Pet-Friendly Travel | Beaches & Trails | The Olympic Peninsula, WA

Pet-Friendly Travel

There’s no reason to leave Fido behind when you visit the Olympic Peninsula. From bountiful trails and beaches to stretches of city sidewalks, this is pet-welcoming territory.

Getting here. If your Olympic Peninsula expedition includes a trip between Port Angeles and Canada, pets have a special place on the Black Ball Ferry Line. Many areas are pet-friendly, and dog kennels located in the solarium ensure a smooth ride across the water. Be sure to check the regulations for pet travel between the two nations.

Playing here. Looking for active, outdoor adventure? There are hundreds of thousands of acres of forests, parks and beaches on the Olympic Peninsula that happily welcome your pet.

While it’s true most places in Olympic National Park prohibit dogs (even on a leash), there are a few exceptional locations where the leashed love of your life is allowed. Learn more about pet-friendly trails and beaches and how to make the most of your visit.

As for the rest of the Peninsula—cue the tail wag—the Olympic National Forest and other parks are dog friendly, unless specifically stated. Leashed dogs are also welcomed on the Makah Reservation at Neah Bay, including Cape Flattery Trail.

Check out pet-friendly destinations on the Olympic Peninsula to get the big picture of where you and your furry friend can explore and discover. And get some helpful tips from the Pacific Crest Trail Association about traveling and hiking with your pet here.

Of course, the fun isn’t limited to the wildnerness. There’s a lot for you and your pup to explore and discover in the Olympic Peninsula’s quaint, eclectic and historic towns. The one-acre, off-leash play area at the Sequim Dog Park is the perfect spot to run off some doggie steam. And the charming seaside town of Port Townsend is all about providing a patio-dining experience for you and your canine companion.

Staying Here

You’ll find many pet-friendly lodging options throughout the Olympic Peninsula, whether you want to get close to nature or stay in town.

Download our dog friendly destination guide.