The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip

By Amy Burkert of

It’s a pet lover’s bucket list, an inspiration, a guide, a collection of treasured memories!

From California’s Carmel beach to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park, discover the best America has to offer you and your furry travel companion.

With practical tips and advice, and more than 200 breathtaking photos, you’ll feel like you have a personal tour guide to the top 49 pet friendly attractions in the United States. Use the suggested itineraries, or plan your own route to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences with your pet.

Book Reviews

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The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip is a must-read before you head out on the open road with your furry companions. Amy and her pooches researched every travel nugget in this book personally, so you won't find another that even comes close to this compressive, first-hand researched pet-friendly travel guide. Think of it as the CAA Travel Book for road tripping fur families - I recommend it to any pet parent making travel plans, whether it’s for the weekend or a cross country road journey.

Amy Tokic, Author and Editor-in-Chief of

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Every traveler has entertained the thought of one day grabbing the car keys—and the dog leash—and heading off for a life on the open road. Amy and Rod Burkert made that dream both a reality and a career with—and now their new book. Whether you use this photo-filled book as a trip-planning guide or an armchair fantasy, it’s sure to inspire you to make the most of your experiences with your four-legged travel companion.

Paris Permenter, Co-author of 33 pet and travel books.

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Anyone who follows – and if you don't, you should – knows that Amy Burkert is a​ pet travel expert extraordinaire. This book, documenting a year-long cross-country trip with canine companions Ty and Buster, offers useful tips on visiting the top destinations in each of the lower 48 states with dogs that aren't always...well, perfect. Part guidebook, part coffee table book – the photographs are gorgeous -- The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip will inspire you to hit the road with your best friend and create your own indelible memories.

Edie Jarolim, Author of Am I Boring My Dog, 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew, & Arizona for Dummies.

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Take it from those who walk the walk, talk the talk, and bark the bark. The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip is chock full of tried-and-tested travel plans for great destinations all across the country. Pack this handy book in your suitcase for the best trip ever with your best friend ever!

Peggy Frezon, Contributing editor, All Creatures magazine, Author of Faithfully Yours for Kids (Paraclete Press 2018) and other books about the human-animal bond.

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If you're planning a road trip with your dog - and especially if you are short on time - The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip is a must-read. This book will save you hours of research. You can use it to put together a high-level itinerary and then fill in your route, and time, with additional things to do from or your pet's bucket list.

Jessica Rhae Williams, Dog-Friendly Travel nut and senior editor at

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About the Book

More than eight years ago Amy and Rod chucked their former life and moved into a motorhome. Since then, they’ve been exploring America’s highways and byways with Ty and Buster, tracking down pet friendly destinations and sharing their travels on the Take Paws blog.

In 2017 they took on their biggest challenge, embarking on a 15,000-mile road trip to visit the most pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states. Each destination had to represent the very best that state had to offer, and combined, the choices needed to demonstrate the variety of pet friendly experiences to be had across the country.

From beaches to mountain tops, bustling cities to quiet retreats, a canoe trip and a train ride … The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip was epic.

We knew we had to share our experience with other pet lovers, and I hope this book will inspire you, encourage you, and give you the tools needed to create precious memories with your pets. It’s a guide book and a pet lover’s bucket list – but it’s also an invitation to spend a lifetime with your pets, collecting experiences you’ll always remember. While it would make a great coffee table book, nothing would delight me more than to find your copy creased and worn, with attractions checked off, and pages dog-eared and marked with slobber.

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