BringFido’s Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a four-seasons paradise for furry friends and their owners. Whether you’re playing in the snow, hiking among blooming dogwoods, tubing down the river to beat the Appalachian heat, or taking a scenic drive to view the beautiful fall foliage, there’s something in the Smokies to love all year long. That’s probably why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park year after year. When Fido isn’t exploring the great outdoors, he’ll be met with Southern hospitality at picturesque mountain towns in Tennessee and North Carolina. Here’s a list of our favorite things to do, pet-friendly places to stay, and dog-friendly restaurants in the Smokies.

Things to Do

A dog takes a drive along Cades Cove Loop.

Keeping his eyes peeled for black bears in Cades Cove. – Photo by @_emilyprow

From challenging hikes to photo safaris, you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly activities to keep you entertained during a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Take a Scenic Drive

Even though dogs aren’t allowed on most trails at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can still enjoy the park’s most popular attraction with Fido in tow on a drive along the 11-mile loop around Cades Cove. As featured in the 2021 edition of our Ruff Guide to the United States, the scenic road offers plenty of opportunities to spot white-tailed deer, black bears, and other wildlife roaming the open fields that were once farmed by pioneers. Depending on traffic conditions, motorists should allow two to four hours to drive the entire loop. If you prefer to walk with Fido rather than drive, plan to visit on a Wednesday between the months of June and September. Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to vehicular traffic during that time to give bicyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery.

Stroll Through Downtown Gatlinburg

Take Fido for a walk along “The Strip” in Gatlinburg, which is known as the “Gateway to the Smokies.” If your pooch can ride on your lap, be sure to take the SkyLift for amazing views as you journey to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Daring dogs can also walk across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, which overlooks panoramic vistas. Sneak in some retail therapy while you’re in town at Paws and Claws Pet Fashions. Well-behaved pups are welcome inside to help pick out souvenirs. Looking for some local culture? Downtown Gatlinburg is home to two dog-friendly tasting rooms, Ole Smoky Moonshine and Sugarlands Distillery Co., where you can legally partake in one of Eastern Tennessee’s oldest mountain traditions – moonshine making.

Take a Hike

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers two pet-friendly hiking trails. Breathe in the crisp, clean mountain air as you walk with your leashed pup along the flat, 1.9-mile Gatlinburg Trail from the Sugarland Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg. Along the way, enjoy peaceful views of the river, which at one point is crossed by a pedestrian footbridge. Keep your eyes peeled for foundations and chimneys of several old homesites. On the North Carolina side of the Smokies, take the 1.5-mile Oconaluftee River Trail in Cherokee for amazing views of the river. Both trails are rated easy.

Try tubing with your dog in the Great Smoky Mountains.

“Rover” down the river…Photo by @photodogfun

Make a Splash 

It can get pretty steamy in the Smokies during the summer months. Cool off with a float along the river in a rented tube or kayak from Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing in Townsend. Dogs up to 60 lbs can join you on an aquatic adventure down the Little River. Day passes are $18 for adults, and Fido floats for free. Rent a tether for $5 if you want a separate tube for your pooch.

Explore Pigeon Forge

It might be best known as the home of Dolly Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood, but Pigeon Forge has some fun, lesser known pet-friendly attractions that you can visit with Fido. (If you want to spend the day at the amusement park, make reservations in advance at Doggywood at Dollywood, the on-site kennel.) Bird lovers will want to check out Parrot Mountain and Gardens to view and interact with hundreds of rare and exotic tropical birds housed in four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Admission costs $20 for adults and is free for well-behaved dogs. The park is open March through November. You can also go shopping with your pup at Three Bears General Store or at The Islands in Pigeon Forge retail center. Be sure to stop by The Apple Barn & Cider Mill in nearby Sevierville to sample apple and fruit wines from the winery, treat yourself to an ice cream, and stock up on apple products and old-timey candy.

Try a Dog-Friendly Tour

Who says you can’t teach a dog new tricks? The Airbnb Experience, Smokies Photo Class & Lunch with a Pro, does just that for canine owners. Your pup is welcome to tag along as you  learn how to use your personal camera on  a hands-on photo safari in the Smoky Mountains. You’ll take a basic camera and photography lesson followed by lunch at a local BBQ joint before hitting the nature trails to test your new skills. The Airbnb Experience lasts 5.5 hours and costs $125 per person. Dogs are free.

