Top U.S. cities for pet-friendly vacation rentals

According to research by the American Pet Products Association, over 70% of households in the US own a pet in 2022, with dogs and cats being the most popular companions. The research also discovered that slightly more than half of pet owners would only stay at accommodation that allows furry friends.  

With that being said, vacation experts at Family Destinations Guide have discovered which cities in the US have the most listings for pet-friendly vacation rentals. The team took 50 of the most populated cities in the US and used data from the vacation rental site Vrbo to discover how many accommodation listings in each city allow pets.  

The following 20 cities came out on top: 

Location Number of Pet-Friendly Accommodation Listings 
Houston, Texas 478 
Dallas, Texas 470 
San Diego, California 467 
Jacksonville, Florida 466 
Orlando, Florida 464 
San Antonio, Texas  463 
Phoenix, Arizona 458 
Los Angeles, California 440 
Chicago, Illinois 440 
New York, New York 439 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  428 
Las Vegas, Nevada 424 
Denver, Colorado 419 
Austin, Texas 416 
Seattle, Washington 390 
Atlanta, Georgia 340 
San Francisco, California 336 
Washington DC 298 
San Jose, California 250 
Boston, Massachusetts  143 

Houston, Texas, takes first place as the most pet-friendly destination in the US, with 478 listings for pet-friendly vacation rentals. Three other Texan cities also make the top 20. Dallas has 470 pet-friendly listings, San Antonio has 463, and Austin has 416. With over 89 state parks, there’s plenty for holidaymakers and their pets to explore. 

San Diego, California, came in third place, with 467 pet-friendly vacation rental listings. Other Californian cities, including Los Angeles with 440 and San Francisco with 336, also made the list. There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches to explore along the Golden State, including Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, and Fort Funston in San Francisco.  

Two cities in Florida take fourth and fifth place, with Jacksonville having 466 pet-friendly vacation rental listings and Orlando having 464. The Sunshine State also boasts some of the country’s best canine playgrounds, including Dog Wood Park in Jacksonville and Lake Winter Park in downtown Orlando. 

Some other cities that scored highly include Phoenix, Arizona, with 458 pet-friendly listings; Chicago, Illinois, with 440; and New York City, with 439.  

“Pet-friendly vacations are booming. Taking your pet with you on holiday gives you the peace of mind of knowing they are safe and happy. You can enjoy having them by your side to make unforgettable memories together,” according to a written statement by Family Destinations Guide. 

“Traveling with your pet also allows you to experience new destinations you may never have thought to visit. For instance, pet-friendly café, restaurants, and attractions could lead to amazing discoveries you might never have found if it weren’t for your pet. You can also enjoy a more outdoorsy holiday exploring mountains, parks, and beaches.” 

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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