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January 12, 2011

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Put the dog car harness on the dog and drive to St. Louis, Missouri for a great vacation.  There is so much for you and your dog to do that you will all be dog-tired afterwards.  Visit museums, parks, wineries, pet stores, and hike on the 225 mile-long Katy Trail.

Stay at a number of pet-friendly hotels in St. Louis including Sheraton, Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn, La Quinta, Holiday Inn, just to name a few.  (Call first to make sure.  Some hotels have restrictions on the size of your dog.)  Eat on the outdoor patio of a number of restaurants including Chipotle, Atlas Restaurant, Duff’s Restaurant, and Coffee Cartel.  Shop at a number of pet stores including Petco, PetSmart, Cat’s Meow, Inc., Four Muddy Paws, Three Dog Bakery, Wolfgang’s Pet Shop, Pets in the City, and more!

Go sight-seeing at the Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Museum of Transportation, the Boathouse in Forest Park, the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, and the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.  With the exception of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, dogs are not be allowed the buildings.  But there are lots of outdoor sites to see.  The Laumeier Sculpture Park has a lot of outdoor sculptures.  You can see all types of trains, automobiles, and planes outside the Museum of Transportation.  Dogs are allowed to ride the boats at the Boathouse in Forest Park.  There is even a pet-friendly restaurant at the Boathouse.  Dogs are not allowed in the buildings at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, but they are allowed to walk the almost 10 acres of land and see the historical buildings from the outside.

St. Louis also hosts a number of off-leash dog parks including the Frenchtown Dog Park, Shaw Neighborhood Dog Park, Taylor Dog Park, Lister Dog Park, and Water Tower Dog Park.  Dogs will also have a good time walking the Katy Trail.  It is 225 miles long but you don’t have to walk it all.  There are a number of entrance points and several points of interest along the way.  More than half of the Katy Trail follows Lewis and Clark’s path along the Missouri River.

Relax after a long day at several of the dog-friendly wineries in the St. Louis metro area.  There is the Lau-Nae Winery in Red Bud, Peaceful Bend Vineyard in Steelville, and Schorr Lake Vineyards in Waterloo.

For more information on these great dog-friendly places in St. Louis, Missouri visit dogfriendly.com.  Don’t forget to travel to St. Louis in safety.  Your dog should wear a dog car harness or be secure in another pet auto safety device.  Be safe and have fun!

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2 Responses to “Pet Auto Safety Travel Destination – St. Louis”

  1. BeagleRescue:

    Oh, the fountains in St. Louis are great. I never thought about letting my dogs play in the fountains. If the water is treated, should you give them a bath afterwards?

  2. MalamuteMom:

    I’ve been to St. Louis with my dogs. I didn’t know about all the fun stuff there was for them to do. But we did visit this huge water fountain by the hotel. Kids were playing in it so I figured it would be fun for my dogs too. They loved it!!!