Let Your Pooch Run Wild

Bring your pup to Sevierville’s PetSafe Unleashed Dog Park for some well-deserved off-leash playtime. This fully fenced dog park offers a safe space for canines big and small to run free in separate areas, and you can test your dog’s skills on the agility equipment. The park also features shaded areas, benches and free Wi-Fi for pet owners.

Places to Stay

A dog relaxes in the lobby of a pet-friendly hotel in the Great Smoky Mountains

Lounge in the Park Vista’s impressive lobby with your dog. – Photo by @beauandjohnnyberners

Will your furry friend prefer a not-so-rustic cabin with a jetted tub or a hotel in the middle of town with doggy amenities? Either way, there’s a place for pups of all tastes and budgets. Rest comfortably after gambling the night away at a casino hotel or spend the night under the stars in a glampsite with your pooch. There are amazingly diverse accommodations where you can bring Fido in the Smokies!

Choose a Room With a View

When you check in at The Park Vista – A DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg, you’ll be warmly welcomed with a chocolate chip cookie and a gift for your dog. The pet bag contains treats, a hang tag to display on your hotel room door, and poop bags. The hotel boasts an impressive 15-story atrium, views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg from every guest room balcony, a grassy dog-walking area, and a multi-tiered, heated indoor swimming pool. Your leashed pup is allowed to join you by the outdoor fire pits, too. The Park Vista – A DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg welcomes two pets up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.

Book a Romantic Cabin

After a day of exploring the Smokies, you and your pup can kick back in a cozy cabin at the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend. All cabins feature luxurious feather beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and private porches with hot tubs. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious meal as your pooch sits tableside at the outdoor deck of the on-site Appalachian Bistro. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Dogs of any size are welcome for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

Stay in the Heart of Downtown

Stay on The Strip in Gatlinburg at the River Terrace Resort & Convention Center, and you’ll be just a short walk from dog-friendly attractions like the Gatlinburg SkyLift and distilleries. The hotel overlooks the Little Pigeon River and has grassy relief areas on site for your pooch. There are two heated outdoor pools and a restaurant on the property, too. One dog or cat is welcome for an additional fee of $170 per stay.

A dog and owner go glamping in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Happy glampers at Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains.Photo by @princesscassi

Sleep Under the Stars

Since opening in May 2020, this lodging newcomer has provided a type of accommodations that were missing in this area – glamping! Glamping is a slightly more glamorous style of camping, and it is at its eco-friendly finest at Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains. Set on 182 acres of lush, wooded terrain, these luxury safari-style tents are outfitted with cozy beds and plush linens, private bathrooms, camp stoves and more. Dogs of any size are welcome for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.

Enjoy Being “Alone at Last”

Check out when you check-in at this pet-friendly Airbnb ideally situated just 10 minutes in between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The knotty pine cabin features a lofted ceiling studio space with kitchen, soaking tub, a king size bed and two extra fold-away padded cot sleepers. Relax on the deck among the hardwoods in the hot tub. Dogs are welcome at the Alone at Last cabin for no additional fee.

Cozy Up in a Mountain Retreat

Book Bear-ly Made It, a darling dog-friendly mountain cabin located in the Sky Harbor Resort, nestled in the Smokies between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and just minutes from Sevierville. The property sleeps 8 and features a hot tub on the deck, an arcade with a pool table and video arcade gaming system, an equipped kitchen, and an amazing view. Dogs are welcome with prior approval for no additional charge.

Roll the Dice

Besides offering gambling in the Smokies, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort boasts some of the best views around. This pet-friendly, 21-story Caesars property features a luxurious, mountain lodge-like ambiance and overlooks Soco Creek. Big-name headliners perform frequently at the resort, which also features an indoor pool, outdoor pool with cabanas, fitness center and several dining options. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort welcomes two dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $75 per night, plus a $100 refundable deposit.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

A dog relaxes in the indoor patio at Crystelle Creek, a pet-friendly restaurant.

