Research by the American Pet Products Association shows us that approximately 37% of pet owners take their animals with them on the road, up 19% from 10 years ago. As a dog-loving organization, we know that while traveling is awesome, the hardest part is leaving our furry family members at home. Not to worry though, Columbus is home to numerous dog-friendly lodging options for any budget, and plenty of stores and attractions allow four-legged customers as well!

While staying downtown for a meeting or convention, pamper your pup at any number of upscale, full-service properties. Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph offers a signature pet care program that includes a dog bed, food and water bowls and a special floor mat. Dog owners also receive clean-up supplies and a welcome kit.  At The Westin Columbus, your dog will enjoy the same rejuvenating slumber as you on the hotel chain’s world-renowned Heavenly Dog Bed. The Hilton Columbus Downtown provides dogs with beds and bowls and is primly situated near two parks for grassy walks.

Other dog-friendly hotel options are available at all price points throughout the destination. On the north side of the city, stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus Worthington, Hilton Columbus/Polaris, Residence Inn Columbus Polaris or the Cloverleaf Suites. While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Alum Creek Dog Park which features a doggie beach for your pet to swim.

On the east side, overnight at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, Columbus Airport Marriott, Staybridge Suites Columbus Airport or Best Western Port Columbus. These properties are just a short drive away from Easton, a premier shopping destination with retail stores and restaurants that you and your dog can both enjoy.

If you’re interested in staying on the west or south side of Columbus, choose Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus-Hilliard, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Columbus-West, Drury Inn & Suites Columbus South or the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus South. Minutes away from these hotels is Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, which features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands for you and your pet to explore.

dogs welcome hereIf you want to extend your trip and enjoy the great outdoors following back-to-back days in meeting rooms, but still want to sleep in a bed at night, the Columbus region has you covered there too. Head south to scenic Hocking Hills and rent a Camping Cabin through Hocking Hills Canoe Livery or visit Deer Creek State Park Lodge and stay in one of the lodge’s dog-friendly cabins. Just east of Columbus in the beautiful Welsh Hills, the Lazy River at Granville offers several dog-friendly rentals. Their campground amenities including mini golf, a swimming pool and a fenced-in dog park!

So, if you aren’t part of the 37% that travels with your pet, consider doing so for your next visit to Columbus. While taking in the sites, keep your eyes peeled for the “Dogs Welcome Here” window decal that indicates dog-friendly locations throughout the city. More information on Columbus’ more than 90 dog-friendly travel options can be found at