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Whether traveling, relocating or living in an area, it’s important for all members of your family to feel welcomed. Keeping that in mind, it’s no surprise that Charleston is ranked No. 6 for dog-friendly cities in the U.S., which means that your Fido will receive that warm southern hospitality Charleston is known for.

The rankings from DogFriendly take into account the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, transportation, beaches, parks, attractions, stores, dining and things to do with your dog. The ranking was posted in June 2009.

The Charleston area hosts about 10 off-leash dog parks. Some are city and county maintained, while others are sponsored by local organizations. Either way, off-leash dog parks are a great way to give your dog some exercise while socializing with others.

Interested in history and sightseeing? Your pooch can even accompany you on several tours of the historic city. Boone Hall Plantation, Fort Moultrie National Historic Site and even the Charleston Ghost Tours, to name a few, happily allow dogs.

If beach living is more your style, you won’t have to leave your dog at home. Each of the three beaches in Charleston allows dogs, but each beach has it’s own set of rules and regulations based on the season. Double check the leash laws before you make your way to the sand and sun.

Many outdoor restaurants and cafes not only allow your dogs to dine with you, but they’ll even bring out a fresh dish of iced water for your pal. There are also many pet stores and boutiques in the area, perfect for spoiling your pets.

Full list of accommodations, attractions and areas that welcome pets.

Map of off leash dog parks.

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