This tea at Crystelle Creek is almost as sweet as me! – Photo by @exazim

Calories don’t count on vacation, right? The down-home Southern style cuisine that is popular in this area of Appalachia isn’t know for being low-cal, but it is known for being delicious. Sit on these restaurants’ pet-friendly patios for pre-adventure carb-loading pancake breakfasts and enjoy steak and ribs for lunch and dinner. Oh, and don’t forget about dessert! Doggy sundae, anyone?

Hang Out on a Heated Porch

Dine on the dog-friendly, enclosed and heated porch with your pup at Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill. You’ll need to call ahead to verify availability. Once you’re seated, your dog will get a bowl of water while you make the tough decision between a grilled steak, pasta or fried seafood for dinner. While you chow down, enjoy live music and views of Dudley Creek with your pup.

Dig Into a Hearty Breakfast

Begin the day with your four-legged friend at Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant. Your dog is welcome to sit with you on the porch while you sip a cup of strong coffee and dig into hearty entrees such as the Log Cabin Flapjacks or the Coal Miners Breakfast, featuring an order of biscuits and gravy, three scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, fried potatoes and sliced tomatoes. Be sure to share some eggs and gravy with your hungry hound.

Visit an English Pub

Bring Fido to Fox & Parrot for one of the many beers on tap, a cup of hot tea, and British pup fare. The staff loves dogs and will make your best friend feel right at home inside or out with a treat and a pat. Try the Spotted Dick, a raisin sponge cake covered in custard, paired with a Strongbow Cider while playing one of the pub’s board games.

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The best 50 cents you ever spent!Photo by Kezia Washington

Drive In and Dine Out

Roll up with your pup to Burger Master Drive In in Townsend for a nostalgic diner experience from the comfort of your car or at the pet-friendly picnic tables. Treat your canine co-pilot to a small vanilla ice cream topped with a Milk-Bone dog treat while you devour a hickory burger and a delicious dipped cone. Best of all, a meal here won’t break the bank. A doggy ice cream still has a retro price of 50 cents!

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Head to The Strip in Gatlinburg, which is abuzz at night, for a sweet treat at The Funnel Cake Company. Try a funnel cake with chocolate or strawberry toppings, a fried Snickers candy bar, or frozen lemonade. Fido is welcome to join you at one of the outdoor tables, which are great for people watching.

Donuts for Doggos and Humans

Start off your morning with a pre-adventure carb-loading session at Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts. Sit at a shaded pup-friendly picnic table and try one or two of the sweet shop’s specialty donuts, like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Caramel With Sea Salt Crystals, or Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing. Canine customers can snack on donut-shaped dog treats or a pup cup of vanilla soft-serve ice cream.

Rock Out on the Pet-Friendly Patio

The Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge boasts a large, covered outdoor patio which is “pupular” with four-legged foodies. Dine like a rockstar on burgers, steak and ribs while classic rock tunes play in the background. Outdoor seating is available from the spring through fall. Call ahead in cooler months to verify that the patio is open.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as BringFido’s Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Warm Up With These Winter Dog Food Recipes

Grrr… or brrr … no matter how you or your dog say it, it’s chilly outside! Is there anything more comforting than a hot, hearty meal on a winter day? When the temps dip, canines benefit by consuming additional fats, complex carbs, and warming foods that support circulation and metabolism to refuel after taking part in outdoor activities. This winter, instead of feeding Fido a cold bowl of kibble, try out one of these easy-to-make recipes guaranteed to warm your pup from the inside out.

Dog eating pet-friendly fried rice.

Chicken and fried rice and everything nice.Photo by BringFido/Erin Ballinger

Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice dishes are healthy meals for dogs in moderation unless your pooch has a rice allergy. Omit ingredients that are harmful to dogs, like onions, garlic, soy sauce, salt and spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cold, pre-cooked brown rice
  • 1 boneless chicken breast (cubed)
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and scramble eggs over medium heat. Remove eggs and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to the pan over medium-high heat. Add diced chicken and cook through.
  3. Add vegetables and saute with chicken.
  4. Stir in cold, pre-cooked brown rice to chicken and veggies mixture. (Cold, pre-cooked rice works best but fresh is okay as well.) Turn up the heat and stir until warmed through.
  5. Combine rice with the scrambled eggs or serve with eggs on top. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers for future meals!

