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Dog days of summer vacation

Discover the most dog-friendly destinations in the US and Canada.

Living large: Eva, a Great Dane, and her handler, Joel Rosenblatt, rested in their dog-friendly hotel room during last year's Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows in Houston.

Melissa Philip /The Houston Chronicle/AP

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What are the most dog-friendly cities in the United States and Canada? According to the website DogFriendly.com, the top 10 cities in which to vacation with your dog are:

1. Boston – You can see most of the best tourist sites with your dog. Getting around is easy because the Boston T (subway) allows leashed dogs of all sizes during non-rush hours. Follow the red line on the sidewalk along the 2-1/2-mile Freedom Trail or take one of a number of boat tours. Even some whale-watching tours welcome pups. For a weekend getaway near Boston, you can take a dog-friendly ferry to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, or Nantucket or visit the dog-friendly beaches of Block Island.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia – Visit Historic Gastown, Granville Island, and the Capilano Bridge and Park with your pooch. Many ferries allow leashed dogs of all sizes, and the city's public transportation allows small dogs in carriers. The city has many outdoor restaurants and cafes and quite a few of the stores allow you to shop inside with your dog. Consider taking a dog-friendly trip to the Minter Gardens, Hell's Gate Airtram, and to Victoria on Vancouver Island. While on Vancouver Island, you and your dog will want to see the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Vancouver boasts seven off-leash dog beaches and more than 20 off-leash dog parks that give your dog ample opportunity to run.

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