After getting your pup a brand new, stylish bandana, you may be feeling like showing them off to the world. Many dog-friendly places offer some epic photo ops, allowing your dog to show off their new glam look! Outdoor places can provide an amazing opportunity to get a great photo with your dog and have a fun outing together at the same time. Here’s a list of a few wanderlust places for getting that drool-worthy photo op session for you and your pup!
1. A Journey to a Farm
Some outdoor farms provide opportunities to pick fresh produce and some stylish photos. Aside from hand-picking dog-safe fresh treats like apples, pumpkins, or even berries, walking around a farm is an excellent form of exercise for your pup.
Holzman’s Family Farm, located in Riverhead, New York, provides pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, a sunflower walk, and even a cornhole toss for you and your pet to enjoy. Wildseed Farms, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, is the largest family-owned seed farm in the United States, providing sprawling farm scenery, a garden center, and a gift shop. There are many beautiful wildflowers for you to enjoy and color-match with your pup! Los Rios Ranchos Apple Farm in Oak Glen, California, offers orchards and berry patches and mountainous nature trails for outdoor walking or hiking with your pup.
2. Visiting Outdoor Flower Fields or Botanical Gardens
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Most flower fields and gardens will welcome your furry friend, so it’s an excellent opportunity to capture some memories, whether your pet is dressed for the occasion or not. For a hot minute, you can daydream that you are in a field surrounded by blossoms, which is why it is a perfect summer destination.
Lavender Connection, in Sequim, Washington, is just one flower field that welcomes you and your pooch. You can explore their U-Cut lavender, handmade lavender products, and perfumery where you can sample essential oils, and even invent your own signature scent. Eckert’s County Store & Farms, in Bellville, Illinois, welcomes dogs on their bike paths, farm, and wagon rides. They also have apple and peach orchards, Christmas tree fields, a pumpkin patch, and strawberry, blackberry, and veggie fields. Burnside Farms, in Nokesville, Virginia, offers a sunflower field, from which you can pick a sunflower, and hosts fun activities for the whole family, pups included!
3. Drinks at a Brewery or Winery
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Having a drink after a long day is another thing you and your pup can enjoy together. A winery or local pub can provide a scenic view for an eclectic photo shoot with your pup in their new stylish outfit. Many breweries and wineries across the country are pet-friendly and have a vibrant atmosphere, making it a perfect photo op destination.
The first pet-friendly brewery is brewLAB in Carpinteria, California, which is as friendly to your pup as the name suggests. This brewery is an artisanal nano-brewery that serves a range of small-batch beers and specialty-crafted ale on tap. Roughtail Brewing Company, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, boasts the largest brewery and RV park in Oklahoma. They specialize in brewing award-winning craft beers and have many fun events on-site, such as live music, food trucks, and dog meet-ups throughout the year. Pierced Ciderworks, in Ft. Pierce, Florida, is housed in a century-old building that Harry Hill, a famous photographer, initially owned, and the inside is as gorgeous as expected. The cidery also hosts Yappy Hours every Sunday, where your drink is discounted if you bring your four-legged friend.
4. Enjoying a Sculpture Park
Photo Credit: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | Walker Art Center
For any art enthusiast, a sculpture park allows one to spend time outside while admiring three-dimensional works of art on a grand scale. Sculpture parks across the country provide interesting art, outdoor spaces, and pet-friendly environments.
A sculpture park that is welcoming to both you and your pup is Nedra Matteucci Sculpture Garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which specializes in 19th and 20th-century American art and sculptures. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides 40 works of art across 11 acres open for you and your pup to explore. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, houses over 60 large-scale, modern and contemporary sculptures. What makes the sculpture park so unique is that the exhibits constantly change, which means it’s a different experience every time you visit!
5. Enjoying the Scenic Views from a Gondola
Photo Credit: The Gondola | Visit Telluride
A gondola ride is an uncommon activity, even for people. Still, it can be a fun and easily accessible activity for your pet, especially for those suffering from pain or arthritis. Gondola rides can provide a way for your dog to get out and explore nature without being required to do any high-intensity activity that could worsen their pain or arthritis. Some gondolas provide incredible 360° scenic views for you and your dog to marvel at.
Pets are welcome to board the Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola in Mammoth Lakes, California. This gondola allows pets to travel up the mountain, then there is an opportunity to explore the mountain on one of the many scenic hiking trails at the top. If your pup isn’t up for a hike, there is a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains from over 11,000 feet above sea level. Another pet-friendly gondola is the Telluride Gondola in Telluride, Colorado, which boasts astonishing views of the Colorado mountains and takes riders to where they can hike, ski, snowboard, or even mountain bike, depending on the season. The views out of the window provide a beautiful landscape and backdrop for a photo with your pup. Other gondolas provide incredible views and landscapes that can serve as a backdrop, such as the Wildcat Mountain Scenic Gondola in Gorham, New Hampshire. This gondola provides another scenic backdrop that your pup is welcome to enjoy as long as they are leashed and well-behaved.