friend by your side.

BAR HARBOR, MAINE Spaces Images BAR HARBOR, MAINE Many national parks policies are ruff on dogs — greatly limiting where four paws are allowed to tread. But Maine's Acadia National Park, adjacent to the town of Bar Harbor, is one of the pet-friendliest out there, with only a few restrictions for pooches. After a day spent traversing and exploring the park&#39;s 50 square miles, dog and owner can relax in one of Bar Harbor&#39;s many pet-friendly hotels, like the West Street Hotel, which also boasts an Irish pub with a dog-friendly patio. Paulaandreaonline After a day spent traversing and exploring the park's 50 square miles, dog and owner can relax in one of Bar Harbor's many pet-friendly hotels, like the West Street Hotel, which also boasts an Irish pub with a dog-friendly patio. ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA George Rose/Getty Images ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the perfect getaway for nature-lovers who enjoy a bit of culture. The historic Biltmore Estate — the Gilded Age home of George Washington Vanderbilt II built in the late 1800s — welcomes dogs (and their owners!) to walk its 250 acres of green space. And when humans are ready to waltz inside to appreciate the fineries, pooches can rest and relax in one of a handful of first-come, first-served kennels on the grounds. Beyond Biltmore, Asheville boasts a number of dog runs and parks, including the French Broad River Dog Park and Azalea Road Dog Park, in case your pup isn&#39;t quite cut out for the rigors of a mountain hike. Sean Pavone Beyond Biltmore, Asheville boasts a number of dog runs and parks, including the French Broad River Dog Park and Azalea Road Dog Park, in case your pup isn't quite cut out for the rigors of a mountain hike. AUSTIN, TEXAS SeanPavonePhoto AUSTIN, TEXAS While events like SXSW and Austin City Limits get top billing, Austin, with its non-traditional spirit, boasts plenty of fun get-togethers for the four-legged among us. For instance, each February, pups of all types put on their finest and "bark for beads" at the annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade. But if a February getaway doesn&#39;t fit your schedule, there are also plenty of daily dog-tivities to be found, like <a href="https://www.austindoga.com/" target="_blank">Doga</a>. Yep, that&#39;s dog yoga. (After all, who could be better at downward-facing dog?) And after working up a sweat, Fido can refuel at <a href="http://bowwowbones.net/" target="_blank">Bow-Wow Bones</a>, a food truck just for dogs. Nicolas McComber But if a February getaway doesn't fit your schedule, there are also plenty of daily dog-tivities to be found, like Doga. Yep, that's dog yoga. (After all, who could be better at downward-facing dog?) And after working up a sweat, Fido can refuel at Bow-Wow Bones, a food truck just for dogs. FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK jimfeng FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 narrow lakes clustered in New York's central region — and the state's largest wine-producer. Many of the area's 100-plus wineries (including Hunt Country Vineyards, King Ferry Winery, and Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars) are pet friendly, meaning you can drink a pinot while your poodle lolls in your lap. Plus, with lots of hiking, swimming, and camping in the Finger Lakes, dogs can get plenty of outdoor time too. JLAPhotography Plus, with lots of hiking, swimming, and camping in the Finger Lakes, dogs can get plenty of outdoor time too. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Two words: dog surfing. Pups have been hanging 10 at San Diego County's Imperial and Del Mar beaches for years, all in the name of charity. (For non-pro pups, lessons are also available.) In the city proper, there are more than a dozen off-leash parks for pups to explore, as well as a bevy of eateries catering to their appetites. The bakery Paw Pleasers answers to man&#39;s best friend, crafting cakes and other confections that sets tails wagging. And for a place you can both enjoy there&#39;s Lighthouse Ice Cream, which serves up a dog-friendly frozen treat. Ron_Thomas In the city proper, there are more than a dozen off-leash parks for pups to explore, as well as a bevy of eateries catering to their appetites. The bakery Paw Pleasers answers to man's best friend, crafting cakes and other confections that sets tails wagging. And for a place you can both enjoy there's Lighthouse Ice Cream, which serves up a dog-friendly frozen treat.
BY THE WATER Footage of pups of yesteryear enjoying their summer vacations.