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Dog lovers know the conundrum: you’re itching to hit the road, but don’t want to leave your best friend behind. So why not plan a road trip that allows you the best of both worlds? Check out these three dog-friendly road trips that will allow you to head out on a great adventure with your furry friend at your side (or, more likely, with his or her head out the window).

Before You Go

Like anything, there are a few things to do before you embark on any road trip. First, make sure your car is ready for the open road. If you haven’t done so lately, get your vehicle serviced — and ask the mechanic to pay special attention to your tires, as they will take the most abuse during a long trip.

If the tread is too worn — or you find dry rot — consider investing in new tires from an online retailer like TireBuyer.com before you embark on your adventure. Stock your car with an emergency kit that includes flares, blankets, water, nonperishable food (make sure to include enough for Fido, too), an atlas and an external phone charger.

California Coast

California’s coastal highway is a classic road trip for a reason. The drive down Highway One, or Pacific Coast Highway, will provide you with sweeping ocean views, gorgeous farmland, dog-friendly mountain hiking and plenty of options for lodging. There are so many options for stops along this route — from Fort Funston National Park in San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea — that you should leave your itinerary fairly open and go wherever your whims take you.

If possible, make an overnight stop in Big Sur, where you and your pup can enjoy a stay at Fernwood Resort. The resort’s Redwood Grill offers elevated pub food and allows pets on their patio. While in Big Sur, take a walk on dog-friendly Pfeiffer Beach or enjoy a hike on the Prewitt Creek trail, which allows dogs off leash and rewards hikers with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Vermont

A fall road trip through Vermont’s gorgeous Green Mountains will be a hit with both you and your four-legged traveling companion. Start in Bennington and head north on US-7 to Burlington through some iconic Vermont scenery, including lush green mountains, rolling farmland and quaint mountain towns.

Start your trip with great views and a meal on the dog-friendly deck at the historic Bennington Publyk House & Tavern. After a day of hiking the peaks in Killington, stay at the Paw House Inn, which specifically caters to dogs and dog owners. Interestingly, the hotel charges a $10 per night fee if you don’t bring a dog with you.

Michigan’s Great Lakes

For a beautiful summer road trip, head to the Midwest for a drive from Chicago to Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Start in Chicago with a stop at Belmont Harbor Beach, where your dog can splash around before hitting the open road. Camp out along the lake at Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes near Empire, Michigan.

Your dog will love walking through the park and you’ll appreciate the amazing view of Lake Michigan from the dunes. Finally, take the ferry to Mackinac Island, dine on the grassy patio at the dog-friendly Carriage House, and consider staying at Mission Point Resort, which offers a Pooch at the Point package especially for you and your best pal.

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