Historically charming Bemidji in Minnesota set in the serenity of northern woods found its home on the banks of Lake Bemidji mesmerizing visitors with glimmering and shining water horizons. You will be welcomed by Native American and Scandinavian cultures woven together presenting a unique heritage of the place. The city has a very strict policy about pets in the area, but also provides decent recreation and pet-friendly opportunities for everyone. Do not hesitate to come by with a pooch to explore the city and be sure to stay safe. Bemidji is literally surrounded by animal hospitals and has at least 7 in the area.
You will not say that Bemidji is a bustling town with a busy city center and shopping venues. But it is a perfect place for a retreat, especially if you choose to visit Bemidji KOA to the east of downtown and near the Grass Lake. This is a pet-friendly playground with camping opportunities, cabins for rent and a dog walk area.
The location of Bemidji is just perfect for pooches and dog owners who are in love with hiking. Surrounded by hundreds of easy to difficult walking and hiking trails, Bemidji has a nice option for conquering a few peaks and challenging yourself on the road within the city. Paul Bunyan State Trails stretches from Bemidji to Brainerd and is considered as one of the longest trails in the country.
If you want to stay in Bemidji for a few days, there are plenty of dog-friendly options available. Some of the hotels are set near the lake offering beautiful views where others are concentrated in the city center. For example, Holiday Inn Express Bemidji with a quality service and reasonable prices.
Southeast Bemidji is a quiet area surrounded by the lakes and is accessible only via Paul Bunyan Drive from the downtown. You will love the pristine surroundings and little local cafes and shops occasionally popping up on the way. It will be difficult not to spot alluring Nymore Beach, but the destination your mutt will love set farther southeast. Nymore Park is a free dog park for every caudate visitor who has come on purpose or just stumbled on exploring the city. The park has two separate areas for small and large breeds, where your mutt is welcome to have some pawesome time chasing someone’s tail. The area also provides drinking facilities and some simple equipment. Beware of having new furry friends! They tend to appear out of nowhere!
There are plenty of hiking trails in Minnesota that will fulfill your expectations and are pet-friendly. The Northern part of Walker offers a great option to consider when on the road with the pooch. The Heartland State Trail is one of the long-distance trail stretching all the way to Akeley and farther. The trail connects more than 50 small and large cities in the area, giving you an amazing perspective of the wild nature and urban surroundings on the way. The trek is fairly smooth and provides an inexpiable beauty of both Chippewa National Forest and Paul Bunyan State Forest which are possible to spot on the outskirt while traveling. If you need a pit stop to relax and catch a breath, Dorset, Akeley, or Nevis are three small resort towns happy to welcome you and your pooch for a while.
If you travel north of Park Rapids with the pooch, get ready for an unforgettable discovery. Nestling on both Lake Itasca and Elk Lake Itasca State Park is not just a simple recreation area with thousands of species and wildlife around. This huge park provides an unforgettable experience hosting walking trails, green shining areas and water recreation facilities inspiring people and dogs to come by and visit again! Your mutt is welcome to join you everywhere, including at the many historical sites within the park, such as Headwaters of the Mississippi River. Hit more than 30 miles of hiking trails or rent a pontoon to have a relaxing “floating” sightseeing and fun.
Observation Hill is a huge neighborhood in the northern part of Duluth close connected to Downtown Waterfront occupying the major part of the city. Residential quarters dominates in the terrain, but you will sport a few small recreation areas and park as well as simple shopping facilities. Instead of roaming the neighborhood’s streets, turn to Observation Park, which has a super fun place for pooches. The dog park is huge, has two separate areas for shy and active pups, drinking facilities and shades. Locals love the park because it is close connected to the Observation Hill with lots of friendly pooches playing from dawn to dusk!
West Duluth is full of different attractions dotted around neighborhoods. If you are traveling with the pooch, look closely at spacious Fairmount just right before Norton Park. Grand Avenue stretching from the city center to the southwest is the main arterial road, gathering all the shipping and drive-in facilities and welcoming everyone who travels farther in Minnesota. Your perfect spot for visiting with the pooch will be Keene Dog Park set close to U.S.Highway 2. This is a fully fenced simple park featuring two separate areas for pooches to play and run. There is also a parking available for the visitors of the dog park only. Bring some toys, water, and towels with you, since it may get muddy when the weather is not good.