Romp on beaches and pick up designer pup treats on this doggone-great road trip.
Trip length: 2-4 days
Time with your furry pal doesn’t get any better than on this grand tour of pet-friendly destinations around Southern California.
Del Mar (18mi/30km; 24 mins). Fall to spring, dogs can run free along a half-mile of coast at North Beach (leashes required in summer). For a special treat, head over to Muttropolis in Solana Beach, a hip pet boutique with designer bowls and cool toys. INFO 858/755-9313; delmar.ca.us/visitors
Palm Springs (107mi/172km; 1hr 57mins). Let that cold-nosed friend chill out in the dry heat at historic Casa Cody Bed and Breakfast Inn , where shaded grounds and cool tile floors invite afternoon snoozes. Stock up on healthy food and natural treats for dogs and cats at Bones N Scones . INFO 800/347-7746; visitpalmsprings.com
Calabasas (27mi/44km; 34 mins). Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is a veritable Forest Lawn for celeb pets and animals stars dating back to 1928. Look for Pete from the Little Rascals and Topper, Hopalong Cassidy’s horse. INFO 323/467-6412; discoverlosangeles.com
Santa Barbara (71mi/115km; 1hr 18mins). Give your dog a taste of the endless summer at Santa Barbara’s most popular off-leash fun zone, Arroyo Burro Beach Park . There’s even a coin-operated dog wash. INFO (805) 966-9222; santabarbaraca.com