Along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and just south of San Francisco is the suburb of Westlake. As one of the first post-World War II suburbs in the United States, it has also been listed as one of the ten best suburbs in the U.S. Much of the neighborhood looks the same as it did when it was first built, making it a treat for dog walkers throughout the neighborhood. The area is famous for its food and there is never a reason to go hungry as you walk through this neighborhood. A local pet store just outside the neighborhood ensures that your pup will not want for supplies. Local vets are even easier to find and a couple of grooming shops will get your dog looking their best.
Weather in this area is very mild. It can be rainy but the days of rain, while heavy, don’t last forever. There is still plenty of walking weather to enjoy.
This area is not nearly as hilly as San Francisco is, however, there are some hills around if you are looking for a bit of a challenging walk. Gentle inclines are the prevailing terrain throughout the neighborhood when the roads are not just flat. There are more hills along the beach trails if the hills throughout Westlake are not enough for you.
The sidewalks throughout town are concrete with little in the way of greenery around which is great for a short walk, but again, there are other alternatives if you are looking for something better to suit your pup's needs. If you head to the beach, you can find different terrain with dirt trails as well as a bit of grass and trees to make your walk more enjoyable for your companion. No matter where you walk, Westlake’s reputation as one of the best suburbs in the U.S. will ensure that your walk is pleasant.
Many of the greenways surrounding Westlake are golf courses which certainly will not do much for a dog owner and an adventurous pup, but you will find a few parks and beaches that are more than suitable for a diversion.
Westlake Park has fields and a few trees and might be a nice place to give your dog a place to run on a leash. There is also Palisades Park near the coast to the south that has a large field. But perhaps the best place to walk is along the coast where there are plenty of dirt trails, hills, and sand for them to explore. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, Lake Merced Park is a 614-acre park with a freshwater lake and plenty of trails. Lake Merced Park even has an off-leash dog area at the north end of the park. It is fenced in and offers your pup a chance to run and play.