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5 Dog-Friendly Cities

Whether you're looking for a dog-friendly place to live, or a town to visit with your dog in tow, you'll be happy to know many cities in the U.S. are becoming more welcoming to pets. Here's a look at 5 of the most dog-friendly cities in America.

Carmel, California

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As if quaint buildings and the stunning Pacific Ocean weren't enough, Carmel, Calif., is also incredibly dog friendly. Dogs are allowed just about everywhere, from the many charming outdoor restaurants to the scenic Carmel Beach. As you walk around town with your dog, you'll find bowls of water have been placed outside many establishments for your pet's refreshment. A number of hotels and B&B's in town not only allow dogs, but welcome them with open arms.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Dogs have so much to do in the historic town of Charleston, S.C., they won't know where to start first. James Island County Park is one of the best dog parks in the country, and includes an off-leash beach, 4 acres of grass for running, and a fenced play area for small dogs. The Beach at Sullivans Island also allows dogs, as does Brittlebank Park and Morris Island. Dogs are also welcome to accompany their human companions on the Old Charleston Ghost Walking Tour.

New York City, New York

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The Big Apple may not seem dog friendly at first glance, but take a closer look and you'll see amenities for dogs galore. A variety of dog parks can be found from Greenwich Village to uptown, and restaurants with "dogs welcome" patios are all over the city. Plenty of hotels in Manhattan allow pets too. Dogs can also stroll with their owners at Orchard, Coney Island and Brighton Beach boardwalks.

Portland, Oregon

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No less than 36 dog parks and 63 hotels in the city of Portland, Ore., are available to dogs and their owners. Dog friendly hiking trails also abound, including those at Powell Butte Nature Park, Tryon Creek State Park and even the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Dogs are also welcome at the International Rose Test Garden, where roses and a variety of plants are on display; Plum Hill Vineyards, open for wine tasting; The Grotto, a 62-acre Catholic shrine; and The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, where you can pick your own flowers and pumpkins, in season.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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One of the most pet friendly cities in the Midwest is Minneapolis, which boasts several major hotels that allow dogs, including the Crowne Plaza and the Marquette. You won't find a shortage of dog-friendly restaurants here, either. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge & Tiki Bar is probably the most fun, with its kitschy atmosphere and a spacious dog-welcoming patio overlooking the Mississippi River. Trails, city parks and recreational areas just for dogs are also on the list of attractions. Luce Line State Trail, St. Anthony Parkway Off-Leash Recreation Area and Lake of the Isles Dog Park are just a few. Even the Lake Harriet Rose Garden both welcomes dogs and their owners.

Does your city belong on this list? Have another dog-friendly city to recommend?

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