Road trips with man’s best friend are an exciting way to go and explore somewhere new amid this pandemic and staycations look to be popular than ever, especially with a four-legged friend. One exciting staycation idea is the historical walking tour.
Historical walking tours allow travelers to learn about a place and understand its unique history and culture, and many of them allow dogs to join in on the fun!
Many famous American cities and towns offer fun and engaging tours that take you right into the sights, sounds, and smells of the past and now dog friendly accommodation site Tripswithpets put together a list of the best historical dog walking tours so you and your dog can enjoy in this fun activity together.
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War Eagle Cavern Tour – Rogers, Arkansas
The largest cavern entrance in Arkansas, War Eagle Canyon tour offers a novel experience through a lush Arkansas landscape and best of all, it’s pet friendly. Located at the edge of Beaver Lake, War Eagle Canyon is the only Arkansas canyon to feature a lakeside entrance. Follow your guide down wide, easy-to-navigate passageways along stream edges, where you’ll see breathtaking cavern formations, and learn how early man (and dog!) lived. The tour is an hour long, and afterward, you and your pooch can try out the attraction’s “Lost in the Woods” Maze, or hike the surrounding forest trails. For more, click here.
Skaneateles Historical Walking Tour – Skaneateles, NY
The village of Skaneateles lies at the north end of Skaneateles Lake. “Skaneateles” is a Native American word meaning “long water. This self-guided tour takes people and their pets along the picturesque Skaneateles Lake through the Skaneateles village. As you wind through the charming old streets, you’ll learn about the village’s earliest settlers. There are historic homes, inns, and churches to see while touring, some of which date all the way back to the 18th century. For more information, click here.
Oliver Bentley’s Historic Dog Walk Tour – Savannah, GA
Embark on a tour of tales (and tails) through Savannah’s Historic District and learn all about the city’s amazing history. You will have the chance to explore seven of Savannah’s 22 iconic squares, beginning with Oglethorpe Square. These beautiful green spaces punctuate the downtown area with azaleas in all colors, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, and centuries of fascinating history and charm. The tour is just over one mile in length and lasts anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes, depending on the pace set by the dogs (they love to sniff).
The city offers a number of historic tours, but Oliver Bentley’s is tailored to those visiting the Hostess City with their pooches. Oliver Bentley’s also makes their own premium dog treats! For more, including a video tour, click here.
Tombstone Walking Tour – Tombstone, AZ
Tombstone is one of America’s most iconic Western sites, and you and your pooch can learn all about its fascinating history together. This highly-acclaimed walking tour is popular with visitors, and not just because it explores Tombstone’s landmarks, gunfights, and famous residents. The ‘stop and go’ tour’s guide, Dr. Jay, has perfected the art of balancing fun and information, by offering visitors a memorable experience in a style he calls “edutainment.” For more, click here.
Bulldog Walking Tours – Charleston, SC
The Bulldog Walking Tour welcomes well-behaved, leashed dogs to join in several different outdoor tours of historic Charleston, as long as they are not disruptive to other visitors. Together, you and your dog can uncover centuries-deep layers of Charleston’s storied past, and see some of the city’s best-loved sites. Bulldog’s founders have a deep and genuine love for the people, culture, food, and history of Charleston, and it shows – they were voted best tour company for nine years in a row! For more click here.
Moonshine + Whiskey History Walking Tour – Gatlinburg, TN
This self-guided tour is a memorable trek through one of the South’s most fascinating historical periods. You and your dog will learn all about Tennessee’s ‘spirited’ past as you visit three distinct distilleries that form part of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. See how whiskey shaped Tennessee’s history before, during, and after Prohibition, and discover the secret to why the Smoky Mountains were so integral to Gatlinburg’s moonshine culture. Plus, get a peek into a present-day working distillery to see how the process has changed, and how it has stayed the same!
Historical walking tours are a great way to bond with your dog and create lasting memories as you stroll through new places and explore beautiful new sights, sounds and smells. You and your dog will both be engaged visiting any of these spots on the list. Of course be sure to always carry water with you as well as everything else you might need when you embark on a little road trip.
If you happen to be in any of these areas, it’s well worth checking out these historical walking tours, but if you are not anywhere near these tours, then it’s a great idea to check your local historical walking tours and ask if they allow dogs. If they do, then you have an amazing idea for an adventure, which these days, is very welcome.