Some fur parents would push back or even cancel their trip because no one will look after their pet. So why not just bring your four-legged companion and let them enjoy a vacation as well? If you’re flying your dog with you, just make sure to read and follow all the necessary guidelines. From San Francisco airport, make your way to Terminal 2, Courtyard 2 where you can find a dog relief area. There’s a separate animal relief in Terminal 3, Courtyard 4 if you are landing near this spot. For your convenience, as well as your dog’s convenience, it’s ideal to rent a car from National Car Rental. They offer SUVs, minivans, and full-size cars to accommodate your dog and your luggage. If you’re planning to explore San Francisco together with your pet, here are some options you can check out. 


Alamo Square Dog Park

About 14 miles away from the airport, this 30-minute drive will take you to a grassy park, a perfect playground for your pet. In addition, this place also offers a great city view. There are plenty of people who would bring their dogs to this area for a leisurely walk or some exercise. Your pet could also make friends while you enjoy some picnic and a fine wine on the side. 


Baker Beach  

If you’ve been longing for that coastal view, sea breeze and a dose of sunshine on your skin then head off to Baker Beach using your rented car. In less than an hour’s drive using SFO car rentals, you and your friends would be enjoying that panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge while your pets run around the sand area. Take note that the beach is unsafe for swimming, locals would take their pets with them to walk across the mile-long shoreline. If you get tired from walking, take a break and do some fishing for a couple of hours. 



There are plenty of pet-friendly restaurants and cafes in San Francisco. Zazie is just a 30-minute drive from the airport where you can tag your dog to eat with you. This is a French Bistro where patrons are encouraged to bring their dogs with them. Your pet can enjoy some delicious treats while you savor those mussels, porcini, and truffle ravioli with a glass of superb wine. 


Spike’s Coffees and Teas

Coffee lovers out there need not worry about bringing their dogs with them. San Francisco offers plenty of options where you can get your caffeine fix while your dog accompanies you. Spike’s Coffees and Teas is less than 30 minutes from the airport. It has friendly and welcoming outdoor seating. If you are in a hurry, you can also order online and just drop by their shop to pick up your coffee or tea. You would know right away that this coffee shop is pet-friendly. Their brand logo is a giveaway. 


Crissy Field 

This recreational spot is about 19 miles away from the airport. This will take you 30-40 minutes to drive your rented car. This place is perfect for picture taking. You can choose the Golden Gate Bridge, the Alcatraz, or the city view as your background. Taking your dog for a walk while you enjoy some sightseeing is a win-win. You can just stay at this place and watch people come and go. You can also walk over the field or do a quick job near the beach area. One thing to remember is to take all your valuables with you especially if you plan to stay for hours. Do not leave your important stuff in your parked car. 


Enjoying the beauty of San Francisco is still possible even if you are bringing your pet with you. Our pets get stressed out too and a few days of vacation around San Francisco will be beneficial for them. Taking public transportation with a pet could restrict your movements. It is recommended to rent a car instead. This will make your life so much easier. Just don’t forget to clean up the car before returning. You could be paying for cleaning fees if there are plenty of furs around. Make wonderful memories together with your furry friend!