Harley the Dog hates fireworks. Hates ‘em. So last Fourth of July, I decided to take my five-year-old Terrier-Chihuahua mix a couple hours from home to a fireworks-free zone in Leavenworth, Washington. Over the Independence Day weekend, the town was full of dogs (and their humans) seeking quieter nights. But they weren’t just hiding out in their pet-friendly hotel rooms—they were out exploring.
A good trip with your canine companion isn’t just about a place with pet-friendly accommodations and sheltered outdoor dining. Those things make travel easier, but it’s the activities you can do with your canine companion that make the trip an adventure for you both. Here are some of our favorites.
Leavenworth is popular with tourists for its stunning setting—the town is surrounded by snow-capped peaks—and its amusing commitment to alpine style. (Even the McDonald's has made concessions: The famous arches are presented under a gingerbread awning.) Waterfront Park along the Wenatchee River has lots of things to smell, and it drops you downtown for continued strolling. The Leavenworth Sausage Garden, Yodelin, and Good Mood Food are just three of the many restaurants with patios that welcome your well-behaved, four-legged date. And there are trails along Icicle Creek where a dog can get a good long walk, and a swim in the river or a mountain lake. While you can enjoy it any time of year, Leavenworth has a strict no fireworks law, making it ideal for the parents of nervous pets around the Fourth and New Years.