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Franklin high on list of best places to visit with a dog

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Main Street Festival 2019

From left: Amanda, Louis the dog and Ryan Blanck enjoy the annual Main Street Festival in Franklin., a leading consumer advocacy organization, recently announced the results of a new report detailing the top cities that are home to the most dog-friendly destinations, and Franklin was rated highly. 

Researchers from assessed data provided by TripAdvisor and Touropia to create its list of the best cities to visit with your dog. Franklin came in 64th out of a possible 567 cities, the fourth out of five Tennessee municipalities listed behind Nashville (third), Knoxville (sixth) and Chattanooga (23rd). Scottsdale, Arizona was ranked first.

“Our team spent weeks identifying which U.S. cities actually qualify as a tourist destination,” Tyler Epps, researcher for, said. “After compiling a list of over 567 different cities, our analysis revealed a striking data set, filled with hidden gems across the U.S.” 

Cities were analyzed on a strict criterion that included: number of dog parks, availability of dog trails, number of dog-friendly restaurants, options for dog-friendly lodging, nearby dog-friendly beaches, availability of dog daycare and nearby veterinarians or emergency clinics.

“Using seven different factors, we wanted the data to extend beyond the availability of vets and lodging to ensure these destinations were as dog-friendly as possible,” Epps said. “The aim was to allow for amenities and activities to influence our top picks as much as the necessities. After all, if you’re traveling all this way with your pet, the idea is to make memories with them.”’s experience providing authoritative reviews on both products and services puts the site in a unique position to provide a comprehensive guide for consumers, ensuring they find a destination that facilitates fun for the family, dogs included.

The full report and methodology can be found here:

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