It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s still time to plan a trip to a winter wonderland… of snow or sand! Here’s our top picks for the best dog-friendly cities to visit with your pack this Christmas.

1. Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe is a wondrous sight anytime of year with its unique turquoise waters, but in the winter, it is pure magic. With a multitude of activities available, there is something everyone in the pack will enjoy. Check out Page Meadows, which offers a picturesque view of the Sierra Crest. You and the whole family will enjoy playing in the snow with winter activities featuring sights only Lake Tahoe can offer.

2. Aspen, CO

For the ritzy pups wanting a high-end Christmas in the mountains, there is no better winter destination than Aspen, Colorado. Thanks to the dog-friendly trails around town, your adventurous pup won't have to miss out on the fun. No winter trip to Aspen would be complete without strapping on a pair of skis, and after you hit the slopes head down to Happy Hour at the Aspen Tap, where you can sample the award-winning brews of the Aspen Brewing Company. 

3. Santa Fe, NM

For the artsy and wellness inclined pups, it is a must to visit Santa Fe. Get inspired by the adobe architecture, the many healing centers, and rich history that makes Sante Fe unique. For your dose of nature, explore Santa Fe’s Aspen Vista Trail for a winter hike that will take your breath away. With great views and plenty of parking, this 11.5-mile trail is perfect for an afternoon outing with your pup.

4.  Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole is the perfect winter destination for both humans and dogs alike. With miles of dog-friendly trails to go snow-shoeing and plenty of pup-approved activities, your pack will never get bored. In Jackson, many of the hotels and restaurants welcome pets with open arms. For a winter activity you will never forget, we recommend getting a sitter for your pup and heading out on a dog-sledding adventure!

5. San Diego, CA

If you are in need of some sunshine this winter, head down to San Diego for a very merry–and warm–SoCal Christmas. Visit historic Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, and take a spin on the ice-skating rink. You won’t want to miss the nearby Coronado Dog Beach, where you and your pup can play in the sand and surf! 

Alexa, cue “Christmas Island” by The Andrew Sisters... 

So load up your Out-of-Office Carry-All and Out-of-Office Pet Food Travel Kit, zip your pooch in their matching Out-of-Office Pet Carrier, and fly to your dream winter wonderland, whether it may be with snow, desert or sand, for a Christmas getaway the whole pack will enjoy! 

P.S. Remember to tag @roverlund in your photos from your holiday adventures with your pal!

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