DIY beef stew recipe for dogs.

I only have eyes for stew.Photo by BringFido/Erin Ballinger

Beef Stew

Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of beef stew? This recipe makes enough for a “pawty,” or you can save any remaining stew for other chilly day meals!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chuck roast
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 16 oz low sodium chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Braise beef in vegetable oil in the pan over high heat until it is brown on all sides.
  2. Remove the beef from the heat. Deglaze the pan with a couple of tablespoons of your desired broth.
  3. Stir in celery while slowly adding in the remaining broth. Bring to a boil.
  4. Return beef to the pot and cover with lid ajar. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Add chopped potatoes, carrots, and green beans to pot and cover to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  7. If you desire a thicker gravy, stir in a water and cornstarch mixture. (Make a slurry by combining equal parts cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl, and whisking thoroughly to combine.)
  8. Serve to Fido after you ensure it’s not too hot!

Recipe for dog-friendly smashed sweet potatoes.

Your pup will “woof” these sweet taters.Photo by BringFido/Erin Ballinger

Smashed Sweet Potatoes

This sweet and satisfying dish is sure to please even the pickiest pup. Serve it as a meal or pick-me-up after a bone-chilling winter hike.

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 6 cups of water

Directions

  1. Carefully peel the sweet potato and cut into one-inch cubes.
  2. Put potatoes in a pot and cover with approximately 6 cups of water.
  3. Place the covered pot on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Drain sweet potato chunks in a colander.
  5. Smash potatoes and let cool until safe to eat.
  6. Serve to your hungry hound! Depending on the size of your dog, 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of mashed sweet potatoes is an appropriate serving.

Add dog broth to dog food for an easy winter recipe.

This kibble is slurp-worthy!Photo by BringFido/Erin Ballinger

Dog Food Soup

This is a non-recipe that you and your dog will love. It’s so easy that you’ll make it over and over again! We used low-sodium chicken broth in our test kitchen, but Fido’s favorite from the grocery store or homemade works great, too. You can also find bone broths at the pet store that are specially formulated for your dog’s nutritional needs. A couple of our favorite brands include Nulo and Echo Bone Beverage. This is an easy and delicious way to add some warming pizazz to your pooch’s dog bowl.

Ingredients

  • Low-sodium broth or stock in chicken, turkey, vegetable or beef flavors
  • Your dog’s favorite kibble

Directions

  1. Warm broth over medium-high heat.
  2. Pour over your dog’s serving of dry kibble.
  3. Serve immediately for a happy dog.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Warm Up With These Winter Dog Food Recipes.

New Pet-Friendly Hotels: January 2021

Every month, more and more hotels are opening their doors to four-legged guests. Whether newly constructed or newly pet-friendly, here are seven hotels that are welcoming furry friends for the first time in January.

1. Lift House Lodge

Vail, CO

Two dogs on a ski lift in Vail, Colorado.

The kings of slalom. – Photo by Facebook.com/LifthouseVail

Overlooking the groomed ski trails on majestic Vail Mountain, Lift House Lodge offers snow dogs and their owners a luxurious retreat to escape and unwind. Cozy studio condos come equipped with kitchenettes, living room fireplaces and private balconies offering picturesque mountain and village views.

If seeking adventure near the lodge, Fido can stretch his paws in the wide open grass and take a dip in the cool pond water at Bighorn Park Off Leash Dog Area. Leashed pups are also permitted to hike the 8-mile Pitkin Lake Trail that ascends the valley in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.

Lift House Lodge accepts two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per night.

2. AC Hotel Boston Downtown

Boston, MA

A welcome pillow at the dog-friendly AC Hotel Boston Downtown.

