Pet-friendly destination across the country is undoubtedly on the rise over the past couple of decades. There are some highly promising trips to go along with your pet, but it is essential to do some groundwork before packing your bags for interstate travel or within the state. Here are some tips and to-do’s to perform to make sure you and your pet have a great holiday.
The destination is as important as the journey when traveling with a pet. It is always advised that you know the places and pet-fried hotels nearby. Even if its a round trip or a road trip where there might not be a destination, crossing over or reaching out to pet-friendly cities or towns makes a lot of difference to our travel. Almost all states have at least one or two pet-friendly destinations, including some breathtaking national parks and natural locations, such as the San Juan Islands, Lake Coeur d’Alene (Idaho), Bighorn National Forest (Wyoming), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), White Sands National Park (New Mexico), Wichita Wildlife Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Monument Rocks, Trempealeau National Refuge, Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site (North Dakota), Fort Robinson State Park, and Dog mountain (Vermont).
Mode of transport
While a road trip around the states on a caravan with your pet sounds fantastic, not everyone wants or needs it. Choosing the right mode of transport depends on the reason for travel. The great news for the owners is that travel by air is easier here in the US than in Europe. All airports are very pet-friendly, making air travel the easiest for long-distance travel in a short time. Many major airports also have pet relief areas after passing through security. However, it is advisable to check with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service via their website or call them on 1800 545 USDA for detailed information on travel resources, pet transporter information, and other mandatory regulations.
If you are traveling by train, the good news is that Amtrak charges less fees for pets than their flying counterparts. However, not all train services allow pets, and there are certain restrictions on travel with pets. Notably, pets are allowed on trips up to seven hours, which includes a transfer on multisegment journeys. It is advised to check with the train service provider.
Traveling within a state does not require any paperwork, however having the pet’s vaccination papers, rabies certificate, and the serial number comes in handy during an emergency. However, Alaska and Hawaii have slightly different rules than the rest during interstate travel. Alaska needs the incoming pets to require a health certificate issued within 30 days on arrival. Hawaii, on the other hand, includes a long quarantine program if visiting unprepared. It is advised to go through detailed information on how to get pets for travel into Hawaii on the Animal Industry Division website.