Nestled in the San Fernando Valley Region of Los Angeles, Pacoima is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the area, complete with creeks, rivers, walking trails and a huge, open golf course. Its proximity to the cultural environment of Los Angeles makes the neighborhood a good place to stay away from the busy city center, while still staying close to all its amenities. Pets in Pacoima are protected and taken care of by two veterinary clinics in the neighborhood, so you can rest easy knowing your furry friend will be in good hands here.
Those who love outdoor activities will love San Fernando Road Bike Path, which stretches from Sylmar to Pacoima. This path is, quite obviously, shared with bikers, so be sure to clean up after your pooch to keep the trail clean for everyone.
If you are looking for a place to stay with your pup while you're here, you won't find very many options in Pacoima, unfortunately. But don't fret just yet! Nearby Sylmar is home to the pet-friendly (and budget-friendly) Motel 6, which doesn't charge an additional fee for canine guests!
Pacoima is the pawfect choice for dog owners travelling in and around Los Angeles, but prefer to stay on the outskirts of the main muttropolitan area.
The Sun Valley neighborhood is set south of Pacoima and north of Burbank, and features two extensive recreation spots: Verdugo Mountain Park and La Tuna Canyon Park. Both spots offer breathtakingly beautiful views along the numerous walking trails, so leash up your pup and start exploring! Watch out for mountain bikes, and be sure to bring plenty of water with you. Feel like grabbing a snack? Tony’s Market is located a skip and a hop away from the park. Share a quick lunch at the outdoor tables here -- Fido will even get a free dog biscuit!
Glendale's Crescenta Highlands neighborhood welcomes pups and their parents with open arms and a furrific recreational space. Set off Foothill and San Fernando Freeway, Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park is home to Cunningham Canyon and a space just for pups to play! The dog park is fully fenced, has two separate sections for small and large pooches, shade, benches and drinking water facilities. This is the pawfect place to have some off-leash fun. Feeling hungry after all that exercise? Sianto's Bakery Café has a dog-friendly patio and a wide variety of delicious dishes!
LA's North Hollywood is an eclectic neighborhood with quiet residential quarters and a thriving art district. This neighborhood is huge, and has plenty of spots to take a quick stroll on the sidewalks. But, if you're looking to enjoy some off-leash playtime, head straight to Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park, located under the historic Whitnall Highway Utility Corridor. The place offers ruffly 3 acres of fenced, off-leash area to exercise and find some new furry friends! You'll find many dog-friendly eateries in North Hollywood, but The Juice Parlor is the closest, located within walking distance from the park. This healthy spot has outdoor seating and tasty vegetarian smoothies and shakes.
Located near Glendale, Griffith Park is not just a public park with walking trails and picnic spots. This prominent place has a wealth of outdoor activities, including a number of walking trails, sports, mountain views, forest walks and more! Dogs even get their own space to play at this famous park. Griffith Dog Park is a simple affair with a fence and grass, but it's really pawpular with the locals, so your pup will definitely make some new friends here. If you're all tuckered out after all that play, leash up your pup and enjoy a nice walk at Amir’s Garden, or share a picnic with your pooch in the unique Old Zoo Picnic Area.
Studio City is one of the northwestern neighborhoods of Los Angeles where you can have a pleasant walk along Ventura Boulevard and check out the huge public parks. Feel free to explore Wilacre Park, which is a natural heaven for those who love hiking and shaded areas hidden far away from the city streets. You will also find Fryman Canyon Loop here, which circles around Fryman Canyon, through Wilacre Park and Coldwater Canyon Park. Grabbing a quick snack or a sit-down meal will not be a problem if you are near Ventura Boulevard. The area is just packed with dog-friendly eateries, so you're sure to find whatever you're craving. Mexicali Cocina Cantina is a good choice, with a cheerful atmosphere and outdoor tables.