Very Important Pets only. – Photo by Facebook.com/achotelbostondowntown

Located in the South End district of Boston, minutes from the heart of the city, AC Hotel Boston Downtown specializes in pampering pups. Canine VIPs receive tasty treats, food and water bowls, a Boston-inspired toy and a 10% discount at the Loyal Companion pet store a block away. Bright, open rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious bathrooms and mini refrigerators. Take advantage of excellent amenities like free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center and a European-inspired breakfast buffet. For off-leash fun less than 2 miles from the hotel, head to South Boston Bark Park. Fido can chase tennis balls, race through tunnels and sniff the ocean breezes rolling in from Dorchester Bay.

AC Hotel Boston Downtown welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $100 per stay.

3. Angad Arts Hotel

St. Louis, MO

A dog enjoys the accommodations at the pet-friendly Angad Arts Hotel.

All eyes on Fido. – Photo by Facebook.com/angadartshotel

Nestled in the thick of the Grand Center Arts District, Angad Arts Hotel provides two- and four-legged guests warm hospitality in an eclectic setting. Choose colorful rooms designed specifically to fit your mood, including Curiosity Yellow, Powerful Red, Freedom Blue and Rejuvenation Green. Each room comes equipped with complimentary high-speed internet and a mini refrigerator. Book the special Pup Package and receive a tennis ball matching your room’s color, free parking, and a $25 donation to a local animal shelter.

Fido can experience even more culture at Laumeier Sculpture Park, located 12 miles from Angad Arts Hotel. Leashed pups are welcome to critique over 60 large-scale outdoor art installations, explore wooded trails, and take a snooze in the open fields.

Angad Arts Hotel accepts two dogs up to 60 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

4. Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown

Memphis, TN

Furry guests get dog beds, bowls and dog treats at Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown.

Sweet swag, dawg. – Photo by Facebook.com/CanopybyHilton

Living up to the city’s rich music history, the Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown delivers rock star treatment to guest hounds. Through Canopy’s Paws in the Neighborhood program, furry travelers are showered with yummy treats, comfy beds, feeding bowls and fun chew toys. Cozy rooms with stylish decor feature mini refrigerators, handheld showers and scenic city views. Grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe and get in a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center.

To sample refreshing Southern-inspired brews less than a mile from the hotel, drop by High Cotton Brewing Co. Leashed dogs are welcome both inside and outside.

Canopy by Hilton Memphis Downtown allows pets up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

5. Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad

Vista, CA

A dog relaxes in a spacious room at the pet-friendly Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad.

Someone’s happy with the service. – Photo by Facebook.com/ayresvistacarlsbad

Encompassing Southern California’s laid-back vibe, the brand new Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad gives canine and human visitors a chill place to relax in comfort. Guest pups receive tasty treats and feeding bowls upon arrival, and are welcome on the hotel’s outdoor dining patio. Contemporary boutique-style rooms include writing desks, microwaves and mini refrigerators, and free WiFi access. Quality amenities afford guests the opportunity to feast on a complimentary breakfast, take a swim in the heated swimming pool and exercise in the on-site fitness center.

Take a leisurely drive down the coast to North Beach in Del Mar, where Fido can frolic in the surf and feel the sand in his paws. Dogs are permitted to play off leash from Labor Day through early June.

Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $25 per stay.

6. Home2 Suites by Hilton Brooklyn Park

Minneapolis, MN

A dog lounges on the sofa at the pet-friendly Home2Suites by Hilton Brooklyn Park.

“Who’s ordering the pizza?” – Photo by Facebook.com/Home2Suites

If you and your furry companion are looking for a home away from away, Home2 Suites by Hilton Brooklyn Park provides the necessary accommodations. Spacious suites feature a separate living area with sofa bed, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher, and a private bathroom with handheld shower. Stock up at the 24-hour on-site store, swim a few laps in the indoor pool, and feast on a complimentary breakfast every morning. Pups can run free over the hills and through the fields at the nearby Brookdale Park Off Leash Dog Park. A $3 day pass is required to gain entry.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Brooklyn Park Minneapolis welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $75 (for stays of 1 to 5 nights), and $150 (for stays of 6 nights or more).

7. Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25

Albuquerque, NM

A sleepy dog rests in her room at the pet-friendly Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25.

