Albuquerque, N.M. April 10, 2013 – Albuquerque, New Mexico has been named by priceline.com as the number one place in America for people traveling with their pets. This ranking comes as a result of the city’s high number of pet-friendly hotels, off-leash dog parks and overall walkability.
“People love their pets and many can’t imagine traveling without them,” said priceline.com's Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller. “But not all cities and hotels are created equal when it comes to accommodating four-legged friends. We’ve created this list as a guide to help travelers find the best experiences no matter who’s along for the ride.”
A great place to start that ride with your pet in Albuquerque - Route 66. Beautiful spring temperatures pave the way for a relaxing stroll with Fido down Central Avenue, formerly known as Route 66, here in Albuquerque. Everything from dog boutiques and groomers to pet-friendly lodging is accessible along the city’s main drag. When it’s time to stop for a drink, make a pit stop at a pet-friendly patio (“petio”) like Kelly’s Brew Pub or O’Neill’s Irish Pub. Local Flying Star restaurants also offer great petios around town.
“Whether you are exploring the Downtown Growers Market or shopping at one of our local establishments, you will encounter people enjoying what our city has to offer with their pets,” said Dale Lockett, President & CEO of the Visit Albuquerque. “They are part of our everyday lives here, and we are thrilled that priceline.com has recognized Albuquerque at the top of their pet-friendly destination list.”
Around the city, Albuquerque residents and visitors enjoy 13 dog parks, many pet-friendly lodging options and a handful of great dog-friendly hiking trails like those at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area and Petroglyph National Monument. Each November, Animal Humane New Mexico puts on its largest fundraiser and signature event at Balloon Fiesta Park called the Doggie Dash & Dawdle that welcomes locals and visitors alike.
Albuquerque topped the list of ten great pet-friendly cities across America including Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. See the complete release here. For a look at a local pet travel expert's reaction to the ranking, visit Travelin’ Jack’s blog.