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10 Best Spots to Go with Your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in the US and Canada

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Do you dream of traveling around with your best furry friend by your side? Why wait? It’s time to go out there and register your emotional support animal to get traveling. 

Emotional Support Animal Travel: As long as you have your paperwork in order and with you, your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) can go (pretty much) anywhere with you.

Here are ten amazing places in the US and Canada to get you started on your way to ESA travel.

1. San Diego, California

San Diego has more than 15 dog parks around the city for you to explore with your emotional support animal, to help both of you burn off some steam. You’ll have a lot of outdoor dining options and fun beach activities to do with your pet. 

2. Portland, Oregon

Did you know that there are over 32 dog parks in Portland? Bonus: All of them are off-leash. If you love hiking, then this northwestern US city has plenty of options for you and your ESA. 

3. Toronto, Canada

Toronto has a plethora of dog-friendly stores and an expansive historic district you can explore with your ESA. The outdoor terrace dining options are aplenty, and most restaurants will put out water bowls for your animal. One of the best cities for ESA travel.

4. Austin, Texas

Austin is one of many pet-friendly towns in the USA with plenty of things to do when it comes to emotional support animal travel. The city has 10 parks where your animal can roam without a leash, and you can take time to relax.

Zilker Park, one of the largest in the area, allows you to explore botanical gardens with your furry friend. 

5. Bar Harbor, Maine

Though less popular than the other locations on this list, Bar Harbor is an excellent vacation destination for those with their ESAs. The city harbors the Acadia National Park, with over 140 miles of paths you can take with your pet. You can also go on ships with your pet, if you enjoy the ocean. 

6. Asheville, North Carolina

If you love going to restaurants to taste local flavors when you travel, you’ll love Asheville. The city passed ordinances that allow restaurants to host pets in outdoor areas. Because of the popularity of the rule, many restaurants and bars dedicated their patio spaces to be pet friendly. 

Asheville also has wonderful nature paths to get some exercise with your ESA. Asheville is another wonderful spot that caters to emotional support animal travel.

7. Key West, Florida

Does your pet thrive in the water? If so, Key West, Florida will give them the opportunity to swim and frolic at the beach. Many people in the city own animals themselves, and restaurant owners allow ESAs into dining areas. 

You can also purchase custom collars and other clothing for your animal, if you’d like. 

8. Colorado Springs, Colorado

For those who love to be out in nature when vacationing, the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado is for you. While all 10,000 acres of public park area have specific dog sections, you can also choose to go to any one of seven dog parks. 

9. Orlando, Florida

Are you itching to take a vacation to an amusement park with your ESA? Orlando is one of the theme park capitals of the United States, with options like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Busch Gardens. Plus, the city accommodates support animals well. 

10. New York, New York

New York City has a near endless number of activities to do with your emotional support animal. You can go to restaurants, explore the city, and even go on the Staten Island Ferry. 

Get Traveling!

As long as you have the right equipment and have trained your animal well, you’ll be able to go to a variety of places with your ESA.  With Emotional Support Animal Travel, you’ll never be lonely!

While many hotels throughout the country are dog friendly, not all cities those hotels are located in are not as friendly as the ones mentioned above.