A Bark In The Park – 7 Great Tail-Friendly Trips To Take With Your Dog

Another Vacation Idea For Your Dog from hikewithyourdog.com

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Road Trippin' #1: Doggin’ Route 66

Sooner or later all road-tripping dogs will make their make their way to Route 66. Dubbed the “Mother Road,” this 2,400-mile, dog bowl-shaped highway from Chicago to Los Angeles inspired popular songs, movies and an iconic television show that lured millions of travelers to it two lanes of concrete. Route 66 was done in by the interstate system - some of which was laid on top of the old road - and doesn’t appear on modern maps anymore but lives forever in the imaginations of any dog with a hint of wanderlust... Route 66 was never a static road, especially as paving was introduced. The original plan in the 1920s was to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities and over time the route shifted to eliminate sharp turns, bypass some smaller communities, eliminate railroad crossings, and to shift routings in major metropolitan areas to avoid traffic congestion. Nowhere is this more apparent than at its very start (if you’re heading west) in Chicago. Originally, Route 66 kicked off on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue and later moved to Jackson at Lake Shore Drive. Wherever you begin to follow the essence of Historic Route 66, look for the brown markers and get your dog’s odyssey rolling through Illinois.

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