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Dog-Friendly Destination: Dubuque

Source: SD Dirk via Flickr.com

Source: SD Dirk via Flickr.com

When selecting a locale for your weekend getaway, it’s important to choose a place that’s close enough for a Friday afternoon drive, yet far enough from Chicago to feel like you’re actually on vacation. Oh, and it also has to be dog friendly. After all, what fun is a road trip without having your canine companion as a copilot? With this in mind, we invite you to consider Dubuque as a destination for your next last-minute escape.

Iowa may not be at the top of your list of places to go for the weekend, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that Dubuque is actually gorgeous and dog friendly. Not to mention, it’s also really accessible. Located just 180 miles west of Chicago, you can hop on I-90 and get there in about three and a half hours. Easy!

Autumn is arguably the best time of year to visit Dubuque, as you can watch the colors change along the limestone bluffs and enjoy the Mississippi River by paddleboat, canoe, or kayak. If you and your dog have an affinity for exploring the outdoors, don’t hesitate to hop in the car and cruise west to Dubuque this weekend. Here’s where to stay, what to eat, and how to have fun in this dog-friendly destination.

Dog-Friendly Lodging Visitors to Dubuque have eight local choices for pet-friendly lodging. There are also a number of private home rentals that accommodate dogs.

Days Inn Dubuque 1111 Dodge St, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Holiday Inn Dubuque – Galena 450 Main St, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Quality Inn Dubuque 4055 McDonald Dr, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Best Western Plus Dubuque 3100 Dodge St, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Mainstay Suites Dubuque 1275 Associates Dr, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dubuque West 2080 Holliday Dr, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Motel 6 Dubuque 2670 Dodge St, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Super 8 Dubuque 2730 Dodge St, Dubuque (877) 411-3436

Dog-Friendly Restaurants The following restaurant allows dogs to dine with their human companions outdoors when the weather permits.

The Naughty Dog 1108 Locust St, Dubuque (563) 556-7154

Dog-Friendly Attractions Dogs love exploring the exciting sights and smells of Dubuque. The following dog-friendly attractions are favored by locals and visitors alike.

Dog Park Grandview Ave and Loras Blvd, Dubuque

Fenelon Place Elevator Co. 512 Fenelone Pl, Dubuque

Mississippi River Walk 350 E 3rd St, Dubuque

River Lights Bookstore 1098 Main St, Dubuque

FidoFit 99 Main St, Dubuque

Have you visited Dubuque, Iowa with your pup? Let us know about your experience on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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