Being one with nature is animal instinct for dogs. They enjoy roaming about and sniffing around to see what is out there. When booking a family vacation with the dogs, think about taking a walk through the national parks.
A Few Parks Throughout the United States
Alabama – Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. through the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. The trail is open 24 hours a day to visitors with starting points in Selma, Lowndes County and the City of Montgomery. Pets are not allowed in visitor centers or museums, however, along the trail, they must be on a leash at all times.
Colorado – Dinosaur National Monument
Walk where the dinosaurs once roamed, enjoy a thrilling ride along the Yampa River or enjoy a night camping out at Green River. While the monument is open 24 hours a day, heed all park alerts when visiting, some roads may be closed due to inclement weather. Pets are only allowed on the trails of Cold Desert, Plug Hat, Iron Springs Bench Overlook and Echo Park, as long as they are on a leash.
Georgia – Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
The beautiful Chattahoochee River is a site for everyone to see. The park is open 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. Those wanting to see the Island Ford Visitor Contact Station will need to go between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pets are allowed only on the trails while on a short leash.
Louisiana – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Nothing compares to walking along a battlefield trail in the South. There are six different locations to choose from. However, pets must be attended to at all times. Unfortunately, they are not allowed at the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans.
Pennsylvania – Independence National Historical Park
Enjoying the day filled with historical sites and lots of walking space for dogs. Most buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and are not permitted inside of buildings.
Texas – Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
The United States’ 36th President wanted to make sure that his history was offered to all that wished to know about him. Pet access is very limited, however where they are allowed, they must be on a leash and must be kept away from the buildings in the park.
Virginia – Historic Jamestowne, Colonial National Historical Park
Step inside the national park where John Smith and Pocahontas brought together two different cultures. Pets may visit any place except for the visitor center and the museums as long as they are on a leash.
Nature’s beauty can be seen throughout the United States and most of it, accepts pets. For a complete listing of all parks, visit the National Park Service. Remember, follow all rules and regulations so that no fines are imposed. Lastly, if permits are required, please get them before traversing inside the parks.