Do not disturb. – Photo by @trubyhilton

Sleek and modern, Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25 accepts dogs in spacious rooms equipped with hard surface floors, work desks with adjustable lamps, and mini refrigerators. Guests can fuel up each morning with a complimentary breakfast, and enjoy free WiFi available throughout the property. After kicking up his paws, Fido can shop ‘til he drops at Cottonwood Mall, one of America’s Coolest Pet-Friendly Malls. Leashed pups can also investigate hundreds of petroglyphs etched into the ancient rocks along Rinconada Canyon Trail, located 8 miles from the hotel.

Tru by Hilton Albuquerque North I-25 welcomes two pets up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per night.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as New Pet-Friendly Hotels: January 2021.

Insta-Famous Murals Across the U.S. to Visit With Your Dog

Murals add color and interest to building walls and streets that would otherwise go unnoticed, drawing the eyes of locals and travelers alike. These photo-worthy outdoor works of art across the U.S. will give Fido a chance to stretch his legs during a road trip and pose for some truly fabulous photos for his scrapbook or Instagram account.

“Harboring Beauty”

Tucson, AZ

Doodle posing in front of Finding Nemo wall mural in Tucson, AZ.

“Found Nemo.” – Photo by @pilyapearl

Bienvenidos a Arizona! The Grand Canyon State is a destination for those looking to see art on a large scale and the city of Tucson, in particular, is brimming with fantastic, powerful murals that reflect the culture and values of the community. The sprawling 2017 creation, “Harboring Beauty,” is also known around town as the “Finding Nemo” mural. Artist Joe Pagac hired three local Tucsonians without housing to model as the sea gods for this mural, and each guards a Nemo-like fish against the shadowy sharks. It’s lauded for being incredibly detailed and realistic, especially considering its size.

Artist: Joe Pagac

Where to find it: This mural takes up about half of the entire east-facing wall at 191 Toole, a small Tucson music venue.

Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta, GA

Posing in front of The BeltLine wall mural in Atlanta.

“Where are we again?” – Photo by @sharonandteddytakethecity

The city of Atlanta has more than a thousand murals, and many of them can be found along the pet-friendly Atlanta BeltLine. The multi-use trail connects all the best corners of the ATL and is one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban revitalization programs in the U.S. One of the biggest draws to the urban trail for locals and tourists is BeltLine Walls, which displays the work of hundreds of muralists and spans roughly 12 miles of the 22-mile pet-friendly corridor.

Artist: Yoyo Ferro

Where to find it: Art on the BeltLine has created an interactive map to provide details about each art piece along the trail.

“Chromatic Cascade Mural”

Los Angeles, CA

Dog poses in front of Chromatic Cascade Mural in Los Angeles.

“I’m vibing with this psychedelic wall mural.” – Photo by @cali_562

Los Angeles’s downtown arts district is barking with creativity, and the city “pawsitively” vibrates with unique murals. Jen Stark, the artist behind this psychedelic display, uses vivid splashes of color and wild geometric patterns to mesmerize viewers. The work seemingly drapes from the roof of a warehouse, leaving plenty of room for Fido to pose without covering up any of the masterpiece.

Artist: Jen Stark

Where to find it: On the side of a warehouse in the downtown LA Arts District at 1828 Conway Place.

Wynwood Walls

Miami, FL

Visit Wynwood Walls to see famous murals with youru dog.

“Shake it like a Polaroid picture.” – Photo by @stitchroxx

Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum that has drawn the world’s greatest graffiti and street artists to this neighborhood just minutes from downtown Miami. This epic attraction invites visitors from all over to walk the streets and explore the many original murals and sculptures. Since its inception in 2009, the Wynwood Walls program has seen over 50 artists representing 16 countries and covering over 80,000 square feet of walls.

Artist: Leon Keer

Where to find: This “picture perfect” mural of a Polaroid camera can be found in Wynwood on the corner of NW 25th Street and NW 2nd Avenue.

“Wings of Avondale”

Birmingham, AL

Dog poses with wall mural in Birmingham at pet-friendly restaurant, MELT.

