Quirky, creative and close to nature, the village of Makanda, IL has been voted the most "hippie" place in the whole state. Walking through downtown, it’s hard not to soak up the good vibes -- you and your pooch can check out the windows of the local emerging art galleries, or take a stroll down the Makanda Boardwalk past specialty shops selling handmade jewelry, soap, and a whole host of weird and wonderful stuff. Just make sure the smell of incense et cetera isn’t too much for your fur-baby’s sensitive schnozz! True to form, Makonda holds many festivals throughout the year -- you and your leashed pup are welcome at many of the outdoor events during the Vulture Festival, a massive party to celebrate the return of the turkey vulture from warmer climes.
Makanda doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your buddy shouldn’t get too "melan-collie" about it! If drumming circles aren’t your thing, don’t worry -- Makanda sits right in the middle of a ginormous state park, so outdoorsy pooches won’t lack for fur-friendly hiking options. The village is near a wine trail, too, and many local vineyards welcome wagging tails with open arms. And if your doggo longs to lose the leash, don’t worry -- you’ll find some pawesome dog parks just a short drive away!