Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun. If you don’t plan ahead to make sure you have dog-friendly stops, it can end up being a nightmare. Instead of stressing out, plan ahead and make sure your itinerary is dog-friendly. If you’re planning a trip with your dog to “The Last Frontier” state, use this Alaska dog-friendly travel guide:
3 Dog-Friendly Activities in Alaska
Although there may be a lot of activities available, your dog will not be able to join you for all of them. Because of this, it’s important to check out everything beforehand to make sure they are dog-friendly. Or, so you can make a plan for your dog if it’s a must-see for you and they can’t join you. Here are some dog-friendly activities in Alaska to consider adding to your trip itinerary:
1. Far North Bicentennial Park
Should your travels take you near Anchorage and you enjoy the outdoors, set aside some time to explore the Far North Bicentennial Park. In addition to gorgeous, picturesque views and plenty of trails, your dog is welcome to join you as explore.
As long as they are well-behaved and are under voice command, they can even be off-leash on designated off-leash trails. Just make sure you clean up after them; pet facilities throughout the park make it easy and convenient.
2. Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site
The Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is located north of Valdez. It’s along the Richardson Highway and is a popular spot to stop. A paved trail leads to a viewing platform just a short distance from the parking lot. From there, you can get a great view from the toe of the glacier.
Plus, your dog is welcome to join you. There are other trails and a picnic area available for use. If you and your dog are geared up and experienced hikers, you can tackle the short, steep Glacier Ridge Trail together.
3. Totem Bight State Historical Park
Totem Bight State Historical Park is located in Ketchikan. This park features a community house and 15 totem poles that have been carefully reconstructed from the large cedar carvings Native Alaskans created. Your dog is welcome to join you as you explore these monuments from the past as long as they are leashed.
3 Dog-Friendly Hotels in Alaska
After a day full of fun activities and adventures, you will want to make sure you have a place to stay that will welcome your dog. Not all hotels are dog-friendly. And, even if they do have dog-friendly rooms, those rooms tend to get reserved quickly.
Because of this, it’s important to research hotels ahead of time and book your room early. Here are a few dog-friendly hotels in Alaska to help kickstart your research:
1. Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge is a dog-friendly hotel located in Fairbanks. Up to three dogs of any size are welcome to join you for your stay at this hotel. There is an additional pet fee, which is $25 per dog and per night.
Dogs are not permitted in a few rooms of the hotel including the Love Alaska, Corner, Jacuzzi, Fireplace, and Felix Pedro rooms. They also cannot be left unattended in your room. There is a pet relief area on-site with a waste station for your convenience.
2. Glacier View Cabins
Glacier View Cabins is located in Homer and has some dog-friendly cabins available. There are four standard cabins and one two-bedroom house that permit dogs. Up to two dogs of any size are welcome to join you for your stay.
And, there is no additional pet fee! If your dog is well-behaved when you are not around, they can be left in your room unattended. There are four acres of grass available on the property where your dog can run and waste bags are available so you can clean up after them.
3. Hotel North Pole
Should you need to stay overnight in the North Pole, Hotel North Pole offers some dog-friendly rooms. At this hotel, up to two dogs of any size are welcome to join you for your stay. There is an additional pet fee, which is $35 per night, and dogs cannot be left unattended in your room.
3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Alaska
Although you can always rely on the food you’ve packed to bring with you, fast food drive-thrus, and convenience stores, doing so can get boring quickly. Plus, it can cause you to miss out on the local flavor. Instead of missing out, consider stopping for a meal at one of these dog-friend restaurants in Alaska if your travels bring you nearby:
1. AK Alchemist
The AK Alchemist is a local favorite in Anchorage that mixes urban, artistry, and Alaskan culture into a taco stand and coffee house. The outdoor tables and outdoor bar are dog-friendly and there are plenty of menu items to choose from. Local favorites include fried ice cream, the AK burrito, and more.
2. Harbor Grill
The Harbor Grill is located in Homer. Not only are their outdoor tables dog-friendly, but they also offer incredible views of the harbor. You can enjoy classic local seafood options or try something else from the varied menu.
Local favorites range from seafood samplers to halibut tacos, burgers, steaks, and more. But, the grill is only open May 5th through September 30th, so you’ll want to keep that in mind for your trip.
3. Alaska Fish & Chips Company
If you find yourself in Juneau around a mealtime, consider grabbing some food at the Alaska Fish & Chips Company. The halibut fish and chips are a specialty and a local favorite.
But, you can also choose from a variety of other seafood and non-seafood options. Other local favorites include boom boom shrimp, reindeer sausage corndogs, king crab, and more.
This Alaska dog-friendly travel guide is a good place to start for planning your trip, but it certainly doesn’t cover everything that’s available. If you find something else you want to do or see, just make sure it’s dog-friendly before it goes on your trip plan.
Planning a trip to a different state? Check out the other dog-friendly travel guides available. Here’s to safe travels and wagging tails no matter where your adventures take you!