“I’ve never felt so free!” – Photo by @browndogreddirt

If you and your pooch have spent any time in Birmingham, you’ve probably visited the pet-friendly patio of MELT for its famous cheese-centered menu. Outside the restaurant is the fabulous “Wings of Avondale” mural. When the original artwork was vandalized in 2018, the community rallied to raise money for Blank Space Birmingham and muralist Marcus Fetch to recreate this interactive and tremendously popular mural.

Artist: Marcus Fetch

Where to find it: MELT is located at 4105 4th Ave S in Birmingham.

Wild West Mural Fest

Dallas, TX

Dogs pose in front of the Wild West Mural Fest in Dallas.

“Deep in the heart of Texas!” – Photo by @wildwestmuralfest

Wild West Mural Fest began as an extension to Art Walk West in 2018, an event organized by local artist Will Heron. The initiative aims to bring new public mural works to the West Dallas community from both DFW-based and national artists, who are asked to interpret ‘The Wild West’ in their art. Bring Fido to visit the 16 new murals that went up in October of 2020, and check out the new installations at the ever-evolving art park.

Artist: SM Sanz

Where to find it: This mural and many more can be found in the Fabrication Yard, a free art park in West Dallas.

“The Abstract Dogs of Oviedo, FL”

Oviedo, FL

Yellow Lab posing in front of wall mural in Oviedo, Fl.

Twinsies! – Photo by @yellowlab_sam_sutt

On the walls outside The Pet Bow-Tique / Plantation Pet Resort in Oviedo, Florida, pups and people are greeted by three fabulous abstract dog portraits, painted with custom spray paint cans. This fun, lively grooming boutique and retail store located on 11 acres of oak tree-covered property also offers boarding services. The on-site indoor and outdoor runs offer plenty of playtime where dogs can socialize.

Artist: Works of Stark Murals and Design

Where to find it: The Pet Bow-Tique / Plantation Pet Resort at 47 S. Central Ave. in Oviedo, FL.

“Love Our Community”

Baton Rouge, LA

The Walls Project installs wall murals across Baton Rouge, LA.

Everything about this exudes happiness. – Photo by @wallsproject

The Walls Project was designed to bring together local artists and businesses in hopes of fostering the creative arts economy and to inspire urban and rural beautification in the Baton Rouge community. Established in 2012, the nonprofit has been responsible for more than 100 color-clad buildings and art installations across the city.

Artist: Raina Wirta, TJ Black, Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program

Where to find it: In the “Spanish Moon” district of Baton Rouge at 1109 Highland Rd.

River Arts District

Asheville, NC

Dog poses in front of mural at Asheville's River Arts District.

“To infinity, and beyond!” – Photo by @avirginiapeanut

If you’re visiting pet-friendly Asheville, be sure to squeeze in a stroll to see local street art while you’re at it. The best place to get a taste of everything this eclectic mountain town has to offer is the River Arts District (RAD), a membership community of over 250 artists working in studios and galleries along the French Broad River. Here you’ll find numerous pet-friendly art studios, restaurants, events and awe-inspiring art installations. Be sure to take a walk around the Foundation Walls, where graffiti artists are encouraged to paint the exteriors of old warehouses. These huge murals with ever-changing designs are spread over 13 acres.

Artist: Jason Lee Parker

Where to find it: The River Arts District is located in converted warehouses and industrial buildings along the French Broad River, just a few miles from downtown Asheville.

“What Lifts You”

Nashville, TN

What Lifts You mural in The Gulch, Nashville, TN.

“Don’t forget #WhatLiftsYou and #BringFido!” – Photo by @tagrealestate

The Gulch is a hip mixed-use neighborhood in Nashville where visitors and locals on two legs and four gather to enjoy a vibrant urban environment with retail, restaurants, entertainment and, of course, art. Check out the “What Lifts You” mural, which includes a 20-foot high image of wings for humans and a second perfectly pup-sized pair where your pooch can pose. Fido will also beg you to take him to Gulch Dog Park, where he can get the zoomies out after all that modeling, before visiting Bark Public House for a bath, some treats and happy hour.

Artist: Kelsey Montague

Where to find it: Find this mural at 302 11th Ave S in The Gulch.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Insta-Famous Murals Across the U.S. to Visit With Your Dog.