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No dogs allowed

I was shocked — shocked, I tell you! — to learn that dogs are not allowed on Angel Island, a lovely and historic little island in San Francisco Bay. It reminded me of some other disappointments I’ve encountered recently in making dog travel plans, and I decided to start a list of places that currently don’t welcome (or even tolerate) dogs. Let me know of others you encounter, and I’ll add them to the list.

I’ve provided a link, where there is one, to the no-dog policy for each listing; where there isn’t a link, I learned about the policy in a phone conversation.

(The list won’t include places like hospitals, because those kinds of bans make sense, or restaurants, because I’ve already discussed those elsewhere. But does it actually make sense to ban dogs from Angel Island? Wouldn’t a leash law be more appropriate?)

Here’s the list:

Ahwanee Hotel (Yosemite, CA)

Airship Ventures

Alcatraz Island, CA

Alhambra Community Transit (ACT)

Amtrak trains

Angel Island, CA

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

Argosy Cruises (Seattle, WA)

Bay Quackers (San Francisco duck tours)

Beach Cities Transit

Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island, WA)

BlueXpress (Minneapolis area)


Brewster’s Shadow Lake Lodge (Alberta, Canada)

Bryce Canyon Lodge (Bryce Canyon, UT)

CalTrain trains

Capital Metro (Austin, TX)

CARTA (Charleston, SC)

Cherokee Area Transportation System (Atlanta area)

Chicago Water Taxi

Cobb Community Transit (Atlanta area)

Community Transit commuter buses (Snohomish County, WA)

Crater Lake Lodge (Crater Lake, OR)

Crystal Cove beach cottages (Newport Beach, CA)

DART First State


El Monte Transit

El Sol (the East Los Angeles Shuttle)

El Tovar Hotel (Grand Canyon, AZ)

Foothill Transit

Glacier Park Lodge (Montana)

Governors Island (New York City harbor)

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan)

Greyhound Bus

Gwinnett County Transit (Atlanta area)

Hampton Luxury Liner (Long Island)

High Line Park (New York City)

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport day-use rooms

Japanese Garden (Seattle, WA)

Jardin des Plantes (Paris)

Lake McDonald Lodge (Montana)

Lake O’Hara Lodge (Alberta, Canada)

Laker Lines (Prior Lake, MN)

Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island

Maid of the Mist boat tours (Niagara Falls)

Many Glacier Hotel (Montana)

Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries


Metra commuter rail service (Chicagoland)

Metro (St. Louis)

Montebello Bus Lines

Mount Assiniboine Lodge (British Columbia, Canada)

Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA)

New Orleans RTA

New York Botanical Garden

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (Alberta, Canada)

Oklahoma City water taxi

Old Faithful Inn (Yellowstone, WY)

Oregon Caves Chateau (Oregon Caves, OR)

Orient-Express trains and cruises

Paradise Inn (Mt. Rainier, WA)

Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS)

Peter Pan Bus Lines

Prince of Wales Hotel (Alberta, Canada)

The Ride (NYC bus tour)

Ride the Ducks amphibious tours (Baltimore, Branson, Philadelphia, Stone Mountain Park, Seattle, San Francisco, Newport)

San Francisco Ferry Building marketplace and outdoor farmer’s market

Santa Clarita Transit

Shakopee Transit (Shakopee, MN)

Skansen open-air museum (Stockholm)

Skoki Lodge (Banff, Alberta)

The Stanford Dish (Palo Alto, CA)

SouthWest Transit (Minneapolis area)

Swan boats (Boston Public Garden)

Timberline Lodge (Mt. Hood, OR)

TREK Express (Fort Bend County, TX)

Twin Falls Chalet (Yoho, British Columbia)

Union Square farmer’s market (NYC)

Wendella tour boats (Chicago)

Whittier Transit

Xpress (Atlanta area)

Yotel “cabin” hotels