5 Vacation Destinations Your Small Dog Will Love

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Outer Banks, N.C
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A 200-mile-long strip of land off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are barrier islands known for their wide beaches dotted with lighthouses. The community is made up of small towns on four islands, Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras and Ocracoke.

Many of the towns along the Outer Banks are dog friendly, including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nag's Head and Manteo. Duck and Nag's Head beaches allow leashed dogs all year round, but other towns have time and/or seasonal restrictions, so be sure to check the town's Web site before you go.

Sites like Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brother's National Memorial allow leashed dogs on the properties but not in the buildings. If you travel with a two-legged friend, you can take turns watching the dog while the other heads inside. A dog-lover's summer highlight is the Town of Ducks 4th of July parade, in which pups and their owners march together.

You will find pet-friendly hotels and motels, but many visitors rent cottages or homes. For meals out, try The Run Down Café in Kitty Hawk or Mr. Munchies in Corolla, where you'll get to taste more of the local flavor

Now you have no excuses! Use your vacation days and bring your four-legged pal with you whether you stay in the U.S. or head abroad. Whatever you and your small dog like to do, we think you'll find it at one of these amazing vacation destinations.

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