Is Washington D.C. A Dog Friendly Travel Destination? You’d Be Surprised.

Four Seasons DC Hotel entrance

Since she was a pup, my 9-year old shihtzu JetsetRuby has traveled to dozens of destinations and stayed in over 100 luxury hotels. She loves to travel, and it comes at a great time : Most travel businesses, from airlines to hotels, have loosened pet restrictions. These companies welcome pets, considering them part of the family, and Washington DC is a dog friendly destination — I was surprised to how pet friendly it is.

I’ve traveled with Ruby to incredibly dog friendly destinations, such as Mexico, Colorado and North Carolina, and Washington D.C. joins the list of travel destinations that are dog friendly. In fact, Washington D.C. is truly welcoming for travelers and their pups.

I recently traveled with Ruby on Amtrak, which has become dog friendly in the past few years. Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds for $26, provided they are traveling in approved pet carriers and check off the list of requirements in the Pet Release and Indemnification Agreement.

Once our train arrived at Union Station, it was time to check out all the attractions and activities that Washington D.C. has to offer for travelers and their dogs. Here are some of the most dog-friendly places Ruby and I stayed, dined and played in Washington D.C.

Four Seasons Washington D.C.

Ruby loved the pet-friendly hotel in DC.

Four Seasons Washington D.C. in Georgetown is a great pet friendly hotel. The property may be one of the finest and most luxurious hotels in the destination, home to many discerning guests, but don’t let that intimidate you. The hotel is truly pet friendly and welcomed me and Ruby with open arms.

Ruby at dog friendly Four Seasons Washington D.C.
Ruby at dog friendly Four Seasons Washington D.C.

In fact, check out this welcome amenity for Ruby when we arrived at our room. Four Seasons really exceeds expectations for guests traveling with pets. Two pets up to 15 lbs are welcome for no additional fee at this hotel.

Ruby loved the welcome amenity

Dogs are also allowed in the outdoor terrace, as well as public spaces.

Four Seasons Washington DC

The hotel sits along the famed Ohio Canal, a national historical park, which is perfect for dog walking. It runs along Georgetown with amazing views and bridges.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown

If that’s not enough, the hotel sits directly across Rose Park, which offers sprawling lawns and walking paths for visitors and their pup.

Pet friendly Rose Park in Georgetown
Pet friendly Rose Park in Georgetown

Check out our review of Four Seasons Washington D.C. on YouTube.

Jaleo restaurant

Jaleo restaurant, helmed by celebrity chef Jose Andres, is one of the newer restaurants to open in D.C. The restaurant serves elevated Mexican cuisine, and it has an outdoor patio that is welcoming to guests.

Jaleo patio
Jaleo patio.

The waiter even brought out some chicken for Ruby.

pet friendly Washington D.C.

Ruby loved this restaurant because she was a fan of all the people watching in this bustling area. And, of course, the food was great. 

Rosewood Washington D.C.

Rosewood Washington D.C., just two blocks from Four Seasons D.C., is an intimate, 5-star hotel with only 55 rooms and suites… and it’s incredibly pet friendly. The hotel welcomes one dog per room weighing less than 50 lbs.

Rosewood Washington DC townhouse
The main area of the townhouse

We booked one of the new 5-level townhouses (literally next door to the hotel). Each has its own private entrance right on the street, like a residence. This is perfect for dogs since they don’t have to in a crowded lobby, elevator, etc. There’s more privacy.

private patio luxury hotel dc
Ruby loved the outdoor patio

The townhouse is huge and came with an outdoor patio, which was great for Ruby to get fresh air and be outside.

Rosewood Washington DC
The entrance to the hotel.

Georgtown Washington Park

This sprawling park along the river is a magnet to dogs and their owners. Fortunately, it was just two blocks away from Rosewood Hotel. The park recently underwent an $80 million renovation, and you can tell. It’s beautiful, and there’s plenty to do for pets.

All of D.C. is pretty dog friendly. Ruby was even able to get close to the White House.

Dog friendly White House
White House with Ruby.

If you’re traveling with your pup, check out Ruby’s favorite carrier case!

More Travelbinger pet stories:

The pros and cons of traveling with your pet

5 best pet-friendly destinations in North America

6 expert tips for flying with your pet

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed in over 600 hotels and has flown a million airmiles. He lives in New York City.

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