Top 5 Pet-friendly Travel Cities in the U.S.


Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs boasts ample outdoor space for pets.
Colorado Springs boasts ample outdoor space for pets.

­Colorado's second largest city combines quaint, small-town charm with big-city culture and incredible scenery. The city's ample outdoor space is one of the reasons Colorado Springs consistently tops the lists of America's most pet-friendly cities. There are more than 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers) of public parks, including seven dedicated dog parks [source: Forbes]. Pets are also welcome at many of the city's major attractions, including the Bear Creek Nature Center and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Red Rock Canyon has a pet-friendly trail and two dog loops where pets can roam unleashed. Another big draw is Colorado Springs' abundance of pet-centered businesses and veterinarians.

Many of the local hotels welcome pets, but one luxury resort really spoils pets -- and their owners. The five-star Broadmoor Hotel, located at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain, has a spa, fitness center and championship golf course for humans; for their furry companions, the hotel offers special bedding, food bowls and a complimentary treat.