Glendale is a city located eight miles north of Downtown Los Angeles that is bordered by the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. The third largest city in LA County, it has both a dense downtown area and sprawling suburbs that expand all the way to the mountains in the north. There are many public and private schools and nearly fifty public parks, as well as extensive outside shopping and attractions like the Americana and the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Additionally, there are a ton of public hiking trails in both the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains that both you and your pup will love.
All attractions and parks are easily reachable by car and traversable on foot or paw and, because Southern California has such a temperate climate, it is enjoyable to be outside all year long. That said, the summer months can get very hot and sunny, so it is always smart to bring water and plan your activities for the cool mornings or balmy evenings.
The city center is mostly a flat valley that is bordered to the north by the Verdugo Mountains with a narrow strip that goes all the way up to the La Crescenta neighborhood in the San Gabriel Mountains. Although the downtown area is mostly artificial, there are many pockets of green areas and parks distributed across the city. Both urban and suburban streets and neighborhoods are often quiet with shady and pleasant sidewalks.
Because major boulevards can be difficult to navigate on foot and major parks are spread out, it is usually best to drive. Luckily, there is usually ample parking at recreation and shopping centers. Several freeways including the Golden State (5), the Ventura (134), and Glendale (2) bisect and define the borders of the city making it pretty easy to get around in a car compared to other neighborhoods. However, freeways are not navigable by foot and most people are forced to drive to a park unless they live nearby.
The Downtown area has many great shopping centers and parks where you can walk your leashed dog in the grassy common areas lined with fountains, restaurants, and shops. Directly south of Downtown Glendale is Griffith Park with its expansive hills, vistas, and museums including the historic Griffith Observatory and the Old LA Zoo.
North of Griffith Park contains some of the best pup-friendly areas including the LA River which borders the Griffith Park Dog Park and Glendale Narrows Riverwalk.
On the north end of the valley, directly bordering the Verdugo Mountains is Brand Park and Library with 31 acres of grass, trees, and hiking trails. If you follow the Glendale Freeway up into the La Crescenta neighborhood, there is Deukmejian Wilderness Park, offering steep but excellent hikes up into the San Gabriel Mountains. All of these parks and shopping centers offer wonderful views and experiences for you and your dog to bond over and escape the noise and smog of the city.