Sunny, friendly and diverse, Maywood CA is the third-smallest city in Southeast LA County. Originally a Spanish settlement, today’s residents can appreciate a multicultural but small-town feel close to all the amenities of the greater LA area. Maywood has a strong community spirit -- visit on Memorial Day weekend and you and your pooch can take part in lots of outdoor activities as part of the annual Street Fair! Be sure to check out the food trucks along the route, where you’ll find a huge variety of cuisines from all around the world. Unfortunately, there are no veterinary services in Maywood, but you can find several clinics to look after your buddy, as well as 24-hour emergency care, just a short drive away in Bell.
There’s no dog park in Maywood, but you and your furry friend can still sniff out some exercise options! The Maywood Riverfront Park is a pawesome spot for leashed walks, and has an access point to the 40-mile LA River Trail. Although Maywood may be urban, it’s not too far from some really excellent dog-friendly hiking trails. And you’ll find plenty of places for off-leash adventures, as well as doggy dining, just a little fur-ther afield in the surrounding area!
Your buddy will love a day out in LA’s Arts District! The Arts District Dog Park is a furrific spot with different areas for shy and friendly dogs. Rather than plastic bags, the park provides environmentally friendly pooper-scoopers along with water and toys, so all you need to do is BYOB (Bring Your Own Beast!). After you and your pooch are tired out, you two can pop in to the dog-friendly Angel City Brewery. The pooch-loving owners of this craft beer joint allow canine customers inside, so there’s no need to leave your buddy tied up while you order, and there are always plenty of food trucks outside.
Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail in Whittier is a pawfect spot for you and your pooch to get back to nature! The trail is less forgiving than the ones in Elysian Park, but if you can make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views over LA and Rose Hills. For off-leash exercise, stop by the Whittier Dog Park. There’s plenty of space in both the large and small dog runs. Seats for tired owners, waste bags, and water are provided. Go in the morning and you two can chow down afterwards at Auntie’s Bakery and Cafe, a fabulous breakfast joint that welcomes wagging tails at outdoor tables.