Young couple planning leisurely drive across America in a tiny car... with our dog. Advice, resources and must-sees welcome.
This June, we'll be leaving the Bay Area to relocate to Texas, Michigan or North Carolina (final location TBD based on grad school admissions). We've done several cross-country drives, but this will be our first without being on a tight timetable. We're really excited about that, and would love to take our time winding across country, possibly even going way off our route to see cool sites. We know our first leg will be a meandering Oakland to Denver route, and after that, who knows!
There's just one hitch, and he's an adorable black lab mix
. Good in cars, quiet, city-acclimated and well-behaved sitting under outdoor tables at restaurants... but he still really puts a crimp in our plans to hike all the national parks, stop at tiny hole in the wall restaurants, and generally wing it when it comes to places to stay. Any advice for leisurely roadtripping with a dog? Must-sees on our journey? Good websites for figuring out who has dog-friendly outdoor seating, or which lesser known outdoor attractions allow dogs on leashes?
I've looked at dogfriendly, petswelcome, and bringfido, but they're all kind of clunky interfaces and full of chain recommendations, so I'm hoping the green has some good ideas.