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Summer is fast approaching, and it's time to make your travel plans for the family, four-legged members included.

It's easier than ever to find dog-friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, resorts and more with so many websites dedicated to pet travel and chains that have declared all of their hotels pet-friendly. The sites listed here can help you find accommodations that not only allow dogs of all sizes, but actually cater to them with special services and amenities too. We've also included information about pet-friendly hotel companies and specific hotel and resorts offerings.

Helpful Websites
Start out by hitting the Internet to find all the details you need, such as information about any extra fees that may be required, dog weight restrictions, and more. Once you decide on your accommodations, do confirm the pet policy directly to be sure it hasn't changed. Here are good sites to use to begin your research:

At GoPetFriendly.com, search by city and state to get pet policy details and rates. There's also a road-trip planner to find pet friendly accommodations along your travel route.

While Pets Welcome lists pet friendly accommodations of all types, including campgrounds and B&B locations, what's most impressive is their comprehensive listing of nationwide hotel chains. Along with the chains' general pet policies, you can search for specific properties. The site also has a special category to help you find those accommodations which welcome large dogs, which is often a challenge.

At Vacation Rentals by Owner, search over 140,000 rental properties worldwide, and look for the purple paw icon within your results to find those that are pet-friendly.

Search for accommodations by city, state and country at PetTravel.com then view results with detailed descriptions and, in most cases, the option to book directly online.

Trips with Pets and DogFriendly.com are two more sites to bookmark as pet travel resources.

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