BEND, Ore. -

GoPetFriendly.com, a pet travel website, announced today the Top U.S. Cities for Dog Friendly Vacations, according to their annual reader survey -- and Bend made the list, as it has in the past.

Here's the rest of their announcement:

For dog lovers, nothing is better than finding the perfect vacation spot -- one that goes beyond just tolerating dogs, and instead welcomes them with open arms! According to GoPetFriendly.com users, Bend, Oregon is one of the eight most dog friendly vacation destinations in the United States.

“Our mission is to make traveling and vacationing with pets easier and more enjoyable,” said Amy Burkert, founder of GoPetFriendly.com. “By highlighting destinations like Bend that have proven themselves to be dog friendly, we hope to connect people who love traveling with their pets to businesses and attractions that make the trip more fun.”

WHY BEND WAS CHOSEN

Bend’s location, just east of the Cascade Range, gives this high desert town some of the most spectacular weather you’ll find anywhere, with more than 300 days of sunshine and cool, star-lit nights.

Being near the mountains also provides a plethora of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking, to fishing, rafting, and paddle boarding on the local rivers, streams and lakes. For urban hikers, there are 51 miles of trails in town, and thirteen off-leash areas where dogs have plenty of space to romp.

Dubbed “Beer Town USA” for its surprising abundance of world-class breweries, the 10 Barrel Brewing Company is top choice for tasty pub food on the dog friendly patio.

Can’t get enough? Check out 14 of the local favorites on the Ale Trail Beer Tour - just be sure not to miss Boneyard Beer for the DAWG GROG, a non-alcoholic brew for your pup.

At the end of the day, the welcome mat will be rolled out for human and canine visitors at The Riverhouse Hotel.

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF ‘2014 BEST CITIES FOR DOG FRIENDLY VACATION.’